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Private | [James Patterson, Maxine Paetro]

Private

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
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Publisher's Summary

The police can't help you....

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you....

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private....

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose." (People)

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-24-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Potential"

    The characters and narration are good, but the underlying plot leaves you wishing they put more effort into it. Still a worthy listen... a 3.5 really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
    Meredith Nampa, ID, United States 11-07-10
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    "Awesome!!"

    James and Maxine have done it again! This is a great read just like most of thier work together. The story itself grabs you from the very beginning and holds on throughout the whole book. The characters are great and you really get invested in the story. The readers do a great job of getting the story right as well. Would reccomend this book to all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 10-06-10
    Theodore San Diego, CA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "so so"

    I dont usually go for mysteries. I mistook this book for something else. It turned out being OK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gary richland, WA, United States 10-06-10
    gary richland, WA, United States 10-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Patterson Private"

    I have read nearly every Patterson book written, this book is so out of character from Patterson I don't believe it is his, It is the worst Patterson book, worst audible book and nearly the worst book period I have finished. The drivel goes on and on and on..I will think twice of getting a book just because it's by James Patterson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shelby hobart, OK, United States 09-30-10
    shelby hobart, OK, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Didn't want to quit driving!"

    This was a great book to listen to while driving. I love the voice of the narrator and the characters were fascinating. I wish I'd had the long unabridged version because the abridged seemed to go by too quickly. Well worth a credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 09-25-10
    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect!"

    just enough action and thoughtfulness. kept winding the different stories together and wound it up nicely. Patterson is never a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trinka Tampa, FL, United States 09-25-10
    Trinka Tampa, FL, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Paetro and Patterson are a great pair"

    I'm not usually a fan of collaboratively-written mysteries, but Patterson and Paetro are an exception. The women's murder club series and Private have kept me intrigued all the way to the conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin cedar rapids, IA, United States 10-21-11
    Martin cedar rapids, IA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "mo"

    Hard to follow do to similar names. I will avoid this narrator he is unable to distinguish his voice for different characters. I've read (listened to) about 20 JP books and this was probably the worse did not keep my attention.

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    Chris 06-12-14
    Chris 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    Four separate cases Private are investigating, lots of drama and action. I enjoyed the book kept me gripped right up to the end, narrator did a great job.

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    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-01-14
    Farrell Colorado Springs, CO, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Fragmented"

    OK I guess. The book jumps between too many cases, as if the author had a bunch of ideas and couldn't decide which to write about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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