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APPLAUSE FOR JAMES PATTERSON

"The Man Who Can't Miss"―Lev Grossman, Time

"Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves the plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind."―Michael Connelly

"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

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446569941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446569941
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,278 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 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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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful By janandrub on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the second worst James Patterson book I've ever read, the first being "You've Been Warned." I really don't know why I even finished reading the book because I was disappointed within the first few chapters. There is absolutely no character development and the writing style is awful. It sounds like alot of us Patterson fans are fed up with his "book factory" that cranks out a dismal book every other month. I think I'm officially done with Patterson which is a shame considering he used to be one of my favorite authors.
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149 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First off, it was my fault that I read this. I should have learned from Patterson's past books, on how bad this would be, and I should have listened to myself. I used to like Patterson a lot, but now his books are hit and miss, much more of them are a miss, and this is no exception. This is a clunker.

I won't ever bother going over the plot. I read it once and I don't want to remember it. Honestly, it's that bad. What makes it that bad? Well my fellow reader, I'm glad you asked.

The Characters: All of the characters are annoying. One of the main characters is Jacob, a cop from NYC, and he annoyed the bejesus out of me. He flashed his badge and expected people to jump and do what he wanted. The problem is that he was pretty much all over the world doing it. I guess it never occurred to him that his NYC police badge would mean diddly squat outside of his jourstiction. People were doing what he wanted, pretty much. If he didn't get what he wanted, he'll throw a hissy fit and throw things through windows and start yelling a people like he owned the place. The other main character was Dessie, who's a sometimes gay and sometimes straight reporter. I guess she hasn't made up her mind yet. Not only is she a reporter, but she feels the need to solve big crimes for the cops. I found that to be laughable.

Also, the repetition of things grated at me nerves. How many times do we have to hear different and the same characters tell us that "The American smells", "Can't the American take a shower", "Why does the American smell so bad." "Hasn't the American heard of soap?" Okay we get it, Jacob stinks.... do we really need to read bout it so much? Speaking of repetition let's talk about Dessie, the sometimes report/crimfighter, shall we?
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Dee Phelps on August 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Over the years I have read the Alex Cross books and enjoyed them. Recently, though, Patterson's other books and all the books he is "co-writing" with some aspiring author, are just AWFUL!! Luckily, my library charges $.50 for each brand-new book I recieve written by authors of my choosing. This last one wasn't worth the $.50!! I've about had it with James Patterson and Whomever. There is little substance and I am finally giving up. Mr. Patterson, have you just run out of ideas? Go back to the drawing board and see if you can find some "creative juices".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read 1-2 books a week but this book could not grab my attention. I rarely never not finish a book. I got to page 100 and realized at this rate I would be done with it in a month. I read the epilogue and called it good.
Characters in the story were flat and I could not relate to them. Story line was terrible with no intriguing moments. I hate to say this about Patterson's books but I expected a lot more out of him. Seems to me like he is doing it for the money and he isn't writing most of his novels lately
Might just have to Change authors.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Prash on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This has to be one of the most boring book i listened recently (i listen to audio books). The writing is almost childish, i can't believe that James Patterson agreed to put his name on this novel. The character development is so immature that it is not even laughable. The US based cop just goes to all these Europeon establishments and start throwing tantrum for not doing things his way, hahaha. Even though it is too boring, i forwarded and listened to the end, just to see how bad can it get and i was not "disappointed" :o). The end is so bad with almost all questions unanswered that it seems the author lost his own thoughts or could not figure out how to close it. Save your money and ignore this book. I am a big fan or patterson, but lately he has been coauthoring these unintelligent writings.
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67 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Alla S. VINE VOICE on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the "Postcard Killers," Patterson teams up with popular Swedish crime writer Liza Marklund to write a serial murder mystery set in some beautiful European settings. The book starts with Sylvia and Mac seducing an English couple they met in a museum. In a short time, the couple turns up dead. Soon we learn that this is not an isolated incident, but similar, seemingly random murders of young couples gave been sprouting up all over Europe. The only clue to these grotesque murders is a postcard sent to the local paper where the future murder will take place.

This is how we meet Swedish crime columnist Dessie Larsson, who has just received a similar postcard. Enter Jacob Kannon, an NYPD detective whose daughter was murdered on her honeymoon, and who has obsessively been following the murders as they occur--finding out about Dessie's postcard and traveling to Sweden to meet with her. The sub-plot becomes Dessie's and Jacob's complicated relationship. Dessie can't stand Jacob and doesn't understand why the killers chose to address the postcard to her. Jacob is hurt by Dessie's indifferent behavior and vows to do anything to catch the killers.

While Jacob and Dessie try to figure out the killers' motive, the murders continue to occur until they become an international journalism sensation--with the killers referred to as the "postcard killers." What further complicates the murders is that the victims are arranged into strange poses following their murders, which leads Dessie to a nagging suspicion that the killers are trying to send some kind of message.

As are all Patterson's books, it was a quick read with really short chapters. I find it's much easier to turn the page when the chapter is a page and a half as opposed to ten pages.
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