Version: Unabridged
Author: James Patterson , Howard Roughan
Narrator: Hope Davis , Campbell Scott
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: February 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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A sizzling new thriller—hotter than THE BEACH HOUSE and scarier than KISS THE GIRLS.

FBI agent John O'Hara is on a hunt to find a coldblooded killer. A number of rich men have come to mysterious ends, and when a young writer dies of an alleged heart attack, John turns a probing eye to the only witness—the writer's lovely and secretive widow. Nora Sinclair, a beautiful interior decorator, has the life most people can only dream about. She lives in a luxurious Manhattan apartment, has only the most sophisticated friends, and is desired by some of the most successful men in the country. She expects the best that life can offer—and will settle for nothing less. She has worked hard to achieve this life, and she will do anything to keep it.

Reviews (149)


Written by Anonymous on February 11th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book. I looked forward to my commute every day so I could listen and find out what happened next. I would highly recommend this book.


Written by Anonymous on December 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought this would be a little predictable.. I was wrong! very entertaining.


Written by Anonymous from Delran, NJ on July 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Found this to be filled with interesting twists. It held my attention to the end!


Written by Anonymous on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was the first James Patterson book I've read and I recommend it. It had sub-plots and twists. I do agree that the last few chapters were rushed, but it held my interest till the end.


Written by Jennifer on April 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book. Very entertaining and kept my interest. Highly recommend.


Written by bshan from Ft. Worth, TX on March 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the very first audio book that I listened to. I loved the story and the way it finally intertwined. I thought the ending was a little rushed, just wanting to get it over with but the rest of the book was excellent. It made me want to get another one right away


Written by nanakane on March 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My first read of James Patterson as I don't like particularly gory crimes and serial killer stories that give me nightmares. My sis-in-law recommended this one. I almost passed on it based on the epilogue- but glad I did not - I got hooked. I only listen on my 45 minute commute home, late at night- and some nights sat in my car to listen to a bit more.

Not Bad

Written by Anonymous on March 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The story line was pretty interesting. What I enjoyed the most was the two different narrators. I liked having the man read the male roles and the female reading the female roles. There was one element to the plot that surprised me. Overall a pretty good book to listen to.


Written by AuG on February 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is less than sophomoric in plot and writing skills. Truly, I'd expect better from a high school sophomore .One might as well read a comic book. A real time waster.


Written by Anonymous on February 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

3 CDs were so damaged that we were unable to listen. :(

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Roughan, Howard

HOWARD ROUGHAN is a former Manhattan-based advertising creative director who swears his main character is nothing like him.