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It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because everyone said Maggie had murdered not just one husband, but two. And because in Maggie's world - the world she feared and despised but could not escape, the world of the powerful, the rich, and the ruthless - both death and life could never be what they seemed. From ...

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Overview

It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because everyone said Maggie had murdered not just one husband, but two. And because in Maggie's world - the world she feared and despised but could not escape, the world of the powerful, the rich, and the ruthless - both death and life could never be what they seemed. From James Patterson, bestselling author of KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, comes his most brilliantly realized thriller, a story that will shatter your expectations...and hold every last one of your nerves in thrall, with each twist of the plot and every turn of the page.

Maggie Bradford is one of the most beloved singer/songwriters anywhere. She's also the devoted mother of two children. She seems to have it all. And so, how could she have murdered not just one, but two of her husbands? With unrelenting suspense, James Patterson answers that question.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If Thomas Harris's psycho-thrillers are the creme de la creme of the genre, then Patterson's Kiss the Girls; Along Came a Spider are the skimmed milk-fluid, but low in substance. In his new novel, the author again lays down a narrative line so gripping-an effect achieved partly through a plethora of one-sentence paragraphs, la Sidney Sheldon-that the reader may not notice, or care, that characterization and originality have fallen by the wayside. Patterson tells his story through two points of view: there's the the first-person voice of Maggie Bradford, who kills her abusive husband in the novel's flashback prologue and has now become a world-famous singer-songwriter ``I love your music, Maggie,'' Barbra Streisand tells her; and there's a third-person narration that is often filtered through the eyes of Will Shepherd, the celebrated soccer star who romances Maggie after her interim lover, an older tycoon, dies of a heart attack. The devastatingly handsome Will likes to hurt women ``there was a distinctly good part in him, but also a bad part'', however, and sometimes even to kill them. Will seems to want Maggie to save him from himself. Using his beauty and charm on her and her children, he wins her hand in marriage. That union sets up a major-league deja vu, two murder trials that aren't quite riveting and a final Big Twist that will only surprise those fresh to the thriller genre. Still, Will's descent into cartoonishness, and various loose threads, will probably not bother readers swept along by this lightweight pop fiction.
Library Journal
Beautiful Maggie Bradford seems to have it all: a successful career as a singer/songwriter, fame, money, and two precious children. However, she killed her first husband in self-defense and now she's in jail awaiting trial for the murder of her second husband, Will Shepherd, a charming, psychotic professional soccer player. At first, Maggie's marriage seems fine, but soon Will begins to act irrationally. The increasing tension comes to a head when Maggie comes to believe that Will has been sexually abusing her daughter; the resulting confrontation ends in Will's death and Maggie's arrest. Climaxing in Maggie's celebrity trial, this page-turner delivers a solid punch, complete with a surprise ending. Patterson Kiss the Girls, Little, Brown, 1995 offers a vivid, emotionally revealing tale. Recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/95.]-Stacie Browne Chandler, Whitman P.L., Mass.
Donna Seaman
Patterson takes his titles from nursery rhymes and child's play: Along Came a Spider (1992), Kiss the Girls (1994), and here the somewhat menacing game of hide-and-seek, a perfect tip-off to the mix of sweetness and evil in this quick read about a celebrity murder trial. Now there's an original idea. At any rate, Patterson's protagonist is a tall, blonde songwriter named Maggie who had a rotten childhood, then made a rotten marriage. When hubby attacks Maggie and their three-year-old daughter, Maggie shoots to kill, does, and then, mercifully, isn't charged with murder. Life goes on, and Maggie channels her grief into her music, moves to New York, and BAM! she's a star. The money pours in, she plays to adulating crowds, her music fills the airwaves. She falls in love with a wonderful man. Then he dies. Two down. Meanwhile, a very nasty boy named Will--whose mother abandoned him and his brother, whose father committed suicide, and whose aunt seduced him at a dangerously young age--is becoming a lethally nasty man. Will, a soccer star, is also famous and just happens to love Maggie's songs. When they marry, the media goes wild; when Will is shot dead, they're positively frenzied. Is the lovely songstress a killer, a black widow? Oy. This ranks right up there with chewing gum, but, hey, sometimes that's all you want, or can handle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446603713
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.12 (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
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Hide & Seek


By James Patterson

Warner Books

Copyright © 1996 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-60371-6


Chapter One

Early winter, 1984

More snow. Another Christmas season. Almost a year after Phillip's death-or as some would have it, his murder.

