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Thomas Berryman Number [Paperback]

James Patterson
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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July 27 1978
Three terrifying murders in the South culminate in a relentless manhunt in the North that centers on a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill with extreme prejudice.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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".[citation needed] Patterson shrugged off the comments, stating that he wants to be the "thrillingest thriller writer of all time".[citation needed] James Patterson has also been put as one of Forbes magazine's top 100 celebrities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With a steel guitar twanging blues in the background, Will Patton performs this reissue of Patterson's 1976 debut novel, which won an Edgar Award for best first mystery. The complex plot intertwines a reporter's relentless pursuit of the killer of Nashville's first black mayor and the path of the assassin himself as he prepares for the biggest murder since Martin Luther King, Jr. Will Patton uses a bluegrass drawl and the soft sound of a New York drug-world hustler, helping the listener understand the complexity of the characters. Patterson's observations are masterfully transformed into critical insights with Patton's skillful pacing. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual James Patterson but okay. Sept. 4 2001
By Ryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was James Patterson's first novel. It also won the Edgar Allen Poe award in 1976 I believe. It had a pretty good plot although I thought it was very predictable. Maybe that's the way it was meant to be? I have no clue. But I do know that now JP's books are usually entirely unpredictable. But this is excellent for a first book. Hell, most authors sound like they're in second grade when they wrote their first novels. This actually got a little confusing at times. Maybe that's also a trait of new authors. Again, I'm not positive. What I did like about this book a lot was the fact how fast it read. It's under 300 pages and the chapters are extremely short.
I thought this book was a little better than three stars but still not worthy of the fourth. If I had read and reviewed this back in the 70's, I would have said all the things I said about the actual story itself. But, I would've added that I bet this guy'll be one of the best story tellers in the next fifteen years. Now, obviously, I'm not going to say that because I believe he's all ready established that position in my mind. And certainly in the minds of thousands of others.
If you like James Patterson I'd recommend reading this just for the history of the writer and to see how he has developed over the years. Just don't go into this book expecting his best story. If you do that, you should come out satisfied that you did take the time to read it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum Aug. 7 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with "don't bother." I've read many of the Alex Cross novels and enjoy the page turning pace of these novels. I couldn't keep track of what was going on and after 100 pages was totally lost. Maybe my psyche was lost in it's thoughts about ..."is this really Patterson?"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A So-So Read Feb. 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was a good book, but not at all what I was expecting. The characters were developed very well, but everything I read said that it was very suspenseful, but I did not find it to be suspensful. It was engrossing, and I was interested in finding out the ending, but not one of those books I could not put down. Well worth the time to read, but just don't expect to be totally wrapped up in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fast read. Aug. 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was drawn to this one because it won an Edgar for Best First Novel. As a James Patterson fan I went in ready to be bowled over. While not my favorite from Mr. Patterson, this is a satisfying read. Certainly worthwhile just to get the history of his writings.
Like everything I have read from Mr. Patterson, this one read extremely fast. It took me a little while to put faces on the main characters, and I am not certain that I was 100% successful in that task. I got to know them pretty well, and found the plot set up most engaging...it kept me on my toes.
Somehow "The Thomas Berryman Number" had a feel somewhat like "The Anderson Tapes"---at least to me. It certainly had me turning pages.
I have to recommend reading this one if you are a James Patterson fan. It takes little time due to his flowing writing style, and give you a sense of where he started. Surely I plan to get a hold of more of his earlier works. Mr. Patterson gets your attention and moves the story at a good pace.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about it. May 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The reason I got this book was because I heard that it won the Edgar that year. It must have been an awful year, because this is one strenuously lackluster novel. It's story is not compelling, the characters aren't interesting, the narrative style doesn't work and the resolution does almost nothing to answer the questions raised by the plot. This doesn't reflect on Patterson's talents as an author, after all, this was his first novel. That being the case, it still should be regarded as craft honing piece and not something you should spend your money on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different side of Patterson revealed in Berryman... April 10 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for the same type of writing and the same intensity as Patterson's more recent books, you will not find it here. Though many may find this novel dissapointing, I can not imagine that this is the worst book that any one of you has ever read- unless your reading list is quite miniscule. I can think of many books that are worse than this one. My advice to other readers is to read this book just to read THIS particular book. If you dive into it with any preconceived notions and are looking for another Kiss the Girls, then you will most definately be dissapointed. This book is another side to Patterson. It is a completely different style of writing than his recent novels- but is still unique and worth reading. And keep in mind that someone must have enjoyed it- it won a major literary award. If you want Alex Cross, you won't find him here, but you will find a novel that is still worth exploring. Remember to keep an open mind and you may just find that this novel is worth more than mere kindling for your fire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wake up some of you "reviewers" Jan. 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In reading some of the other reviews on this book I was amazed at what some people say. No this is not his best work, but it is definitely not a 1 star book either. To give this a one and say that it confused you and then give it a one sort of says to me that you probably missed something. For those of you who have read some of his other stuff, this isn't bad, but it is not what you may expect from an Edgar Award winner
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