Synopsis: Hoping to revamp his stagnating career when he is hired for to represent a high-profile triple-murder suspect, Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy finds the case complicated by his client's popularity, a dangerous secret being protected by members of the East Hampton privileged class, and his well-connected former girlfriend. 1,250,000 first printing. About the Author: James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly an advertising executive for 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. James Patterson has been criticized by Stephen King, who called Patterson's books "dopey thrillers". Patterson shrugged off the comments, stating that he wants to be the "thrillingest thriller writer of all time". James Patterson has also been put as one of Forbes magazine's top 100 celebrities.