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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 forensThe 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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ISBN : 9789898626097
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Private Reviews

  • Tulay
    2019-03-05 08:13

    Only good thing about this book that it was free. Listened while walking, typical James Patterson, last book I bought and read was more than ten years ago, that was the only book I paid. Short, short chapters, choppy. Murder, sex, NFL score fixing.

  • Sebastian
    2019-02-17 10:28

    Very good start and then it fizzles out.At this point, it is clear that the Patterson collaborations are 100% written by the second author. Nevertheless, Paetro has done a good job with some of the books on the Women's Murder Club series (though she has also delivered some duds in that one). As a result, I had mixed feelings about whether to give this series a chance or not. When I started reading this book, I was feeling like I had made a great decision.The set up for the story was very good, with an interesting main character, Jack Morgan, who has a complex past, an unusual private investigation agency, and some engaging characters. Then we get presented with the first case, involving the assassination of the wife of one of Jack's best friends and things keep looking up. When we find out about Jack's evil twin we can't help by read full speed ahead.Sadly, then the problems start. We are given plot after plot, many of which have no real point when you consider what the main story is. I truly don't understand the need for doing this, which is something I have been noticing a lot in these Patterson collaborations lately. They create so many sub-plots that none of them gets the attention they deserve and we end up with a jumbled mess. This novel is no exception, after we read about the NFL case, the mob asking for stuff, the junkie brother, the serial killer of teenage girls, and the couples that want want to switch partners, we end up with quick shallow resolutions to each of the plots and are left wondering what the hell where the authors trying to achieve with all this.There are no real surprises, no real thrills, and characters that had potential do not get properly developed. Overall, a total fiasco, so I recommend skipping this altogether.

  • Rita
    2019-02-27 16:24

    Not great literature but good James Patterson and, let's not forget, Maxine Paetro. Jack, an Afghanistan Marine veteran, has been asked by his father, in prison for life for extortion and murder, to visit him. His father wants him to resurrect his once lucrative and world renowned PI firm and tells him that he will be getting a package tomorrow containing dirt on all previous clients and access to 15 million dollars. So Jack decides to restart Private.The remainder of the book is a rollercoaster thrill ride thru the many exciting cases that the firm is handling. This is the first of a series and it's an old one. James Patterson was offering it for free to Audible members and I'm not going to turn down a James Patterson freebie. It was a nonstop action packed listen with a little romance thrown in. Like I said, good James Patterson.

  • Matt
    2019-02-26 14:06

    Apparently the start of a 'male-led' Women's Murder Club series. While some of the story outlines were interesting... too many to follow, making it hard to fucus on the central storyline.

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-23 12:21

    Pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and the plots. I think I will still read the Michael Bennett and Alex Cross series before continuing this series, but I will continue it. Love the character of Jack and his colleagues. My quick and simple overall: only takes a few hours to read this book and is interesting enough to keep you reading in one sitting.

  • Mrs W
    2019-03-18 16:23

    Private is a book written by James Patterson (and Maxine Paetro) who is a well known author of crime thriller novels. Wow. Sorry James, but this is a really crappy book. The story line is all over the place, the characters are completely undeveloped and the “reveal” at the end is totally predictable. This was the first time (that I know of) that I read a book that has a “ghost writer”. That’s right people, the person who you thought wrote the book (ie. The person’s name written in big red block letters on the front cover, in this case, James Patterson) did not actually write the book. WTF, right? Some no name women, who ironically has a name, Maxine Paetro, wrote it but they stick James’s name on the front cover to sell it. Hey James, word to clearly unwise, before you agree to put your name on the front of book, written by some random chick, that you clearly did not read yourself (if you had, I doubt your name would be on the front) maybe you should get your head checked first. Good luck with this one!This is one of those times that I’ve mentioned previously where I went into the library, and picked a random book up from the New Releases. Big Huge mistake.Reading this book was, strangely, a lot like watching an episode (or couple at least all mushed into one) of Criminal Minds, CSI or Bones and the like. The whole thing revolves around this typical American guy, Jack, who is a veteran millionaire and who also owns and runs his own private investigation firm in LA where he dates movie stars and represents basically everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood. The story follows Jack and his team (which, funnily enough, includes the bird he’s screwing and the bird he used to screw) as they investigate crimes which include:1. A group of psychotic gamers who spend their days in corporate jobs and their nights either enveloped in World of Warcraft or teenage girl killing sprees2. Finding Jack’s best mate’s wife’s murderer3. A game fixing scandal within the NFL of which Jack’s uncle happens to be a head honchoSomewhere in there we are also dealing with Jack’s regular wartime nightmares, a prank caller who calls him every morning and says very ominously “You’re Dead”, his clearly unhinged identical twin brother AND with his commitment issues with the bird he’s screwing and his ultimate regret for dumping the girl he used to screw.PHEW.The writing itself is not bad, it is clear and concise and to the point but with so much going on in the story and a clearly unskilled writer, it was doomed to fail. It’s like when you’re a kid and you’re going to a carnival for the first time and you’re bombarded with so many colours and lights and you’re craning your neck in every direction trying to take it all in but never really focusing one particular thing... This is what it was like reading this book. I felt like the author randomly came up with a bunch of different ideas and decided to forcefully shove them all into one book. I have only one piece of advice for James or Maxine or whoever the hell wrote this damn book, focus on one main plot idea until you’re a good enough writer to focus on more than one.

