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A string of #1 blockbusters from Along Came a Spider to Cat & Mouse. Now read James Patterson's BLACK FRIDAY.

The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, BLACK FRIDAY. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer — only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group ...

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Overview

A string of #1 blockbusters from Along Came a Spider to Cat & Mouse. Now read James Patterson's BLACK FRIDAY.

The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, BLACK FRIDAY. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer — only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group — and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of BLACK FRIDAY.

Author's revised edition. Originally published in 1986 as Black Market

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Patterson's thriller is slightly out-of-date with its Cold War setting, it remains dramatically contemporary in its vision of a stock market thrown into chaos when a group of saboteurs blows up several Wall Street institutions. Actor Fernandez's mellow reading allows the story to unfold unhurriedly, though too slowly for the first half. Arch Carroll, head of the CIA's antiterrorist division, and Caitlin Dylan, director of enforcement for the SEC, team up professionally, and later romantically, to locate the Wall Street terrorists before they strike again. Arch travels to Paris and back (unfortunately, Fernandez, who capably reproduces other accents, has a poor grasp of French pronunciation), as he finds himself on the trail of former colonel David Hudson and his ragtag band of vengeance-seeking Vietnam veterans. Based on the Warner mass market paperback (originally published as Black Market in 1987). (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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In this "wheels within wheels" thriller, a group of Vietnam veterans have formed a terrorist organization called Greenband. They warn the FBI that they plan to blow up random Wall Street buildings and demand that the area be evacuated. The government waits for ultimatums, but none is forthcoming. Later that day, many buildings on Wall Street are destroyed. New York Police Detective Archer Carroll is called in to work on the investigation, along with Caitlin Dillon, SEC enforcer and financial wizard. When huge numbers of stolen securities start to turn up on the worldwide black market, the motive for the bombings becomes apparent. Dillon works to stave off a collapse of the stock market while Carroll tries to track down the terrorists. The final confrontation reveals all the deception and manipulation, unraveling conspiracy of the highest order. Read with energy and mastery by Peter Jay Fernandez, the story is fast paced and seems to be based on solid research. Violence and foul language abound. Recommended for large collections.--Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446609326
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
    2. Website:

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Chapter 1

Colonel David Hudson leaned his tall, athletic body against the squat, battered trunk of one of New York's Checker-style taxis.Raising one hand to his eye, Hudson loosely curled his fingers to fashion a "telescope." He began to watch morning's earliest light fall on the Wall Street scene.

He carefully studied 40 Wall Street where Manufacturers Hanover Trust had offices. Then, No. 23 Wall, which housed executive suites for Morgan Guaranty. The New York Stock Exchange Building. Trinity Church. Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Once he had it all vividly in sight, Colonel Hudson squeezed his fingers tightly together. "Boom," he whispered quietly.

The financial capital of the world completely disappeared behind his clenched right fist.

Boom.

Seconds before 5:30 on that same morning, Sergeant Harry Stemkowsky, the man designated as Vets 24, sped down the steep, icicle-slick Metropolitan Avenue Hill in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

He was riding in a nine-year-old Everest and Jennings wheelchair, from the Queens VA. Right now, he was pretending the chair was a Datsun 280-Z, silver metallic, with a shining T-roof.

"Aahh-eee-ahh!" He let out a banshee screech that pierced the deserted, solemnly quiet morning streets.

His long thin face was buried in the oily collar of a khaki Army fatigue parka replete with peeling sergeant's stripes, and his frizzy blond ponytail blew behind him like ribboning bike streamers. Periodically, he closed his eyes which were tearing badly in the burning cold wind. His tightly pinched face was getting as red as the gleaming Berry Street stoplight he was racing through with absolute abandon.

His forehead was burning, but he loved the sensation of unexpected freedom.

He thought he could actually feel streams of blood surge through both his wasted legs again.

Harry Stemkowsky's rattling wheelchair finally came to a halt in front of the all-night Walgreen's Drugstore.

Under the fatigue jacket and the two bulky sweaters he wore, his heart was hammering wildly. He was so goddamn excited—his whole life was beginning all over again.

