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Guilty Wives
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ISBN: 031609756X
$27.99/U.S.
448 pages
Little, Brown and Company

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ISBN: 1455506664
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480 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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ISBN: 0446571881
$10.00/U.S.
528 pages
Grand Central Publishing

No husbands allowed

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

What happened last night?

In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened—something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime—for survival. GUILTY WIVES is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

Guilty Wives
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 031609756X
$27.99/U.S.
448 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 1455506664
$14.99/U.S.
480 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Mass Market
ISBN: 0446571881
$10.00/U.S.
528 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Book One | THIRTEEN MONTHS EARLIER: JUNE 2010

Chapter 5

NOT EVERYONE AT the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel was having a wonderful time. Four men stood on a private balcony, sharing binoculars, observing the activity by the pool with something less than warm feelings.

"You see what I mean?" Colton looked at the other husbands. "Not just catching a tan, are they?"

"At least Bryah still has her bloody top on, Colt." Christien couldn't say the same thing for his Winnie.

"This is why you called?" Simon asked. "This is why we had to fly down here?"

Colton turned to Simon. "Look at them, man. Your Serena, as much as anyone—but all of them. It's like they aren't married women!"

"Oh, Colt—"

"And you should have seen them last night at the casino. A gaggle of wild stukkies, they were. Waltzing in, attracting attention. Not shying away from it, I can tell you."

"Colton's right. We should do something," Jeffrey said in agreement. "This is unacceptable." Tall and lean with carefully coiffed hair, he now looked more like the top U.S. diplomat he was than the Georgetown international relations professor he'd once been, back when he'd first met Abbie.

"There you go, brah." Colton's normally pale skin was purple with rage. To the others, he didn't fit with Bryah. A forty-eight-year-old, pudgy, temperamental white man with an exotic young black wife. A cerebral young lady with an angry man who fancied a bulldozer over a handshake.

"And what," asked Simon, "are you planning to do?"

"Not let them get away with it, that's what." Colton lifted his beige shirt, revealing a handgun stuffed in his pants.

"Bloody hell, Colt." Christien, with the baritone voice, the detached manner. He took one step back.

Jeffrey stepped back, too, but didn't speak.

"You've lost your mind!" said Simon. Prematurely gray but still physically fit at forty-four. Too focused, he would admit, on adding to a portfolio that already could keep generations in comfort. The adopted girl, Katie Mei, had been good for him, grounding him a bit more.

"This whole thing was a waste of time." Simon looked at his watch. "My jet's leaving in one hour. I need to be back in Zurich tonight. Will you all be joining me?"

Christien didn't answer, keeping a cool stare on Colton's weapon.

"Will you be joining me?" Simon asked again.

Jeffrey, the stuffy diplomat, raised the binoculars again. Abbie was in the pool, laughing at something a young man said to her. The man was younger, more muscular—more exciting than Jeffrey. He lowered the binoculars and looked alternately at Colton and Simon.

"I want to hear what Colton has in mind," he said.

Copyright © 2012 by James Patterson

Guilty Wives
Fiction/General
Audiobook (Unabridged CD)
ISBN: 1607884682
$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio
Read by January LaVoy

January LaVoy is a New York-based voice, stage, and television actress. She has performed on and Off-Broadway, and appeared extensively in regional theaters across the country. She is best known for her role as Noelle Ortiz on the long-running ABC daytime drama, One Life to Live.

Guilty Wives
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 031609756X
$27.99/U.S.
448 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 1455506664
$14.99/U.S.
480 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Mass Market
ISBN: 0446571881
$10.00/U.S.
528 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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