James Patterson is a prolific writer having written 147 novels in his career and selling more than 300 million books. Though it may seem almost impossible to believe, he holds the New York Times record for the most number 1 New York Times Best sellers by an author – an incredible 67. A total of 114 of his novels have actually been in the list.
He has sold more novels than Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham – all top authors in their own right.
Patterson was awarded the Literarian Award in 2015 by the National Book Foundation for his philanthropy in relation to books and reading.
James Patterson regularly works with highly respected co-authors such as Ashwin Sanghi, Candice Fox, Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Mark Sullivan, Peter de Jonge and Michael Ledwidge and. He even co-authored with former U.S. President Bill Clinton writing the novel, The President Is Missing.
The 18th Abduction is another in the Women’s Murder Club series.
In San Francisco three schoolteachers disappear, all women. Soon the investigation becomes one of murder.
Detective Lindsay Boxer is under great pressure. Her husband, Joe Molinari, gets involved with a woman who has a startling revelation. She came from Eastern Europe and she says that she saw a high-profile war criminal from there in San Francisco.
The journalist, Cindy Thomas, researches the missing women and their backgrounds with startling discoveries. The woman who spoke to Joe unexpectedly disappears adding to the intrigue.
The threads of the mystery begin to merge and Lindsay, her husband Joe and the Women’s Murder Club combine their efforts to expose the vicious international criminals at the root.
Well – What can I say…. When could you read a political thriller about the US Presidency by a former US President and one of the worlds foremost writers? Now!!!
Whether you like it or not….it’s certainly a MUST READ!
It’s incredible and utterly enthralling and was always sure to give a heavy dose of authenticity to this novel.
Lee Child (one of my favourite writers) said of it, ‘The dream team delivers big time … Clinton’s insider secrets and Patterson’s storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade.’
Another great, Harlan Coben, said, ‘The President Is Missing is a big, splashy juggernaut of a novel, combining thrills with a truly authentic look at the inner happenings in Washington. I read it in one gulp. You will too.’
The Sunday Times said, ‘The plotting is immaculate… the writing is taut.’
Whilst the Daily Telegraph added, ‘A high-octane collaboration… the addictive qualities are undeniable.’
Two term President Bill Clinton, can give such an insight that few others could add to this fictional novel
James Patterson is one of the most famous writers ever, with worldwide sales of over 375 million.
The corridors of Washington are awash with intrigue and fear as an imminent attack of huge proportions is expected to occur against the US, by its enemies. Concerns grow of a traitor within, with even the shadow of suspicion falling on the President himself, who then disappears.
Reminiscent of the James Grady novel, Six Days of the Condor and the subsequent film Three Days of the Condor, the action in The President is Missing is also set over three days.
Threatening cyber-attack viruses, a buxom Bosnian assassin, chronic illness, the threat of impeachment are some of the troubles on the recently widowed Presidents mind… and then there is the ‘Sons of Jihad’ to deal with, if that want enough!
The destruction of America as a global super-power, is the end game.
The novel Along Came a Spider written by James Patterson is a great introduction to this prolific and hugely successful writers work.
This book by Patterson introduced us all to Alex Cross and the series which followed. A great thriller which is well plotted and the Alex Cross books have dominated the detective novel lists for years.
Washington, D.C. Alex Cross, the renowned Washington D.C. forensic psychologist and homicide investigator, is tasked with looking in to the violent murder of two black prostitutes and a child in the projects.
Cross is furious when he is removed from the case to investigate a kidnapping of two white children at an expensive private school. He feels that there is a sense that the colour determines which case is the more important. The kidnapper is Gary Soneji, the school maths teacher.
The evil Soneji, buries Maggie Rose Dunne and Michael Goldberg alive, in a coffin made for the task, at a remote farmhouse.
Alex Cross and the FBI make a detailed search of Soneji’s apartment. They find a wealth of information about kidnappings and master criminals. In particular it appears that Soneji has a more than passing obsession with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping of 1932.
Soanji clearly has a warped desire to become infamous.
Cross hooks up with Jezzie Flanagan, the first female supervisor of the Secret Service and the head of the Secret Service investigative team, in a secret liaison which complicates matters.
During the investigation Roger Graham, an FBI agent, is killed by Soneji who disguises himself as a reporter.
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.
The police, FBI and the Secret Service are pitted against a true adversary in the guise of the violent psychopath, Soanji.
I don’t want to ruin the plot for you in this cleverly plotted and intricate game of cat and mouse where the stakes are the very highest.
Other thriller authors have spoken very highly of James Pattersons work:
“An incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind killer who is as terrifying as he is intriguing. One of the best thrillers of the year.” Clive Cussler
“The best thriller I’ve come across in many a year. It deserves to be this season’s NO.1 best-seller. Nelson DeMille