Don't Blink

Don't Blink

by James Patterson, Howard Roughan

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Overview

Join reporter Nick Daniels as he uncovers deadly secrets in a page-turning thriller from the "unstoppable" James Patterson (USA Today).

Seated at New York's Lombardo's Steak House, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy when an assassin strikes. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas-on both sides of the law.

Back off-or die-is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of twist only James Patterson can deliver.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455506675
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 32,469
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Don't Blink


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036238

Prologue

IN THE WINK OF A BLINK OF AN EYE

One

LOMBARDO’S STEAKHOUSE ON Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side was justly famous for two things, two specialties of the house. The first was its double-thick, artery-clogging forty-six-ounce porterhouse, the mere sight of which could give a vegan an apoplectic seizure.

The second claim to fame was its clientele.

Simply put, Lombardo’s Steakhouse was paparazzi heaven. From A-list actors to all-star pro athletes, CEOs to supermodels, rap stars to poet laureates—anyone who was anyone could be spotted at Lombardo’s, whether they were brokering deals or just looking and acting fabulous.

Zagat, the ubiquitous red bible of dining guides, said it best: “Get ready to rub elbows and egos with the jet set, because Lombardo’s is definitely the place to see and be seen.”

Unless you were Bruno Torenzi, that is.

He was the man who was about to make Lombardo’s Steakhouse renowned for something else. Something terrible, just unbelievably awful.

And no one seemed to notice him… until it was too late… until the deed was almost done.

Of course, that was the idea, wasn’t it? In his black three-button Ermenegildo Zegna suit and dark-tinted sunglasses, Bruno Torenzi could have been anybody. He could have been everybody.

Besides, it was lunch. Broad daylight, for Christ’s sake.

For something this sick and depraved to go down, you would have at least thought nighttime. Hell, make that a full moon with a chorus of howling wolves.

“Can I help you, sir?” inquired the hostess, Tiffany, the one person who did manage to notice Torenzi if only because it was her job. She was a young and stunning blonde from the Midwest, with perfect porcelain skin, who could turn more heads than a chiropractor.

But it was as if she didn’t even exist.

Torenzi didn’t stop, didn’t even glance her way when she spoke to him. He just waltzed right by her, cool as a cabana.

Screw it, thought the busy hostess, letting him go. The restaurant was packed as always, and he certainly looked like he belonged. There were other customers arriving, getting in her face as only New Yorkers can. Surely this guy was meeting up with someone who was already seated.

She was right about that much.

Table chatter, clanking silverware, the iconic jazz of John Coltrane filtering down from the recessed ceiling speakers—they all combined to fill the mahogany-paneled dining room of Lombardo’s with a continuous loop of the most pleasant sort of white noise.

Torenzi heard none of it.

He’d been hired because of his discipline, his unyielding focus. In his mind there was only one other person in the busy restaurant. Just one.

Thirty feet…

Torenzi had spotted the table in the far right corner. A special table, no doubt about that. For a very special customer.

Twenty feet…

He cut sharply over to another aisle, the heels of his black wingtips clicking against the polished wood floor like a metronome in three-quarter time.

Ten feet…

Torenzi leveled his stare on the bald and unabashedly overweight man seated alone with his back to the wall. The picture he’d been handed could stay tucked in his pocket. There was no need to double-check the image.

This was him, for sure. Vincent Marcozza.

The man who had less than a minute to live.



Continues...

