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The Quickie

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by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
     
 

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When Lauren Stillwell discovers her husband leaving a hotel room with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But while she's sneaking around, her husband is hatching a plan of his own. After a torrid quickie with a co-worker, Lauren hears a struggle outside her window and looks out just in time to see her husband loading her lover's limp body into

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When Lauren Stillwell discovers her husband leaving a hotel room with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But while she's sneaking around, her husband is hatching a plan of his own. After a torrid quickie with a co-worker, Lauren hears a struggle outside her window and looks out just in time to see her husband loading her lover's limp body into the trunk of a car. When the body shows up in a pool of shallow water, she races to the scene of the crime. But Lauren Stillwell is no regular wronged woman. She's a NYC cop—and she's just been assigned to this case. Unable to tell anyone what she saw and unwilling to turn her husband in, Lauren is paralyzed by a secret that will tear her life apart. But as she attempts to point fingers away from her husband, she uncovers something shocking: her husband didn't have an affair—what he did was far worse than she could have ever imagined. A gripping story of secrets and infidelities that begins where Adrian Lyne's movie Unfaithful leaves off, THE QUICKIE will have readers' hearts pounding to the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

When NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell spots her husband leaving a hotel with a sexy woman, she doesn't call Dr. Phil; she goes ballistic. Her devious plan to exact retribution, however, lands her in a messy situation that no marriage manual could solve. To make bad things worse, her latest department assignment forces her to confront her core values and a deadly secret. James Patterson's The Quickie is a brisk read that will leave you breathless.
Library Journal

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." NYPD detective Lauren Stillwell finds out the hard way that a lie is the most difficult thing to keep alive. After seeing her husband entering a hotel room with another woman, Lauren jumps to the conclusion that he is cheating on her and, in retaliation, she has a one-night "quickie" with a fellow police officer. If this were the end of the story, it would still qualify as interesting fiction, but Patterson and Ledwidge have no intention of making things easier for Lauren. What begins as a simple act of desperation soon evolves into a complex and often deadly series of cover-ups, lies, and deceptions. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson skillfully keeps the suspense moving, giving each character a distinct personality, and helping listeners overcome the occasional florid prose by pulling us deeper and deeper into the "tangled web" Lauren creates. Highly recommended for all libraries; Patterson is sure to have a large and loyal following.
—Joseph L. Carison

Bookreporter.com
"Action? Check. Suspense? By the carload. Romance? Yes. Erotica? Let's Just say that it's not limited to the cover."
NightsandWeekends.com
"Simply the best suspense thriller I've read to date."
TheRomanceReadersConnection.com
"Will have you gasping out loud at nearly every page."
New York Times Book Review
"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried. There's no stopping his imagination."
New York Daily News
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Patterson juggles twist after twist with genuine glee."
From the Publisher
"Action? Check. Suspense? By the carload. Romance? Yes. Erotica? Let's Just say that it's not limited to the cover."—Bookreporter.com"

Simply the best suspense thriller I've read to date."—NightsandWeekends.com"

Will have you gasping out loud at nearly every page."—TheRomanceReadersConnection.com"

Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried. There's no stopping his imagination."—New York Times Book Review"

When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."—New York Daily News"

Patterson juggles twist after twist with genuine glee."—San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446581745
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Pages:
357

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The Quickie


By James Patterson Michael Ledwidge

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2007 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-11736-4


Chapter One

I KNEW THIS WAS a really terrific idea, if I didn't say so myself, surprising Paul for lunch at his office down on Pearl Street.

I'd made a special trip into Manhattan and had put on my favorite "little black dress." I looked moderately ravishing. Nothing that would be out of place at the Mark Joseph Steakhouse, and one of Paul's favorite outfits, too, the one he usually chose if I asked him, "What should I wear to this thing, Paul?"

Anyway, I was excited, and I'd already spoken to his assistant, Jean, to make sure that he was there - though I hadn't alerted her about the surprise. Jean was Paul's assistant after all, not mine.

And then, there was Paul.

As I rounded the corner in my Mini Cooper, I saw him leaving his office building, walking with a twenty-something blonde woman.

Paul was leaning in very close to her, chatting, laughing in a way that instantly made me feel very ill.

