Bill Clinton Teams With James Patterson to Write White House Thriller

Dream ticket? … Bill Clinton and James Patterson. Photograph: PR

The President Is Missing will see the former US leader make his prose fiction debut in collaboration with his golf partner the crime writing mega-seller

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.”

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: The Guardian