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Private L.A. | [James Patterson, Mark Sullivan]

Private L.A.

Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.

Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They may be two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast - and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.

©2014 James Patterson & Mark Sullivan (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 02-12-14
    USA Buyer COLDWATER, MI, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Spartan Reader

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    "Excellent Audio Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private L.A. to be better than the print version?

    Love the narrator. Have not read the print version. Why would I ???


    What did you like best about this story?

    Moving plots surrounding the main plot. Keeps your interest and attention. Excellent plots making up a great story. Alex Cross books have run their course. They are not cookie cutter books. Private Series is fresh. Great character with unique personalities.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    John is strong and focused.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Team support and friendship.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great series. Keep it going.....................

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL 03-08-14
    Christopher Miami, FL 03-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Well done... but..."

    I enjoyed this audio book very much, but did not know that this came from a series. I felt as if I was walking into the middle of a conversation. Characters and relationships had already been defined. That being said, It seemed like a few novels going on at the same time, totally unrelated. I don't want to give any spoilers though.
    For the most part this novel was engaging and had me wanting more. I read it in two days. I enjoyed the writing very much and the narrator was very good. Though I do not feel like going back to other past novels to "catch up". I would like to hear more though. Continuing this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 02-18-14
    Paulette Moreno Valley, CA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2010

    I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.

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    "Shades of Dashiell Hammett"

    Jack Morgan is a private detective and owner of Private, a super swank, high dollar, highly successful detective agency. He was hired to look into the disappearance of a beloved Hollywood couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, known for their countless works of Charity. The couple and their beautiful adopted children mysteriously disappear and everyone worries that the worst has happened. While beginning to search for them, Los Angeles is also threatened by a terrorist group of thugs who want revenge against a country and/or its avatars that made them into political ghosts. Jack Morgan and his company are also called in to consult with local law enforcement. This is the more interesting of the story threads. In this terrorist portion, the plot is good with a solid back story that solidifies the characters for this part of the chronicle. The Hollywood couple thread in the story depends on shock value to cement them into the narrative.

    The narrative would benefit from adding more depth to the characters, especially Jack Morgan, there is an attempt to give both him and it the hard boiled, sepia tinted, moralistic and world weary style of Hammett. Of course, no one does Hammett like Hammett. However, the faint echo of Hammett is wonderful and gives one hope that the next book in the series will be more than an echo.

    You have to love the ending, when the major dramatis personae in the Couple’s thread of the narrative are brought together, (a nod to the classic detective stories), and the innocents, the meek, and the guilty get their long awaited, and long over- due justice.

    The narrator, Jay Snyder, gives a performance that elevates the enjoyment of this Private LA. The pros lags in spots but threads of the story are exciting. Overall, its worth the read if you like the series. This is a solid 3 ½ stars.




    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    A GENEVA, NY, United States 04-26-14
    A GENEVA, NY, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Jack Morgan is back"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private L.A. to be better than the print version?

    Audio was the best of series!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Jack, Justine, are complimented by all other characters that made this a great listen


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, fast pace keep me making time to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Grew reluctant with previous books, glad Jack was back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Creekgirl Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14
    Creekgirl Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's exciting enough.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sort of but I wasn't "on the edge". Plus, I listen while driving. :)


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-14
    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "enjoyed this book"

    A good story , of the private series. well read. Patterson does a nice job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victor ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-26-14
    Victor ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Predictable"
    What did you like best about Private L.A.? What did you like least?

    This book contains multiple stories woven around characters right out of a soap opera. Set in Hollywood with tiring cliches for characters, I'd skip this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was anti-climactic. it seemed to have some cliff-hanger elements to it. Problem is--the characters are so 2 dimensional you do not care to know anything else about them. The character of Justine was so unnecessary to the story, you got the feeling she was added to appeal to the female reader.


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder’s performance?

    The reader sounds like he's out of a 1940s radio show, contrived and silly.


    Did Private L.A. inspire you to do anything?

    Not read James Patterson books who all appear to be written by someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Linton, Indiana, United States 03-23-14
    Kathy Linton, Indiana, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "STOP with this series!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No One


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ’s story?

    Long drawn out, story line repetitive, I did not even finish the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the first two, but they have become quite boring, will not be ordering any more, if there is any.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sonny 03-19-14
    sonny 03-19-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Read This and added another with Sullivan"

    Patterson has found a good co author in Mark Sullivan. great stories and Characters.
    look forward to listening to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WWBill G Fairfield County, CT 03-01-14
    WWBill G Fairfield County, CT 03-01-14 Member Since 2009

    WWBillG

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    "Mildly distracting. Instantly forgettable."

    I have listened to other books in the "Private" series. They still seem in search of a core theme. The main character is mushy in terms of personality and motivation and that changes from book to book. The plot is mildly interesting. Honestly, I finished this book two days ago and--like cotton candy--it's gone. Seems like the Patterson "brand" has become publishing fast food.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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