Don't Blink

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A TOUGH REPORTER WHO LOVES HIS WORK
. . . AND THE WOMAN HE WORKS FOR
After a dangerous assignment, magazine reporter Nick Daniels deserves to rest. But his editor, Courtney, asks him to conduct an exclusive interview with an infamous bad boy. It's an offer Nick can't refuse, and he will do anything for his beautiful boss . . . who's engaged ...

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Overview

A TOUGH REPORTER WHO LOVES HIS WORK
. . . AND THE WOMAN HE WORKS FOR
After a dangerous assignment, magazine reporter Nick Daniels deserves to rest. But his editor, Courtney, asks him to conduct an exclusive interview with an infamous bad boy. It's an offer Nick can't refuse, and he will do anything for his beautiful boss . . . who's engaged to the magazine's wealthy owner.
ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN THEM IS THE MOB, A BILLIONAIRE . . .
AND UNKNOWN PLAYERS WHO WILL DESTROY THEM
Nick's interview goes to hell when a man is viciously killed in front of him and he captures a key piece of evidence. The Mafia hit quickly triggers city-wide bloodshed. With the NYPD, district attorneys, and the FBI after them, Nick and Courtney are caught in a war for power that reaches the highest echelons of politics and crime. Trusting no one, Nick only knows that someone very powerful desperately needs him dead . . .

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Editorial Reviews

BestsellersWorld.com
"An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . There are twists and turns to the very end that kept my eyes riveted to the pages . . . you won't want to shut your eyes or put the book down until it's finished."
MeMyBookandtheCouch2.wordpress.com
"Every year, I look forward to Patterson's new releases. DON'T BLINK was no exception . . . There's just something about reading a James Patterson book."
USA Today
"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
BookReporter.com
"Thrill-a-minute . . . twists and turns . . . another winner for Patterson and Roughan."
ReflectionswithCoffee.com
"A page-turner that's perfect for killing an afternoon."
From the Publisher
"An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . There are twists and turns to the very end that kept my eyes riveted to the pages . . . you won't want to shut your eyes or put the book down until it's finished."—BestsellersWorld.com

"Thrill-a-minute . . . twists and turns . . . another winner for Patterson and Roughan."—BookReporter.com

"Every year, I look forward to Patterson's new releases. DON'T BLINK was no exception . . . There's just something about reading a James Patterson book."—MeMyBookandtheCouch2.wordpress.com

"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
USA Today

"A page-turner that's perfect for killing an afternoon."—ReflectionswithCoffee.com

People
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."
People Magazine
James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose.
Library Journal
Patterson (www.jamespatterson.com) once again teams up with Roughan—after Sail (2008)—to deliver another page-turning thriller. Here, journalist Nick Daniels learns he's been granted the interview of a lifetime, with former Yankee pitcher Dwayne Robinson. Daniels arrives at Lombardo's Steak House ready to talk with the legendary player to discover the mystery behind his disappearance from the World Series when the murder of an infamous mob lawyer at the restaurant suddenly leaves Daniels in possession of a key piece of evidence. This story packs Patterson's typical punch, featuring plenty of action and plot twists. But though actor/narrator David Patrick Kelly keeps the rapid-fire plot moving expertly along, Daniels lacks the character depth of series favorites Alex Cross and Lindsey Boxer. Only for Patterson's devoted fans and those liking mafia thrillers. [The Little, Brown hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455506675
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 71,668
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.50 (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:

First Chapter

Don't Blink


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036238

Prologue

IN THE WINK OF A BLINK OF AN EYE

One

LOMBARDO’S STEAKHOUSE ON Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side was justly famous for two things, two specialties of the house. The first was its double-thick, artery-clogging forty-six-ounce porterhouse, the mere sight of which could give a vegan an apoplectic seizure.

The second claim to fame was its clientele.

Simply put, Lombardo’s Steakhouse was paparazzi heaven. From A-list actors to all-star pro athletes, CEOs to supermodels, rap stars to poet laureates—anyone who was anyone could be spotted at Lombardo’s, whether they were brokering deals or just looking and acting fabulous.

Zagat, the ubiquitous red bible of dining guides, said it best: “Get ready to rub elbows and egos with the jet set, because Lombardo’s is definitely the place to see and be seen.”

