The Quickie

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Patterson , Michael Ledwidge
Narrator: Mary Stuart Masterson
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: April 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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James Patterson takes us on a twisting roller-coaster ride of thrills in his most gripping novel yet. This story of love, lust and dangerous secrets will have readers' hearts pounding to the very last page. 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 spiralling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour. In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everything she stands for. Now, she's paralysed by a deadly secret that could tear her life apart. With her job and marriage on the line, Lauren's desire for retribution becomes a lethal inferno as she fights to save her livelihood - and her life.

Reviews (19)

Very Good

Written by mdm from Norwich, CT on September 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is great drama, solid storytelling and a nice collection of twists and turns that keep you riveted. Just when you think its done, it takes one last turn that you didn't even consider. Highly recommended for Patterson fans and all.

loved it!

Written by allie from Lynchburg, VA on September 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Having not read any of his books and wanting to try something new i was glued to this book! It took so many twists and turns. I found myself saying I couldn't take it anymore. Still not i fan of having music with audio books though. Just like to be read to; no other noise needed.

edge of your seat

Written by gcgregory on September 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

this book has so many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat - everytime I thought it was wrapping up something else came up

Not THAT Different

Written by Shane from Whitsett, NC on August 24th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Someone told me this was MARKEDLY different for James Patterson . . . a "step out" they said . . . a move outside his genre . . . It isn't. But it is still good. And the narrator makes it better. And the ending alone is worth reading to the last disk. Not "real life" at all, and isn't that why we read?

Boring and Disappointing

Written by Ruth K. on June 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I used to love James Patterson. The last book I thought was truly worthy of him was Honeymoon. Everything I've listened to after has been overly dramatic, formulaic and predictable. I now consider his books in the same category as romance paperbacks. I sent this one back after the 2nd CD.

A Must Read

Written by Cindy on May 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fabulous book!! Kept me going right to the end. You'll love it!

When you think

Written by Monica G. on February 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

When you think the story takes enough twist and turn it surprises once more. I say that this book will have you. what more can go wrong? then surprise: it happens. You are left with your mouth open, holding your breath, wishing you can jump in the book just to help. I will say you would have to at least try this book. you will not be disappointed.

Really enjoyed

Written by Anonymous on February 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The ending was a little Hollywoodish but overall I loved this book.

Loved this!

Written by Ursi B on January 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Can't recommend this enough - it's a great novel to listen to while driving, walking or, as I do, working from home. I was tentative about branching out from the Alex Cross novels that I love, but this one was great. And Mary Stuart Masterson is a fabulous narrator. Loved it - the end is a GREAT payoff!

Advanced Nancy Drew

Written by Tom from Lafayette, IN on August 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Of some interest but just too far fetched. Just when believability starts to set in, the plot takes a far reaching jump and then another one after that. In depth plotting yields to thin and contrived scenarios.

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Ledwidge, Michael

Michael Ledwidge is the author of "Bad Connection" and "The Narrowback." He lives in the Bronx.