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The Black Book

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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, Patty, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant d
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Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mike Kennedy
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was reluctant to pick up this book. James Patterson, in my eyes, has sold out to commercialism as of late. He seems all about publishing as many books as possible to collect royalties. I read two of his series, Michael Bennett and The Private franchises. I do enjoy his book shots, as the short length seems to fit the Storylines better. He doesn't have to combine stories to make it full length. His full length novels that I have read over the past couple of years have been subpar at best. I onl ...more
Susan
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Black Book

James Patterson

OMG!! You have seen the TV commercial where James Patterson says THE BLACK BOOK is his best book in twenty years right? Well ladies and gentlemen, he isn't lying! Holy cow people!! THE BLACK BOOK blew my mind, totally screwed with my head, and then blew my mind once again! It was that good! All while I was reading, I totally had it figured out only to be wrong over and over again! I love when an author keeps me guessing.


THE BLACK BOOK goes back and forth between the
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jv poore
Particularly fine Patterson book, definitely kept me guessing!
Brenda
Billy Harney, his twin sister Patty and their father were all cops. Dad was Chicago’s Chief of Detectives and had worked his way up over the years – his son and daughter were working their way there. Top, incorruptible cops the three of them – well known, liked and respected in their profession. But when Billy led a huge bust that had top people across Chicago involved – and the little black book was nowhere to be found – Billy’s career was teetering on the edge of ruin.

Patty felt agony deep ins
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Matthew Hernandez
I loved The Black Book! A complete page turner from start to finish. The back and forth from past to present is expertly done to tell an entertaining, gripping, and thrilling story. I agree with James Patterson that this is his best work to date so far. I will continue to support one of my favorite authors and read all his novels (my favorite being the Alex Cross series).
Bob
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1 1/2 Stars -- Has Some Good Elements But, Overall, Meh (At Best)!

The Publishers Weekly review of this book was very positive and concludes with the sentence, "Many readers will agree with Patterson that this is the 'best book (he's) written in 25 years." It was this publication's starred review and many of the 5-star reader reviews on Amazon that caused me to read The Black Book -- and thus go back on my promise to myself over the past 12-13 years, which was to not read any more books by Patter
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Suzanne
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Black Book is by far is my favorite James Patterson book I have read recently! This story was constantly moving and had some awesome twists and turns. It is a rather quick read but you kind of expect and look forward to getting a quick but entertaining story from a James Patterson book. I actually like that he works with other authors.

My quick and simple overall: LOVED IT! It was so interesting and fast-paced.
Amber Garabrandt
Summary:
                 How can you prove your innocence if you can't remember the crime?  Billy Harney is a good cop- as is his father and sister.  It's in the blood.  Shortly after the case of a life time that sees several prominent members of society shamed (or worse if they couldn't strike a deal), Billy is left for dead along side his girlfriend and the prosecuting attorney for the last case, Amy, and his long term partner Kate.  The problem?  Everyone thinks he killed Amy and had some for
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Monnie
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call me flamboozled. Call me chastised for all the potshots I've taken at Patterson's works of late (on second thought, check that - I meant what I said). Above all, call me happy that I ignored my previous rants and read this book.

The title, as one might expect, refers to a missing "little black book" that didn't turn up after a raid and thorough search at a house of ill repute at which some of Chicago's finest are customers. Needless to say, the house madam ain't talking - and without it, find
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Scott
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the back of James Patterson’s new book, The Black Book. is an interesting blurb that reads:

“I have some favorites among the novels I’ve written over the years… With each, I had a good feeling when the writing was finished. I believe this book – The Black Book – is the best work I’ve done in twenty years. Hope you enjoy it” – James Patterson.

I must say that I read a lot of Patterson’s books and I found this self-promoting promise a bit annoying. For over the past ten years, he’s published a
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Margitte
Edoardo Bellini narrated this novel perfectly. I was as spell-bound by this experience as when I watched an elusive leopard slowly, gracefully and immensely powerful, surface from the deep shadows of the surrounding bushes, unaware of his observer. The eeriness was similar. The atmosphere as riveting. The magic never-ending. I just couldn't get enough. I kept coming back to this deeply intriguing family drama. Even replayed parts of the saga.

