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The Black Book, James Patterson And David Ellis

The Black Book opening line: Patti Harney stops her unmarked sedan two blocks shy of her destination, the narrow streets packed with patrol cars, the light bars on top of the units shooting a chaos of color into the night.

The Black Book
My Blurb:
Billy has lost his memory. He has no idea what happened to him the two weeks before he was shot. But gaining back that memory is vital to clearing his name in 4 murders. He knows deep down he is not a cop killer. He is a police officer through and through, even working undercover for Internal Affairs. But, his gun was used to kill someone, and two other murder weapons have been found in his house. Was Billy betrayed and if so, by whom?
The Black Book
How can you prove your innocence when you can’t remember the crime?
Being a cop runs in Billy Harney’s family. The son of Chicago’s Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patti, also followed in their father’s footsteps, there’s nothing Billy won’t give up for the job, including his life.
Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout.
Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who’s anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free… or confirm his worst fears.
My verdict:

Even though I had my suspicions about who was the dirty cop, and I was correct, I was not 100% right. This book is gripping and had me staying up way past my usual bed time to finish it.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9-781-78089-532-1
Format Trade Paperback
Published April 2017
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime June 25:


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Tandy

I am passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when I cook. I live in Gordons Bay with my husband and dogs. Dave and I are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year we visit a new place overseas to experience the food of the area. Follow along on our adventures!

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  • I need a gripping book for tonight! I'm planning on being tucked in bed by around 7:45pm. :D

  • este libro tiene muy buena pinta, a ver si esta en español, voy a buscarlo

  • Looks like this one would provide less hours of sleep...compelling books can be annoying to read before bed lol :)

  • The Black Book written by James Patterson and David Ellis is an excellent book. Who did the most writing in this? My guess is Mr Ellis, but we'll never know. Through the combined writing of the two authors the book is amazing.
    Who is the corrupt cop? As you read the book your mind goes from one suspect to the next, but the answer doesn't come out until the end. Wow, what a surprise the ending is, never could I have guessed who the bad cop was.
    I strongly recommend this book for a fast paced, who done it mystery.

  • Hi Tandy, after reading this review I want to run out and immediately get ahold of a copy of this book, sounds like a good read.

  • A superb review of this book. Another one for my husband Christmas ideas list.

    • Robbie, let me know the next time you are down here and leave space in your suitcase! I can gift you some books :)

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