A Message from James Patterson

A Promise from Marshall

Remember April 23, 1985?

It was the day The Coca-Cola Company announced that they were changing the formula for Coke. After 99 years of unparalleled success they decided to tamper with the taste of the world’s best-selling soft drink.

Coke lovers everywhere went crazy. The company was bombarded daily by thousands of angry letters and phone calls. A grassroots movement demanding the return of the old formula swept the country, and 79 days later Coca-Cola realized they had just made the biggest marketing blunder of the century, and they brought old Coke back to the shelves.

I was there. I was one of hundreds of people on an advertising task force working for Coca-Cola at that time.

And if l learned one thing it’s this: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

As I take over the stewardship of NYPD Red I will live by those words. I was in the room the day the series was conceived, and I have lived with Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald through every page of every adventure.

NYPD Red has sold close to 2,000,000 copies. That’s not just a string of #1 bestsellers. That’s a legacy… a legacy I promise to keep.

I’m thrilled to have Marshall Karp take on the NYPD RED series — he’s an excellent writer who always manages to surprise readers with the twists and turns of his plotlines. I can’t wait to see where Marshall takes [the characters] next.
—James Patterson