• Reuters


James Patterson, already among the world’s best-selling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of his new novel, “Private Vegas,” which will self-destruct within 24 hours.

A deep-pocketed fan willing to spend $294,038 will be flown to an undisclosed location for a meal with Patterson, the author of “Unlucky 13” an “Cross My Heart,” and receive a copy of the book ahead of its launch on Jan. 26.

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