I sat back in the yellow cab as it bounced and plowed through the slush-filled New York streets. I was trying to put my mind in a calm place, but it wouldn't be still for me. I had promised myself I wouldn't be afraid-but I was very afraid.

Outside the streaked, wet taxi window, even the Salvation Army Santa Clauses looked miserable. Nobody sane or sensible was out walking today; those who were would not take their hands from their pockets to make a donation. The traffic cops looked like abandoned snowmen. The pigeons had disappeared from every windowsill and rooftop.

I glanced at my own reflection in the cab's window. Very long, blond hair, mostly with a mind of its own, but my best physical attribute, I thought. Freckles that no amount of makeup would ever cover. Nose a little out of proportion. Brown eyes that had, I knew, regained at least some of their half-forgotten sparkle. A small mouth, thickish lips-made, as Phillip joked in the happy days, for fellatio.

The thought of him made me shudder. The idea sex still makes me afraid, and much worse.

It had been a year since the terrible shooting at Point. My recovery was slow, both physically and mentally, and it wasn't complete. My leg still hurt, and brain didn't function with the clarity I'd once taken pride in. I found myself frightened by small noises. I saw threats in nighttime streets when none existed. Previously in pretty good control of my feelings, I had lost that control. I would cry for no reason, grow angry a neighbor's kindness, be suspicious of friends and afraid of strangers. There were times when I hated myself!

There had been an investigation, of course, but no trial. If Jennie hadn't been so badly beaten, if it had been only me with bloodied hair and a damaged leg might have been sent to prison that first time. But the fact that my three-year-old was injured too made our claim of self-defense more convincing.

No prosecutor wanted to take on the case, and the military academy was only too happy to have it hushed up.

Officers, it was a well-known fact, did not attack their wives and daughters. Wives and daughters really didn't exist at the Point. We were decorative.

So I took flight, and traveled to New York City, where I rented a two-bedroom apartment. It was a second-floor walkup in a dreary brownstone on West Seventy-fifth Street I located a day school for Jennie. Our lives began to move at a slower pace.

But I hadn't found what I wanted most: an end to the pain, a beginning to a new life.

I was twenty-five years old. I wore the letter M. I had taken someone's life, even if it had been in self-defense.

No guts, no glory, I urged myself on. I was definitely moving on sheer guts that day. I was chasing a dream I'd held on to and cherished for more than a dozen years.

Perhaps today that new life would start. But was I doing the right thing? Was I ready for this? Or was I about to make a horribly embarrassing mistake?

I tightly held a briefcase in my lap, filled with songs I had written during the past year. Songs-the music and the words-were my way of exposing my pain and expressing my hopes for the future.

Actually, I'd been writing songs since I was ten or eleven. Mostly in my head, but sometimes on paper. The songs were the one thing that everybody seemed to like about me, the one thing I did well.

Were they any good? I thought maybe they were, but Jennie and a squirrel named Smooch were the only ones who had heard them, and, eager for praise as I was, I knew enough not to trust the opinion of a four-year-old, or a squirrel.

Soon, though, there would be another listener. I was on my way to audition the songs for Barry Kahn, the Barry Kahn, the singer-composer who had electrified America a decade ago and now was one of the most important record producers in the world.

Barry Kahn wanted to hear my songs.

Or so he said.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2002

    Hide and Seek

    I started this book around 2:oo this afternoon and its only 8:30 in the evening and I'm half done and I love this book !!! I'll come back and do another comment when I'm done. Good Book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2002

    Hide and Seek

    I'm back and just finished this great book!!! This is such a good book. Its got the best surprise ending I've ever read in a good book, something you'd never expect to happen. I LOVE this book !!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    GREATEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ!

    I wasn't a big reader, but the moment I opened this book I couldn't put it down. I'm hooked on Patterson books now! The plot was always taking different turns, but was easy to follow. Always keeps you guessing and on the edge. The ending was the absolute best part of the book! This is a DEFINATE must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    Best James Patterson novel I have read so far !!

    I agree with the others who said that this novel is fascinating right from the very start. I have read two of his other novels, Black Friday and The Thomas Berryman Number , and found them to be very boring. This is such a departure . His story telling fleshes out the character of Maggie so well and bounces back and forth between her story and that of her second husband. It kept me wanting to catch up to see what would happen next and when their two lives would collide. Very good reading material. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Sorry. I guess I'm just not a James Patterson fan. Because some

    Sorry. I guess I'm just not a James Patterson fan. Because some of his books have been made into well-known movies, and because he is a prolific writer with an obviously strong following, I thought I should enjoy his books as well. I was wrong. The main characters are all either extremely goody-goody or psychotic. I couldn't relate. I read a second book of his just to see if this one was a fluke, but that seems to be the case with his other book as well. His formula seems to work for him, though, so I would say judge for yourself.

