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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Writing by checklist -- boring people for money

If you've read and enjoyed work by people like Craig Johnson, Louise Penny, Peter Grainger, or Robert Galbraith...you most likely will NOT enjoy this book. There is no depth. You can almost hear the authors saying "Check!" as another standard plot "device" is employed. Awful.

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I wasn't impressed

I finished the book, but I didn't much like the plot, the way the story was written, the narration, the awful production values nor the pacing. I'm just glad I didn't pay much for it, or waste a credit.

The narrator sounded like Jack Nicholson throughout most of the book; his Irish accent wasn't terrible, but his Swedish accent was. Half the time, I wasn't sure who was speaking, which is not all the narrator's fault. And the constant short chapters were only helpful for stopping. Music was added with no rhyme or reason. It just seemed to be stuck in at some (but not all) chapter points. Not a great use of my time.

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Predictable and tiresome

If you like your male characters to have tragic pasts that justify their bad one-liners; if you like them to have outlandish tech and Lamborghinis*; if you like women to fall at their feet while the men remain emotionally unavailable in the most macho way; then this is your book.

This is also your book if you like to know what a woman is wearing; how that expresses her hotness; or what to do when she is only wearing her panties.

Oh, the plot? Something about nerd revenge on the type of teenage girls who dissed them in high school, but without that sort of justification. Of course a man has to stop this craziness, with the help of beautiful, driven women (as rare as the Lamborghini, but his for the asking!). There is also a subplot with the obligatory beautiful dead woman, found, of course, naked, but earning her murder in the same way horny teenagers earn their slashing in a horror movie.

So...yes, there’s an audience for this. And if it’s you, go with it. I won’t judge. But it’s not me.


*Okay, even I like this.

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Not very good

Overall the story was not very good. There wasn’t much intrigue, suspense, or tension. It felt like it was rushed, without much elaboration at different points. This made it difficult to envision or imagine what the characters were like, this scenes they are in, or get much details from the story.
Also, I don’t understand why it switches between first person and narrated even though Jack is in a narrated scene.

Read The Gray Man series instead

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Bad book

it was the most boring book that i had read!!!! i couldn't concentrate .really bad

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Narrator Horrible

He is so distracting with his nasal voice, that I have not been able to get past 10 chapters, without beginning again!

It took me 5 tries to get past 3.

I still have no clue, what this story is about!

I love James Patterson, but this has to be 2nd worse book I have ever listened to!!!

Yuck!

I will continue to try though, as I hate to waste money!

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  • Cartec
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 10-29-17

Too much time in the office

Mr. Patterson and company provided the reader with multiply stories. I always liked this although it is a lot of hard work for the author. Hence, two people writing. I found the stories to drag a little because the characters spent too much time talking and not enough doing. They sat around a table to discussed the next move instead to doing it. That's okay in the beginning but get the action going. As the stories unfolded I enjoyed all of them and would have given the work four stars except the characters were annoying. The main character and his twin in particular. I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who have money and can't resolve their emotional problems and seek happiness. The ultra twin angle adds nothing to the story and should be eliminated. He's not useful as antagonist or a protagonist.

I enjoyed Mr. Hermann's performance. Although the female characters needed more development Mr. Hermann was able to keep them straight for the reader and we knew who was who. It also made the work very entertaining.

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Disappointing

The main character is an absolute cliche and not likeable. Character development is extremely poor, and the story is quite predictable. Would not recommend.

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godawefull...i feel polluted from reading 2 chptrs

I REALLY HATE THIS TRASH...I wish it didn't exist, especially in my computer. It makes me feel soiled. I'D PAY TO OBLITERATE IT.

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  • carl
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 10-26-17

could not finish.A real hard one to get into.

A hard book to get going .I finally put it down
as a time wastet

1 of 1 people found this review helpful