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In this combination photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, appears at a political event at Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, Pa. on April 12, 2012, and author James Patterson appears at a photo session in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Clinton and Patterson are collaborating on a thriller, “The President is Missing,” to come out June 2018. The book will be a joint release by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. publishers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, left, and Taylor Jewell, File)

Bill Clinton and James Patterson are co-writing a political thriller


Famed novelist James Patterson and former President Clinton are collaborating on a thriller reportedly named "The President is Missing" that's set to come out in June of 2018, the Associated Press reported

A statement provided to the AP by publishers Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Co. called the book "a unique amalgam of intrigue, suspense and behind-the-scenes global drama from the highest corridors of power. It will be informed by details that only a president can know."

The announcement is generally being met with surprise on social media. 

"Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his firsthand 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."

The financial details of the deal and the book have not been disclosed. Patterson is represented by Little, Brown, and Co. and Clinton is represented by Alfred A. Knopf, but both share a literary representative in Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who negotiated the deal. 

"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.

Some wonder if Clinton and Patterson will employ ghost writers. 

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