The Black Book

The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis Book Summary

The "thrilling" #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller (Karin Slaughter): when three bodies are found in a Chicago bedroom, a black book goes missing . . . and the city has never been more dangerous.
Billy Harney was born to be a cop. As the son of Chicago's chief of detectives with a twin sister on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Teaming up with his adrenaline-junkie partner, Detective Kate Fenton, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.
A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address-an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago's most powerful citizens. There's plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene, but what matters most is what's missing: the madam's black book. Now with shock waves rippling through the city's elite, everyone's desperate to find it.
As Chicago's elite scramble to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one's motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about power, corruption, and the secrets that can destroy a city, The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

The Black Book by James Patterson & David Ellis Book Reviews

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- Page turner!5 star

Great book! Kept me guessing until the end!

- The Black Book5 star

I could not put this book down. It’s 2:09 am and I just finished it. I need sleep!

- Black Book1 star

Could have been a good if not for constant use of the F word. Garbage . I quit reading!

- The Black Book5 star

Fast paced, intriguing and the β€œPast/Present” flashes are weaved in very well. Never saw the ending coming but that is the sign of a good story. Well done, gentlemen. We can always count on James Patterson to give us a great read.

- A great book5 star

This book is awesome really, the events were unexpected and mysterious completely, it attracts the reader and it makes the reader feel as he/ she lives within the events.

- Great Book!5 star

This is one of the best books that Patterson and co-author of the week has written. Great read. You will enjoy this one.

- Awesome4 star


- Black Book5 star

5/5 stars. Very entertaining. Interesting plot, characters and story telling angle. Several unexpected twists. I have read ALOT of mystery crime novels and rarely give out 5 stars. Hal

- Black book5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is well written, has a great steady pace of thrill, and keeps you guessing. I was constantly looking for more precious time to read it longer but savoring it was just as satisfying. I hope to find another Patterson book with the same reward for my time as he has always been a favorite of mine.

- One of the best5 star

This book kept me guessing up until the end. Just when you thought you knew β€œwho done it” it proved you wrong.

- David Ellis is a better author than James Patterson5 star

Invisible, The Murder House, and now The Black Book. Whenever David Ellis writes for James, the novels are always so much more better than your average Patterson branded book. I highly recommend it.

- Black Book5 star

I kept guessing the ending and I was wrong. Great read!!!!

- Black Book5 star

Great book! Exciting with lots of curve balls! Loved it!

- WOW!!!!5 star

Could not put this book down!!! One of the best he’s ever written!!

- Intriguing twists and turn5 star

Great story ...suspenseful, fun, very engaging.

- Great book5 star

Starts quickly...couldn't put it down...Must read... Enjoyed every moment of it!

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- BLACK BOOK4 star

This is a great read! You will NOT figure out the ending... won't even come close! One of James Patterson's best, I think.

- Excellent Book!5 star

Well written, Engaging characters, great story. A must read if you like suspenseful thrillers.

- Not good1 star

I'm a Patterson fan but this one is bad. Good characters but takes forever to get to a a predictable ending

- Good read4 star

I enjoyed this book. Easy to read and entertaining. Hell of a twist.

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- Relatable5 star

First book I've read where I actually giggled out loud because of the jokes made by the characters in this book!

- Excellent read5 star

This book was hard to put down. I read it in 4 days when I had many other things to do. Great story with a twist in the end

- Loved it!!5 star

I finished reading this book in 28 hours! I literally had my husband take over a wife/mother's responsibility because I was so engrossed reading this book. Could not put it down. It's the best book I've read thus far by Patterson. A must have!!

- Great story5 star

Nice plot and well written.

- The Black Book5 star

This was your best novel by far and I have read them all.Thank you .

- Black Book1 star

Absolutely sick. Last Paterson book I will read.

- Page Turner5 star

I think this is the best most thrilling book James Patterson has written. Well done.

- Love this book!5 star

Couldn't put this one down. I thought it was well written and kept my interest all the way through.

- "The Black Book" Best Novel Ever5 star

Wow. Im guessing that I have read more Fiction Mystery Books than most people. With that in mind, I have to say that "The Black Book" is in the Top 3 if not the best book I've read. Thank you James Patterson, Thank you!!! It goes without saying there aren't enough stars to show how highly I feel about this work & how strongly I recommend it.

- Confusing. Over-plotted1 star

Everything has to fall into place to make this plot work. It crosses and recrosses time switching from past to present with convenient memory lapses by the protagonists. Lots of characters but most of them just a cardboard facade (or two). At the end, most of the villains punished but one cared little about them or the protagonist. Save yourself the money and time.

- Fantastic5 star

Awesome read! Couldn't put it down and is Definitely a page turner. Never saw the plot twist coming. Another awesome book from one of my favorite authors.

- Wow!!!5 star

I have every one of James Patterson's books and this is by far one of, if not the best of them all. Such a great read!!!

- The Black Book5 star

I've been reading James Patterson books forever and I think this book is one of, if not, the best I have read. Read thru the night and couldn't put down until I finished. I thought I knew how it ended and was so wrong. Loved it.

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Great book. Suspenseful twists n turns. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Zxcv156 - Telegraph2 star

Awful writing full of the worst metaphors throughout. A bit like a really bad detective movie from the 50's. The plot was ridiculous and the bi reveal telegraphed many times from the start. Not worth it.

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The Black Book is a novel by James Patterson and David Ellis, book 1 in the Black Book Thriller series. Plot This novel goes back and forth between present events involving Chicago detective Billy Harney and past events involving him. The novel starts with three people being found dead in an apartment (Billy, Billy's partner Detective Kate Fenton and Assistant District Attorney Amy Lentini). Billy's father, the chief of detectives, and his sister, Patty (also a detective), are ushered into this horrific crime scene. As they are leaving it is discovered Billy is barely hanging onto life. It appears that Billy killed Amy and Kate burst into the apartment and Billy and Kate simultaneously shot...

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