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Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called ‘Private’. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with.

Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private’s services are much sort after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse.

On a rare night off accompanying a client to the Golden Globe awards, Jack receives a phone call from school friend Abbie Cushman. Abbie's wife has been murdered and he desperately needs Jack’s help. The murder is brutal and with no apparent motive; fingers begin pointing towards Abbie. Jack is certain that Abbie didn’t kill his wife, but he will have to work night and day to prove it.

Meanwhile, Jack’s second-in-command at Private, Justine Smith, is helping the L.A.P.D. in a serial killer investigation. Over the past two years, twelve school girls from the same area in L.A. have been murdered. The killings are highly professional and so far the Police have no leads whatsoever. Justine has been called in to make use of her experience and Private’s resources. A breakthrough is desperately needed, because these killings show no signs of stopping.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 09-24-10

Excellent - couldn't stop listening


This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

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Gripping from start to finish.

Can't wait to listen to the next one! story was enthralling, performance was excellent and just leaves you wanting more.

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  • Hugh
  • Inverell, Australia
  • 11-05-12

Great Entertainment

Would you consider the audio edition of Private to be better than the print version?

Having not read the print version, it is not possible to say. However, since I really enjoy audiobooks. I really enjoyed this one.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The multiple story lines.

What about Peter Hermann’s performance did you like?

His voice impersonations

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you need help. Call Private!<br/>

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  • Michael
  • Cape Towwn, South Africa
  • 08-04-12

Not up to James Patterson's usual standard

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It was as if they ran out of time or inspiration toward the end of the book. There wasn't the usual Patterson magic. It felt rushed and predictable. I remember thinking, "Really, is that it??"

Any additional comments?

It was an enjoyable story, but not one I would bother listening to again.

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  • ian
  • castle hill, Australia
  • 08-25-10

great book

one of the best book I have had the pleasure listing to. Great write and narrated well.

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Excellent - couldn't put it down

This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

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  • Howard
  • 02-14-11

Griping and fast paced epic from a master

This is a James Patterson must have! From the start you are left in no doubt you need to listen to everything, miss something and you will wonder what you missed, and you can be sure it will be important later on.

Private captures what patterson is good at having several plot lines running simeoultaneously and blending them seamlessly into a fantastic novel. each sub plot here is a gripping yarn in its own right. The main story is actually really about the characters them selves but it is so cleverly weaved in the tales that you almost don't realise you are being lead through them. This is clever writing and enthralling story telling.

I am not sure there is a better way to spend thirteen hours of your listening time.

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  • SAM J
  • 11-20-17

ok but predictable

It's ok but not up to the usual James Patterson standards, in my opinion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-17

Brilliant

It takes you on a journey and on every corner there is something else that makes you continue on to listen. The story is a master piece.

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  • Jordan's
  • 09-16-17

Thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading and listening.

Brilliant easy reading and entertaining. Easy to pick and put down without missing a beat.

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  • JB
  • 05-19-16

Breathtaking!

The sheer pace of Patterson's sharp, sometimes terse, always enthralling prose is quite breathtakingly here. This Authors style can be particularly appreciated when delivered by such perfect reading. Full marks, Audible a

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  • Amanda
  • 03-03-15

Disappointing

I normally love James Patterson books but this has too many plot lines which made all of them very weak.

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  • Ruth
  • 12-23-12

May get you hooked

First in the private series. A truely good read, well worth it. Read this one and the rest :)

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  • Moira
  • 05-17-15

Interesting Twists and Turns

This book started me listening to James Patterson Private. It is the start of a continuing saga with many twists and turns that keeps you listening right to the end. The reader tells a great story and kept me interested to its finish. There are lots interesting people but not too many so that you get totally lost on who is who and who did what. I certainly will be following on with the next Private issue and can certainly recommend this read.