The Quickie

The Quickie

by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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America's most popular thriller writer, James Patterson, presents his most daring-and astonishing-novel ever.

With the perfect marriage and a great job, Lauren Stillman loves her wonderful life . . . until she sees her husband with another woman. Devastated and lusting for revenge, Lauren has her own affair. It's supposed to be a quickie, but Lauren's night of passion takes a shocking turn when she witnesses an unbelievable and deadly crime.

Now her horrifying secret threatens to tear her life apart, pitting her need to uncover the truth against her fear that the truth may be too horrible to bear. And whichever choice she makes may cost her dearly-her job, her marriage . . . or even her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446198967
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 63,073
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Patterson is the #1 thriller author in the world. He lives in Florida.

Michael Ledwidge is the author of The Narrowback, Bad Connection, and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. He has teamed up with Patterson before on Step On a Crack.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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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.


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The Quickie 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 421 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 More than 1 year ago
truds07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THis book was really has a great story line, and keeps you wondering all the way through.
pattiea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very engaging, quick read. However, like most of Patterson's novels, there are enough plot holes to drive a truck through, but just ignore them, and you'll be in for an exciting page-turner.
CutestLilBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced read, with typical Patterson short power-packed chapters. Story revolved around a woman who catches her husband in a compromising position with another woman and decides to get even. Things get quite complicated afterwards, especially because of her line of work--which Patterson reveals at just the right moment to make you gasp. The decisions she makes, reveal her complicated character--is she selfish or just a woman trying to save her marriage. The loose ends are tied up with quite a bang, but the ending still left me with a bad taste in my mouth about the protagonist. Even still, if I were in her shoes I might even do the same thing, lol. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime fiction with a twist. And as mentioned before, its a pretty quick read.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This lived up to the title, I read it in one sitting. After getting past the initial "oh for pity's sake" moment at the start, it was a fascinating look at the snow ball effect of one mistake that leads to another. Of course, in real life this would never have gotten so far, but it was interesting to see it play out as fiction. Once again though, Patterson throws in a epilogue that was just plain lazy. Tying up loose ends should be just that, not slapping a dime store bow on it.
ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice twisty plot and well read book on CD.
ruinedbyreading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worst books I've read to date.Let me tell you why.The plot is basically this - a detective from the NYPD cheats on her husband because she suspects he's cheating too. But after her boy toy hops out of bed and goes to get them some food, her husband shows up and kills him and dumps the body. So does she keep her mouth shut or tell everyone what she knows?It's predictable. The plot twists and cheap thrills can be seen from a mile away and only serve to make me roll my eyes. The chapters are, on average, a page or two long. It's choppy and over dramatic. It makes me kind of sad that things like this are considered best sellers, much less actually get published. It's a waste of time and money.
Sandra305 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a thriller with endless twists and turns throughout, but I couldn¿t identify with any of the characters--particularly the female protagonist. I liked the short chapters because they added to the pacing and the drama, but I felt the ending seemed a bit contrived and underdeveloped.
debrarbell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this book has been out for awhile, I just read it. Great book! Just when one thing happens, I am surprized by something else. Surprizes around every corner! I love it when that happens!
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I do not think I have ever read a book with so many jaw dropping twists. This suspense story was superb.I wasn't able to give a Teaser from it and now I don't even know what to write as a Review without spoiling it for you.Honestly how is it possible to have that many twists and surprises. This is not a wait to the end to find out what happens, this is a race to put all the puzzle pieces together to see the end result of brilliance. Lots of action, suspense, romance and LIES.In the beginning I did roll my eyes a little because I was just like how unethical, that won't happen but it was good and kept me interested and once the first surprise happened I was hooked.James Patterson along with Michael Ledwidge gave us a Brilliant Suspense story, go out and buy this one now.
ConnieJackson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast Paced and a Thrilling Read! I thought that this book was definitely a fast paced, and a quick read, because the story had me flipping the pages to see what was going to happen next. Also, I thought The Quickie was much better than Mr. Patterson's previous novel and I think maybe Michael Ledwidge is one of the reasons that it was. In summary, from beginning to end it was relentless. Enjoy a book that is definitely a thrilling read.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Quickie is about a cop who has an affair. She does some covering up of a crime her husband did only to find out his true self. It's an ok book but at times you just want to yell out loud to her for being dumb.
kariannalysis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You may notice a trend in my reviews lately. I keep saying ¿I just got this book because I needed it for my A to Z Challenge.¿ You may also notice that I have REALLY liked all of them. And this one went way above and beyond.I have always heard great things about James Patterson, but this is the first one of his that I¿ve picked up.I knew from the back of the book that cheating was involved and a murder, but I was shocked throughout the entire book how many twists and turns there were. Every time I thought nothing else could happen, another curveball was thrown. There¿s really not a lot I can say about this book without giving things away, except don¿t ever think you¿re in the clear of the drama. It¿s always around the corner.One of the things I really liked about this book, and I¿m not sure if it rings true for all Patterson books, but they have super short chapters. Most are 2-3 pages. Yes, there are over 100 chapters, but I¿m the kind of reader who likes to pop open my book when I have a few minutes here and there. With such short chapters, I was able to knock out a chapter in my couple of minutes and not get stuck in the middle of something huge.This book is definitely not the normal type of book I read. I am more of a fluff reader, but after this, I¿ll have to start picking up more of his books. If they¿re all this drama filled, I¿m a lifer I wish I could just spill all the drama, but I¿m not going to. Instead, I am going to give this book 5 bookmarks. Yes, you heard right. There¿s not one thing I have to complain about this book. Absolutely loved it!
JeanneMarkert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of Pattersons best. It was like it was thrown together to beat a deadline.