Palm Beach author James Patterson, who’s better known for his Alex Cross fiction, is finishing a non-fiction book about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal (Splash News photo)
PALM BEACH — Best-selling Alex Cross fiction author James Pattersonis 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.
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“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.
Jeffrey Epstein’s latest mug shot (FDLE photo)
They showed that not only did the financier use the plane to fly underage girls from Europe to Palm Beach once he tired of the local “talent,” but he also used it to fly some of his friends, including former President Bill Clinton.
While Epstein was accused of recruiting usually-troubled teens from the Royal Palm Beach area to massage him while he masturbated in his mansion at 358 El Brillo Way, he ended up serving 13 months in a county jail — mostly at night.
He was allowed to leave during to day to return to El Brillo, allegedly for work.
Once released, Epstein had to register as a sex offender. He has to register his new address every time he moves and can be tracked down here.....