Mistress [NOOK Book]

Overview

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie.
Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.

When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, ...
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Mistress

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Overview

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie.
Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.

When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs.

In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.
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Diana Hotchkiss might have been the great love of Ben's life, but they were never lovers; he had to be content with admiring her from afar. Even after this gorgeous damsel is found dead outside her apartment, he can't let go; he begins pursuing her story with obsessive urgency. What he soon discovers is not pretty: This fetching Midwesterner was leading a sordid double life, using her sexual charms to advance her goals among Washington high rollers. Undeterred, Ben presses on, initially unaware that his posthumous infatuation with this dreamy girl is placing him in very immediate mortal danger. An intense, sexy thriller from the master of the genre. Bound to be a number one bestseller.

USA Today
"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
People Magazine
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."
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PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:

"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
USA Today

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

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."—Publishers Weekly

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780316211062
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 795
  • File size: 905 KB

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    I'm happy for the good rating but I'd be even happier to hear mo

    I'm happy for the good rating but I'd be even happier to hear more from you about Mistress. What did you like? Or (I'm a grown man now, I can take it) what didn't you like? I will tell you it's my favorite project of recent vintage, and David Ellis and I put probably twice as much time into it as any book in the past five years. A lot of that labor went into the main character, Ben, who I think you'll agree is one rare bird. But let me know, okay? I appreciate the reads, and the honesty.

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    This is the worst Patterson book I have read - and I have read m

    This is the worst Patterson book I have read - and I have read many.

    19 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Very hard to stay focused

    I have been an avid reader of James Patterson for many, many years. Love the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Private and Honeymoon series. Just finished reading 2nd Honeymoon yesterday. Picked this up at the library yesterday. I am happy I borrowed this book and didn't buy it. I can't get past the main character's OCD. His comments come out of left field. Too hard to follow. I don't recommend this to anyone who likes James Patterson. This is not like anything else with his name on the cover.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Unreadable Of all of James Patterson books that was coauthored t

    Unreadable
    Of all of James Patterson books that was coauthored this was the worst. What is this supposed this David Baldacci lite.

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Not j.p!

    Absolutly the worst j.p.book i evrr read...and i read all of them. I may skip him from now on. This was terrible.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    I feel that Patterson is "losing the plot" of being a

    I feel that Patterson is "losing the plot" of being a great writer. I avidly read all his books but he is co-writing with so many different writers now that his true style is not coming through. I suspect that the c0-writers are doing most of the work, with Patterson just "tweaking" the text in places. I suppose this is all for commercial reasons but this is one reader that he has lost, although he probably doesn't care just as long as the bucks keep rolling into his bank account, but I no longer regard him as a serious writer.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Very disappointed

    I have read all of James pattersons books and loved them. This was the first book I didn't finish. Very disappointed.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    Mistress is not good. The plot was zany and crazy like the main

    Mistress is not good.
    The plot was zany and crazy like the main character, Ben. He got all those people killed because of what? And, for a what? His last 3-4 books have disappointed me. Poor plots, dumb characters, and a waste of good money. Write better or stop.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I never thought I would rate a James Patterson novel this low, b

    I never thought I would rate a James Patterson novel this low, but to me this book was annoying. I just wanted to get to the story. All the thoughts of the main character were not interesting to me. I started skipping them and trying to get to the plot. I got through it out of respect for James Patterson. I have read all his books and couldn't say that if I didn't finish it. I am still a fan. This book just wasn't good to me.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Loved it

    Wow quick read. Fast paced. Action non stop. I loved how this book was written. It was fresh original. One of the best books i have read. And i am a bigfan especially of his friend andrew gross. 15 seconds was awesome. However this book is so different the comedy was great. I loved every line. The ac dc playing in the back ground i was there with the chatacter feeling the wild ride. Getting into his crazy mind. Thats what a writer with talent does patterson does it well he writes flawlessly. This book has it all. Thank u james. Read it in a day and loved every minute

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    A really fast-paced sexy, good read. If you haven't read a Patt

    A really fast-paced sexy, good read. If you haven't read a Patterson in a while, this is a GREAT Summer thriller.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Mistake!

    One of the worst Patterson books ever!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    I have not read this as yet but considering all the poor reviews

    I have not read this as yet but considering all the poor reviews, I doubt I will. Very disappointed to hear some of the remarks, but at the same time some of his latest books have also been a bit of a let down to me, too. A new book every month may just be too much to keep up his usual good writing, and agree a lot of that may be because of some of his co-writers.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    I've read nearly all of Patterson's books and have recently deci

    I've read nearly all of Patterson's books and have recently decided not to read many more. The quality of his writing has declined drastically and the plots and subplots are predictable. It also seems as if Patterson and his fellow writers have sold themselves out to shock value. Several of the recent books have been 'shockingly' and disgustingly bloody and garish. The quality of the writing has definitely declined. Even the last two 'Cross' books were not as well developed and Cross's character has lost----for lack of a better word---'character.' I hope Patterson will slow down in his mass production of inferior literature and return to creating the quality of writing he seems to have lost.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    very disappointed in this book. Even though I did like the book,

    very disappointed in this book. Even though I did like the book, but felt like it wasn't up to Patterson's earlier books. It does have a good story line.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    Who stole JP's name - this is a travesty! I anticipate all of J

    Who stole JP's name - this is a travesty! I anticipate all of JP's books, but this one was terrible, there may have been a plot in there somewhere, but I had trouble getting past the insidious character and the overused meetings finally (in the last 1/4 of the book) see if the ending held any redemption. Sadly, it didn't. I don't think I'll be following any other books with the tedious Benjamin, or any of the other characters that never garnered any emotion from me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    I don't recommend this book if you are a reader of James Patters

    I don't recommend this book if you are a reader of James Patterson as it's nothing like his other books. I had to return it. Couldn't follow the story. Too many racing thoughts with insertions of different topics. I always have Loved James Patterson, The Alex Cross Series, Stand Alones, & Women's Murder Club, If you are considering purchasing this book please read free pre-read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    worst james Patterson book I've ever bought

    worst james Patterson book I've ever bought

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Don't waste your money!

    This book was was the worst jp book ever! Seems like he is cranking out books just to make money and not putting any thought into the plot.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Not a thriller. Hard to stay with it. Not my favorite! 

    Not a thriller. Hard to stay with it. Not my favorite! 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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