Bill Clinton Is Collaborating With James Patterson To Write A White House Thriller

The former US president will make his fiction debut with the crime novelist

Bill Clinton is teaming up with best-selling crime novelist James Patterson to write a White House thriller titled The President Is Missing.

The suspense novel is being sold as a "unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power", and will feature details that "only a president can know", according to publishers Penguin Random House.

It's not yet known what Clinton or Patterson - who are golf partners and have been close friends for ten years - were paid in advance for the book, but it's rumoured to be a plump seven-figure sum (via The Guardian).

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In a statement through his publisher, Clinton confirmed: "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.

"And working with Jim has been terrific. I've been a fan of his for a very long time."

The novel will be Clinton's fiction debut, and Patterson's first collaboration with a president.

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Patterson added: "Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his first-hand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel.

"I'm a story-teller, and President Clinton's insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one. 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 really like to be President."

The pair began work on the thriller in 2016, and a source told The Guardian that the plot is centred on a kidnapping of a sitting US president.

Susan Sandon, Divisional Managing Director - who announced the deal in the UK - said: "I'm privileged to have published both President Clinton and James Patterson.

"The huge international success of President Clinton's memoir, My Life, demonstrates his immense popularity and superior writing skills: Jim's worldwide bestsellerdom and reputation is second to none.

"This unprecedented collaboration with its compelling mix of insider knowledge and edge-of-the-seat suspense is utterly irresistible."