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MORE ON JAMES PATTERSON
Age: 63 Raised in: Newburgh, New York Home: Palm Beach, Florida Family: Wife, Sue; son, Jack, 12 Big money: In the last two years alone, James books have earned $500 million for his publisher, Little, Brown Co. (a division of Hachette Book Group), according to Forbes. Fun fact: Patterson so dislikes one of his novels, the 1977 Season of the Machete, that he tells people not to read it.
brand (it his current publishing contract he will deliver 17 new books by the end of next year). His impressive numbers may again shif this month with the release of Private, the in a new series featuring the rakish Jack Morgan, owner of a world-class, cutting-edge detective agency called Private. have been a lot of oldtime private eye books featuring men who go and spy on people in motels and but nobody that noticed has dealt with these big, very successful private investigation Patterson explains about the inspiration for his new series, cowritten with Maxine Paetro. is no object, so Private can be much better than the police department and better than the FBI, because
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thinks no audience for thrillers, but there is. just been disap-
got the best of everything in the Before it was even published, Patterson says he reached an agreement with CBS to develop a TV show based on the new series. think it will be and one that you can take around the he says, explaining that Private has in London, Paris and other international cities, and he plans on setting future installments of the book and TV series in those venues.
on the move
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