Don't Blink

Don't Blink

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by James Patterson, Howard Roughan
     
 

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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 to the

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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 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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"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

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."
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."
People Magazine
James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose.
People
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455506675
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
81,821
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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Don't Blink 3.8 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 1264 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Stevey211 More than 1 year ago
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.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
Dattie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Missmimi2 More than 1 year ago
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!!
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
That was an excellent weekend read.very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
marbro More than 1 year ago
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
omniverousreader More than 1 year ago
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.
windyfw More than 1 year ago
Easy and enjoyable reading.
gman828282 More than 1 year ago
this book will keep you on the edge of your seat , wondering whats going to happen next
tina3131 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, but not up to Patterson's usual writing.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, wish there was a sequel.
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ALEX A The book Don’t Blink by James Patterson is a very good book in my opinion.  It is a suspenseful, intriguing and exiting book in the commercial fiction category.  The book is about Nick Daniels a reporter who travels the globe and writes very prolific stories about the places he visits. He is a very big baseball fan but one day he gets to meet the person who cost his favorite team the Yankees their World Series ten years ago, Dwayne Robinson, who was a star pitcher and drug user never showed up to the last game of the series he was devastated.  So when his manager Courtney called him one day after a long trip and asked if he would like to interview him he had a moral dilemma do I meet the man who cost my Yankees the World Series or do I ignore him. He decided to meet him and when he got to Lombardo’s Steak House to meet him and Dwayne never showed up he was furious but when an assassin murdered a man not more than 20 feet from him he forgot all about it. This is the best book I’ve read, I would recommend it to people over the age of 14 for the gory depictions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. The characters and their interaction was almost silly and predictable. Yes, there were some interesting twists to the story but I struggled to finish the book. I would not recomend it.
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