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

    Bill Clinton & James Patterson stand-alone thrillers

  • '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.

    The world is in shock.

    Terrorists are planning a devastating attack. And they have help from traitors inside the White House.

    The only thing standing in their way is a President determined to save his people.

    Even if it means putting himself in mortal danger . . .

    '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

    '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 book's biggest selling point is the guarantee of political authenticity . . . the outcome of a conversation between one writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting and another with an exceptional grasp of global politics. The literary running mates have earned a second term.' GUARDIAN

    'A brilliant, tricksy first chapter . . . unmistakably shows that their partnership works.' SUNDAY TIMES

    'A high-octane collaboration . . . the addictive qualities are undeniable.' TELEGRAPH

    'Fast-paced and well-engineered.' FINANCIAL TIMES

    'Nobody will walk away from The President is Missing feeling disappointed if they are looking for a vigorous, fast-moving thriller that takes the reader into the corridors of power.' i NEWSPAPER

    'A high-tension thriller . . . Bill Clinton's insider perspective and James Patterson's pacy plotting combine to irresistibly page-turning effect.' MAIL

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