Bill Clinton Teams With James Patterson to Write White House Thriller
In one of the most unexpected literary collaborations to date, former US president Bill Clinton is to publish a novel with bestselling crime writer James Patterson. Titled The President Is Missing, the novel is being billed as a “unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power”.
Though publisher and writer were keeping tight-lipped about the advance paid for the novel, it is thought to have gone for a significant seven-figure sum. In 2004, Clinton was rumoured to have been paid a then record-breaking $16m (£12m) advance for his memoirs.
The novel, which will appear in June 2018, will draw on details that “only a president can know”, said publisher Penguin Random House. In a statement released through his publisher, Clinton, who left office in 2001, said: “Working on a book about a sitting president – drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works – has been a lot of fun.” He described working with Patterson, who is as famous for collaborating on books as he is for individual bestsellers, as “terrific”. “I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”
Patterson said that the collaboration had given him access to firsthand experience of the Oval Office, which had “uniquely informed” the book. “I’m a storyteller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one,” he said. “It’s a rare combination – readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s really like to be president.”
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SOURCE: The Guardian