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Black Friday by James Patterson
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Black Friday (original 1986; edition 1989)

by James Patterson

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Title:Black Friday
Authors:James Patterson
Info:Warner Books (1989), Edition: PF, Mass Market Paperback, 450 pages
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Very good, very layered tale of terrorism. I get the feeling that the main character is a rougher, precursory version of Patterson's other character Michael Bennett. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
While Patterson's thriller is slightly out-of-date with its Cold War setting, it remains dramatically contemporary in its vision of a stock market thrown into chaos when a group of saboteurs blows up several Wall Street institutions. Actor Fernandez's mellow reading allows the story to unfold unhurriedly, though too slowly for the first half. Arch Carroll, head of the CIA's antiterrorist division, and Caitlin Dylan, director... ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 3, 2015 |
### From Library Journal

The title refers to a national state of economic disaster after terrorists bomb strategic Wall Street sites. It also alludes to the sale of billions of dollars' worth of stolen securities, a scheme intended to cripple the United States financially. These events are made credible by the masterful storytelling of Edgar Award winner Patterson. Short, tight chapters that shift rapidly among the fascinating cast of characters successfully raise doubts about who's good and who's not as the suspense mounts. Several action scenes are rather violent and a bit gory, but they pass quickly in this fast-paced page turner. There are also some genuinely touching moments. Highly recommended. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'The action is fast and furious' Wall Street Journal. 'A tough, twisting tale.' New York Daily News. 'Patterson brilliantly explores dark crevices of the aberrant mind and lets us soar and dip with rollercoaster thrills.' Anne Rule
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
A string of #1 blockbusters from Along Came a Spider to Cat & Mouse. Now read James Patterson's BLACK FRIDAY.

The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, BLACK FRIDAY. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer -- only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group -- and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of BLACK FRIDAY.

### From Publishers Weekly

While Patterson's thriller is slightly out-of-date with its Cold War setting, it remains dramatically contemporary in its vision of a stock market thrown into chaos when a group of saboteurs blows up several Wall Street institutions. Actor Fernandez's mellow reading allows the story to unfold unhurriedly, though too slowly for the first half. Arch Carroll, head of the CIA's antiterrorist division, and Caitlin Dylan, director of enforcement for the SEC, team up professionally, and later romantically, to locate the Wall Street terrorists before they strike again. Arch travels to Paris and back (unfortunately, Fernandez, who capably reproduces other accents, has a poor grasp of French pronunciation), as he finds himself on the trail of former colonel David Hudson and his ragtag band of vengeance-seeking Vietnam veterans. Based on the Warner mass market paperback (originally published as Black Market in 1987).
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Patterson, among the best novelists of crime stories ever, has reached his pinnacle."

-- USA TODAY ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
It is a well-paced novel so it is quick reading. There is enough character development that all the people feel real and you care about what happens to them. It is a little dated now but not to the point that it is no longer interesting. I wouldn’t call it heavy reading but it is entertaining. It has action, suspense and even some romance. There was a plot point added towards the end of the book that made the whole thing less believable to me but by then I was interested in knowing what was going to happen. There was also some weird use of italics. It put emphasis in some strange places and I didn’t know what the point of them was. But even with the few not so great points it is a fun read to pass a day or two. ( )
  bedda | Jul 16, 2013 |
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For anyone who's ever dreamed about some small and delicious revenge against the money changers on Wall Street and around the world.
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For Janie, who is Nora. For Mary Katherine, who is a saint.
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Colonel David Hudson leaned his tall, athletic body against the squat, battered trunk of one of New York's Checker-style taxis.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446609323, Mass Market Paperback)

A string of #1 blockbusters from Along Came a Spider to Cat & Mouse. Now read James Patterson's BLACK FRIDAY.

The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, BLACK FRIDAY. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer -- only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group -- and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of BLACK FRIDAY.

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A string of #1 blockbusters from Along Came a Spider to Cat & Mouse. Now read James Patterson's Black Friday. The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, Black Friday. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer, only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group, and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of Black Friday.… (more)

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