The red book

James Patterson, 1947-

Book - 2021

For Detective Billy Harney is the newest member of Chicago PD's elite Special Operations Section (SOS). 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 run deep. As a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realizes that the three known victims are hardly the only ones. Asking questions about who's to blame, Harney finds the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones. Soon Harney's qu...est 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. -- adapted from jacket

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Series
Patterson, James, 1947- Black book thriller ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Sequel to: The black book.
Includes an excerpt from the next book in the Black Book series.
Physical Description
370, 20 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780316499408
0316499404
Main Author
James Patterson, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
David Ellis, 1967- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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 Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The prequel to Downing's World War II Berlin-set "Station" series, Wedding Station introduces John Russell, an English crime reporter at a Berlin newspaper whose grim tales of everyday mayhem are increasingly swallowed by the darkness descending upon Germany under new chancellor Hitler. Graham's latest stand-alone, Danger in Numbers, a state police agent links arms with an FBI specialist on cults to solve a ritualistic murder in small-town northern Florida (125,000-copy first printing). In Kayode's Lightseekers, Nigerian investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo travels to a remote town in his country's south to probe the public torture and murder of three university students in what he comes to realize is a lot more than a moment of crowd madness. In her #ownvoices debut, London-based criminal attorney Matheson, of the City University Crime Writing competition, sets DI Anjelica Henley the unenviable task of stopping a criminal imitating The Jigsaw Man before the real hack-up-his-victims killer gets the copycat himself (100,000-copy first printing). In The Red Book, from Patterson and Illinois justice/Edgar Award winner Ellis (Line of Vision), Det. Bill Harney of the Chicago PD's Special Operations Section is fresh on the job and walking the finest of lines when the turmoil surrounding a drive-by shooting turns political (520,000-copy first printing). In Rollins's Kingdom of Bones, Sigma Force faces huge swaths of Africa where the populace has turned quiescent even as plants and animals become cunningly fierce; has the biosphere run amok or is fiendish engineering involved (250,000-copy first printing)? Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Launching an investigation of his own when his instincts tell him that more is behind a political shooting on Chicago’s west side, SOS Detective Billy Harney uncovers a spate of murders connected to his troubled past. 520,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Launching an investigation of his own when his instincts tell him that more is behind a political shooting on Chicago's west side, SOS Detective Billy Harney uncovers a spate of murders connected to his troubled past.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.