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Escape: One killer. Five victims. Who will be next? (A Black Book Thriller 3)

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Overall, this book was an okay escapist read if you are willing to suspend your sense of realism in the storytelling. Billy Harney is a new addition to my roster of Favorite Detectives in Literature and book 3 did not disappoint. Decent characters pepper the story and provide entertainment throughout, though none standout as being stellar for me.

Among his creations are some of the world's most popular series including Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and the Private novels. Now, in 2022, Patterson and Ellis have brought back Harney for a third thriller, changing the book type title lingo to “Escape” and setting up Detective Harney’s hunt for a child kidnapper.Though started (and continued almost till the middle of book) like a juggler juggling too many balls, managed to salvage the position and handled things much better towards the end. He has written many other number one bestsellers including collaborations with President Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton, stand-alone thrillers and non-fiction. But there are more villains added to the mix as Billy juggles more cases and I wasn't into the rest of the story. Take it with you on vacation and enjoy it as you wait for his next book, which you know will be right around the corner. I was especially disappointed that so much unnecessary nasty language was used in this middle school story ~ I know middle schoolers hear and use profanity all the time but I see no reason for a popular author to encourage it!

It appears that the mom has found out horrible things about her husband, enough to drive her to leave and divorce him.I enjoyed Billy Harney as a lead character, his side bar comic moments on the bar stage, and his hope for a potential romance. Bill does standup at the cop bar when he’s needing to unwind and is on the special assignments force handling the tough stuff. Firm plot lines offer the reader some suspense and leave the book from being too predictable, helping to keep the book mysterious when needed. While I have had some issues with James Patterson and his writing, he has certain collaborators who coax out some superior writing to which the popular author is attributed. I had no idea where this story was going; it was all over the place at one point, but the authors did a phenomenal job of bringing everything together for a nice ending which included one hell of a surprise!

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