Bill Clinton is a now a million-selling novelist. "The President is Missing,'' a thriller co-written with James Patterson, has more than one million combined hardcover, e-book and audio sales in North America alone since coming out June 4.
The book is Clinton's first of work of fiction, but in Patterson he had one of the world's most prolific and successful novelists for a collaborator. Reviews were mixed, but Barnes & Noble fiction buyer Sessalee Hensley said in a statement released Wednesday by co-publishers Alfred A Knopf and Little Brown and Co. that "The President is Missing'' had benefited from "very strong'' word of mouth.
The Clinton-Patterson novel has dominated fiction charts. According to NPD BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the hardcover and paperback market, ``The President is Missing'' is by far the year's biggest fiction seller and the only fiction work to crack the top 10 of the best-sellers overall for 2018. Nonfiction releases such as Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury'' and James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty'' have been attracting the most sales.