His plot-driven thrillers have seen him sell more books than Tolkien, and his new tale is co-written with the former president. But it’s readers of the future he wants to enthral Having a direct line to at least two former US presidents would seem almost a requirement for achieving the status of world’s bestselling author. But it’s not the “former guy” who lives two decent golf swings along Palm Beach’s swanky Ocean Boulevard that James Patterson has a lot of time for these days. It’s Donald Trump’s predecessor, Bill Clinton, who has become a trusted friend, confidante and business partner. To take a quick step back, Patterson, whose gritty thrillers, tales for children and teenagers and expanding array of real-life stories have sold more than 300m copies worldwide, used to be friendly with his near neighbour Trump, at least before the most turbulent presidency of modern times.
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