NPJ Book Review: The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson

Review by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen, RN, CLNC, Contributing Editor, RN, CLNC

 

“We were the best bloody band there was, there was nobody to touch us…We are more popular than Jesus” said John Lennon on the band’s popularity as the lead member of The Beatles.

Mark Chapman, a mentally unstable man, was once an over-the-top fan of the icon, left behind everything he knew in life, to hunt down John Lennon in New York City because he felt that Lennon misled his followers.
 
In the summer of 1980, after many years of solitude as a house husband and raising his son, Sean, John had recorded something new, a venue called “Starting Over”.  It was John Lennon, at his finest.  
 
This is one of the most riveting and outstanding true-crime stories in music history, told by James Patterson. Paterson, who is primarily a fiction writer, interviewed many of Lennon’s friends and associates, giving the reader a rich background of informative pieces like it has never been told before. As there are a plethora of other books on Lennon, 

Patterson threads the needle with both John Lennon’s life and Mark David Chapman, the man who ended that same life. The Last Days of John Lennon is a story, filled with facts and history of one of rock’s most celebrated talents. 

From a person who evolved from the beginnings of pop-rock entertainment to a voice for peace in both the world and in his own life, only to be cut short by the madness of an unknown person over 41 years ago in New York City on December 8, 1980, this is a candid and poignant story.