Since the November election left him with little influence to peddle, Bill Clinton has once again turned to peddling fiction. On May 8, it was announced that James Patterson and former President Clinton are co-authoring a thriller, “The President is Missing.”
According to The New York Times, the idea of the two working together on a book came from Robert B. Barnett, a lawyer who represents both Clinton and Patterson, when he mentioned the idea to Clinton. As “a devoted mystery reader” and author, Clinton jumped on the idea and he and Patterson began outlining the story.
The publishers, Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown, and Co., describe it as “a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense, and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know”... like how many interns can fit under a desk, maybe.
Clinton describes the experience as “a lot of fun,” getting to draw “on what [he] know[s] about the job, life in the White House and the way Washington works.”Patterson, despite being one of the most successful authors of fiction ever, is calling “working with President Clinton … the highlight of [his] career”, but after reading through the comments under the announcement on his Facebook page, this release may actually prove to be the nadir of his career. Many fans are echoing that this is one book of Patterson’s they will not buy.
Still, we can expect a marketing juggernaut from the publisher around the June 2018 release date. Combined with elite liberal infatuation with all things Clinton, that should net the two authors yet more millions, and give the Clintons an even more comfortable perch from which to lecture us about income inequality.