John Lennon was one of the world’s most influential people. Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible. Discover the true story behind the tragic death of an icon.
THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON
by James Patterson, Casey Sherman, and Dave Wedge
Little, Brown, December 2020
John Lennon achieved with the Beatles a level of superstardom that defied classification. « We were the best bloody band there was, » he said. « There was nobody to touch us. » In the summer of 1980, Lennon signs with a label and hires a top producer to recruit the best session musicians, ready to record new music for the first time in years. They are awestruck when Lennon dashes off « (Just Like) Starting Over. » Lennon is back in peak form, with his best songwriting since « Imagine. » THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON is the amazing story of John Lennon’s life and career, from his earliest days and first songs up to his last seconds. It tells the story of the most profound rock-and-roll genius of all time-and of Mark David Chapman, the consummate Nowhere Man who took him from us. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, the book is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs still enrich our lives today-and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.
James Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling authors. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.
Casey Sherman is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven books including The Finest Hours and Hunting Whitey. He’s an award-winning journalist who’s written for the Washington Post, Esquire, and the Boston Herald.
Dave Wedge is a New York Times bestselling author of four books, including Boston Strong and Hunting Whitey. He’s an award-winning journalist who’s written for the Boston Herald, Vice, and Esquire.