Can you guess what best-selling writer James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton have in common? If you’re thinking politics, guess again.
According to the Publisher’s Marketplace website and their daily newsletter Publisher’s Lunch, Patterson and Clinton will be co-writing a new fiction thriller titled The President is Missing. According to the site, the book will be released on June 11, 2018 and will be an “unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power.” It also reports Bill Clinton’s view on the book: “It will be informed by insider details that only a President can know…working on a book about a sitting President – drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works – has been a lot of fun.”
Here’s a peek of the cover, courtesy of Little Brown:
There’s another element that makes this collaboration unique. Two major publishing houses will be responsible for production: Knopf-Doubleday and Little Brown & Co, which in turn is owned by publishing giant, Hachette Book Group. The details of logistics, distribution and marketing are still a bit hazy.
However, Publisher’s Marketplace does specify that Little Brown will be responsible for the sale and shipping from their warehouse, while Knopf will be in charge of publicity and tour arrangements. Clinton and Patterson will go on national tour together, and both will be available for interviews when publication date approaches.
The newsletter also reports that Patterson and Clinton have known each other for ten years, and they are apparently working together on the material. Will it weave real Washington intrigues with Alex Cross-police procedural -type shenanigans? We’ll have to wait and find out.
Source: Publisher’s Marketplace