The Black Book by David Ellis, James Patterson
Also by this author: The 9th Judgment
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Source: Public Library
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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, Patty, 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. - via GoodReads
The library is responsible once again! I was scrolling through ebooks when The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson came across the screen. I put it on hold and sort of forgot about it. During my midnight scrolling it sounded good. Set in Chicago, amnesia, and missing evidence? Sign me up!
I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get my level of excitement across in this review but The Black Book was SO so good! I haven’t been this excited about a book with James Patterson’s name on it in a long time! David Ellis is going to be a name to watch. The story unfolds in past and present segments and it helped us recover “our” memories right along with Billy. I was kept guessing right until the end. When it finally (and it took clear up to the end) all came together I was a seething mass of emotions. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this shocked by a book. It. Was. Awesome!!The writing duo of David Ellis and James Patterson played me like a fiddle. Click To Tweet
The writing duo of David Ellis and James Patterson played me like a fiddle. I loved who I was supposed to love, hated who I was meant to hate, and suspected the people who I was supposed to suspect. There are enough characters to be a full cast and was a good balance between having enough secondary characters and not being overwhelming. Billy was easy to support. He was everybody’s kind of guy. A troubled past is hinted at but that is just another layer of this mystery. Kate was easy to get irritated with. She was high strung and too much most of the time. All of the secondary characters played their parts beautifully and it all came together to create a really great mystery. I was constantly trying to figure out everyone’s motives throughout the book. Everyone was a suspect until they weren’t.
I can’t say enough good things about The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson. It reminded me of the first few books of The Women’s Murder Club. I’ll be on the lookout for future books by this pair!