She was one of those bright, shiny beauties you're more likely to see in Chicago or Iowa City. Tall, hair like platinum silk. Cream-colored skin that looked just about perfect from this distance. Not a wrinkle or blemish.

She wasn't completely perfect, though. She tripped a Manolo on a street plate as she and Paul were getting into a taxi, and as I watched Paul gallantly catch hold of the pink cashmere on her anorexic elbow, I felt like someone had hammered a cold chisel right into the center of my chest.

I followed them. Well, I guess followed is too polite. I stalked them.

All the way up to Midtown, I stayed on that taxi's bumper like we were connected by a tow hook. When the cab suddenly pulled up in front of the entrance to the St. Regis Hotel, on East 55th Street, and Paul and the woman stepped out smiling, I felt an impulse rush from the lizard part of my brain to my right foot, which was hovering over the accelerator. Then Paul took her arm. A picture of both of them sandwiched between the storied hotel's front steps and the hood of my baby-blue Mini flashed through my mind.

Then it was gone, and so were they, and I was left sitting there crying to the sound of the honking taxis lined up behind me.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Quickie by James Patterson Michael Ledwidge Copyright © 2007 by James Patterson. Excerpted by permission.
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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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The Quickie 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 394 reviews.
Marilyn816 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days on vacation and it was so good that I actually started reading it to my friend who got enthralled just by what I was telling her. I loved the character of Lauren and think this should be a movie. Sort of picture Angelina Jolie in title role. I usually can figure out some things but this book kept surprising me and the twists and turns were great. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and he outdid himself with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an easy read. If you like suspense, this is for you. The corners Mr. Patterson turns are unexpected and thrilling. From page 1 to the last one, you don't know where the story will take you. Short, 1,2,3 or 4 page chapters, you will find yourself turning with disbelief and anticipation. An ending even more bizarre than you will believe. ***** 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book as good as this. It is perfect if you like horror and mystery. I just started reading it an hour ago and it's done. THATS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patterson has done it again. Can't wait to purchase another one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this a while back and it was a good read, easy, short and couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not figure at any time what was going to happen next. So many unexpected twists and turns. It kept me on the edge throughout the entire book. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't remember how many times I have read it def good book I keep it on my nightstand I have to read the whole book at least once a month
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was another great read page turning thriller man i love patterson soooooo addicted read it in one day one sitting and loved every min i have no life lol
ESTRN More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I liked the twist and turns and the ending was great. The only reason why I gave it a 4 was because I expected a lot of sex. The book is called "The Quickie". Figured there would be a lot of sex
lopezmom More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! This is the best book I've read in awhile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Patterson's books and they range from books that I thought were great'Along Came a Spider', books that I thought were innovative and fun 'The Jester', and books that are just enjoyable reads 'Beach House'. The Quickie, however, is possibly the worst book I have ever read. It is filled with unlikeable characters rushing from one unbelievable scenario to the next. The book begins by causing the reader to ask 'But why would he/she do that?' and quickly descends to such outlandish action that I actually spent time searching the net to see if the book was intended as a farce--it wasn't, but it is anyway.
Anonymous 6 months ago
He strolled in.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is fabulous!
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mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Highly suspenseful read full of twists and turns! Made the perfect summer read for me!! James Patterson at his best, by far my favorite book of his to date!!
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I'm usually not the type of person to be interested in a book, if the book doesn’t grab me then I will end up falling asleep before I even start the chapter, but this book is definitely worth reading. I only had to read the first chapter of the book and I was already hooked, I never feel asleep once when I was reading this outstanding book. Mr. Patterson gave so much vivid detail in this book I felt like I was actually a part of the book; it was unbelievable because I have never read a book where I can imagine everything that is happening in my head I was astonished by all the vivid detail that was provided in this book. I couldn't stop reading; it wasn't long till I finished reading the whole story. If I didn't have distractions like school or sports I probably could of finished the book in two days max. The easy part about reading the book was that the chapters were short; they were two, three pages long. So of course it would make you want to continue reading it. Each chapter has so much vivid detail you could never get tired of reading the book. I definitely recommend this book to all of those who love to read mysterious, adventure, crime scene type of books. "The Quickie" definitely gets five stars.
columbusgapug More than 1 year ago
It was a little slow start and I almost stopped reading because I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I didn't. Glad I continued. So many twists and turns.
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