The Black Book

The Black Book

Summary

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'A total page-turner that will keep you guessing from start to terrifying finish' KARIN SLAUGHTER
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How can you prove your innocence when you can't remember the crime?

Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patti, also followed in their father's footsteps, Billy would give up everything for the job - including his life.

After a brutal shooting, Billy is left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and an ambitious assistant district attorney. But somehow Billy survives - and is charged with double murder.

Billy remembers nothing about the shooting. Retracing his steps to find proof of his innocence, he discovers the existence of a little black book that he suspects contains the truth that will either set him free, or confirm his worst fears...
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'The Black Book has more twists than a Formula One race, and the pace is just as fast. Deeply rooted characters, a touch of humour, and a climax nobody can see coming - it's vintage Patterson.' Brad Taylor, author of the Pike Logan series

'The plot twists will give you whiplash' Washington Post

'Brilliantly twisty . . . Many readers will agree with Patterson that this is the "best book [he's] written in 25 years".' Publisher's Weekly

'The mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful' Kirkus
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Don't miss the thrilling sequel, The Red Book, available now

Reviews

  • It's almost as thrilling to see a writer like James Patterson at the top of his game as it is to read The Black Book – a total page-turner that will keep you guessing from start to terrifying finish.
    Karin Slaughter

About the author

James Patterson

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 400 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including stand-alone thrillers and non-fiction.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, Dog Diaries, Treasure Hunters and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past thirteen years in a row. He lives in Florida with his family.
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