Today, Harry Stemkowsky felt he could do just about anything.

The drugstore's glass door, which he nudged open, was covered with a montage of cigarette posters. Almost immediately, he was blessed with a draft of welcoming warm air, filled with the smells of greasy bacon and fresh-perked coffee.

He smiled and rubbed his hands together in a gesture that was almost gleeful. For the first time in years he was no longer a cripple.

And for the first time in more than a dozen hard years Harry Stemkowsky had a purpose.

He had to smile. When he wrapped his mind around the whole deal, the full, unbelievable implications of Green Band, he just had to smile.

Right at this moment, Sergeant Harry Stemkowsky, the official messenger for Green Band, was safely at his firebase inside New York City. Now everything could begin.

Copyright by James Patterson"

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

Colonel David Hudson leaned his tall, athletic body against the squat, battered trunk of one of New York's Checker-style taxis.

Raising one hand to his eye, Hudson loosely curled his fingers to fashion a "telescope." He began to watch morning's earliest light fall on the Wall Street scene.

He carefully studied 40 Wall Street where Manufacturers Hanover Trust had offices. Then, No. 23 Wall, which housed executive suites for Morgan Guaranty. The New York Stock Exchange Building. Trinity Church. Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Once he had it all vividly in sight, Colonel Hudson squeezed his fingers tightly together. "Boom," he whispered quietly.

The financial capital of the world completely disappeared behind his clenched right fist.

Boom.

Seconds before 5:30 on that same morning, Sergeant Harry Stemkowsky, the man designated as Vets 24, sped down the steep, icicle-slick Metropolitan Avenue Hill in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

He was riding in a nine-year-old Everest and Jennings wheelchair, from the Queens VA. Right now, he was pretending the chair was a Datsun 280-Z, silver metallic, with a shining T-roof.

"Aahh-eee-ahh!" He let out a banshee screech that pierced the deserted, solemnly quiet morning streets.

His long thin face was buried in the oily collar of a khaki Army fatigue parka replete with peeling sergeant's stripes, and his frizzy blond ponytail blew behind him like ribboning bike streamers. Periodically, he closed his eyes which were tearing badly in the burning cold wind. His tightly pinched face was getting as red as the gleaming Berry Street stoplight he was racing through with absolute abandon.

His forehead was burning, but he loved the sensation of unexpected freedom.

He thought he could actually feel streams of blood surge through both his wasted legs again.

Harry Stemkowsky's rattling wheelchair finally came to a halt in front of the all-night Walgreen's Drugstore.

Under the fatigue jacket and the two bulky sweaters he wore, his heart was hammering wildly. He was so goddamn excited-his whole life was beginning all over again.

Today, Harry Stemkowsky felt he could do just about anything.

The drugstore's glass door, which he nudged open, was covered with a montage of cigarette posters. Almost immediately, he was blessed with a draft of welcoming warm air, filled with the smells of greasy bacon and fresh-perked coffee.

He smiled and rubbed his hands together in a gesture that was almost gleeful. For the first time in years he was no longer a cripple.

And for the first time in more than a dozen hard years Harry Stemkowsky had a purpose.

He had to smile. When he wrapped his mind around the whole deal, the full, unbelievable implications of Green Band, he just had to smile.

Right at this moment, Sergeant Harry Stemkowsky, the official messenger for Green Band, was safely at his firebase inside New York City. Now everything could begin.

Copyright by James Patterson"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    And I'm being generous

    I have read every Patterson (except the two 'diary' books) novel, and this is not one of the best. It's dry, and unconnected. I wasn't really fond of either of the main characters, which makes it hard to care about what happens to them. It usually takes me one to two days to read Patterson, but I literally had to force myself to finish this book. His Cross series are definately his best books. I do like the 1st to Die series, and most of his other works. I DO NOT recommend : Thomas Berryman Number, Season of the Machete, The Lake House (although I did like When the Wind Blows),and this book. All the rest are good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Not his best!

