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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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  • Seth
  • Cambridge, MA
  • 10-10-17

Completely lacking in substance

I almost never read or listen to books where the famous author is joined by a collaborator. I broke that rule this time, and I'm sorry that I did. I've enjoyed a lot of Patterson's work in the past, but this book was formulaic, with a bland plot, paper-thin characters, lazy dialog, and no particular attention to detail. I'd advise skipping this one, and I'm going back to my "no collaborations" rule.

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Horrible. Bad writing, weak story.

I am very disappointed. Artificial characters, horrible dialogue, and retread premises. I usually like Patterson too, but I don't think is a good effort.

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No can do.

I may give this another try later on. It just is not interesting. Too much of nothing happening.

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  • North Carolinaa
  • 10-05-17

It was free

This book was decent enough. It was free, and you can't go wrong with that.

I wasn't actually able to get invested in the storyline or the characters. I didn't find myself "caring." It just kind of jumped from case-to-case and it made it hard. I feel there were two "main" cases and even then, It felt rushed.

It was still worth the read and worth the "free"

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Not worth the time...

While I was listening to this book I found myself making scoffing faces and the ridiculousness of the story and especially the caricature of the main Private Investigator. This was my first (and certainly my last) James Patterson book. I thought I was going to be listening to an action/detective/cop type book, but it seemed to be to a man, what a romance novel is to a woman, minus the sex. Basically lots of trash and completely un thought provoking. The flagrant name dropping of celebrities quickly grew tiresome and the lack of any depth of story lost my interest early on.  I stuck it out until the end, hoping for some redemption, none came.

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eeeehh, so so

It was fine for something to listen to. I won't be listening to anymore of this series though.

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Whiplash in Book Form

The best thing I can say about this is "I didn't spend money on it"

However the next time Audible tries to give me a gift like this they should just suck the hours out of me Princess Bride style instead.

Because the book was thrown into my life I desided to just jump in without reading the description. Because, you know, books normally explain what's happening. My mistake there.

I had no clue what was happening throughout the whole experience, it lost me at about 40 minutes in when it starts throwing the seemingly unrelated 3 plots at you with little to no build up. "Wait so the school girl murders aren't a part of the first murder we saw?" "why are they dropping the murders for the nfl??" "WHY ARE THE MAFIA INVOLVED NOW?" and I remained lost for the rest of the book. To be fair the plots do start to connect near the end but with the poor (no) build up in the beginning then what's the point?

It also doesn't help that the book switches POV constantly but because the narrator sounds the same and the characters all sound and act the same, you don't realize its a new person till your brain has already exploded from trying to figure out why Jack is randomly here instead of where he was one second ago.

Speaking of characters the only thing that makes them different from each other is their stereotype. Villains include vaguely Mexican drug dealer, vaguely Italian mafia, and video game junkies that have gone ~*~insane~*~ because they play WoW. Heros include rich white war vet, strong independent woman (tm) and Irish love interest who I can't recall anything about other than being irish and love interest.

And of course you will be reminded that the book is for Adults because they throw in totally Adult things like saying "fuck" and having super pointless and un sexy sex scenes.

If you have gotten this far then please invest your money in one of Patterson's 10 billion other series or you can take the money and do literally anything else and you will probably have a better time than listening to this.

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This is awful. I toughed it out for 40 chapters.

This drags on and on. I couldn't follow it. I listen to 1/2 book and just couldnt bring myself to finish it.

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it was free

I wasn't impressed with this story at all. I did listen to it all but I didn't really care how it ended.

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Five minutes in and realize 'what a waste of time

Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or Peter Hermann?

No. Not if they are all this formula and unimaginative.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private?

All. So formula ...

Any additional comments?

Banal

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