The Thomas Berryman Number

The Thomas Berryman Number

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by James Patterson
     
 

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THE FIRST NOVEL AND EDGAR-AWARD WINNER BY THE WORLD'S #1 BESTSELLING WRITER!

You are about to begin one of the classic American novels of suspense by the world's bestselling author. It begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin,

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THE FIRST NOVEL AND EDGAR-AWARD WINNER BY THE WORLD'S #1 BESTSELLING WRITER!

You are about to begin one of the classic American novels of suspense by the world's bestselling author. It begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.

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Library Journal
In Season of the Machete, actor Lou Diamond Phillips does an outstanding job presenting complex accents and distinctive characterizations, both male and female. His steady tone adds greatly to this story of a small Caribbean island paradise ripped apart by racial tension. Damian and Carrie Rose are "Killers for Hire"; they've been contacted by a Mafia family to disrupt the tranquility of San Dominica, a small island catering to middle-class tourists. The Mafia wants to make the vicious killings appear to be the work of a rebel island native who uses machetes as freely as the Roses use guns. When a young American working in an island hotel accidentally witnesses one of the killings and is able to identify the elusive Damian, the murders increase in intensity and the entire Caribbean is threatened with rebellions. This straight-forward mystery moves relentlessly to a violent and unexpected conclusion.

Not so fortunate is The Thomas Berryman Number, which suffers from a meandering plot and a bewildering cast of characters. Reader Will Patton does his best to keep things in order, skillfully using honeyed Southern accents to tell the story of an ambitious newspaper reporter who investigates the assassination of a beloved African American leader. Those patient enough to wade through the molasses-thick tale will find a rewarding climax awaiting them as the action moves from murders in the South to a riveting manhunt in the North. Patterson has legions of fans; these two books will find an eager audience. The other titles in this series (e.g., Honeymoon, Mary, Mary, and London Bridges) should be well within the budgets of public libraries large andsmall.
—Joseph L. Carlson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455561605
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/24/2015
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
150,557
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Thomas Berryman Number


By James Patterson

Warner Books

Copyright © 1976 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-60045-8


Prologue

Down on the Farm (1962)

Claude, Texas, 1962

The year he and Ben Toy left Claude, Texas-1962-Thomas Berryman had been in the habit of wearing black cowboy boots with distinctive red stars on the ankles. He'd also been stuffing four twenty-dollar bills in each boot sole. By mid-July the money had begun to shred and smell like feet.

One otherwise unpromising afternoon there'd been a shiny Coupe de Ville out on Ranch Road #5. It was metallic blue. Throwing sun spirals and stars off the bumpers.

He and Ben Toy had watched its approach for six or eight miles of scruffy Panhandle desert. They were doing nothing. "Bored sick and dying fast on a fencerail," Berryman had said earlier. Toy had only half-smiled.

"You heard about that greaseball Raymond Cone? I suppose you did," the conversation was going now.

"I always said that was going to happen." Berryman puffed thoughtfully on a non-filter cigarette. "The way he's always talking about dry-humping Nadine in his old man's Chevrolet, it had to."

"You think he'll marry her?"

"I know he'll marry her. It's been happening for about a hundred years straight around here. Then the old man gets him with Pepsi in Amarillo. Then she has the kid. Then he splits on both of them for Reno, Nevada, or California. I hate that, I really do."

Toy took out a small, wrinkled roll of money and started counting five- and ten- and one-dollar bills. "He says he'll put a 30-30 in his mouth. Before he marries Nadine."

"Yeah, well ... He'll be haulassing soda cases pretty soon. That'll dilute his 'Frankie and Johnny' philosophies."

Thomas Berryman shaded his sunglasses so he could see the approaching car better. A finely made coil of brown dust followed it like a streamer. Buzzards crossed its path, heading east toward Wichita Falls.

When the Coupe was less than twenty-five yards away, Berryman flipped out his thumb. "Are you coming or not?" he said to Toy.

The big car, meanwhile, had clicked out of cruise control and was easing to a stop.

The driver turned out to be the Bishop of Albuquerque-. Padre Luis Gonsolo. Both young men left Claude, Texas, with him. They kept right on going until they were in New York City.

Thomas Berryman and Ben Toy rode into New York in high style too ... in the 1962 metallic blue Coupe de Ville ... without the Bishop.

(Continues...)



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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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Thomas Berryman Number 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of James Patterson's books. Most of his books I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what is going to happen next. This is the worst book I have ever read. It was so boring that it took me more than a week to read. When I finally finished reading it, I had no idea what I read. The plot was confusing. Don't waste your money on this book.
marei49 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get past the first several chapters. It''s boring, jumps around, and confusing. I'm so glad JP has come a long way since his first book---he's a fine writer now and I have since read most of his books. I can get into them immediately and the plots and characters flow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard book to get into, started it one month ago, still trying to finish it, I can usually finish one of his books in two days. I have read all the James Patterson series books, loved them all, always waiting for the next book to come out.
CrimefanSA More than 1 year ago
I thought this book never-ending, and got to the point I didn't care. I lost track of people, the dates, and didn't care who "dont it". Not worth the attempt to read.
mdvd More than 1 year ago
it could of been the language,story,can't really say but i didn't like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quit i have read most of j.p.s books for years. No more, do anything but do not bore me you bored me. No more j.p. books for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what the heck I just read. Worst book I have ever read in my life. Would give it zero stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like a single charachter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what was going on, and, worse, I didn't care. I cannot believe that the author who wrote such EXCELLENT ALEX CROSS mysteries penned such a disjointed and basically BORING story. Supposedly this was his first murder mystery and it was loved and praised. I don't know why. I was in my 20's in 1976 (when it was copyrighted) so I was aware of most of his time references. I only read it til the end because it was a James Patterson book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrible! Don't waste your time & money. I struggled through & was disappointed. The critics that raved about this book must have been in a coma...The claims of the book being a terrifying tale was nothing but BS!
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rforte0531 More than 1 year ago
I have read more than 3/4s of all Patterson's books and this was the worst by far! I had trouble getting into the book, into the characters, and following the story line. I finished it, just because i had started it. I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to believe this was James Patterson. I tried to pick it up on two different occasions and finally threw it out -- it was agonizing. It was an audio book and I forced myself to get into the second cd each time thinking "this is Patterson; it has to get great soon." VERRRRRY Slow! Painfully so. Horrible, just horrible.
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