It's a mystery novel about a missing president, naturally.

Unprecedented: Former President Writes Thriller with James Patterson

Article by Carson Thornton González


It’s typical for presidents to write a memoir after leaving the Oval Office. Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter and Bush (to name a few) all wrote autobiographies detailing their presidencies. Former president Bill Clinton followed suit, writing “My Life” in 2004. The book was extremely popular (probably having to do with his eight controversial years in office), selling over a million copies. 13 years later, he’s decided to take his literary career in a slightly different direction: mystery novels.


It was recently announced that Clinton will team up with well-known novelist James Patterson to write a thriller/mystery novel called “The President is Missing.” Patterson has gained much of his recognition by partnering with famous co-authors, and who’s more famous than the notorious former president? In fact, most of Patterson’s notoriety is rooted in the popularity of his co-authors. His actual writing has been widely criticized for its lack of depth and originality, overproducing boring works of fiction. Even well-known author Stephen King labeled him “a terrible writer.” But who knows, maybe Bill Clinton is the secret ingredient that Patterson needs to boost his image.


While few details about the plot have been revealed, we know that “The President is Missing” will be released in June of 2018. It will take place in the White House and focus on experiences only a president might have. In a recent statement on the project, Clinton remarked, “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.”


James Patterson seems equally as excited to be working with the former president. “Working with President Clinton,” he said “has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his firsthand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel…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.”


To be honest, no one has any idea what to expect from this dynamic duo. But all we can do is wait and see. Give Bill a chance…maybe he’s the next great novelist of our time.


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