Unless you were Bruno Torenzi, that is.

He was the man who was about to make Lombardo’s Steakhouse renowned for something else. Something terrible, just unbelievably awful.

And no one seemed to notice him… until it was too late… until the deed was almost done.

Of course, that was the idea, wasn’t it? In his black three-button Ermenegildo Zegna suit and dark-tinted sunglasses, Bruno Torenzi could have been anybody. He could have been everybody.

Besides, it was lunch. Broad daylight, for Christ’s sake.

For something this sick and depraved to go down, you would have at least thought nighttime. Hell, make that a full moon with a chorus of howling wolves.

“Can I help you, sir?” inquired the hostess, Tiffany, the one person who did manage to notice Torenzi if only because it was her job. She was a young and stunning blonde from the Midwest, with perfect porcelain skin, who could turn more heads than a chiropractor.

But it was as if she didn’t even exist.

Torenzi didn’t stop, didn’t even glance her way when she spoke to him. He just waltzed right by her, cool as a cabana.

Screw it, thought the busy hostess, letting him go. The restaurant was packed as always, and he certainly looked like he belonged. There were other customers arriving, getting in her face as only New Yorkers can. Surely this guy was meeting up with someone who was already seated.

She was right about that much.

Table chatter, clanking silverware, the iconic jazz of John Coltrane filtering down from the recessed ceiling speakers—they all combined to fill the mahogany-paneled dining room of Lombardo’s with a continuous loop of the most pleasant sort of white noise.

Torenzi heard none of it.

He’d been hired because of his discipline, his unyielding focus. In his mind there was only one other person in the busy restaurant. Just one.

Thirty feet…

Torenzi had spotted the table in the far right corner. A special table, no doubt about that. For a very special customer.

Twenty feet…

He cut sharply over to another aisle, the heels of his black wingtips clicking against the polished wood floor like a metronome in three-quarter time.

Ten feet…

Torenzi leveled his stare on the bald and unabashedly overweight man seated alone with his back to the wall. The picture he’d been handed could stay tucked in his pocket. There was no need to double-check the image.

This was him, for sure. Vincent Marcozza.

The man who had less than a minute to live.



Continues...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    Maybe later

    I really enjoy James Patterson but it seems a little short to spend that much on. I am in agreement with a previous reviewer- one of the main reasons I went digital with my books was the cost. I could not justify spending so much on a one read book as well as the paper issue. Now though, e-book prices just seem to be creeping up. I know everyone wants to get their piece of the pie but come on. I will just wait a while on the new releases and see if the prices go down. I am patient and I have so much other stuff to read. I don't have to buy anything for a long while.

    63 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Read The Book First, Please

    I had to use a rating in order for the review to post. The book is not available yet. I wish readers would post a review on the basis of the book and not whether it's in Nook or e-book form.I see this a lot and it needs to stop. It is not fair to others that may be interested in reading the books.

    39 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Good Read

    After reading the decent book, The Postcard Killers, i was a little iffy about Don't Blink. I'm very glad i was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Non-stop action, twists, and great characters really made me enjoy the book. If you like stories with constant action, the Mafia, and humor, this book is for you. I give it a 4.3 out of 5 and i am very satisfied. Now the long wait until Cross Fire in November begins. Greeeeeeat.

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    James Patterson's newest thrilled, Don't Blink, is another Godfather!

    It combines the elements of a good old fashioned news reporter, Nick Daniels who suddenly finds himself with the biggest story of his career right in front of him as a mob hit man takes out one of their biggest rivals attorney at the table next to them. Justice is blind is the cryptic message that is left behind

    Now both Nick Daniels and the Italian and Russian mob is out to figure out who committed the murder with the newest District Attorney David Sorren pushing him to the front lines in an attempt to gain some publicity for his run for New York's Mayor. If he can put the head of the mob, Eddie Pinero behind bars, that is one step closer to winning this election.

    Only someone is out for Nick and they aren't going to stop until he is dead. There is no where he can hide and no one to protect him until he either solves the case or winds up in the river.

