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From the author who created the international No 1 bestsellers Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls and Jack and Jill comes a lightning-paced novel of high finance, international terrorism and irresistible page-turning suspense -- now reissued in striking new cover style. / First reissued in paperback to great success by HarperCollins in 1998, this acclaimed early work by one of the world's most popular thriller writers is now to be reissued with new series-style packaging / All six James Patterson HC titles are to be reissued in the new packaging style established by Cat and Mouse and When the Wind Blows / Competition: Thomas Harris

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James Patterson combines his position as one of the fastest-rising stars of modern thriller writing with a career as the chairman of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in New York. He first reached the top of bestseller lists around the world with Along Came a Spider, which introduced his popular detective hero Alex Cross, who also appears in Kiss the Girls, Jack and Jill, Cat and Mouse and his most recent novel, Pop Goes the Weasel.


The title refers to a national state of economic disaster after terrorists bomb strategic Wall Street sites. It also alludes to the sale of billions of dollars' worth of stolen securities, a scheme intended to cripple the United States financially. These events are made credible by the masterful storytelling of Edgar Award winner Patterson. Short, tight chapters that shift rapidly among the fascinating cast of characters successfully raise doubts about who's good and who's not as the suspense mounts. Several action scenes are rather violent and a bit gory, but they pass quickly in this fast-paced page turner. There are also some genuinely touching moments. Highly recommended. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.

'The action is fast and furious' Wall Street Journal 'A tough, twisting tale.' New York Daily News 'Patterson brilliantly explores dark crevices of the aberrant mind and lets us soar and dip with rollercoaster thrills.' Anne Rule

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