The Thomas Berryman Number, James Patterson

The Thomas Berryman Number opening line: The year he and Ben Troy left Clause, Tess – 1962 – Thomas Berryman had been in the habit of wearing black cowboy boots with distinctive red stars on the ankles.

The Thomas Berryman Number
The Thomas Berryman Number
About The Thomas Berryman Number:

You are about to read one of the classic novels of suspense by the world’s bestselling thriller writer.

It starts with three terrifying murders in the American South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North.

In between is the gripping story of a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill.

My verdict:

This is his first ever novel and had I read it when he wrote it I might have been able to relate. Even though racism in America is still rife it’s not quite the same as in the 1960’s and 70’s. I found the book difficult to get into, not only because my frame of reference is different, but also because I didn’t enjoy the writing style. I personally would prefer it if authors wrote in normal speech and left the accent up to me.

Publishing information:

First published in the United States of America by Little, Brown in 1976

ISBN 978-1-78475-210-1

Paperback –  400 pages

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Dave and I have just arrived back from overseas in Europe. We will be back at work tomorrow and I will start replying to comments as soon as I can. 

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2 thoughts on “The Thomas Berryman Number, James Patterson

  1. Great honest review Tandy, I like to picture the characters in my head when I am reading understand about the accent.

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    1. I am glad I am not the only one 🙂

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