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Paperback The Quickie Book

ISBN: 0446501646

ISBN13: 9780446407052

The Quickie

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A one-night stand spirals into a web of dark secrets in James Patterson's steamy thriller of love, lust, and murder.Lauren Stillwell is not your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.In a further twist of fate, Lauren...

Customer Reviews

6 ratings


This book is a great book. Full of surprises that I didn't see coming! I had it read in 9 hours because, well, I couldn't put it down! This is the best book I've read in a long time that was able to keep my attention for more then an hour. Don't pass this book up! Its a must read!!


I thought this book was fantastic! It was fast paced and kept me guessing throughout. I started reading this and simply could not put it down. Halfway through the book, I was disappointed because I thought I had figured out the whole plot and I thought Mr. Patterson had not been very clever in his writing, but I am certainly glad I stuck with it because it turns out that I was totally wrong! The ending was a total shocker to me!! I think it is one of his best!

Take this Quickie SLOW

James Patterson , who created Alex Cross novels, and Michael Ledwidge wrote the hit audio bestseller Step on a Crack, is back with a topper to this book Lauren Stillwell is no Alex Cross, but this woman gets involved in a murder, which involves her husband. Oh, I did forgot to tell you, Lauren is an NYPD detective and witnessed the crime. Now the twists and turns beginning to blur between truth and lies..and trust and coverup. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson proves in this audio production that she is more than a movie star. Her vocal shadings are great. She bring depth into the characters in the audio. She is a natural audio storyteller, she does more in six hours than many done in three hour reads. The thriller is above average. Patterson and Ledwidge can do more of these intriguing audio presenatations

A great Patterson book, the best in years!

Every James Patterson fan has a right to be skeptical when he releases a new book. Will it be any good or will it be too similar to many of the recent books he's released. I became hooked on Kiss the Girls and devoured every Patterson book I could find. Now, Patterson churns out 4-5 books a year. I keep reading because most are pretty good, only a few are horrible, and every once in awhile, Patterson captures some of the old magic. As for his most recent books, Cross was really good, Step on a Crack was horrendous, and the 6th Target could have been much better if it had told one big story instead of 3 small ones. I had no expectations when I picked up and begin reading "The Quickie." This book with the strange title had me hooked from the beginning and trying to make time to read this book as fast as I could. Lauren is married to Paul. One day, she drives downtown hoping to surprise him at lunch. She spots him going into a hotel with a georgeous young blonde. This betrayal tears her apart and of course allows her to justify having her own fling with a coworker. That's as much of the plot as I'll give away. Let's just say that once Lauren has the quickie, an amazing amount of things go wrong. Lauren is faced with many decisions and dilemmas that force her to decide what really matters in her life. The plot hooked me from the beginning and carried me through the novel. Still, as I read I kept hoping the characters would be worth caring for. For awhile, none of the characters are sympathetic. Is Lauren good or bad? What about her husband Paul? What about Scott Thayer, the man Lauren has the affair with? But don't worry, Patterson (and random co-author) know what they are doing. The book hurls twists and turns at you to where you are never sure about Lauren's plans to survive the disaster she created by having that one "quickie." There aren't any cheap plot gimmicks used either. This is a straight up thriller. This is the best stand-alone Patterson book I've read in a long time. Honeymoon and Beach Road were bad, while Lifeguard was pretty good. I recommend this book to all Patterson fans who may have given up on the author. If you are considering reading Patterson for the first time, I recommend starting at the beginning of the Cross books or read this one. You won't be disappointed.

"What a tangled web we weave...:" - a gift to his fans!

Yup, I stayed up to the wee hours to see how this one would end - and, no kidding, you honestly don't know what's what until those last pages. Good work, James and Michael! Laura Stillwell is an enigma - for a while. We are led to think she is a sweet little wifey - badly betrayed -but, within Laura is a lust for revenge that makes one gasp! This is a great read...keeps you on edge chapter after chapter. I stopped counting how many times we were led to what seemed to be a safe conclusion - only to be tossed on end in the next chapter. Don't you love a book that really keeps you guessing - about whether the characters are worthy of our love and loyalty - about whether you should root for them or not? In this story, I decided to attach myself to the wallpaper and wait and see. The wait was a long one. All the way to the end of the book. Well, now the wait begins for the next book. Will September 10th never come?


Lauren Stillwell is living every woman's dream...she has a loving husband, a beautiful home and a great job. Lauren has it all until the day she surprises her husband for lunch and catches him with another woman. After Lauren casually asks her husband about his lunch, and he lies about it, she decides it's time for her to give him a taste of his own medicine. Lauren planned on a "quickie," a night of sex with no strings. However, her night of passion turns deadly when she witnesses a brutal murder. Lauren must uncover the truth at all costs if she is to save her job, her marriage, and even her life. I will not go into any more of the plot in order to keep the surprises intact, but trust me, when it's revealed what Lauren does for a living, who her one night stand is, and who the murderer is you will be floored and propelled to keep reading. Considering all this takes place in the first 60 pages, readers are treated to 300 more twist-filled pages that shock at every turn. `The Quickie' is not only one of the best Patterson books, it's one of the best thrillers this year. There are so many plots twists and surprises even the most jaded readers will be thrilled James Patterson has proven, once again, that he is THE master of an un-put-downable read. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE it's excellent. A MUST read! Nick Gonnella
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