    Once again, James Patterson does not disappoint in his latest novel with Howard Roughan. You are on a high speed pursuit in every page you turn trying to solve this crime along with Nick. Never have I seen someone being as hunted and chased as Nick is from sunrise to sundown and just when you think you've got it figured out, you are left holding the bag once again.

    I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and have to give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    DON'T BLINK, by J. Patterson

    DON'T BLINK is a fast-paced, gripping page-turner worth checking out. An unfortunate reporter, Nick Daniels, happened to be in the wrong place at the right time while conducting an interview when all hell broke loose; there's murder and accidental recorded evidence, Mafia war, a gorgeous magazine editor and a lot of trouble for poor Nick. A thrilling book! It's certainly worth the read!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2010

    Action-Packed!

    "Don't Blink" was a real page turner-the best Patterson book I've read outside of the "Alex Cross" series. Hope "Don't Blink" becomes a movie!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

    Great Cover

    I also gave it 4 stars just to be able to write a review. Like another reviewer I am tired of scrolling through reviews from people who haven't read the book and those looking for it on Nook! These are not reviews of the book in question. I am seeing more of this and too bad there isn't some way they can be deleted from the list.I often read reviews of books before buying in order to get peoples takes on the pro's and cons. Someone's pro's may be a con for me and visa versa, I certainly haven't gained anything by what I have read so far. I was hoping to find a review from a person who got an advance copy. I am buying this book mostly because I want to be able to read it for myself and write a real review.

    12 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Way to high a price for an ebook

    I would not pay this much for an ebook

    10 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    This is a page turner!

    For those of you Nook owners who complained about the price for only 87 pages, you are mistaken. The 87 page sample is free. The $14.99 gets you the whole book. I downloaded the sample first and then the remainder of the book and read it all in one day! I certainly didn't blink. I love James Patterson's books and this one did not disapoint.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    A dud!!

    I love James Patterson's books, and have read them all---but this is a real dud. I usually read his books in less than a day---can't put them down. But, I'm on at least day 3 or 4 with this one, and still trying to finish it. Can't believe I would be so disappointed in one of his books. Rather boring!!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    co-authored Patterson

    I've read them all and to me, his sole penmanship is far better reading than his co-authored material. But I will read them anyway and have based my review on all other books with Patterson in the forefront of another author.

    5 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    okay but not great

    Pretty good, but not up to Patterson's usual writing.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    A Must Read

    I am James Patterson fan I have read several of James Patterson's books and I am very pleased with this book It is a real page turner . Patterson has done it again with the character's He gets very desciptive with the chartacters in this book which I like. The plot is easy to follow so I must say go get this book It is a must for your personal library

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Great Read a Must Finish

    I Per Ordered this Book and I was Not disappointed I loved, It started off like James like to get you right in th Action ,I was full of Thrilles and Action it will keep you guessing nd tring to figure it out But as alway YOU WILL NOT!! I could not put it down ...Can't wait for the next Book,,, I had gone back to "I Alex Cross" I have not read that one

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Stay Golden

    This book is nothing like the outsiders.After reading it I am disgusted at the authors choice of diction and subject matter. The offensive nature of the book was not only upsetting to me but my child.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    WELL, I NEVER!!!

    Chairo, I can't believe you called me out personally. For your information I have read every Patterson book in print because he is one of my favorite authors. I never said anything about why people are disappointed, my post was rate the book on the book itself and not some Kindle problem. Everyone had posted an opinion and you choose me to call out. Please do not call my name again. Have a good day.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    That was an excellent weekend read.very enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Worth a look

    I have read all of James Patterson's books and find them worth reading and passing along. Don't Blink is fairly good, but I was anticipating a little more out of it. Not to say it isn't good, but the charactors seem like a "rough draft". Some charactors you only meet once and do not understand their place until towards the end. Even then I would say a couple of the charactors we meet at the restaurant were just "filler" charactors. The plot is good and keeps you guessing on who the main Bad Guy(s) are. I recommend this book as any of the other James Patterson books.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    recommend

    Have been staying away from the Patterson factory. But this one is good. More plot and character development than in some of the others. I like a book that has some substance and holds my interest and this one does. I don't like formula books. Would read something from this duo again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Patterson is always good.

    Easy and enjoyable reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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