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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446501646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446501644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (771 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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he best-laid plans of Homicide Detective Lauren Stillwell go awry when she plans a surprise lunch date with her husband and discovers he's about to have a nooner with someone else. Not only does Lauren get mad, she gets even by having an indiscretion of her own. Only Lauren's quickie is anything but brief. It takes on a life of its own that could destroy both her personal and professional lives. Mary Stuart Masterson performs this psychological suspense with a voice that has just the right understated "everywoman's" quality. Masterson takes her audience along for the various cliff-hangers and plot twists and helps listeners empathize with the main character. Music cues throughout the production heighten the tension. G.E.O. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]

"I don't want to give too much of the plot line away as the shocking twists and turns in this book are most of the funof listening to it. The rest is made up of listening to Mary Stuart Masterson's evocative voice as she brings to live the varied characters in this thrilling book. Masterson is a seasoned asctress who has appeared in more than 25 films, as well as in umerous plays and musicals."...LargePrint Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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, 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.

Customer Reviews

Overall, a terrible, terrible book where things happen just because the writer said so.
Blake in Cali
Fast paced story with lots of twists and turns ... really keeps you guessing ... a very good travel read.
W. Hoyt
This story has more holes and ridiculous plot twists than any book I have read in quite some time.
Michael Vallandingham

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180 of 196 people found the following review helpful By Nick G on July 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lauren Stillwell is living every woman's dream...she has a loving husband, a beautiful home and a great job. Lauren has it all until the day she surprises her husband for lunch and catches him with another woman. After Lauren casually asks her husband about his lunch, and he lies about it, she decides it's time for her to give him a taste of his own medicine.

Lauren planned on a "quickie," a night of sex with no strings. However, her night of passion turns deadly when she witnesses a brutal murder. Lauren must uncover the truth at all costs if she is to save her job, her marriage, and even her life.

I will not go into any more of the plot in order to keep the surprises intact, but trust me, when it's revealed what Lauren does for a living, who her one night stand is, and who the murderer is you will be floored and propelled to keep reading. Considering all this takes place in the first 60 pages, readers are treated to 300 more twist-filled pages that shock at every turn.

`The Quickie' is not only one of the best Patterson books, it's one of the best thrillers this year. There are so many plots twists and surprises even the most jaded readers will be thrilled

James Patterson has proven, once again, that he is THE master of an un-put-downable read. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE it's excellent.

A MUST read!

Nick Gonnella
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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Every James Patterson fan has a right to be skeptical when he releases a new book. Will it be any good or will it be too similar to many of the recent books he's released. I became hooked on Kiss the Girls and devoured every Patterson book I could find. Now, Patterson churns out 4-5 books a year. I keep reading because most are pretty good, only a few are horrible, and every once in awhile, Patterson captures some of the old magic. As for his most recent books, Cross was really good, Step on a Crack was horrendous, and the 6th Target could have been much better if it had told one big story instead of 3 small ones. I had no expectations when I picked up and begin reading "The Quickie." This book with the strange title had me hooked from the beginning and trying to make time to read this book as fast as I could.

Lauren is married to Paul. One day, she drives downtown hoping to surprise him at lunch. She spots him going into a hotel with a georgeous young blonde. This betrayal tears her apart and of course allows her to justify having her own fling with a coworker. That's as much of the plot as I'll give away. Let's just say that once Lauren has the quickie, an amazing amount of things go wrong. Lauren is faced with many decisions and dilemmas that force her to decide what really matters in her life.

The plot hooked me from the beginning and carried me through the novel. Still, as I read I kept hoping the characters would be worth caring for. For awhile, none of the characters are sympathetic. Is Lauren good or bad? What about her husband Paul? What about Scott Thayer, the man Lauren has the affair with? But don't worry, Patterson (and random co-author) know what they are doing.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The only James Patterson book I have ever read is Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. I have never read any of his thrillers, which is what he's known for. I picked up The Quickie, co-authored by Michael Ledwidge, on a whim while I was browsing the new paperbacks section at the bookstore. Even though I wouldn't call this novel brilliant or clever, it is definitely entertaining and will probably enable me to pick up other Patterson thrillers in the future. Lauren Stillwell's world shatters when she sees her husband sneaking off during lunchtime to meet with another woman. How could he do that to her after all they've been through together? But instead of confronting him and throwing a tantrum, she does something else -- she evens the score by sleeping with a colleague she's had a crush on for a long time. Little had she known the can of worms she has opened by doing such a thing. She catches her husband killing her lover, and now she has to do the sort of unethical things she thought she would never do -- trample with evidence, lie to people -- in order to cover her husband's tracks and save her job, not to mention avoid involving the media at all cost. But things get more complicated for Lauren when twists, turns and flooring discoveries and events unfold.

This novel lives by its name. It is definitely a quickie and I wasn't bored throughout the riveting read. The chapters are very short, something I noticed in Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, which make reading this book a breeze. The characters are all well-defined. Many reviewers complained that the characters, especially the heroine, are all flawed and have unlikable qualities.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Blake in Cali on December 31, 2007
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Lauren Stillwell is one of New York's finest. She is a homicide detective. We are told her marriage of many years is a pretty good one and there's much love but a hint of marital monotony. When she sees her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she immediately suspects infidelity. When she asks him about his lunch and he lies, it is enough to call it confirmed. So, instead of using her detective skills to collect physical evidence (receipts? credit card & bank statements? dry cleaning? address book? emails? tickets?), she decides the lie is enough to inflict her own sense of revenge by having a "Quickie". What follows is a series of freak coincidences and unbelievable surprise plot changes.

There isn't a single sympathetic character and their development is offered to the reader as footnotes: "Oh by the way, did we forget to mention (insert 'shock' item)". I never get to know our heroine, Lauren Stillwell. One minute she is sharp, confident, moral and perceptive. The next, she is dense, insecure, corrupt and clueless. Why does she make the decisions that she does? Even her choice of "The Quickie" makes you question her competence and it's not just because of the type of person he turns out to be (oops? spoiled?). Maybe if the author had let me in on those steamy emails I wasn't told existed until `after', instead of the sappy childhood memory, I could forgive and understand (while not condoning) why she launched the affair. Sadly, that would defeat the author's method of surprise.

This book is a major disappointment. Our heroine needs to be someone we are rooting for. The only suspense I felt was the hope Lauren would be caught and put behind bars as the dumb crook she was. Overall, a terrible, terrible book where things happen just because the writer said so.
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