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Bill Clinton pens first thriller novel with James Patterson

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Former-president Bill Clinton is writing a novel about the White House, publishers announced on Monday.

The President Is Missing is being written in collaboration with James Patterson, believed to be the world's best-selling living author.

The publishers say the book will be "informed by details that only a President can know".

The book, which is Mr Clinton's first novel, will be released by Alfred A Knopf and Hachette in June 2018.

"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," said the former president.

"And working with Jim has been terrific. I've been a fan of his for a very long time," he added.

The details of the plot are not currently known, but the two men have announced plans to hold a national book tour to promote it.

Mr Patterson is considered to be the world's best-selling novelist in recent years, and has published more than 130 titles in his name.

Mr Clinton has written several books since leaving the presidency, but never a novel.

His other works include My Life, Giving, and Back to Work.

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