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New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the ...
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Overview

This special free preview includes Book One of Don't Blink.

The good

New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit.

The bad

Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas--on both sides of the law.

And the dead

Back off--or die--is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
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"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316182591
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Sales rank: 6,840
  • File size: 190 KB

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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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Wouldn't recommend - the entire book is not available on eBooks apparently.

    I was really enjoying this book, however, I only got 87 pages of what I believe is a 380 page book - so I felt ripped off to say the least.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Preview only: 87 pages

    OK, I admit B&N wrote "Special free preview: book one" on the jacket cover photo. Unduly optimistic, I interpreted this as book one of a series, free. Also, I figured, if there was a "Download Sample" button, the "Download Now" button had to be the whole book. Right? Wrong! This item is what you should get when you click on "Download Sample" in the full-length book description.

    I should add that I'm still suffering sticker shock for eBooks in the $10+ price range. How much profit is included in that price? Why should I pay that much for a severly limited license?

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Great beginning - pulls you right in

    I downloaded this as a "Free" ebook, and truly enjoyed the 87 pages that I got. However,I think it was a bit sneaky to advertise it as "Free" and then ask you to buy it to read the middle and ending, not to mention the fact that the ebook cost is a bit ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    False Advertising

    While the ebook buyer is given the choice of "buy" or "sample" you only get 87 pages.
    So the commercial for the book is free, yippee!

    97 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Sample versus Free Download

    why does this show up as a Sample book when it is advertised as Free?

    46 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2010

    shame on barnes and noble

    "Free ebook" leads one to believe that it is the entire book. Shame on you B&N, for leading us on with 87 pages . . .from now on I read the reviews!

    45 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Deceiving

    I am disappointed to receive only 87 pages of a "free book."

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Good book what I read of it

    I downloaded this and got 87 pages

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    short 76 pages

    It seemed to be part chapters from the whole book, what little I read, I liked, not enough to spend 14 dollars.

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Excellent - bought the full book

    Thank you for the free preview. It's nice to try before you buy. I found the story compelling. I decided to buy the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Free preview was so gripping I had to buy the book. Great for a weekend read !

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Don't blink? Don't steal phrases from Doctor Who!

    Don't blink?

    Don't steal phrases from Doctor Who!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Very good book

    if you like mystery books you should read this one. James Patterson is a very good author.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Great Book

    Couldn't put it down, read it in a day 1/2

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Great even though preview.

    I really like this book! Fast flow on the edge. Try the preview and then you will have to have the full book!

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    Posted April 6, 2012

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    Read to beleive !!!

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    Posted February 25, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    Even though im on the third chapter it is awesome book!!! And im only 11! Cant wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    SERIOUSLY?

    Haven't purchased yet, but will do so. I was just reading the reviews and couldn't get over the fact that the words "Preview" and "Sample" meant to some that the whole book was free. OMG

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    Posted January 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Only 87 pages!

    Ready to download until I read other reviews. This is nothing but a free sample not a free book. It's like a hook and bait deal. 87 pages is not a free book.

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