Three members of the Harney family worked as detectiv
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Dominique
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! The best he's written in a long time. The ending had me totally shocked!!! ...more
Matt
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Patterson has again teamed up with David Ellis, offering a wonderful standalone thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats and up late into the night. In a narrative set in the 'past', Billy Harney and Kate Fenton are hardworking members of Homicide in Chicago. While tailing a suspect, Harney makes the decision to raid a brownstone, which opens up a new and troublesome revelation; this is a brothel visited by the city's rich and powerful men. During the raid, a 'little black bo ...more
Eilonwy
A stakeout for a homicide investigation turns into a prostitution scandal involving Chicago's most influential. But all the details cannot be known without the black book, which should name all the clients and transactions. The black book is nowhere to be found. But that doesn't stop anyone from being willing to kill to get their hands on it, or keep other people involved from finding it.
I read this book for a tragic reason. A co-worker's daughter was killed in a car accident, and I gave her
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Nicole
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down ..... this is the best James Patterson book I've read in a long time! Superb! ...more
Sherri Thacker
James Patterson does it again!! Had me guessing until the very end. Was great!
Jeffrey Ward
It starts out very good, but it quickly derails. I do not care for this book, and I do not think it is just because I dislike Chicago.

At times, it seems as though the authors are just trying to play to male fantasies. This is not the first book in which Patterson does this, and it did not bother me as much as the book's absurdity.

I write "absurdity" because there are several instances in which Patterson and Ellis are unsuccessful at getting me to suspend disbelief. Here are eight of them:

1) If
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Chloe
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Detective Billy Harney uncovers a prostitution ring by accident while following a murder suspect. A lot of powerful ,prominent people are caught in the brothel but the black ledger goes missing and people are looking for it. Meanwhile Billy is caught in a scandal of his own which leave the assistant district attorney and his partner dead.

By far one of my favorite James Patterson book after a long time.A fast enjoyable read with lots of twists and turns and a surprise ending that I didn't see com
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Tim
May 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, I give up trying to find a good story by the Patterson brand. I will take my friend Terence's advice and dispense with Patterson in the foreseeable future. The stories all tend to be variations of the same dull, uninteresting, boring, anticlimactic and...awful.
0 of 10 stars
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Laura Rash
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This certainly reminded me of early JP with its non stop twists & turns. The time alternations kept it unique. A real page turner that I devoured in one day!
Labijose
James Patterson says that this is his best book from the last 20 years or so. I can’t be the judge of that, `cause I have read only about 6 or 7 of his novels, and he has published more than a hundred so far. The only thing I can say for sure is that it has an interesting premise, and that it is an easy book to read, with short chapters going back and forth from present to past. But his final twist was not a surprise for me, for I saw it coming very early (I made a wild guess at about 25% of the ...more
Wendy
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Black Book

I have loved every book that David Ellis has co written with James Patterson and I must say that I believe it is all due to David Ellis's writing. This one was by far the best one of them all. I honestly had no idea who was the crooked cop and it was great to finally read a book and not have already guessed the ending.
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Mahoghani 23
I've truly enjoyed this book. It's exciting, full of action, murder, deceit, dirty cops and ambition. This story had me leaning towards the sister committing the crime but it was someone else and they showed no remorse once figured out. Families is the bond that should never be broken but as we see in this society, family can destroy you or make you stronger.

Billy Harney found out the hard way about family, friends and life. He finds himself on trial for quadruple murder. The only thing is he w
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Deb
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson comes through with a non disappointing great detective thriller. He toggles between the present happening of the characters and events, and the past. As the book progresses you realize it's to keep you off your game of knowing who is really guilty and if there is truly a conspiracy. Definitely a surprise ending! ...more
Sheila
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad cops, bad memory and bad decisions.
Michael Travis
Follows the recipe - Patterson keeps cranking them out. Easy read, but not memorable.
✨Susan✨
The mystery and the characters were well developed and the story was fast paced. The ending was surprising and worth waiting for.
Marleen
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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My motivation to read this Patterson book was mainly driven by the knowledge that the co-author, David Ellis, has been doing a better job as a writer (than Patterson) in the past few years, and also by the many high ratings it received, here on this reviewers’ website. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be another disappointment. As much as I tried, I couldn’t empathize with these shallow characters, although the authors’ efforts are noted to make them likeable. Take Billy Harney for example ...more
Michelle
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. First Patterson book I've read in awhile. Love when he teams up with David Ellis! ...more
Eleonora
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller, crime
This, I think, is my second book from Patterson, while I remembered the first one was meh, this is definitely better!

The story alternates between what happened in the past, before the night of the shooting and the almost death of the main protagonist Billy and the present, where he is being processed for the murder of 4 people. The problem is that he doesn’t remembered what happened that night, when his partner detective Kate and assistant state’s attorney Amy died.

The plot is a complex police s
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