“The President Is Missing”: Key Facts About Clinton-Patterson Debut Novel That Became a Bestseller with 250,000 Copies in First Week

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Bill Clinton’s debut novel had the year’s biggest opening so far for a work of fiction, WashingtonPost reports. Nexter.org prepared interesting facts about the hit- you will surely like to read this Summer.

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Unexpected success 

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is finding success in a field other than politics, as his debut novel topped best-seller lists in its first week.

“The President is Missing,” the thriller he co-wrote with James Patterson, sold 250,000 copies its first week. Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co., the ’s co-publishers, announced Wednesday that the number includes hardcover, e- and audio sales.

NPD BookScan, which tracks about 85 per cent of print sales, reported sales of 152,000 copies. That’s BookScan’s top-selling fiction debut since the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which came out last year, and biggest first week for adult fiction since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman sold more than 700,000 hardcover copies in 2015.

The is officially fiction…

The story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack. But Clinton and Patterson say it’s all feasible.

…but authentic

“Jim wanted it to be authentic,” Clinton said. “Which means: A, the physical setting has to be authentic. B, the procedures had to be authentic, and the interplay between the president and the staff and all the world leaders and everything had to have the feel of reality, and even how the Secret Service works.”

The storyline even includes impeachment, a historic low point in Clinton’s own presidency.

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Source: hollywoodreporter

Critics reviews

The novel has received rave reviews from critics, praising all from its “crisp pacing” to “stylistic blend,” as historian Ron Chernow told The Associated Press. “The has a knowing, inside feel,” he said.

Upcoming television adaptation

Clinton and Patterson went on a 16-meeting tour to select the right outlet for a theatrical film. However, Showtime is turning the into an ongoing drama series. Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said that “the pairing of President Clinton with fiction’s most gripping storyteller promises a kinetic experience, one that the world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network.”


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