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The Black Book (A Black Book Thriller, 1) Paperback – October 24, 2017
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"It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer: his uncanny skill in creating living, breathing characters we truly feel for and seamless, lightning-fast plots. I do this for a living, and he still manages to keep me guessing from the first to last page. Simply put: Nobody does it better."―-Jeffrey Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector
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About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (October 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455542679
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455542673
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.13 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story, which alternates between present and past, begins with the discovery of three shooting victims in the bedroom of a high-priced condo. Two are dead – a woman detective and a woman prosecutor. The third victim barely survives but remembers nothing. He is Detective Billy Harney, our protagonist, the son of a top cop and the twin brother of a woman officer. Forensics points to him as the perp.
Not long before, Billy led a raid on that brothel. Among those arrested were the mayor and the archbishop. Will the case be dismissed because Billy did not have a probable-cause warrant?
Billy is put on trial for the murder of the two women in the condo plus the madam and a cop. (He had, shall we say, intimate relations with both women killed in the condo.) After a violent encounter, his memory is restored. He is able to testify about what happened in the condo. Not what the reader expects.
As a former police-news reporter in Chicago, I enjoyed revisiting the Windy City. Every chapter ends with a bang. But the timeline is tough to believe. Two big trials seem to begin almost immediately after charges are filed. Justice is not that swift in Chicago or anywhere else.
The astonishingly prolific James Patterson has more than 160 titles over (or under) his name. Co-author James Ellis, an Illinois judge, has written nine novels. I don’t know who composes the music and who writes the lyrics, but they make a good team. Patterson calls this book “the best work I have done in 20 years.” Maybe it is.
A raid on a brothel, during the course of a murder investigation, yields arrests of many high profile clients including the mayor of Chicago and an archbishop. Everyone wants to get a hold of the Madam’s black book, containing a list of clients and more importantly, payouts to a cop running a protection racket.
Some suspect Detective Billy Harney of stealing the book. Others suspect his partner Kate. Billy suspects yet another person. Everyone scrambles to find the book no matter the cost. The search for the book culminates in the murder of Kate, and Billy’s assistant state attorney girlfriend, Amy. Billy is shot in the head and narrowly escapes death. He recovers but with a chunk of memory missing, that fortunately returns in time to clear everything up.
The story is a real page-turner that had me up far too late into the night. The characters are well written, complex, and interesting with terrific interaction between them. The plot has many twists and I was kept guessing who the culprit was until the very end.
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Thankfully, The Black Book has reinstated him as one of my favourite authors. It's an absolute page turner, its many nail biting twists and turns defeating my efforts to guess the conclusion, which is only revealed in the last few pages. I cannot wait to read its successor, The Red Book, which wil have a hard time to match the pace of its predecessor..