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Bill Clinton and James Patterson are writing a book together


Meet James Patterson’s newest co-author: former President Clinton.

Patterson and Clinton are co-writing a thriller titled “The President Is Missing,” which is scheduled for release in June 2018. The book is about the disappearance of a sitting president.

The book will be published jointly by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., Patterson’s publisher. According to a news release from Knopf, the novel “will offer readers a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power.”

“The President Is Missing” will be the first novel from Clinton, who has previously written or co-written five books, including the 1,008-page memoir “My Life” in 2004 and 2011’s “Back to Work.”

Patterson, who frequently appears on bestseller lists with more than one title at a time, is credited as the author or co-author of more than 150 books.

Clinton praised Patterson, best known for his thrillers featuring Washington detective Alex Cross.

“Working on a book about a sitting President — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun,” Clinton said in the news release. “And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”

Patterson also had kind words for Clinton, and said the collaboration was the highlight of his career.

“I’m a story-teller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one,” he said. “It’s a rare combination — readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s like to be President.”