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When five teenage girls are abducted, Chicago PD Detective Billy Harney leads the investigation to find them.

Harney and his partner, Carla, follow a lead to a remote house, only to find themselves caught in a deadly trap. A huge explosion rips through the building, killing Carla and allowing the kidnapper to escape.

With the loss of his partner fuelling him, Harney strengthens his resolve to find her killer – and to make sure the body count ends there.


‘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

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

© James Patterson 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Brilliantly twisty

    Publishers Weekly
  • The plot twists will give you whiplash

    Washington Post
  • Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried… there’s no stopping his imagination

    New York Times Book Review
  • No one gets this big without natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades

    Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
  • Patterson boils a scene down to a single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It’s what fires off the movie projector in the reader’s mind

    Michael Connelly

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