The Quickie by James Patterson

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Lauren Stillwell is not your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.
In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everything she stands for. Now, she's paralyzed by a deadly secret that could tear her life apart. With her job and marriage on the line, Lauren's desire for retribution becomes a lethal inferno as she fights to save her livelihood--and her life.
Patterson takes us on a twisting roller-coaster ride of thrills in his most gripping novel yet. This story of love, lust and dangerous secrets will have readers' hearts pounding to the very last page.

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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Published July 2, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime, Self Help, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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The Quickie takes place in New York City where NYPD detective, Lauran Stillwell has the sinking suspision that her husband, Paul, is having an affair.

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Lauren and her partner, Detective Mike Ortiz, are placed in charge of the investigation into Scott’s murder, even as Lauren --- while trying to protect both Paul and her own reputation --- attempts to cover up her husband’s involvement.

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Entertainment Weekly

In James Patterson’s and Michael Ledwidge’s The Quickie, NYC detective Lauren Stillwell discovers her one-night stand murdered and subverts the subsequent investigation after assuming that her lawyer husband is the culprit.

Jul 06 2007 | Read Full Review of The Quickie


Paul had every intention of giving Scott a real life lesson by killing him but while approaching Scott, Paul’s cell phone went off and alerted Scott that someone was there and this turned into a bitter battle after which Lauren saw Paul throw Scott into his truck and take off with him.

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In The Quickie by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge, Patterson once again delivers a fast-paced, emotionally rich story that holds your interest and touches your heart.

Aug 13 2007 | Read Full Review of The Quickie

Red Room

By far the most unputdownable book I have read in a long time.

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As has come to be usual with James Patterson's latest books, everything about this story is indeed a quickie, from the short chapters, to the fast-paced scenes, to the feel that the book was written with the idea of it being all about twists and nothing about a solid murder mystery with a hard in...

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