President Bill Clinton (photo credit: Russell James) and James Patterson (photo credit: Sue Solie)

President Bill Clinton (photo credit: Russell James) and James Patterson (photo credit: Sue Solie)

Following today’s announcement from Knopf and Little Brown, Susan Sandon, Cornerstone Managing Director at Penguin Random House UK is delighted to confirm the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth (exc. Canada) and exclusive European rights in The President Is Missing, a novel by President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson. The deal was struck with Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly.

The President Is Missing will be published by Century in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook in June 2018, with a simultaneous release in North America.

The President Is Missing will offer readers a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a President can know.

“Working on a book about a sitting President – drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works—has been a lot of fun,” said President Clinton. “And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”

The publication will be the President’s first novel and the novelist’s first collaboration with a president.

“Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his first-hand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel,” said Patterson. “I’m a story-teller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one.  It’s a rare combination – readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s really like to be President.”

Susan Sandon, Divisional Managing Director, said, “I'm privileged to have published both President Clinton and James Patterson.  The huge international success of President Clinton's memoir, My Life, demonstrates his immense popularity and superior writing skills:  Jim's worldwide bestsellerdom and reputation is second to none.  This unprecedented collaboration with its compelling mix of insider knowledge and edge-of-the-seat suspense is utterly irresistible.”

President Clinton and James Patterson will be available for interviews at the time of publication, and will promote The President Is Missing together.  

  • The President is Missing

  • 'The dream team delivers big time ... Clinton's insider secrets and Patterson's storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade.' Lee Child

    The President is missing.

    As an unprecedented cyberterrorist attack cripples the United States, the President must face an unthinkable truth:

    There is a traitor in his Cabinet. His life is in danger.

    And the only way to stay ahead of the shadowy forces tearing at the heart of America is to go off the grid, leaving behind his presidential protection. The President must go missing - and he may never resurface...

    Set over the course of three days that shake a nation to its core, The President is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of the American government. Filled with information that only a former President could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying thriller in years.

    Includes an extract from the next blockbuster, The President's Daughter - available now to pre-order.

    This book was recently reissued with a new cover and bonus extract, so stock may vary.


    'A bullet train of a thriller. The Day of the Jackal for the twenty-first century.' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

    'This book moves like Air Force One. Big and fast.' Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch series

    'The President Is Missing is a big, splashy juggernaut of a novel, combining thrills with a truly authentic look at the inner happenings in Washington. I read it in one gulp. You will too.' Harlan Coben, No. 1 bestselling author of Don't Let Go

    'Yes, The President is Missing is fiction - it's a thriller - but James Patterson and I have come up with three of the most frightening days in the history of the presidency. And it could really happen... These days, the seemingly impossible can happen. And it happens so fast. I believe that readers will not soon forget President Jonathan Duncan and his story.' Bill Clinton

    'Needless to say, we had some great conversations about the presidency, what life in Washington is really like, and about the state of America and the rest of the world.' James Patterson

    'I felt like I was right along with the characters for the shocking twists and turns you'll never guess are coming. Patterson and Clinton have created a truly unique character in their 'missing' President. The President is Missing puts the listener inside the White House and inside the mind of a President grappling with extraordinary circumstances.' Dennis Quaid on the audiobook of The President is Missing

    'Relentless in its plotting and honest in its examination of issues that strike close to our hearts.' Jeffery Deaver

    'A first-rate collaboration from a couple of real pros! Engrossing from page one.' David Baldacci

    'The President is Missing is more than a thriller - it's a skeleton key that lets you inside the head of a U.S. president.' Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist

    'From the pens of two American icons comes a political thriller that rocks... a helluva story.' Nelson DeMille, author of The Cuban Affair

    'The President Is Missing is heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying... a genuinely masterful thriller. My knuckles are still white!' Louise Penny, No. 1 bestselling author of Glass Houses

    'Marry the political savvy of Bill Clinton with the craftsmanship of James Patterson and you get a fabulously entertaining thriller that is meticulous in its portrayal of Washington politics, gripping in its pacing, and harrowing in its depiction of the perils of cyberwarfare.' Ron Chernow, No. 1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton and Grant

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