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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (2,318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781594835124
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The first novel and Edgar Award–winner by the world’s #1 bestselling writer!

You are about to begin one of the classic American novels of suspense by the world’s bestselling author. It begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a steel guitar twanging blues in the background, Will Patton performs this reissue of Patterson’s 1976 debut novel...Patton uses a bluegrass drawl and the soft sound of a New York drug-world hustler, helping the listener understand the complexity of the characters. Patterson’s observations are masterfully transformed into critical insights with Patton’s skillful pacing.”

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  • “This book is a must-read for anyone who likes suspense.”

    Examiner.com

  • “What a large charge it is to come upon such a good writer…The novel tells a lot about many things but most of all about America in the last quarter of the twentieth century.”

    Richard Condon, author of The Manchurian Candidate

  • “Hurray! Once you read page one you will not stop until you have finished.” 

    Robin Moore, author of The French Connection

  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 1976

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/22/2014

    " This, the debut novel from James Patterson, shows that he was once a promising name in literary crime fiction--though, now, he seems quite content to just stick his name on a whole lot of mediocre crap he didn't even write. That being said, although the writing in this book is excellent and reminds me of something by Dennis Lehane, the story itself is over-long and boringly simple. I dare you to read the last page and not think, "Is that it?" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/8/2014

    " JP got better as the years went by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 1/5/2014

    " You are about to begin one of the classic American novels of suspense by one of the world's bestselling authors. It begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andronicus Kok | 12/26/2013

    " Finished reading James Patterson's The Thomas Berryman Number. The first novel by James Patterson. Was so so for me as the story line was about a reporter looking into 3 murders. However it was a start from this novel that lead to greater series and other stories from the great story teller. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kilkennyla | 12/25/2013

    " this was James Patterson's first book and it was not up to par with most others I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hope R | 12/18/2013

    " I usually love James Patterson, but this one missed the mark. The book rambles on in a manner that seems without purpose. Wimpy plot "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Booke | 11/13/2013

    " I have absolutely no idea what I just read. I can't even write a review this book because it was so hard to follow and severely uninteresting. Probably the worst book I have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 11/9/2013

    " You can definitely tell this is an early Patterson novel. Similar style police thriller but lacks the thrill of the rest of his books. This never drew me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Silva | 10/19/2013

    " This is Patterson's first book and it is my favorite. Before there was Alex Cross, there was Thomas Berryman and Ben Toy. The characters are rich and colorful. The plot is exciting and the end is fun. It is a quick read that keeps you hooked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dwayne Keller | 10/12/2013

    " Yawn. Don't waste your time. I know this is his first book, but he should have taken a clue from other writers, and not put this one out there. He wasn't ready yet, and he shouldn't make his readers suffer through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nneutz | 9/25/2013

    " Great twist throughout this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/24/2013

    " Did not realty Care for it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 9/22/2013

    " This was not the usual James Patterson book that I love. This seemed to take forever just to get to the point that you already knew. I'll give him the credit that it was his first book, but that's about it. Sorry James, not your best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 9/13/2013

    " Nancy 3 stars; Ron 4 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 9/6/2013

    " I listened to this book on CD. I strongly recommend it be read instead. The bouncing back and forth between past and current dates makes it hard to follow at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 8/31/2013

    " First book I tried to read of James Patterson. Just couldn't get into it, and stopped reading it after a couple of chapters. Skimmed through rest of the book and took it back to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edna M | 5/12/2013

    " This was one of the first books I read of this author. I have been reading his books ever since. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 4/18/2013

    " Mediocre assassin story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/22/2013

    " It drags. Badly. I don't know if I will be able to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 10/21/2012

    " An average story of a journalist looking into an assassination of a black Senate candidate in the South. Not an especially good story, though I will be giving Patterson another attempt in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LisaS | 9/7/2012

    " My least favorite Patterson book ever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kurt | 1/30/2012

    " could not get into this book and stopped reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/18/2011

    " I usually really like James Patterson's books, but I just didn't like the way this one was written at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 6/22/2011

    " Luckily this was a short book. I kept reading expecting to get to the point, and the book was done. I must not have been paying attention, because it didn't make any sense to me at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahb. | 6/18/2011

    " One, maybe the only, book by James Patterson that I did not like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 4/26/2011

    " my least favorite of all JP books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/9/2011

    " Well written but not as great as some of his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nana | 2/5/2011

    " Luckily this was a short book. I kept reading expecting to get to the point, and the book was done. I must not have been paying attention, because it didn't make any sense to me at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/22/2011

    " It drags. Badly. I don't know if I will be able to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/12/2011

    " This is Patterson's first book and it is my favorite. Before there was Alex Cross, there was Thomas Berryman and Ben Toy. The characters are rich and colorful. The plot is exciting and the end is fun. It is a quick read that keeps you hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kilkennyla | 11/16/2010

    " this was James Patterson's first book and it was not up to par with most others I have read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 10/12/2010

    " First book I tried to read of James Patterson. Just couldn't get into it, and stopped reading it after a couple of chapters. Skimmed through rest of the book and took it back to the library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahb. | 9/12/2010

    " One, maybe the only, book by James Patterson that I did not like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 8/7/2010

    " A news reporter is writing a book about the three men who were murdered, including the mayor Jimmy Horn. The paths of all the people cross at some point, and the book is eventually written.

    I didn't care for this book at all. The story was a not as good as his newer books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 7/10/2010

    " I really didn't like this one, and couldn't finish it, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 7/2/2010

    " I tried to start at the beginning of Patterson's book list, but I could not do it - this one was so boring to me. Maybe in another time in my life?? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny (hades2) | 6/25/2010

    " Usually I love books by this author, but this one was awful. I never finished it. The story was hard to get into and was very disjointed. The synopsis sounded really interesting but sadly was a non starter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 6/24/2010

    " Sloppy research from the locations and time period took away a lot of enjoyment from the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 5/18/2010

    " I listened to this book on CD. I strongly recommend it be read instead. The bouncing back and forth between past and current dates makes it hard to follow at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 4/20/2010

    " JP got better as the years went by. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ty | 3/10/2010

    " I never finished it. It was very hard to follow. Boring. Lack of interest made it even harder to follow characters or even get into them. I had saw the reviews on Amazon that this book sucked. It did. First Patterson book I have not liked. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.