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"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
USA Today

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."―People

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316036218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (736 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, 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, 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 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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186 of 194 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on June 27, 2011
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What a fun book! The mega-bestselling team of James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have whipped up a woman-on-the-run story that's perfect summer reading. Nina Bloom is drawn back into her murky past by a series of unfortunate events, and forced to confront the bad guys who almost destroyed her long ago. It seems her name wasn't always Nina, and she...well, see for yourself. The vivid central character and the relentless pace kept me reading straight through to the end.

James Patterson's solo books are my favorites, particularly the Alex Cross series, but I think Ledwidge is the best of his many collaborators. This stand-alone thriller is as swift and engrossing as their series about the NYPD cop with the 10 kids (Run for Your Life, etc.). And Nina--a.k.a. Jeanine--is a terrific heroine. Take this one to the beach and enjoy. Recommended.
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194 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Lu C on June 27, 2011
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What a great read! Patterson and Ledwidge took me on a suspenseful, roller coaster ride that I couldn't get off till the book was finished. I actually held my breath a few times and my heart was racing with all the action and suspense. Jeanine/Nina is a character you fall in love with from the very beginning. I pre-orderd this on my Kindle after reading the first 29 chapters for free. When I woke up this morning, there it was downloading on my Kindle ready for me to finish. I'm an avid reader and a big fan of James Patterson, this is one of his best books ever!
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
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Books that Patterson writes with Ledwidge have been some of my favorites. This one is up to their usual standards. It's a twisty, turny tale that moves very quickly. Nina's a great character. I loved the pacing of the book and finished it in one afteroon! The quick pacing of this book is what raised it from a 3-star to a 4-star read for me. I was in the mood for something fast and wouldn't require a lot of thinking. This book was perfect for me.

Some things in the book are more than a bit too coincidental and there's melodrama enough for three books, but this is still a fun, summer thriller. I am glad I read it and think that some people that are bummed on Patterson might enjoy this book more than some of his more recent ones. Try a sample, and I think this book will hook you from the start as it did me. It's so easy to get caught up and swept away before you know it.

Overall, great beach read. Perfect for summer vacation, and just in time!
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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This book is a series of bizarre coincidences strung together. Early in the novel, the narrator, Jeanine, AKA "Mermaid," twenty-one, decides to drive recklessly. She had been partying heartily with some college friends in Key West when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her. So, she furiously roars out into the night in his muscular Camaro. (She had passed out drunk just a few hours before.) She ends up slamming into a man after losing control of the car.

She should have done the right thing and report the accident, but she seizes what appears to be a chance to escape jail time. The effects of this decision linger for decades; the book extends past her fortieth birthday.

There's a vicious corrupt cop, a serial killer, plenty of sun and sea, and a river of booze. A man's ear gets ripped off. A drowning dog bites a drowning woman in a submerged Mercedes. A sober stint with a prominent New York law firm balances some of the misadventures.

It flows fairly well, a "quick read." (You could probably read this while simultaneously flipping burgers on your backyard grill and listening to a baseball game.) However, far too often, when one of the plot's many twists and turns approaches authors James Patterson and and Michael Ledwidge resort to what's called a "deus ex machina," or incredible development which miraculously keeps the story going. Using this device a time or two might work in light escapist fiction like this, but it's done beyond the point of absurdity here. If you persevere to the chaotic conclusion, you'll find yourself repeatedly exclaiming "What a coinkydink!" and slapping yourself upside the head. Try not to poke yourself in the eye.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Watkins on July 22, 2011
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I have been a fan of James Patterson for many years, but this book was an embarassment. There were so many riduculous inconsistencies in the plot that is was laughable. The conclusion was so "over the top" that I think I will think twice about buying other books from this author collaboration.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By princess on August 14, 2011
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I originally reviewed this book as soon as it was released. I was disappointed beyond belief! How dare this author publish a book that is as inane as "Now you see her". It was unbelieveable and what is more daft is that I paid full price for the kindle edition. My second question is why was my first review taken down? I don't think I will ever read his books again and certainly will never pre-order again!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tony Reader on July 17, 2011
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Now that Patterson is on a quest to publish one new book a month, the gene pool is suffering. I wish he would go back to the good old days when he wrote them himself and good writing and high quality were the goals; not high quantity. The quality of his writing has really suffered. I used to be a loyal fan, but it's very hard today Now You See Her when there are still great authors out there.
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