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Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

One missing black book.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address - an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago's most powerful citizens. There's plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene - but what matters most is what's missing: the madam's black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city's elite, and everyone's desperate to find it.

Chicago has never been more dangerous.

As everyone who's anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one's motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about power, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city - and possibly destroy a family - The Black Book is James Patterson at his best.

©2017 James Patterson (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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GREAT STORY!

This Patterson book truly held my attention from start to finish! The narrator on so many novels either make or break the book regardless of how good the storyline is. It was my first listen with Edoardo Ballerini (that I can remember) but I will not hesitate to listen to him again in the future. I depend on the feedback from ratings to guide me on most selections. So it's important for me to recommend those books that I find REALLY GOOD! This one is SO worth the credit!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Very Intriguing!

I have never been compelled to write a review, although I love reading anything James Patterson. I have been a loyal reader for more years. This book was the best!

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Another great book.

I have read a lot of James Patterson's books this is the first time I listened to one. I loved it! I listen to books while I walk the dog it makes the walk so enjoyable. Thank you for a great book to listen to again.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Great story, and loved Edoardo Ballerini

I listen to audible on my 1.5hr commute. This has been one of the best books, which made me welcome, and even look forward to the drive. Great suspense, awesome format, and the narraration was very good.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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James Patterson at his best!!!

Just when I thought I had figured it out there would be another twist! kept me guessing until the very end!!

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Keep me thinking

Every time u figured out who did it there is a twist and I never should have guessed who actually did it! Great read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Glued

Once drawn in, I couldn't put it down. Spellbound, mesmerized to the last eord. 4.13.17

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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HOLD ON FOR A GREAT READ!

Where does The Black Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoy James Patterson, but this is by far my favorite!

Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but his reading made me "see" and "feel" the places and people.

Any additional comments?

For the first time in a long time, I did not figure it out until it was almost totally laid out for me! Talk about edge of the seat misdirection. Not to mention the emotional roller coaster.

30 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Very Okay!

This is James Patterson. Don't know what David Ellis did, but he sure participated here in another good mystery tale. Police procedural stuff along with the other half of a Law and Order plot. Once twists, well written. Hey, what more do you want for a credit? I know what you want... a reading as good ad Edoardo Ballerini gives. So he does and it's all there.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Gripping Storyline

I like stories that keep me guessing and this one definitely achieved that. If you like books that jump between past and present and keep building as the story goes on, you'll enjoy it.

The one downside for me was the narration. This book takes place in Chicago and growing up near there, I know the accent very well. Although the narrator was very lively and animated, I could not - could not! - get over his Boston-like accent for the main character. It just kept throwing the story off for me because I kept focusing on "that's a Boston accent."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful