QUICKIE, the new novel co-written by James Patterson and Michael
Ledwidge, literally has something for everyone. Action? Check.
Suspense? By the carload. Romance? Yes. Erotica? Let’s just
say that it’s not limited to the cover. Mystery? You’ll
be scratching your head throughout.
Lauren Stillwell is an NYPD homicide detective, and her husband
Paul is a wildly successful hedge fund broker on the fast track.
However, he has been neglecting the home fires and their marriage
is going nowhere. Lauren observes Paul entering a hotel with a
beautiful woman while he is supposedly having lunch at his office.
An infuriated Lauren gives in to temptation and has a fling of her
own with Scott Thayer, an undercover police officer involved in a
narcotics operation. This “quickie” is brought to an
abrupt end when Paul confronts and kills Scott as Lauren watches,
horrified, from Scott’s apartment window.
The situation only gets worse from there. Lauren and her partner,
Detective Mike Ortiz, are placed in charge of the investigation
into Scott’s murder, even as Lauren --- while trying to
protect both Paul and her own reputation --- attempts to cover up
her husband’s involvement. At first, her plan is looking
good. A criminal who was the subject of Scott’s undercover
operation is blamed for his death; no one appears to know about
Scott and Lauren’s involvement; and perhaps best of all, Paul
is unaware that Lauren was present when he murdered Scott.
Yet, there are other problems, even as Lauren and Paul seem to
experience a renewal of their relationship. It appears that
everyone involved has secrets and knows both more and less than is
immediately obvious. The result is a series of mysteries and
revelations that continue practically to the book’s last
THE QUICKIE is a seamless collaboration that combines
Patterson’s trademark page-turning, rapid-fire prose with
Ledwidge’s sharply-honed ability to combine lot, character
and surprises. Given that the conclusion of this thriller opens the
door for another series from the duo, fans should have much to look
forward to next summer.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on January 23, 2011