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"Action? Check. Suspense? By the carload. Romance? Yes. Erotica? Let's Just say that it's not limited to the cover."―

"Simply the best suspense thriller I've read to date."―

"Will have you gasping out loud at nearly every page."―

"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried. There's no stopping his imagination."―New York Times Book Review

"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."―New York Daily News

"Patterson juggles twist after twist with genuine glee."―San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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: 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: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (873 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,518 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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184 of 200 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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105 of 114 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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35 of 40 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 Jennifer Lichtenfeld on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lauren Stillwell's marriage is on the rocks. She believes that she has caught her husband having an affair. So she carries out the ultimate revenge and has an affair herself. But she witnesses her husband outside of her lover's apartment brutally attack her lover and leave with the body in his car. But of all the things Lauren never expected, she is shocked and dismayed to become the lead homicide investigator for NYPD when they find her lover - and fellow cop - dead and ditched in a fountain in the Bronx. What unfolds from there is the inner struggle that Lauren has with right and wrong and deciding how far she is willing to go to protect her husband.

Thankfully, The Quickie was very quick to read because otherwise it would have been truly painful. It's only redeeming quality was the speed with which the reader can turn the pages. With each chapter consisting of approximately 2.5 pages, this should be no surprise. The plot is ridiculous and Lauren survives more narrow escapes than a cat with it's nine lives. What, I suppose, are supposed to be thrilling plot turns are just silly efforts at propelling a novel without any real substance. Patterson's books are simply ridiculous now. This one is decent for a sunny afternoon at the beach. Otherwise it is a waste of time and money.
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