Private (Patterson)

31 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 37,109 ratings

Private 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Private

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22,542
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,066
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20,032

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

    • By Wayne on 09-01-17

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Private

    • By: James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent - couldn't stop listening

    • By Lia on 09-24-10

    Regular price: $21.32

    • Private

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
    • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Please discontinue background music.

    • By Maureen B. on 05-20-18

    Regular price: $28.50

  • Book 2

    • Private: #1 Suspect

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-14-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Private: No.1 Suspect

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm - sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world - and they always uncover the truth. When his former lover is found murdered in Jack's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect.

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  • Book 3

    • Private Games

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Paul Panting
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,954
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,722
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,716

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well done

    • By Hollie on 03-01-12

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Private Games

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Paul Panting
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    July 2012: The Games have arrived in London. Preparations have gone flawlessly and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. But one man has a devastating plan. Having waited years for this chance, he is now ready for vengeance. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found decapitated in his garden, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Such a bad 👎 book

    • By Stephen Gelle on 02-24-18

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  • Book 4

    • Private London

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,137

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I fell in love with the character.

    • By Wendy on 01-02-13

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    • Private London

    • By: James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Dan Carter is the head of the London office of Private, the world’s largest and most technologically advanced detective agency. Jack Morgan, Private’s owner and CEO, put his faith in Carter, and has entrusted him with some of Private’s most important cases.None more important than Hannah Shapiro. The daughter of one of Private’s wealthiest and most valuable clients, Hannah and her mother were kidnapped when she was thirteen years old.

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  • Book 5

    • Private Berlin

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Ari Fliakos
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 951
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 953

    Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Even as pulp fiction, really a bad book

    • By Larry on 02-16-13

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    • Private Berlin

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos, January Lavoy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague - and until recently, her fiancé - is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city. The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence of the crimes, and nearly killing Mattie and her team.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Suspense, history and horrifying

    • By Deirdre on 02-23-13

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  • Book 6

    • Private Down Under

    • By: James Patterson, Michael White
    • Narrated by: Tim Wright
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 595
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 538
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 541

    With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed in Down Under

    • By Carolyn E. Golding on 02-24-15

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    • Private Down Under

    • By: James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Daniel Lapaine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation agency quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private throws open its doors.... Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more. Within days the agency’s caseload is full....

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  • Book 7

    • Private L.A.

    • By: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,228

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Well done... but...

    • By Christopher on 03-08-14

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    • Private L.A.

    • By: James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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 movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists and just all-round good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find.

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  • Book 8

    • Private India: City on Fire

    • By: James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
    • Narrated by: Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 406
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 402

    When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world's most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. Now, in this teeming metropolis of over 13 million people where the guilty have everywhere to hide, Santosh goes on the hunt for one elusive killer. A killer who is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible!

    • By K. Townsend on 12-29-14

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    • Private India

    • By: James Patterson
    • Narrated by: Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 53

    When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over 13 million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women - seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • worse private ever

    • By kris on 04-01-15

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  • Book 9

    • Private Vegas

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 890
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 884

    Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds - especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides - and then he teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Patterson's Best Work

    • By Eve on 01-31-15

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    • Private Vegas

    • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Showgirls. Millionaires. Murder. Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him. But Private doesn’t rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private’s help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 10

    • Private Sydney

    • By: James Patterson, Kathryn Fox
    • Narrated by: Daniel Lapaine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Even for Private Investigations, the world's top detective agency, it's tough to find a man who doesn't exist.... Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find. Except it's not just the man who's gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished too.

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