  • Chelsey the crazy cat lady
    2019-02-18 09:18

    This was my first crime book that I have read and absolutely loved it. I have loved watching crime and thought I would give reading crime a go. From the first chapter I was hooked. Private are a great team and get the job done. In this book they were working three major cases.

  • Beverly
    2019-03-08 11:19

    When reading reviews, particularly on Amazon, I’ve noticed a lot of complaints about how the Patterson books are written. As a reader, what I care about is the end result. I want a good story. Sometimes, Patterson’s formula works and sometimes it doesn’t. I enjoy The Women’s Murder Club series and the Alex Cross series (though I must admit, I’m behind on both series.) So far I’ve enjoyed the books written with (or some might say by) Maxine Paetro.I found Private to be a good story. At first I was a little distracted by the different mysteries going on at the same time. However, once it occurred to me that a detective agency the size of Private would be involved with multiple cases, I found that I rather liked the bouncing between the cases. Private is a quick read. I found it to be a good example of what I think goes on in a large detective agency. I could be wrong, but who cares. I enjoyed the book and there are really only two reasons for reading a book – entertainment and/or information. Will this book win any awards? Probably not. Do I feel as though I wasted my time reading it? No. If you want a quick read, this is the book for you. If you care more about how the book is written than the end result, then find another book and another author.

  • Sebastien Castell
    2019-02-22 16:06

    This is a difficult novel for me to review because a lot of my criticisms may be completely irrelevant to people who enjoy this kind of book. This was the first James Patterson novel I've read, and I'm mindful of the fact that my own opinions on the book are kind of irrelevant – he's got a legion of fans and they've already made up their minds on what they love and what they don't. So I'm going to point out what worked and didn't work for me, but if you're reaction to it is, "you're focusing on the wrong things! It's [insert story element here] that really matters!" then just know that you're probably right, but I just come at it from a different place.Just a quick note here: I'm referring to James Patterson most of the time in terms of the general characteristics of his books, but of course this book was co-written with Maxine Paetro, so when I'm referring to Paterson it's about his general approach and the rest of the time I'm referring to the two of them.Probably the most iconic aspect of Patterson's work is the lightning-fast pacing, and that's certainly true of Private. Things happen fast. Chapters are just a few pages long and there's not a lot of introspection. In fact, I found the scenes where there was some attempt at introspection felt a bit stiff and awkward – as if it's the illusion of emotional reflection without any genuine effort at it. But there's something incredibly powerful about that speed of pacing. I'd decided within a few chapters that I had fifteen things I didn't like about the book and yet it wasn't difficult to keep reading.Another strength of the novel is that it holds nothing back: Patterson And Paetro deliver whatever would be the most exciting development next rather than bowing to either faux realism or saving stuff for subsequent books. To me that's a brave way to write: leaving it all out on the field and having to count on your creativity to come up with material for the next books.So given all that, what was it I didn't like about the book? Everything else. The main character, Jack Morgan, is an ex-military pilot whose incredibly handsome, incredibly physically capable, every woman in the book loves him (and he's slept with a rather unnerving number of co-workers and wives of friends), while still being given the sheen of nobility. Oh, and he owns the worlds most prestigious private investigations firm with offices in every cool place you can think of. Also, the police – far from being antagonistic – actually hire Morgan's firm to help on the most exciting and dangerous cases.One thing I found truly odd about the book was the number of storylines running through it. Morgan's dealing with four different cases, none of which are really narratively or thematically related, and so it's all kind of rushed (the book just shy of 80,000 words). Finally, for me as a reader the prose felt stilted. Economical prose – writing that avoids the ten-dollar words or infinitely long sentences – is great, but I didn't actually find the prose transparent so much as simplistic. Things get described that don't seem to need it and other things get so glossed over as to feel meaningless to me.Despite all that, I finished the book. I enjoyed the loose ends being tied up and some hints of future events are given that imply lots of conflict ahead. I can imagine a lot of readers really enjoying Patterson and Paetro's book for its readability and pacing. But for me, it felt like everything took the cheap and easy route, delivering trope after trope in an almost random order. I've no doubt Patterson and Paetro are talented writers who could deliver whatever style they wanted to, but this particular approach doesn't grab me as a reader.