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

    Very dissapointing. Did james patterson really write this?

    Easily the poorest book ever written by this author. Unless I am becoming very critical I would question whether this book was actually written by a child. I have read most, if not all of the authors books and fortunately this book was far down the list or I may have never read so many.
    The storyline is terribly weak. There are no gripping moments, the seemingly "successful" characters in this book continually carry out bizarre actions. I question if by some mistake the original first and rough draft of this book accidently found its way to the printers in error.
    Why on earth would a very succesful businessman, whose car has broken, down decide to knock on the door of a complete stranger to use their phone and ultimately spend the night sleeping on their sofa do so when he lives a couple of miles away on the very same steeet??
    Get real!
    And why would hoards of people flock to see a performer who only sings about her disastrous life and the way her husband abused her? Not exactly the type of concert I would fancy attending. Slit your wrists time!
    Apart from that the book underperforms in the basics. The dialogue is the work of a 12 year old and the propensity of this poor woman to come across death is startling.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    Don't bother to pick it up

    It started slow, but I pushed on knowing some books are that way. I kept pushing, and pushing waiting to get hooked. It's flat. Characters not well developed, plot okay but important details are totally ignored.<BR/>Virtually NO investigation of the lead actress Will nearly killed? Come on, and NO reason as to why she didn't point to him as her attacker. And CERTAINLY when Will faked his own death, SOMEONE would have noticed Palmer missing...even at the funeral...at work...nada. There would<BR/>have been drag marks where Will placed the body. The ending of Will being in the psychiatric institution babbling jibberish was incredibly lame, and even lamer was her visit there-no way she would. I do not recommend this book. A big disappointment because other James Patterson's are really quite good.

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    wow

    WOW, what a book! Starting off it was rather boring in a way but at the same time I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I was on edge the whole time wondering what would happen next. The ending I never would have guessed it took me by complete surprise! Great job on yet another great book Mr. Patterson!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2007

    Good story but, not my favorite

    I liked the storyline and the different surprises that popped up now as well as the creepy ending. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any James Patterson fan but it is simply not my favorite book of his.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    KEEPS YOU GUESSING

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Most of the james patterson stories are good. Highly recommended for mystery lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    least favorite of james patterson's books

    james patterson is my favorite author. I will and try to read all that he publishes. i couldn't connect with any of these characters and just basically this book was not a good read to me. i liked the storyline and maybe the lifetime channel will make a movie of it. i gave it 2 stars, 1 for just being written by james patterson, and 1 for the storyline

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Least Favorite

    This was my least favorite book by James Patterson. For some reason, it just didn't grab my attention like the others have. It wasn't very interesting and I could have cared less to what happened to any of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Outstanding Thriller

    This is the kind of book you start reading before you go to bed, and become forced to finish it all in one night. IT IS SO FAST!! The plot turned and twisted almost every different page. The ending was the most unexpected ending of any book I have read. GREAT GREAT BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    I Definitely Recommend this Book

    The best part of it all is that Paterson is very decsriptive and thats what makes you want to read it more and the endings are unexpectable, I would allow anyone to read this book, its a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    couldn't put it down!!!

    I thought that this book was Excellent! I don't like reading one bit, but this book kept me up all night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    My favorite book that I've ever read

    Honestly Hide and Seek is my favorite James Patterson book and favorite book in general. I love everything about it and it's the closet book to perfection. Many things I could relate to. I like the creepiness of the characters. Soccer, just the way the book starts and ends. It's wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    This book is a real downer

    I really enjoyed the first two books I read by James Patterson: Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. This book was a major disappointment. It is almost unrelentingly depressing and reads like I would expect a Harlequin romance to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    ALEX CROSS WOULD BE ASHAMED!!

    I think Alex Cross is one of the best characters in modern detective fiction and his stories, though sometimes you may guess where they are going, you always cannot wait to see...THIS BOOK WAS NOT THAT...The story did not grab you, the characters are not likeable..you may not know where the story is going but truth be told you really don't care!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    How dare these people give this book such low ratings!

    Man, this book is awesome, I don't know what's up with these other reviewer people - they must be nuts, giving this book 1 or 2 stars only - it at least - AT LEAST deserves 4! Gosh - don't listen to these other fools, reader - go ahead and read this fine piece of writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    This book is a must read for drama fans

    Simply an excellent book!

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