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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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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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • COLDWATER, MI, United States
  • 02-12-14

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.....................

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.




18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Victor
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 03-26-14

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Linton, Indiana, United States
  • 03-23-14

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One Of Patterson's Best

I've read/listened to most of Patterson's works. Funny because I don't really LOVE his work or anything, but they are usually fun, fairly low-brow sorts of brainless fun, and I know what to expect from them. Private LA though, I consider to be one of his very best. Fun, now familiar characters that one can identify with, evil scary badguys, and lots of mystery and intrigue. Private LA is a very enjoyable read/listen

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cathleen
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 09-13-15

Awful.

The dialogue was pathetic - like it was written by a sixth grader. I can't believe that this book made it into print. The portrayal of the women characters was particularly brutal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Don't waste your time

Poor excuse for a novel with overly dramatic reading. Seems to have been written to meet a last minute deadline with plot and characters pulled from an inventory of contrived stories. Don't waste your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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people and places I should leave for others

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

Not sure the audio was very good with out doubt! I enjoyed the constant movement of the story, San a little plot in all stopping points

What other book might you compare Private L.A. to and why?

Story with James Bond actions and a couple of high intensity Bond girls. What's not to like about that?

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

The subject is constantly on the move and the author will surprise you with the subject matter that comes to the forefront throughout the book

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

I totally enjoyed the reader!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • BOISE, ID, United States
  • 12-01-14

Immature!

What disappointed you about Private L.A.?

I really didn't care for any of this book, the plot was weak, writing seemed very immature.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan again?

Maybe.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just not very well done,

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing.

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful