PALM BEACH — Best-selling Alex Cross fiction author James Patterson is putting the finishing touch on a non-fiction tome that’s supposed to demystify– in detail — the underage-sex scandal that ensnared millionaire Palm Beacher Jeffrey Epstein.
It’s a neighborhood thing: Epstein, who was accused in 2005 of having sex with underage suburban West Palm Beach girls as young as 15, happens to own a mansion less than a mile away from Patterson’s sprawling oceanfronter in Palm Beach.
The book, published by the usually staid Little, Brown and Co., is due out in the early fall, right on time for the presidential election.
“If Hillary (Clinton) is the Democratic nominee and she’s close to getting elected, the book could have a huge impact on her campaign,” a source close to Patterson tells Gossip Extra.
Patterson, who’s using notes from former New York Police Detective and Vanity Fair contributor John Connolly as well as a local private eye, has been especially interested in the flight logs from Epstein’s private jet, papers that became public in a series of civil lawsuits brought by victims against Epstein.[/vc_column_text]