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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099574195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099574194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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This is an action-packed political thriller full of secrets, lies and a deadly conspiracy

About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. Since winning the Edgar Award for Best First Novel with The Thomas Berryman Number, his books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past seven years in a row. 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. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. 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 specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
James Patterson and co-author David Ellis are the named writers of this novel that seem to have produced conflicting opinions judging by the reviews and comments. In a recent newspaper interview Patterson says that he and his co-author, (collaborator is his preferred term), spend time bouncing ideas from each other much as two script writers or songwriters do. What was unclear was the actual contribution when pen is put to paper. Some series are more Patterson in style (Alex Cross), whilst others (The Zoo and I, Michael Bennett for example), seem to find a diluted Patterson input. The Mistress is a mystery from this perspective. If Patterson's name is highlighted, it seems reasonable for the purchaser and reader to expect him to have contributed the lion's share and certainly take responsibility along with the publishers for the final product. The other quandary is whether this is a 'good book' despite the above.

Having now read 'Mistress' and re-read some parts again, I think I understand the reviewers' comments better. The story is convoluted. The main protagonist, Ben Casper, has to tackle an obstacle course barbed with hazards and parties chasing him to prevent him reaching the final line. Ben Casper is a wealthy owner and journalist of an online newspaper. He installed sophisticated surveillance equipment in his girlfriend Diane's apartment at her request. Shortly after she fatally plummets from a fifth story window. Ben takes it upon himself to show it was murder rather than suicide and find the reasons why. Ben is well-connected respected and liked up to Presidential level. The Government agencies, CIA, police, Russian agents do not like Ben. They dislike him enough to want him dead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By s m phillips on 12 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent read as usual so many twists and turns I was sorry when I came to the end. James Patterson at hid best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By isobel on 6 Sept. 2013
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Another frantic and complicated detective story from James Pattison; everything happens so fast it is hard to keep up, and one keeps turning the pages in spite of some disbelief. Fast furious and very clever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I've not read James Patterson before and as this was written with David Ellis it's not his own work - I found it an undemanding book and there were too many diversions into irrelevant thoughts concerning his ideas about films , actors and other dross. The story was quite good about a dive from a balcony onto a paved floor with the obvious result. The plot involving the CIA and the Russian desire to annex as many former territories as possible together with a possible blackmail attempt on the American president was a bit too far fetched to ring true although it was enjoyable enough to not be a waste of time. Maybe I'll try another one of his books next time and make sure there's no co-author as dual works are never as good as sole efforts ( In my opinion ).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karon Goldman on 4 Sept. 2013
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It is a bit different to the usual style of Patterson but it was still good
cant wait for the next new book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GOTTON on 23 July 2014
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I'm surprised by a lot of the negative reviews that this novel by James Patterson and David Ellis has received. Considering the number of poor quality books that Mr Patterson and his co-authors are pumping out these days but still getting rave reviews for I thought that maybe it was a case of an author being able to do no wrong in the eyes of his fans.

The weird thing is that this book which is considerably more enjoyable than most of what James Patterson has been writing of late is the one book that people seem not to like. After some consideration on that I think I have figured out what it is about it people don't like and at the same time what it is about it that I do like... it's different.

James Patterson has a habit of releasing 12-13 books a year that are basically carbon copies of each other. Swap out a few names, insert a different gender for the protagonist and play around with different places for the stories to happen and basically you have a new James Patterson novel. This was one of the reasons why I have taken close to a year break from his books as I was fed up of reading the same thing again and again.

But this book is not a carbon copy of ones gone before... at least not completely. There will always be tropes that thriller writers will stick to, especially prolific authors of pulp fiction books like this. However, there were enough original or at least fresh elements added into this novel to make it stand out as one of my favourite James Patterson books in a long time.

The protagonist is the biggest change in this novel. He is a slightly strange person with an overly active mind that refuses to stay on any one subject too long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 21 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
James Patterson "Mistress" is next book in the author's series of thrillers, most of them I've read.
Patterson is productive author who published more than 20 books, some of them more likeable than others of course and due to that I was curious to read his new book right after it came out.

The book main character is Ben Casper who is a political journalist with some common interests like movies and riding motorcycles and some less common such as loving the trivia about presidents probably due to his father. Although a beautiful woman named Diana Hotchkiss is his best friend, it could be said that he is also a bit in love with her. When suddenly Diana fell from her balcony looking like she committed suicide, Ben is determined to find the truth what really happened. She is been working for CIA but didn't had reason to kill herself, so he is sure someone kill her. Because of her agent career investigation is carried out with utmost secrecy but as result of his own investigation he realizes that she led double life full of deception that was successfully concealed. Some more people who were involved would also die in strange circumstances and Ben is now sure that someone is preventing the truth to be found. But he would not stop until he would achieve exactly that...

"Mistress" is a good page turner with few usual and expected Patterson twists known from his earlier works. Due to main characters involvement in politics, story is full of action and intrigue that is always connected to the politics and these are areas in which Patterson excels. The main character Ben is somehow untypical guy, pictured not in the usual way the main characters are, he is awkward and doesn't like or doesn't know how to make relations with people.
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