  • Angie Dokos
    2019-02-28 13:23

    It was a good book. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters. It's not one of my favorite books, but it was worth reading.

  • BeaCharmed
    2019-02-17 15:31

    Meh. Too long, too many story lines, not enough emotion. And who the heck puts an epilogue in then continues the story with more chapters? WTF Patterson?

  • Sue
    2019-03-16 13:15

    Another great book by James Patterson, "Private".Former CIA agent 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.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: PrivateBut 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 sleekest, most exciting thriller ever. Excellent book...can't wait to read more of his books.

  • Maria
    2019-03-14 08:30

    À medida que vou lendo mais livros de James Patterson, mais fico rendida à sua obra. Este é o segundo policial que leio e confesso ter gostado mais da personagem Jack do que propriamente do Alex Cross de outra série.Jack é um ex-fuzileiro que se dedica actualmente a investigar casos, estando ao comando da empresa Private - Agência Internacional de Investigação, herdada do pai, um antigo criminoso. Contrariamente ao pai, que tinha uma relação directa com o crime organizado e com a máfia, Jack quer que a Private seja uma empresa exemplar e muda radicalmente o conceito e os clientes. Opinião completa:

  • Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
    2019-02-18 08:31

    Private was offered for free from Audible this week so I decided to give it a go. Procedural thrillers are not my cup of tea and this one proved no different.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-03-14 14:26

    'Private' is the first novel of a mystery series starring Jack Morgan, ex-Marine helicopter pilot, who now is the owner of a large private detective company with offices everywhere. Morgan guides a crack team of support staff - a scientist, a psychiatric profiler, a punk-styling computer expert, a pack of neurotic detectives - who work for mostly rich Los Angeles people, including movie stars and prosecutors. The office building in which he works has equipment and labs NASA would envy, enabling his company to perform its own forensics.Morgan is haunted by Afghan war experiences and injuries, an evil twin, emotional scars from an abusive imprisoned father now dead, partial amnesia from a war incident, and an inability to be intimate with a string of disappointed beautiful lovers. However, Jack feels an almost unbreakable loyalty to childhood friends and wartime buddies which can lead him to ignore whatever rules or laws he must to help them.The various cases the detective team begin working on in this novel are familiar to every living person on earth who regularly watches broadcast television, whatever the country (since almost all nations show old American one-hour drama TV series from the 1970's and 1980's). There is the serial killing of 13-year-old girls. There is the murder of a wife of an old buddy. There is the friend with a gambling problem. There is an infamous brothel, patronized by famous men, linked to a mafia. There are mafia 'dons' and hitmen. There is the fixed football game. There are various linking wives and ex-wives and girlfriends, passed around between politicians, lawyers, police detectives as sisters, daughters and lovers. (view spoiler)[Lastly, we have all of the usual screwed-up relatives who make every starring ensemble detective secretly miserable and in terror their peers will find out about the drunken criminal parent, or the psychopathic ne'er-do-well sibling or the prostitute wife. (hide spoiler)]If dull uninspired television shows which recycle the same three scripts over and over feel like a glass of warm milk in the tummy to you, welcoming because you hate surprises or anything unexpected while reclining sleepily with your tv snack-tray nearby, this novel is a perfect read. The book's characters are all one-dimensional stereotypes and the stock-footage subplots have been in every ensemble police and legal drama show which the American broadcast networks have always shown when they were selecting safe primetime hits. Wit or sparkly personalities - neither of which, gentle reader, exist within these pages, in my humble opinion - will not threaten any reader who needs a comfy unvaried unimaginative detective story before bedtime.

  • Quinn
    2019-02-18 15:11

    This book was a thriller for sure. It was interesting, exciting, and best of all, it never was boring! Although this is made for more mature people, I would recommend this book to all people. Most anyone would love this book, it includes mysteries, murders, drama, and lots of action. READ THIS!!!!!