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Don't Blink 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1285 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy James Patterson but it seems a little short to spend that much on. I am in agreement with a previous reviewer- one of the main reasons I went digital with my books was the cost. I could not justify spending so much on a one read book as well as the paper issue. Now though, e-book prices just seem to be creeping up. I know everyone wants to get their piece of the pie but come on. I will just wait a while on the new releases and see if the prices go down. I am patient and I have so much other stuff to read. I don't have to buy anything for a long while.
Stevey211 More than 1 year ago
After reading the decent book, The Postcard Killers, i was a little iffy about Don't Blink. I'm very glad i was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Non-stop action, twists, and great characters really made me enjoy the book. If you like stories with constant action, the Mafia, and humor, this book is for you. I give it a 4.3 out of 5 and i am very satisfied. Now the long wait until Cross Fire in November begins. Greeeeeeat.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
It combines the elements of a good old fashioned news reporter, Nick Daniels who suddenly finds himself with the biggest story of his career right in front of him as a mob hit man takes out one of their biggest rivals attorney at the table next to them. Justice is blind is the cryptic message that is left behind Now both Nick Daniels and the Italian and Russian mob is out to figure out who committed the murder with the newest District Attorney David Sorren pushing him to the front lines in an attempt to gain some publicity for his run for New York's Mayor. If he can put the head of the mob, Eddie Pinero behind bars, that is one step closer to winning this election. Only someone is out for Nick and they aren't going to stop until he is dead. There is no where he can hide and no one to protect him until he either solves the case or winds up in the river. Once again, James Patterson does not disappoint in his latest novel with Howard Roughan. You are on a high speed pursuit in every page you turn trying to solve this crime along with Nick. Never have I seen someone being as hunted and chased as Nick is from sunrise to sundown and just when you think you've got it figured out, you are left holding the bag once again. I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review and have to give it a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
Dattie More than 1 year ago
I had to use a rating in order for the review to post. The book is not available yet. I wish readers would post a review on the basis of the book and not whether it's in Nook or e-book form.I see this a lot and it needs to stop. It is not fair to others that may be interested in reading the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Don't Blink" was a real page turner-the best Patterson book I've read outside of the "Alex Cross" series. Hope "Don't Blink" becomes a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you Nook owners who complained about the price for only 87 pages, you are mistaken. The 87 page sample is free. The $14.99 gets you the whole book. I downloaded the sample first and then the remainder of the book and read it all in one day! I certainly didn't blink. I love James Patterson's books and this one did not disapoint.
Missmimi2 More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson's books, and have read them all---but this is a real dud. I usually read his books in less than a day---can't put them down. But, I'm on at least day 3 or 4 with this one, and still trying to finish it. Can't believe I would be so disappointed in one of his books. Rather boring!!
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
That was an excellent weekend read.very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am James Patterson fan I have read several of James Patterson's books and I am very pleased with this book It is a real page turner . Patterson has done it again with the character's He gets very desciptive with the chartacters in this book which I like. The plot is easy to follow so I must say go get this book It is a must for your personal library
marbro More than 1 year ago
I Per Ordered this Book and I was Not disappointed I loved, It started off like James like to get you right in th Action ,I was full of Thrilles and Action it will keep you guessing nd tring to figure it out But as alway YOU WILL NOT!! I could not put it down ...Can't wait for the next Book,,, I had gone back to "I Alex Cross" I have not read that one
omniverousreader More than 1 year ago
Have been staying away from the Patterson factory. But this one is good. More plot and character development than in some of the others. I like a book that has some substance and holds my interest and this one does. I don't like formula books. Would read something from this duo again.
windyfw More than 1 year ago
Easy and enjoyable reading.
gman828282 More than 1 year ago
this book will keep you on the edge of your seat , wondering whats going to happen next
tina3131 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, but not up to Patterson's usual writing.
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Every+time+I+pick+up+a+book+by+James+Patterson+I+find+myself+reading+late+into+the+night.++When+I+am+finished+with+the+book+I+think+to+myself+this+was+the+best+yet+and+then+I+find+myself+reading++a+new++novel+of+his+and+I+am+amazed+how+good+the+new+novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don%27t+start+this+one+unless+you+have+time+to+finish+it.+kept+me+up+all+night
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick, fun book that follows James Patterson's collaboration format - short chapters that seem like scenes from a made-for-tv movie. Listened to it in a day while I painted and it was enjoyable, but I won't remember it six months from now.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think Patterson is generally a love 'im or hate 'im kind of author. Some readers can't get enough; others can't get far enough away. Myself, I actually sit on the fence. I crave a good thriller now and then, but generally rush through them so fast that I feel rather empty and let down once I'm done. And I feel guilty the whole time I'm reading them because I can't put them down but think I should be doing something more worthwhile. Then there's the fact that they can be formulaic - you KNOW the main character will survive no matter how nail-biting the tension. So, I end up not reading as many thrillers as I'm really interested in.Audio books have been the perfect solution for me. I get my thriller fix while driving to and from work - no reason to feel guilty because I CAN'T be doing anything else; and I can't rush through them because I'm not the one doing the reading!I had a great time listening to the audio book version of DON'T BLINK by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. The authors don't blaze any new trails here, but they do assemble all the essential componants of a good thriller with an entertaining and humorous flair. The authors serve up a wise-cracking hero who can't help but find himself in desperate trouble; gruesomely horrible bad guys (and plenty of them); innocents held hostage; suspenseful twists and turns; and the hint of romance to provide a ray of hope and sunshine.If you like Patterson, you're sure to enjoy DON'T BLINK. If you're new to his writing, this is a great place to begin.The audio book runs approximately 7 hours. One caveat: if you listen while you're driving, be aware that the last half of the last CD contains traffic noises - horns blowing, sirens, etc. - that sound convincingly like the real thing!
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Total and utter crap. Poorly written, mindless story. Patterson should never co-write anything because his co-authors stink.
Booklovingmommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say Nick Daniels, the main character, has more lives than a cat! If this were real, he would seriously be the luckiest man living! From the first chapter, his life was in danger and he managed to outrun it and stay alive and this continued throughout all 300+ pages. I enjoyed this book as it was an easy and exciting read. I love James Patterson's writing and the fast pace of his books. From the prologue, the book has your attention. However, if you are squeamish or have a weak stomach, this book may not be for you. I was cringing by the end of the third page. It is a bit convoluted with a lot of unnecessary characters but all in all, it was a pretty good thriller!
Mariebart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is fast moving and sure to hold your interest while you're reading it. There are plot twists and turns that are appealing. The characters were not well-developed.
mandolin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced and fun; hard to put down. Good if you are looking for a quick read with a lot of action.
Nebraska_Girl1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but not my favorite James Patterson book.
Kingray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent right to the bitter end!