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**US TV deal announced** The thriller only a President could write.

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
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The President is Missing. The world is in shock.

But the reason he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine.

With details only a President could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.
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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, #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

'vivid, engrossing – and authentically frightening.' – Carl Hiaasen, author of Razor Girl
'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, #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, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Alexander Hamilton and Grant

'Compelling from page one. A fantastic read!' – Mary Higgins Clark, #1 bestselling author of I’ve Got My Eyes on You

Reviews

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

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

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

Jeffery Deaver

The plotting is immaculate… the writing is taut

Josh Glancy, Sunday Times

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

David Baldacci

vivid, engrossing – and authentically frightening.

Carl Hiaasen, author of RAZOR GIRL

The President Is Missing is heart-pounding, gripping, terrifying. As I read, ferociously turning the pages, I kept asking myself, "Could this really happen?" Bill Clinton’s insight into the pressures of being president and life in the White House coupled with James Patterson’s chops as an action writer have combined to give us a genuinely masterful thriller. My knuckles are still white!

Louise Penny, #1 bestselling author of GLASS HOUSES

A writing team like no other

Rebecca Jones, BBC Breakfast

The book’s biggest selling point is the guarantee of political authenticity… the kite-mark of unmatchable psychological veracity… The eventual revelation of the villain, which is satisfying and surprising, really does feel like 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.

The Guardian

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

The publishing event of the year… a White House thriller of unique insight

World of Cruising magazine

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, #1 bestselling author of DON'T LET GO

Page-turning… In a plot crammed with twists, readers are granted thriller writing that delivers… 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

Barry Forshaw, i newspaper

From the pens of two American icons comes a political thriller that rocks... a helluva story.

Nelson DeMille, author of THE CUBAN AFFAIR

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

Daily Telegraph

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. This dark tale is, at bottom, a warning and a prophecy about the mortal threats to our democracy posed by terrorists abroad, homegrown extremism, and the technological miracles that have rendered us both powerful and defenceless at once.

Ron Chernow, #1 bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ALEXANDER HAMILTON and GRANT

A showstopper… if you like thrillers and you like American politics, you’re going to love this book... You feel the authenticity of the two writers writing hand in glove... It’s a cracker

Ryan Tubridy, RTE

Hotly anticipated

Radio Times

The political thriller of the year

The Sun

Good twists

Guardian

A brilliant read

Ross King, ITV

Difficult to put down

Daily Express

The book is action all the way, and feels incredibly true to life

Sun

An entertaining romp… thoroughly enjoyable… it works. It is a quick, slick, gripping read

The Times

Twisty plotting

Economist

The peculiar talents of Bill Clinton and James Patterson surprisingly gel… A brilliant, tricksy first chapter… unmistakably shows that their partnership works... To paraphrase Katherine Hepburn on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill gives James class and James gives Bill sexed-up plotting

Sunday Times

Could I put The President Is Missing down? Of course not, except when I absolutely had to

Yahoo! Finance

Intriguing… you’ll whip through it on the beach, that’s for sure

Press Association

Enough pacy action and fun to keep those pages turning

Sunday Mirror

Fast-paced, frenetic action and fun

Sunday People

What gives the book the edge is Clinton’s input. Small throwaway touches… make the whole thing feel authentic

The Pool

It’s good… Patterson’s brilliance makes it very exciting… the book scores high on the authenticity scale

Judy Finnigan

Fast-paced and well-engineered… Clinton’s input is well deployed on the White House insider scenes, and… Patterson can tell a story

Financial Times

Patterson [is the] master of the gripping page-turner, terse writing and masterly plotting

Judy Finn

Patterson can tell a story

Adam LeBor

A prolific and versatile storyteller

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

[A] writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting

Mark Lawson, Guardian

James… is a tireless champion of the power of books

Natasha Harding, The Sun

Patterson knows how to make a story go so fast…

Jake Kerridge, Daily Express

[A] ripping yarn… Co-author James Patterson is one of the biggest-selling writers of all time so unsurprisingly the unfolding and convergence of [President] Duncan and [assassin] Bach’s plotlines is achieved with consummate skill

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

[It] will keep you hooked until the last page

Bella

We really enjoyed this brilliant political thriller

Closer

The perfect book for the beach.

Daily Mail

The most authentic, gripping presidential thriller ever.

Essence

The perfect book for the beach: a big, fast-paced, twisty engrossing thriller packed with spectacular detail of what it is really like to be President of the United States.

Daily Mail Ireland

Both a first-rate thriller and fascinating insight into the goings on within the White House.

Trucker magazine

Fast-paced is too inadequate a description for this dark, suspense-filled tale.

Guardian

An entertaining romp… thoroughly enjoyable, implausible, twisty-turny airport thriller… it works. It is a quick, slick, gripping read

The Times

The peculiar talents of Bill Clinton and James Patterson surprisingly gel… A brilliant, tricksy first chapter… unmistakeably shows that their partnership works… The President Is Missing enthrallingly interweaves a cyber-thriller, a Homeland-style battle against jihadi terrorism and a find-the-mole hunt à la Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – and it has aspects of a Cold War geopolitical thriller, too… To paraphrase Katherine Hepburn on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bill gives James class and James gives Bill sexed-up plotting

Sunday Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781780898391

    June 15, 2018

    Century

    528 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781780898407

    June 5, 2018

    Century

    528 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781786141323

    June 18, 2018

    Audiobooks

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  • EBook

    9781473553460

    June 5, 2018

    Cornerstone Digital

    528 pages

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Extract

Chapter 1

“The House Select Committee will come to order . . .”

The sharks are circling, their nostrils twitching at the scent of blood. Thirteen of them, to be exact, eight from the opposition party and five from mine, sharks against whom I’ve been preparing defenses with lawyers and advisers. I’ve learned the hard way that no matter how prepared you are, there are few defenses that work against predators. At some point, there’s nothing you can do but jump in and fight back.

Don’t do it, my chief of staff, Carolyn Brock, pleaded again last night, as she has so many times. You can’t go anywhere near that committee hearing, sir. You have everything to lose and nothing to gain.

You can’t answer their questions, sir.

It will be the end of your presidency.

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