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DON’T
BLINK

James
Patterson
& Howard Roughan

Contents

Cover

Title

Copyright

Dedication

Also by James Patterson

Prologue

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Part One

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Part Two

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Part Three

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Part Four

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75

Chapter 76

Chapter 77

Chapter 78

Chapter 79

Chapter 80

Chapter 81

Chapter 82

Chapter 83

Chapter 84

Chapter 85

Chapter 86

Chapter 87

Chapter 88

Chapter 89

Part Five

Chapter 90

Chapter 91

Chapter 92

Chapter 93

Chapter 94

Chapter 95

Chapter 96

Chapter 97

Chapter 98

Chapter 99

Chapter 100

Chapter 101

Chapter 102

Chapter 103

Chapter 104

Chapter 105

Chapter 106

Chapter 107

Epilogue

Chapter 108

Postcard Killers

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Threee

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

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Epub ISBN 9781407058115

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Published by Century, 2010

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Copyright © James Patterson, 2010

James Patterson has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work

This novel is a work of fiction. Names and characters are the product of the author’s imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental

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Hardback ISBN 9781846054723 Trade paperback ISBN 9781846054730

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For Isabel Morris Patterson.
— J.P
.

 

To Elaine Glass, one of the bravest I know.
— H.R
.

 

 

Also by James Patterson

 

ALEX CROSS NOVELS

Along Came a Spider
Kiss the Girls
Jack and Jill
Cat and Mouse
Pop Goes the Weasel
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Four Blind Mice
The Big Bad Wolf
London Bridges
Mary, Mary
Cross
Double Cross
Cross Country
Alex Cross’s Trial (
with Richard DiLallo
)
I, Alex Cross
Cross Fire (
to be published November 2010
)

 

DETECTIVE MICHAEL BENNETT SERIES

Step on a Crack (
with Michael Ledwidge
)
Run for Your Life (
with Michael Ledwidge
)
Worst Case (
with Michael Ledwidge
)

 

STAND-ALONE THRILLERS

Sail (
with Howard Roughan
)
Swimsuit (
with Maxine Paetro
)
Private (
with Maxine Paetro
)
Postcard Killers (
with Liza Marklund, to be
published September 2010
)

 

NON-FICTION

Torn Apart (
with Hal and Cory Friedman
)
The Murder of King Tut (
with Martin
Dugard
)

 

ROMANCE

Sundays at Tiffany’s (
with Gabrielle
Charbonnet
)

 

THE WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB SERIES

1st to Die
2nd Chance (
with Andrew Gross
)
3rd Degree (
with Andrew Gross
)
4th of July (
with Maxine Paetro
)
The 5th Horseman (
with Maxine Paetro
)
The 6th Target (
with Maxine Paetro
)
7th Heaven (
with Maxine Paetro
)
8th Confession (
with Maxine Paetro
)
9th Judgement (
with Maxine Paetro
)
10th Anniversary (
with Maxine Paetro, to be
published March 2011
)

 

FAMILY OF PAGE-TURNERS

MAXIMUM RIDESERIES

The Angel Experiment
School’s Out Forever
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The Final Warning
Max
Fang

 

MAXIMUM RIDE MANGA

Volume 1 (
with NaRae Lee
)
Volume 2 (
with NaRae Lee
)
Volume 3 (
with NaRae Lee
)

DANIEL X SERIES

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (
with
Michael Ledwidge
)

Daniel X: Alien Hunter Graphic Novel (
with
Leopoldo Gout
)
Daniel X: Watch the Skies (
with Ned Rust
)
Daniel X: Demons and Druids (
with
Adam Sadler
)

 

WITCH & WIZARD SERIES

Witch & Wizard: The New Order (
with
Gabrielle Charbonnet
)
Witch & Wizard: The Gift (
with Gabrielle
Charbonnet, to be published October 2010
)

For more information about James Patterson’s novels, visit

www.jamespatterson.co.uk

Prologue

IN THE WINK OF
A BLINK OF AN EYE

One

LOMBARDO’S STEAKHOUSE ON Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side was justly famous for two things, two specialties of the house. The first was its double-thick, artery-clogging forty-six-ounce porterhouse, the mere sight of which could give a vegan an apoplectic seizure.

The second claim to fame was its clientele.

Simply put, Lombardo’s Steakhouse was paparazzi heaven. From A-list actors to all-star pro athletes, CEOs to super-models, rap stars to poet laureates — anyone who was anyone could be spotted at Lombardo’s, whether they were brokering deals or just looking and acting fabulous.

Zagat, the ubiquitous red bible of dining guides, said it best: “Get ready to rub elbows and egos with the jet set, because Lombardo’s is definitely the place to see and be seen.”

Unless you were Bruno Torenzi, that is.

He was the man who was about to make Lombardo’s
Steakhouse renowned for something else. Something terrible, just unbelievably awful.

And no one seemed to notice him … until it was too late … until the deed was almost done.

Of course, that was the idea, wasn’t it? In his black three-button Ermenegildo Zegna suit and dark-tinted sunglasses, Bruno Torenzi could have been anybody. He could have been
everybody
.

Besides, it was lunch. Broad daylight, for Christ’s sake.

For something this sick and depraved to go down, you would have at least thought nighttime. Hell, make that a full moon with a chorus of howling wolves.

“Can I help you, sir?” inquired the hostess, Tiffany, the one person who did manage to notice Torenzi if only because it was her job. She was a young and stunning blonde from the Midwest, with perfect porcelain skin, who could turn more heads than a chiropractor.

But it was as if she didn’t even exist.

Torenzi didn’t stop, didn’t even glance her way when she spoke to him. He just waltzed right by her, cool as a cabana.

Screw it
, thought the busy hostess, letting him go. The restaurant was packed as always, and he certainly looked like he belonged. There were other customers arriving, getting in her face as only New Yorkers can. Surely this guy was meeting up with someone who was already seated.

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