The whole world can breathe a sigh of relief.
At no time will we lack for glossy new triple-spaced and massive-margined* James Patterson books. He just signed a 17-book deal with Hatchette. That'll keep him there through 2012.
Seventeen books in three years. Seriously.
*A (hilariously grumpy) little old lady came in yesterday and donated his new book. She was mad she'd spend $25 on a book that had, like, 23 words on each page. (She didn't say "like", though.)