  • Magpie67
    2019-03-15 16:33

    Loved, simply loved this book! Loved the action and the fast pace of the office as the team worked three cases. Each character is brilliant in their own way and I look forward to meeting up with them as I continue this series. Stunning voice too.... Mr. Peter Herman delivered the audio perfectly. He definitely could purr into my ear all day....

  • Richard
    2019-03-07 13:12

    First of all, look at the author names on the book cover. I guess Mr. Patterson was unhappy with his coauthor the day he approved the art, but her name is very subtle at the bottom of the book.Second, I think they have overdosed on Dirk Pitt, Stone Barrington and Secret Agent 007 with their depiction of Jack Morgan and his protection/private detective agency, Private. Resurrected from his worthless father's defunct company with $15,000,000 in stolen money dad gave Jack shortly before dying in prison.Finally, I think the authors would have done better to concentrate on one story. The other two stories could have been background noise to make a better tale of just one. I would have preferred the schoolgirl killers be fleshed out more. They were pretty one dimensional, and yet with their own design cutting edge technology they lured at least 14 sharp young women to their deaths. At any rate, once someone started looking hard at them, their secrecy fell apart like wet cardboard.This could have been so much more if it were honed to read like the BTK Strangler mentioned in this novel, or the Green River killer in Green River Running Red. Perhaps Mr. Patterson needs to go back to providing more quality in his books instead of publishing one a week, like his TV show.

  • Mike
    2019-02-21 14:20

    I thought this was an alright mystery novel. I liked the parelell stories and the cast of characters but felt that some of it was just... so last generation.For instance: There's an implication in the Steam Cleaner(I listened to it as an audio book so I'm sure that it's spelled differently but I don't know how. I figure it's "SteamKleana" or something like that) story that all people who play violent video games want to commit terrible murders. This is annoying. I play a lot of games, some of them violent and I'm not a violent person. It's so... typical for an author to say that video games make people violent that it was really disappointing to read that opinion AGAIN.But then there were some clever story lines I haven't seen, like the football storyline. And the character arcs seemed natural and well plotted. Nothing seemed like a stretch at the end of the book.I liked the story and I liked the characters but it could have been better. If there's a sequel I'll probably read it too, but it won't be the top of my read list.

  • Marie
    2019-02-20 12:21

    Another quick, easy read from Patterson, although, I found this book a bit dull. The main character (Jack), felt like someone I would like to know, but never quite got there. It just seemed like very little character developement, which was a shame because he seemed to have so much "more to his story." The entire book felt a bit rushed to me, which is true of so many of Patterson's more recent works. I wish he would s-l-o-w down and tell us an indepth, well developed story, like he use to.

  • Ruth Turner
    2019-03-14 10:18

    This is the second read for me and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.As to be expected, it’s well written with likeable characters that I enjoyed spending time with.The multiple storylines added to my interest, except for the Afghanistan flashbacks and dreams, which really did nothing for the story and seemed to be resolved a little too quicklyOverall, easy to read, fast paced and enjoyable.

  • Max
    2019-02-19 08:12

    the book was very exciting, I was intrigued, and couldn't put it down the book, until i was hungry. then i would go and get food, and continue reading the book. it had the perfect balance of action, suspense, and a nice finishing.

  • Simon
    2019-03-20 12:23

    I enjoyed the book, but for relatively short book, it has a lot of storylines, a home invasion murder, a serial killer of school girls, an NFL cheating scandal, the mob, a death threat--and that got in the way of the pacing. The serial killer storyline overwhelmed the home invasion murder storyline and vice versa at times and NFL thread only received lip service. An enjoyable book but with pacing issues.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-23 11:32

