Bill Clinton to release novel with James Patterson

Former president Bill Clinton and author James Patterson are writing a thriller together. (Yes, really.)

Expect insider details among the intrigue in The President Is Missing, publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company said in a release.

"Working on a book about a sitting president — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun," Clinton said in a statement. "And working with Jim has been terrific. I've been a fan of his for a very long time."

The book, out June 2018, will be Clinton's first novel. It will also be Patterson's first collaboration with a president.

"Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his first-hand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel," Patterson said in a statement. "I'm a storyteller, and President Clinton's insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one. It's a rare combination -- readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they'll also be given an inside look into what it's like to be president."



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