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New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons - the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.





Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview wi
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published 2010 by Century
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Sean Jenan
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An absolute revelation!

One star: one cliched, hackneyed, gadawful star.

It was around page 250 that this book changed my life. I couldn't understand before then. No way, no context. No truth. Now my eyes are open.

People who watch Bridezillas and SpikeTV need something to read while they poop!

And every chapter here is somewhere between tinkle-length and the span of a satisfying bowel movement. (Although if you're approaching your impending evacuation with a wet compress for your forehead and at mi
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Matt
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Perhaps it's time for Patterson to stick to his already created series. Not a great read!
John Matsui
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Don't Blink is the first James Patterson novel I've read in more than two years and his formula for delivering a fast-paced murder mystery was there in [Sam] Spade[s].
Written in the first person through main character Nick Daniels, Patterson and co-author Howard Roughan deliver what his loyal readers expect, non-stop plot movement, chapter endings that demand readers flip the page, uncluttered writing, and twists and turns aplenty.
All of this, of course, comes at the expense of character depth,
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Teresa Collins
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but since I'm a diehard James Patterson fan I wasn't surprised. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure I'd really like it. It starts out in the first person, then several chapters later changes to third person. It threw me off at first, but I got used to. Some previous reviews didn't like the fact that at times Nick (the main character) is talking directly to the reader, but it didn't bother me. I just loved the fast pace of the book. But then, you know me, I r ...more
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I pre-warn you, I am on a serious case of getting on my soap box here so if you don't want to listen to 50% opinion and a 50% rant to the author then please feel free to read no further.

The fact that I read this in a day and a half, and then spent a 20 minute walk moaning about it to my sister speaks volumes. You read the jacket and find yourself thinking "it sounds pretty good". How wrong could I have been?

The story is the most important part of a book closely followed by the writing style and
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Yigal Zur
the word is shallow. and in a way the writing is so fluid that as a writer i can just envy. it seems like coming so easy with plenty of inventions. but on the whole if you want to block your mind in a flight, which i did, it is ok. i read much better Petterson thrillers so going to put it aside as sort of mistake.
Jess
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first James Patterson book after a friend recommended him to me and I wasn't disappointed. To be honest, I was quite surprised. Short chapters with. very interesting story line that kept me guessing. The thing I liked most about it was the story was fast paced and kept me interested the whole time. Now I'm excited to read more of his books
Tim
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Typical Patterson novel with a bit more gruesomeness than normal and required. Interesting throughout for the most part. 8 of 10 stars
Mandy White
Finished this in one day. Not sure how I managed to miss this Patterson book but I really enjoyed it.
Jennifer
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
James Patterson is known for writing fast paced mysteries that are very easy to lose yourself in. Don't Blink was different and not for the better. The book is written in the first person through the eyes of Nick, a reporter. The book carries on in the usual style until all of a sudden, Nick is talking to the reader directly. Once his pointing out of key background details is over, the story resumes in normal first person perspective. Until he does it again. This back and forth - breaking the fo ...more
Sandie
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I listened to James Patterson's DON'T BLINK on CD so I will address the narrator first and then proceed to the story itself. The narrator, David Patrick Kelly appeared to have an almost Southern lilt to his voice at the outset of the story that came across like an attempted impersonation of Matthew McConaughey, but as the story progressed he did gather momentum as he changed the tone and inflection of his reading and ultimately did a pretty good job with the material he was given.

And now - on to
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Kris
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Patterson's Kill Me If You Can, I thought at first that this book was going to be more of the same. The first few chapters are filled with the sort of ham-fisted dialog that makes English teachers cringe and Hollywood producers drool. The entire section of the book where Nick Daniels is in Africa are full of guns and action and car chases (well, jeep chases)... and such literary gems as "We're being attacked. I'm serious, man." "Faster, Alan! We've got to go faster! You can go faster ...more
Siobhan
I’m going to be honest and admit that this was my first encounter with James Patterson. For the longest of times I’d been debating whether or not to read his books, unsure of whether or not I would enjoy his work. In the end a relative of mine let me borrow this book as she is a massive James Patterson fan and wanted me to give him a go.

I will say that for me the book took a while to become truly interesting, but once I was partway through it did become quite gripping. Despite the fact that it w
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Tracy
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Like most of Patterson’s works, it’s a quick read with short chapters that never seem to end with a good place to put the book down - meaning I kept reading until it was over. Also true to the Patterson recipe, there’s an underlying theme of good guy versus bad guy mixed with a whole lot of death, a dash of an interesting setting, and a pinch of bittersweet romance thrown in for good measure.

Set in New York City, protagonist Nick Daniels is a journalist who seems like a likable enough guy, but h
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Jo
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another quick interesting intriguing read. I figured out who the "bad guy" was fairly early but did lose interest because I wanted to know how he would be found out.
Sylvia
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Don’t Blink is a story of a good old fashioned news reporter, Nick Daniels who suddenly finds himself with the biggest story of his career. Right before his eyes, Daniels witnesses a “hit” and a cryptic message “Justice is Blind” that is left behind.

