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The Black Book
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The Black Book

Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there is nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself-who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

One missing black book.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address, an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago's most powerful citizens. There is plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene-but what matters most is what's missing: the madam's black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city's elite, and everyone's desperate to find it.

Chicago has never been more dangerous.

As everyone who is anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one's motives can be trusted.

An ingenious, inventive thriller about power, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city and possibly destroy a family, The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there is nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself-who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

One missing black book.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address, an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago's most powerful citizens. There is plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene-but what matters most is what's missing: the madam's black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city's elite, and everyone's desperate to find it.

Chicago has never been more dangerous.

As everyone who is anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one's motives can be trusted.

An ingenious, inventive thriller about power, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city and possibly destroy a family, The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

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  • James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 350 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women's Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 6, 2017
    At the start of bestseller Patterson’s brilliantly twisty fourth collaboration with Ellis (after 2015’s Murder House), Det. Patti Harney of the Chicago PD visits a horrific crime scene at a luxury condo. Det. Kate Fenton lies dead of a bullet wound on the bedroom carpet; on the bed are the naked bodies of assistant state attorney Amy Lentini and homicide detective Billy Harney, Patti’s twin brother. It looks as if Kate shot Amy and Billy, and Billy managed to return fire and kill Kate. Amy is dead, but Billy survives, though he has no memory of what happened. Flashbacks reveal that the killings were prompted by a raid that Billy led on a high-class brothel, which netted such prominent Chicagoans as Archbishop Michael Phelan and Mayor Francis Delaney. The little black book containing the brothel’s records is missing. The state is prosecuting Billy for the shooting and hoping to save the careers of the brothel’s customers by proving the raid was unjustified. Everything is stacked against Billy, who needs an ingenious solution to escape a guilty verdict. Many readers will agree with Patterson that this is the “best book written in 25 years.” Agents: Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell, Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Edoardo Ballerini takes listeners through a twisty thriller set in Chicago and steeped in city and police politics. Family solidarity seems to be the only thing Billy Harney can depend on when the deck is seriously stacked against him. The young detective is embroiled in corruption and multiple murder charges with little but an amnesia defense. Ballerini has a subtle take on the Chicago accents yet shines with the banter between cops--getting the pace and sarcasm just right. His greatest contribution is keeping the emotional pitch high. It propels listeners through the changes in time sequence and keeps the tension ratcheted up. Patterson and Ballerini make a great pair for good listening. R.F.W. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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