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The Black Book is James Patterson’s highest-rated stand-alone thriller ever. Now Detective Billy Harney is back, and his latest case makes his first seem like a picnic. 
 
To Harney, the newest member of Chicago PD's elite strike force — Special Operations Section (SOS) — getting shot in the head, stalked by a state's attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is all part of breaking a case.
 
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 ones.
 
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.
 

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"The mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review—-
"Brilliantly twisty . . . many readers will agree with Patterson that this is the best book [he's] written in twenty-five years." -Publishers Weekly, starred review—-
"Full of startling revelations . . . pitch-perfect pacing, plotting, and characterization." -- BookReporter.com
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A Black Book Thriller