- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Café Mark on Baltimore Street and the city of Frostburg are mentioned briefly in James Patterson’s novel “Hope to Die” from the Alex Cross series.

Mark Rose, owner of Café Mark, had no idea his business was mentioned in the novel and learned about it after an anonymous person called the café.

“I’m a James Patterson fan and I was pretty excited that he mentioned us. One thing that is interesting to me is that he knew the prices of lunch, knew the name of the street and knew the hours,” said Rose, who purchased the novel after learning that his business was mentioned in it.

On page 255, Ned Mahoney, Detective Cross’ old partner from the FBI, says that Acadia Le Duc, who is being accused of murder, was buying food at a restaurant in?Cumberland. Mahoney also indicates that the café is closed until 7 a.m. In the novel, Tess Aaliyah asks what time Le Duc was at the restaurant in Cumberland and John Sampson states, “Ten twelve. She charged eighteen dollars and change at, uh, Café Mark on Baltimore Street.”

Patterson writes the Alex Cross series himself and it’s likely that either he or his researcher went to the café to collect information for the book, according to Lee Schwartz, owner of the Book Center. Schwartz learned about the mention of the café in the novel on Facebook and indicated that although he was surprised about it, it wasn’t the first time that an author has mentioned Cumberland in a book.

The Book Center does have copies of “Hope to Die” available.

Rose is hoping to get in contact with Patterson to learn how he found out about the café and is hoping he will sign the book, which is being kept at the café for patrons to see. The Times-News reached out to Patterson on Twitter and didn’t get a response by press time for the Dec. 12 newspaper.

“That’s not twenty miles from Frostburg,” Aaliyah said in “Hope to Die.” ”And it fits with the time Claude Harrow was killed and his place torched.”

“James Patterson is one of the most successful authors. To be mentioned in one of his books is exciting, even if it’s fictional,” said John Kirby, Frostburg city administrator. “For us, it will be special to read a passage and, at least in our own minds, be able to visualize the actual location in the text.”

Kirby also indicated that mention of Frostburg in the book lends itself to the growing artistic character of the city.

“I guess this means I’ll have to go buy the book and read the whole story to see our town’s name in print,” said Kirby.

Rose indicated that the cafe has never been mentioned in a book before but it had been in The New York Times. Cumberland author Russell Shorto mentions Café Mark in the July 20 Travel section in “On a General’s Trail, Summoning America’s History.” In writing about Gen.?Edward Braddock’s march from Cumberland, Shorto said that he chose to “muse on the historic event” at Café Mark’s outdoor tables.

In “Hope to Die,” Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius and is forced to play the deadliest game of his career, according to Patterson’s official website.

Patterson, who is the first author to achieve 10 million e-book sales, holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the author with the most No. 1 New York Times best-selling hardcover fiction books. Patterson is originally from New York.

For more information on “Hope to Die” or Patterson, visit his official website: https://www.jamespatterson.com


Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html

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