Two years after writing their first novel together, the author James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton will work on a second one, their publishers announced on Thursday.
“The President’s Daughter,” set for release in June 2021, will follow a former U.S. president living in rural New Hampshire whose daughter is kidnapped. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mr. Patterson and Mr. Clinton’s first book, “The President Is Missing,” came out in 2018 and was one of the year’s biggest success stories in publishing, selling more than 3.2 million copies. In The New York Times Book Review, Nicolle Wallace called it “ambitious and wildly readable,” with a president brimming with “humanity, character and stoicism.” The pair combined Mr. Clinton’s deep knowledge of government and the presidency with Mr. Patterson’s propulsive storytelling style, with short chapters and cliffhangers.
“The President’s Daughter” will be a standalone book featuring a new cast of characters, rather than a sequel.
“I never imagined I’d be writing a book with a master storyteller like Jim, much less two,” Mr. Clinton said in the announcement released by the publishers, Knopf and Little, Brown. “I believe readers will enjoy reading ‘The President’s Daughter’ as much as I’m enjoying working on it.”
Mr. Patterson, one of America’s most prolific novelists, relies on a stable of lesser-known writers to produce his thrillers at a steady clip. (David Ellis was credited in the earlier Clinton collaboration, though it’s not clear if he will be involved again.) Mr. Patterson has called working with Mr. Clinton “a highlight of my career” and said in the announcement that readers “won’t be disappointed” by the forthcoming novel.
Knopf and Little, Brown, a Hachette imprint, will jointly publish the book, and it will be edited by Michael Pietsch, the chief executive of Hachette, and Reagan Arthur, who left Little, Brown earlier this year to become publisher at Knopf.
In a joint statement, Mr. Pietsch and Maya Mavjee, the president and publisher of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, said the success of the first book “augurs well for their second,” calling the pair “masters of the presidential thriller.”
Though he did not go into detail about how “The President’s Daughter” will differ from “The President Is Missing,” Mr. Pietsch said in a phone interview that the forthcoming book “is going to be even more of a thriller.” Ms. Arthur said that readers “can expect more insider details about what the life of a President and First Family is really like.”
Mr. Pietsch called working with Mr. Clinton and Mr. Patterson an “ecstatic experience” and expressed excitement about collaborating with Knopf again. “You don’t usually get to work together with your competitors,” he said, “and it went better than anybody could have dreamed.”