The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson with Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

Published: 2020 Penguin Australia | Little Brown Genre: Nonfiction | Biography 1. First lines 2. Cover: Penguin Australia 3. Memorial Central Park. Own work. 4. John Lennon [CC BY-NC 2.0] by Backdoor Survival (the original image has been cropped) via flickr

This is an account of John Lennon’s career, his personal life, and his death in 1980, when he was murdered outside his New York apartment by Mark Chapman, who had been obsessed with Lennon’s fame, and set out to murder him.

His mind is a dangerous neighborhood.

“The Last Days of John Lennon” by James Patterson

Glanceabook: Disappointing. From the title, the expectation is an in-depth look at the last days of John Lennon. Instead most of the book is a history of the Beatles, albeit focussed on John Lennon, but told like a series of facts. More depth about the murderer, too, would have been a fresh perspective on this subject about which much has been written.

Kirkus: “A thimbleful of fresh content lies buried in tales familiar and often told.”


Author website: James Patterson

Quotes from the book:

“The thing he” (John Lennon) “couldn’t understand was the violence … the murder of Kennedy, the police brutality against innocent marchers in the South, the guns he saw being carried everywhere. I could see the soul of an activist building up in him.”

“Soon, everyone in this city will be battling one another to get a glimpse of him, the man who killed John Lennon. His name will be all over the papers, all over the news – all over the world – in just a few hours.”


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