Black Friday (Patterson novel)

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Black Friday
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Author James Patterson
Original title Black Market
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster (initial publication), Warner Books
Publication date
June 1986 (Black Market), April 1, 2000 (Black Friday)
Media type Print, ebook
Pages 365 pages (BM hardback), 450 pages (BF paperback)
ISBN 0446609323

Black Friday (originally published in 1986 as Black Market) is an American thriller novel by James Patterson.[1] The book was initially published in 1986 through Simon & Schuster and Patterson released a slightly re-written version of the novel in 2000 through Warner Books.[2][3]

The 2000 edition, Black Friday, was a New York Times Bestseller for paperback fiction.[4]


The book follows lawyer Caitlin Dillon and Federal Agent Archer Carroll as they must find a way to overcome a threat against Wall Street. A secret militia group has threatened to destroy Wall Street by way of several explosions, but give no demands and will not negotiate.


Initial critical reception for the book in 1986 was mixed,[5] with Kirkus Reviews panning the novel while the Business Review called it "predictable but intriguing".[6][7] The Atlanta Journal praised the novel, calling it a "tense, gripping thriller".[8]

Publishers Weekly reviewed the 2000 edition and gave a mixed review.[9]


  1. ^ "Adman plays novel game with names". Chicago Sun-Times. July 7, 1986. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Martin (May 11, 2000). "MAKING BOOKS; Everything Old Is New Again". NY Times. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Review: Black Friday". Library Journal (BookVerdict). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "NYT Bestseller List". NY Times. April 23, 2000. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Review: Black Market". Library Journal (Book Verdict). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Review: Black Market". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Business Review, Volume 16, Issues 190-200. Thanacha: Therapatvong for Business Review. 1988. 
  8. ^ "Review: Black Market.". The Atlanta Journal. July 27, 1986. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Review: Black Friday". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 8 June 2013.