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Mistress
     

Mistress

3.3 320
by James Patterson, David Ellis
 

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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

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.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."
People Magazine
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."
From the Publisher
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455515899
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
453,194
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(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 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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Mistress 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 320 reviews.
James_B_Patterson More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of James pattersons books and loved them. This was the first book I didn't finish. Very disappointed.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
doriMO More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unreadable Of all of James Patterson books that was coauthored this was the worst. What is this supposed this David Baldacci lite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst Patterson book I have read - and I have read many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst Patterson books ever!
beachgeek More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really fast-paced sexy, good read. If you haven't read a Patterson in a while, this is a GREAT Summer thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm normally a huge fan of James Patterson. I even like most of the books he “co-writes” with other authors. I say “co-writes” because it's pretty obvious most of the writing isn't in his style. That said, they are usually pretty good reads. _Mistress _was written with David Ellis, a new writer to me, and after _Mistress_, not one I will read again. The plot and story are not bad, pretty much what you can always expect from James Patterson. However, the telling of the story is like nothing I've ever read and I found it incredibly tedious. I haven't seen this in previous Patterson books, so I assume this is Mr. Ellis's contribution. Consider the following excerpt: “Okay, I've never busted into a home. This is something new. But desperate times, as they say, call for desperate measures. _Desperate Measures_ had a pretty cool premise. A cop needs a bone marrow donor for his son and the only person who qualifies is a convicted multiple murderer who uses the trip to the hospital to escape. The cop has to catch him but needs him alive. Gotta love a movie with Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton. Stop, Ben. Shake out the nerves. I walk up onto the driveway and my heartbeat cranks up a level. The closer I get to this house, the less easily I can turn back. I walk slowly along the driveway and go around to the back of the home. My favorite Garcia movie is _Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead_. Great cast. I loved Keaton in _Batman_, a small guy to be playing that kind of a role, but he had those eyes. _Pacific Heights_ was a pretty freaky flick, but it had that scene with the bugs, and I hate bugs.” You just read 181 words. In those 181 words, you found out the main character has never broken into a house, and then you went off into the weeds for the other 174 words. There are hundreds of these side tracks throughout the book. Initially it was interesting, but an hour into the book and I found it tedious and detracting from the story.
paulsnana More than 1 year ago
This book isn't one of his better ones. Maybe it's because he paired up with Ellis instead of his usual partners. The first person presentation was so disjointed that it was annoying. Didn't even want to finish it.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Mistress is the 30th stand-alone novel by prolific American author, James Patterson, co-written by David Ellis. Ben Casper is a political journalist for his own online newspaper based in Washington DC. When he witnesses the apparent suicide of his good friend, Diana Hotchkiss, his grief is soon overcome by disbelief. He is certain that she would not suicide, but as he investigates, he discovers a Diana he does not recognise, a woman with secret lovers and uncharacteristic behaviour. And it seems that people Ben talks to begin to die with alarming regularity. Ben finds himself escaping death by the narrowest of margins. The clues seem to lead to the upper levels of Washington power brokers. As with most Patterson fiction, the novel is plot-driven; the characters have very little depth. Ben is the only character who is expanded upon: the reader spends the novel inside the head of a narrator who relates almost everything he experiences to TV or movies, trivia about presidents, or songs and artists. Ben’s constant patter about movies, presidents, bikes and music is at once a source of humour, a distraction from the main event and a filler between the action. Without it, the novel would have been considerably shorter. Ben’s own history is interspersed throughout the novel, but the final resolution feels a little rushed. Ellis manages to incorporate blackmail, several murders, explosions, shootings, the CIA, the Russians, the Chinese, the President and plenty of well-known DC landmarks into the plot. The Russian action is surprisingly topical considering events in the Ukraine. Once again in the format of Patterson’s extremely short chapters, this is a page-turner that has plenty of twists and turns.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually find JP's books hard to put down This one? Can hardly pick it up to finish reading it; Started out with seemingly good plot but devolved into hard to follow, unbelievable and disjointed nonsense. I'll now stick to those books written striclty by JP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always filled with anticipation over James Patterson's books - especially the thrillers.  I couldn't wait to read this book and once I started reading I couldn't wait for the story to be done.  Mr. Patterson must have been having writer's block or a stand-in writer on this novel.  Really disappointing.  Too much chatter.  I actually did something I NEVER do...I skimmed over the entire second half of the book to get to the end.  After doing that I was glad I didn't waste my time reading the entire story.  Love Patterson but did not love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is my last attempt to find again the interesting thrillers that Mr Patterson has written in the past. The last few books have been such a disappointment for me. Predictable and so very boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again great book twist and turns at every move awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure why JP decided to align himself with other so called authors for his past many books, but I do not see it has been anything other than disastrous. After trying a few prior and deciding that was enough, I wanted no more of his collaboration, I listened to the reviews and the hype for this new book and decided to purchase it giving JP one more chance to redeem himself. I am so sorry I did! This was the worst of the past books I have read. There was little to the imagination, little to the plot, little to the general excitement you expect when you read a Patterson book from the past. Do not waste your money on this writing (novel is a stretch of definition). I am sure JP will at some point in the future author a book solely on his own and I look forward to reading him again when he does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading and guessng Ben's nexr move!