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The Red Book
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The Red Book
Black Book Thriller Series, Book 2
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Detective Billy Harney's reputation as a dirty cop may be the only thing keeping Chicago clean in James Patterson's most critically-acclaimed thriller since The Black Book.
For Detective Billy Harney, getting shot in the head, stalked by a state's attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is a normal week on the job. So when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago's west side turns political, he leads the way to a quick solve. But Harney's instincts—his father was once chief of detectives and his twin sister, Patti, is also on the force—run deep. As a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realizes that the three known victims are hardly the only casualties.
When Harney starts asking questions about who's to blame, the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones. On the flip side, the less he seems to know, the longer he can keep his clandestine investigation going . . . until Harney's quest to expose the evil that's rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return: his own troubled past.

Detective Billy Harney's reputation as a dirty cop may be the only thing keeping Chicago clean in James Patterson's most critically-acclaimed thriller since The Black Book.
For Detective Billy Harney, getting shot in the head, stalked by a state's attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is a normal week on the job. So when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago's west side turns political, he leads the way to a quick solve. But Harney's instincts—his father was once chief of detectives and his twin sister, Patti, is also on the force—run deep. As a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realizes that the three known victims are hardly the only casualties.
When Harney starts asking questions about who's to blame, the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones. On the flip side, the less he seems to know, the longer he can keep his clandestine investigation going . . . until Harney's quest to expose the evil that's rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return: his own troubled past.

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  • James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.

    David Ellis is a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court and the author of nine novels, including Line of Vision, for which he won an Edgar Award, and The Hidden Man, which earned him a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 25, 2021
    Bestseller Patterson and Ellis’s melodramatic sequel to 2017’s The Black Book finds Det. Billy Harney back on duty after being put on paid administrative leave following his discovery of rampant corruption in the Chicago PD. As the face of reform, he couldn’t be fired after his “one-man wrecking ball to the police department that made Sherman’s march through Atlanta look like a sightseeing tour.” Now distrusted by most of his colleagues, the detective is shocked to get a plum assignment with the Special Operations Section, a newly formed elite unit, led by a police lieutenant who once arrested Harney for murder. The focus of the SOS is on a wave of shootings that has made the Windy City notorious nationwide. The shooter’s identity and motive prove to be more complicated than initially believed, and the overly labyrinthine mystery ends up connecting to a still-fresh trauma in Harney’s past. The fast pace compensates only in part for the formulaic plot and thinly drawn characters. This one’s for established fans only.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from January 1, 2021
    Patterson and Ellis put their characters through hell in this hard-edged second installment of their Black Book series after The Black Book (2017). A young girl is one of four people gunned down in a "very, very bad" K-Town drive-by shooting in Chicago. Police are under intense political pressure to solve it, so Detective Billy Harney is assigned to the Special Operations Section to put the brakes on the gang violence on the West Side. His new partner is Detective Carla Griffin, whom colleagues describe as "sober as an undertaker" and "as fun as a case of hemorrhoids." And she looks like the last thing he needs, a pill popper. (But is she?) Department muckety-mucks want Harney to fail, and Griffin is supposed to spy on him. The poor guy already has a hell of a backstory: His daughter died and his wife committed suicide (or did she?) four years earlier, he's been shot in the head, charged with murder (and exonerated), and helped put his own father in prison. (Nothing like a tormented hero!) Now the deaths still haunt him while he and Griffin begin to suspect they're not looking at a simple turf war starring the Imperial Gangster Nation. Meanwhile, the captain in Internal Affairs is deep in the pocket of some bad guys who run an international human trafficking ring, and he loathes Harney. The protagonist is lucky to have Patti, his sister and fellow detective, as his one reliable friend who lets him know he's being set up. The authors do masterful work creating flawed characters to root for or against, and they certainly pile up the troubles for Billy Harney. Abundant nasty twists will hold readers' rapt attention in this dark, violent, and fast-moving thriller. Top-drawer crime fiction. The authors are tough on the hero, but the hero is tough.

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  • Booklist

    February 1, 2021
    The incredibly prolific Patterson gets a lot of flack for the sheer number of coauthored books he releases over the course of a year, but his books continue to attract a devoted audience. This sequel to 2017's The Black Book, also written with Edgar Award-winner Ellis (the author of several well-received novels of his own), picks up soon after The Black Book ends. Cleared of a charge of double homicide but still reviled by many of his colleagues, Detective Billy Harney returns to the Chicago Police Department and is surprised to learn that he's being transferred to a newly created strike force. Stuck with an abrasive new partner (she doesn't exactly hide her distaste for him), Billy must navigate an investigation into a quadruple homicide while doing his best to put his life back together. The book is crisply written in Patterson's familiar style, and Billy is definitely one of Patterson's more interesting recent creations. Not merely a solid sequel but also a fine thriller in its own right.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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