Now both Nick Daniels and the Italian and Russian mob are trying to figure out who committed the murder, the newest District Attorney David Sorren pushing Daniels to the front lines in an attempt to gain some publicity for his run for New York's M
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Heather
Believe it or not, this was my very first James Patterson book! I have heard about him many, many times but never actually read any of his books. I'm guessing that most of his books are better than this one. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't bad. It just wasn't all that good. The plot moved quickly, and I was able to read this in an afternoon/evening. With this in first-person when covering Nick Daniels, there was little suspense regarding how he would fare. In what could've been suspenseful momen ...more
Nataliec7
By my count this is the 46th James Patterson book I have read. And my reviews for them all look pretty much the same except for the Alex Cross novels which are my absolute favourite.

Why I love them:
1)Short chapters
2)Fast paced
3)Freaking unbelievable

Now although Patterson is criticised for joining up with other authors and writing several books a year, I find that I don't really care. I still really enjoy them and can read one in a day. I like that! As I have hundreds of books at home and I want
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Gail
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. You will enjoy reading it. James Patterson writes amazing books.
April Thompson
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Fast-paced. Enjoyable main character. Just wish there was more thrillerish moments in the book. That would have drove it home for me.
Lino's Version
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Don’t Blink
James Patterson & Howard Roghan
2010

Had I already read this book? Yes, no, no, maybe, NO!
It was a first read.
It is a classic James Patterson summer time read.
Good guys.
Bad guys (lots)
Twists, turns and double backs.
Interesting lead character, Nick Daniels – has Patterson done other male reporters? But he is not too developed – yet, has he returned?
How about a Nick Daniels with his very perceptive niece?

The good

New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, th
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Venky
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After a long hiatus with fiction in general and James Patterson in particular, I picked up “Don’t Blink”, and suffice it to say the experience was on expected lines. Racy, intriguing and thrilling, Mr. Patterson engages his readers from start to finish with a plot that is tight and a narrative that progresses at a breathless tempo before finally climaxing in a crescendo of converging impossibilities.

Nick Daniels is a journalist who plies his wares for the “Citizen” publication. Headed by Courtn
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Steve Holden
This is my first James Patterson read. It's impossible not to know him, and in my preferred genre, I felt the need to finally breakdown and read a book from the man who manages to publish a new book every month.

From reading this, I can see why he's able to put out so many books. This follows a very specific recipe, and despite me not being a big fan, I can see why many people can pick up his books time and time again. He leaves a lot to be desired in character and plot development, and delves r
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Christine Keleny
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Picked this one up at random - audio version - and I knew James Patterson was "a name" so I thought I'd give it a try.

Genre: Murder Mystery/thriller
Blurb: (Amazon) The good
New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

The bad
Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick D
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Ravencrantz
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
"Don't blink, don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back, don't turn away, and don't blink. Good luck."

Yup. The reason this book caught my attention was because of Doctor Who. How could I help myself? Blink was the first episode of Doctor Who I watched and it's what got me into the series. So, naturally, I had to pick up this book. I found it while wandering around a hospital gift shop. I stood there reading the first chapter of the
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Andrew
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Hariharan
Though it had all the elements of a run of the mill detective novel, ‘Don’t Blink’ isn’t one of them and differs from its general peers on certain aspects. The whole mystery or the solution behind Vincent Marcozza’s murder is revealed much earlier in the book. But the whole book is about the struggle of the journalist to reveal how it was executed and how the chain of command worked. In that aspect, it differed from other novels and the approach was interesting. Instead of walking towards an unk ...more
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
I've tried several times to read James Patterson's work and the only books of his that I've really enjoyed were his romances Sam's Letters to Jennifer and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Both of those books were great and remind me of Nicholas Sparks' writing in a good way.

Patterson's thrillers have very short, almost choppy sentences and extremely short chapters which make for fast-paced but ultimately unsatisfying novels. Don't Blink took me about three hours to finish, and I'm glad I got this
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Giovanni Gelati
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I like to be entertained when I read a novel. People read for many reasons; that is mine. Why do I start off like that? Well it seems just because Patterson sells so many novels he gets some backlash, being numero uno sometimes comes with a cost. In this case some of it heavy criticism. Is Don’t Blink a work of art? Is it going to be mentioned with Hemingway and Steinbeck? Please, let’s just move on. All I know is the guy puts out some good stuff on a regular basis and entertains me, so I am goi
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Froggy
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Mostly a lame conspiracy whodunit whose solution was obvious by the midway point. I've read bargain bin books of this style by unknown authors which have been much better. Really a very uninspired product from a best-selling author.

One highly annoying trait: The incessant use of blatant foreshadowing. At times every other sentence is something like "But that was only the half of it, as I would soon find out" or "But she had a trick up her sleeve. A real doozy as it would turn out!" (Not actual
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