Chicago Sun-Times


- Jo­ce­lyn McClurg

Say ‘ Never’:

The new year is off to a happy start for James Pat­ter­son. His first hard­cover adult thriller of the year, Never

Never, writ­ten with Candice Fox and re­leased on Jan. 16, lands at No. 1 on USA TO­DAY’s Best- Sell­ing Books list. It’s the 29th No. 1 USA TO­DAY best seller for the pro­lific au­thor. Many were writ­ten with co- au­thors. Last year, Pat­ter­son had three books land at No. 1: NYPD Red 4, co- writ­ten with Mar­shall Karp; Pri­vate Paris, with Mark Sul­li­van; and

15th Af­fair, with Max­ine Paetro. He’ll have more chances to hit No. 1 in 2017: he has eight more adult hard­cover ti­tles sched­uled this year, some with co- au­thors, some solo. Pat­ter­son also writes chil­dren’s books, and he’s the force be­hind BookShots, short pa­per­backs.

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