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While Patterson's thriller is slightly out-of-date with its Cold War setting, it remains dramatically contemporary in its vision of a stock market thrown into chaos when a group of saboteurs blows up several Wall Street institutions. Actor Fernandez's mellow reading allows the story to unfold unhurriedly, though too slowly for the first half. Arch Carroll, head of the CIA's antiterrorist division, and Caitlin Dylan, director of enforcement for the SEC, team up professionally, and later romantically, to locate the Wall Street terrorists before they strike again. Arch travels to Paris and back (unfortunately, Fernandez, who capably reproduces other accents, has a poor grasp of French pronunciation), as he finds himself on the trail of former colonel David Hudson and his ragtag band of vengeance-seeking Vietnam veterans. Based on the Warner mass market paperback (originally published as Black Market in 1987).
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"Patterson, among the best novelists of crime stories ever, has reached his pinnacle."-- USA TODAY

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; PF edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446609323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446609326
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "doc_ew" on April 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is pre Alex Cross and certainy not as good but it definitly comes off strong. It is not about serial killers however,and that may be a fresh change in his books. Or refreshed whichever way you look at it since it has been rereleased. That aside, I found this book to be very fast paced and exciting. While some things are predictable (unlike his current works which leave you with the feeling that you will never know what will happen) this book is still very much worth the read. Arch Carroll ( the main character) is not as deeply defined as Alex Cross but this never takes away from a great story that will move you along nicely. I am a fan of great "national security" type books and found this one very satisfying but if one is in the market for a serial escapade then this is not the book for you. If you are in the mood for an abridged Clancy type book then by all means have at it. Will not disappoint!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Grady Wilks on May 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw that there was a "new" James Patterson paperback on the best seller list, so I rushed to the book store and purchased it. That night, I put aside the novel by another writer and anxiously opened Black Friday. "Whoa! This sounds familiar", I thought. "Ah, maybe this will be a book related to Black Market, an older book by Patterson. A new story that develops some of the characters we last saw in Black Market." But, alas, it is the same book with a new name and almost new cover. Boy, do I feel dumb and taken in.
Actually, it was a very good book with lots of great action when it was called Black Market. Why did the publishers think they needed to issue a slightly reworked issue under a new name? Now, I see from the write-ups at Amazon that his next "newest" is a rewrite of another old book. I'm sorry if James Patterson has writers block or something, or perhaps he died and I didn't hear about it. But don't fool us with new names for the same old good stuff we've read before.
If you haven't read Black Market, then get Black Friday. It's certainly worth the cover price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beware. This is not a new novel; it's a retread from a poorly writtennovel from the 1980s. I can excuse the author from recycling his old,poorly written novels to capitalize on his recent fame, but at least do some editing and rewriting to bring the novel up to the current times. The gist of the story is: a group of ex-soldiers blow up Wall Street, run off with a couple of billion of stock certificates, and try to destabilize the US economy. Well, where do we start. First, a company like Citigroup alone is worth over $200 BILLION. I doubt that running off with a couple of billion in stock certificates would destabilize the US economy. And stock certificates? Apparently, the author hasn't realized that we're in the computer and information era. Oh, by the way, the characters are boring and the plot (probably the most critical element in a thriller) is inane. The logical jump the main protagonist takes to make the connection between the attack on Wall Street to these group of ex-soldiers is just ridiculous. I reread the key chapter in which this logical connection between the attack and the ex-soliders is made three times to try to figure out whether I had missed something. Nope. Essentially, the case is broke open by a ridiculous plot device.... I paid good money for this lousy book and I want my back.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hasser on January 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's your average suspense/action story. In this day and age, that just doesn't support a book anymore.
The characters seem as though they were ripped straight from "Die Hard". There's the widowed New York cop with a drinking problem and a bad attitude. He has a friend/tutor (the only other man who still believes in him). And then there's the bad guy- an ex-military colonel set on revenge and wealth. You can't get any more redundant.
Even so, the author doesn't seem to understand who his creations really are. He doesn't describe them, he explains them- looking at them from a third-person point of view.
While reading the book, it seems as though Patterson was so focused on his idea of the bombing of Wall Street, he forsake all other elements. He often writes himself into corners, making the bad guys too good at what they do, so that the good guys can only find them through MANY strokes of luck.
The hows and whys are not explained. It is still unclear as to why New York was bombed and how the stolen money was used. Details throughout the book are lacking, so that I'm not even sure how the money was stolen in the first place!
The conclusion only blurs the picture more. What happens to our hero cop? DO the bad guys succeed? You sure can't tell from the way it was written. The chief bad guy isn't mentioned again until the Epilogue, almost as an afterthought.
The guns and explosions were put in great detail, but everything else is only as clear as a paper bag. Stereotyped New Yorkers and B-grade movie lines add to the pain. It's a crowded genre, go find a better book to read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dad on June 8, 2000
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This book was a big disappointment. First of all it was written years ago, before Mr Patterson was a good writer. It is an example of greed, trying to pass off an early work as new.
Second, for the life of me I can't figure the supposed "plot" in the novel. Who is actually working for who. Who are the real bad guys? And then there is the discovery of who the terrorist is. It is so unbelievable, it will make you laugh.
All in all, a great disappointment from a fine writer
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