Following on the success of their first book together, The President is Missing, President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson will cowrite a second novel together, The President's Daughter. As with the first novel, the forthcoming book will be published jointly by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and is set for June 2021. The book will be published simultaneously in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, with the colophons of both Little, Brown and Knopf displayed on all editions. Michael Pietsch, CEO of Little, Brown parent company Hachette Book Group and Knopf publisher Reagan Arthur with jointly edited the book.
Maya Mavjee, president and publisher of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and Pietsch acquired North American and translation rights to the book, from Robert Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly; Susan Sandon at Penguin Random House UK separately acquired UK and Commonwealth right. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
"The unprecedented reader-driven success of their first collaboration augurs well for their second, as Clinton and Patterson have become masters of the presidential thriller," Mavjee and Pietsch said in a joint statement.
The President Is Missing, published in 2018, has sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide, according to the publishers. The President's Daughter, however, will be a stand-alone novel, not a sequel, about a former president of the United States, now relocated to rural New Hampshire, whose daughter is kidnapped. An excerpt from the new book is included in the mass-market edition of The President Is Missing, which goes on sale May 26.
"I never imagined I’d be writing a book with a master storyteller like Jim, much less two," Clinton said. "I was grateful for the success of the first book, and I believe readers will enjoy reading The President's Daughter as much as I’m enjoying working on it.”
Patterson, for his part, called working with Clinton "a highlight of my career, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to write with him again." He added:“It was gratifying to see the enthusiastic response to our first book, and I’m eager to get The President's Daughter into the hands of readers—they won’t be disappointed.”