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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460171
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $26.00
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The President is Missing

The biggest thriller of the year




**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.
As an unprecedented cyberterrorist attack cripples the United States, the President must face an unthinkable truth:

There is a traitor in his Cabinet. His life is in danger.

And the only way to stay ahead of the shadowy forces tearing at the heart of America is to go off the grid, leaving behind his presidential protection. The President must go missing – and he may never resurface…

Set over the course of three days that shake a nation to its core, The President is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of the American government. Filled with information that only a former President could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying thriller in years.
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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
'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

  • Pub date: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460171
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Authors

President Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States in 1992 and served two terms. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, which helps improve global health, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity and preventable diseases, create economic opportunity and growth, and address the effects of climate change. He is the author of a number of nonfiction works, including My Life, which was a #1 international bestseller. This is his first novel.

James Patterson

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 385 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 romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

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, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.


Praise for The President is Missing

“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

“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

“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

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

World of Cruising magazine

“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

“The plotting is immaculate… the writing is taut”

Josh Glancy, Sunday Times

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

Daily Telegraph

“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

“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

“The political thriller of the year”

The Sun

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

David Baldacci

“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

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

Jeffery Deaver

“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

“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

“vivid, engrossing – and authentically frightening.”

Carl Hiaasen, author of RAZOR GIRL

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

Nelson DeMille, author of THE CUBAN AFFAIR

“A writing team like no other”

Rebecca Jones, BBC Breakfast

“Hotly anticipated”

Radio Times

“Good twists”

Guardian

“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

“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

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

Judy Finn

“A prolific and versatile storyteller”

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“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

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

Guardian

“A page-turner from start to finish”

The People's Friend

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

The Times

“A page-turner from start to finish”

The People's Friend

“Insightful and gripping”

Good Living (ASDA)

“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

“A high-tension thriller ... Bill Clinton’s insider perspective and James Patterson’s pacy plotting combine to irresistibly page-turning effect.’”

Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

“A top-notch thriller.”

Sun


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