    Okay I absolutely love James Patterson but I have put this book down probably 8 or 9 times and started another book instead. I thought it was a very slow paced book. I finally finished it and like the last 50 (if that) pages were good. I'm only 14, soon 15 and I have been reading his book since I was about 12. The first book I ever read was Along Came a Spider and I have been hooked ever since but if this had been the first I dont think I would have read any of the other books by him.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Poor quality on E book

    First let me say that I love James Patterson's work and this book is no exception but the quality of the E book version is very poor. There are misused words and misspelled words throughout the book. This must be the result of the scanning of the book for E books but I certainly think someone should proof read it before it is released. I think James would be horrified at this version. This is one of his earlier works so I can only assume that not as much effort was expended before release. Sometimes you have to guess at the meaning of the sentence or word to understand what the intention of the sentence was.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2002

    Very Intense

    Black Friday is the first James Patterson book I have ever read and I've been reading them ever since. It was hard to put this book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Nate

    Yes?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Shelby

    R u with dahlila yet

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Black Friday is certainly not beyond reality! James Patterson always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Lilyfunderburk@gmail.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Is this about shoping?

    ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Racer to allie

    Oh i see how it is. You ditch me because you wanted a boy to talk to. What happened to sisters before misters? Whatevs bye

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 24, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    I don't believe Patterson wrote this himself, trying to force my

    I don't believe Patterson wrote this himself, trying to force myself to finish it but it is difficult! Not his usual style of writing, very slow & uninteresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2010

    DONT WASTE YOUR TIME

    I LIKE JAMES PATTERSON, BUT WAS SO DISAPPOINTED IN THIS BOOK, LONG DRAWN OUT, BORING. WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Loved It!

    An excellent page turner!

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

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    Another spell binder by the master of mystery, James Patterson.

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. I have just about every book James Patterson has written, primarily the Murder Club and Alex Cross series. I was held until the very last page in suspense. His method of writing remains su;perb. It is how he can feed you a little tidbit of information and just about the time yoiu think you have it figured out, some other informational twist changes everything.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys good mysteries without the plot being shown to early (actually it happens in the very end).

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Horrible Book From a Great Author!

    This was definitely not James Patterson¿s best. It failed to keep my attention at all. He is usually an amazing writer, but his talent does not show at all in this book. It was difficult for me to make it through the entire book because the majority is so slow moving and I just do not have the patience for it. When I read the plot and summary of the book, I was expecting a book with non-stop action and page turning events. I was very disappointed as I began to read the book though. I quickly realized that it was not what I expected to be. Instead, it was a very slow paced and confusing book to read and it was a struggle for me to get through. The characters didn¿t seem to develop very well at all. With most books, I feel like I know the character personally by the end of them. But, I feel like Hudson is still a stranger. He didn¿t seem to change much at all throughout the progression of the story and not much happened. Overall, it was a very boring and dull book. The ending was just as disappointing as the beginning. Patterson completely leaves you hanging and the story never really has a conclusion. The way the book is written just seems to make it a boring read. It does not capture anyone¿s attention or make you want to keep reading. I kept turning the page to read more and expecting it to get better, but it never did. I chose this book to read because I have truly enjoyed reading James Patterson¿s previous books. It definitely does not measure up to any of his other works. He could have done much better. It had a good plot, it was just written poorly and the story progressed way too slowly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    GREAT BOOK

    This was the first james pattersons book i've read and i've loved it. I recomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Unsatisified

    I've read all of James Patterson's books, but this was the first one I had a hard time finishing. A promising premise simply goes awry. None of the characters are very likeable and the romantic angle seemed forced and unnecessary to the plot. Definitely not his best effort.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    Patterson's best yet!

    Wall Street under attack! YIKES! This has an awesome plot line that changes dramatically from one topic to the next. Patterson portrays the life of a wall street personel while under the attack of terrorists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    a promising premise doesn't deliver

    Having terrorist bomb Wall Street and inflict terror all over New York should have made for a gripping read, but this goes downhill after an okay start. This story bounces around alot but really doesn't add up to anything. Time and again we're led to think that something interesting is about to happen but never does. I love the Alex Cross series but have been disappointed at his other books.

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