    Initial Reaction:LOVED it! One of my favorite Patterson books ever! THIS is the Patterson we know and love!! I really hope that this turns into a new series like Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club. I truly loved all the characters and the story was dynamite!About the Book:Jack Morgan is a former CIA Agent and Marine who inherited Private Investigations, a firm who does first-class investigations for the elite, the rich, and the famous. Private has top-of-the-line equipment, a plethora of staff members who will work 24/7 to get things done, and a multimillion-dollar forensics lab that is better equipped and faster than anything at the LAPD or FBI. In this book, Jack's team of investigators and analysts are involved in several cases, but I was not confused at all while reading. I thought I might be when I started reading about one case and then the story shifted to another case, and then another case; but I wasn't. The transitions were seamless and I didn't forget what was going on and was able to pick right back up with each case as it came up in the story.With that said, the three cases that Private is working on are: (1) the death of Jack's best friend's wife, Shelby; (2) the Schoolgirls killings; and (3) an NFL gambling fix. All cases are unique and interesting in their own right. Being a huge football fan, I was really intrigued by the NFL storyline case in this book.Case #1: Jack's best friend, Andy, calls Jack to tell him that he has found his wife, Shelby, dead in their home. Jack is dumbfounded and upset and tries desperately to figure out the answers. This leads to some very shocking revelations about Shelby and Andy. I really loved this case - lots of suspense, trying to figure out "whodunit" and being completely wrong!! Lots of shocking moments that left me on the edge of my seat!Case #2: Justine Smith is a shrink, a forensic profiler, and the second in command at Private. She has been working the Schoolgirls case for the past two years. High school girls are being killed in a variety of different methods with a trophy taken from each girl and later left for the authorities to find, with no prints or means to trace the killer. At their wits end and with a public outcry to find this monster, the LAPD and the DA approved Private to work the case as a public service - pro bono. Justine and Emilio Cruz - a gifted investigator at Private with a bulldog-like personality - try to sort through the evidence, interviewing old witnesses, and retesting old forensic samples in their state of the art lab, hoping for a break in the case. What they discover is shocking and sickening. Case #3: The NFL gambling fix case was really intriguing. I loved how this case was laid out, investigated, and wrapped up. It probably took up the fewest amount of pages in the book, but it was my favorite case! Someone seems to be throwing games - for big payoffs. But, who is behind it? And why? Jack and his investigating partner, Del Rio, are on the case, determined to find answers.Mixed in with the cases, as always, we have to have a little romance and some nookie here and there. Jack had a relationship with Justine in the past and is currently having fun with his receptionist at Private. Jack's personal life is like a roller coaster. He is haunted by dreams of the time he was in Afghanistan and actually died, but was brought back to life by his fellow Marine, Del Rio. He keeps having flashes of something he missed and is trying desperately to put the pieces together so he can move on with his life. It doesn't help that he receives daily phone calls telling him, "You're dead, Jack." Add to it a father who is in jail and a brother with a huge debt and hates Jack with a passion, and you have a novel ripe with a deep and emotional character. The characters in this book are fantastic and I loved them all. I really hope we get to see lots more of Private in the future because this is the Patterson I love. One of his best book ever - I definitely recommend it! Jennifer

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2019-03-01 08:05

    Not a fancy title, but sometimes less is more, and in this case I think we get more. I am not going to be giving anyone a news flash that is a regular follower of my rants here @ The Scoop. I like James Patterson’s work. I read almost all of his work from his graphic novels (see our archives), young adult (Daniel X), and just about all his regular material. I got excited when I saw that he had this new series coming out: Private.I really enjoyed this novel, I am not going to make any bones about it; I just really had a good time with it. Here is what the inside jacket had to say: “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 discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily- and his staff of investigators use the world’s most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.” In the debut novel of the series the men and women of Private take on three different cases and juggle them and their private lives at the same time. The cases that others can’t seem to crack: a serial murder case, a good friend’s death, and a case brought to them by the NFL.Once I got into the first few pages of this novel I was total absorbed and immersed in it. I really couldn’t put it down. The action is fast, the characters and the bonds they share are fascinating. The plotline and the precision of the execution of it are incredible. The cast of characters themselves was worth the read. I was locked into caring about them and what happened to them early on. At the novel’s end, I was definitely wanting more. This is a series I am looking forward to following. James Patterson scores again with Private. The problem for me now is, I don’t want less; I want more. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook, Shelfari, Crimespace, and AuthorNation. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, Visual Book Shelf, Book Marketing Network, Linkedin, Pump Up Your Book Promotion and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page; also look for our posts on Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Nobles, Target, Books A Million, Smashwords and the Bucks County Library System. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.

  • Aivel
    2019-03-10 09:10

    The latest series of Patterson starring an ex-marine named Jack Morgan the leader of an ultra-high end private investigation firm. I gave this book 2 stars, it is an easy read with the plot going back and forth between three different cases and few personal situations. Now having three different cases in one novel can be a two edged sword, in one hand it will keep the readers form getting bored with every few pages showing a different story line but it can also and in the other it might keep the readers and author from truly getting in depth with the story. Personally i prefer having just one case but making it an engaging one so that the readers won't get bored. This is the first book so I'm planning to read the second one to see how the series will go. Few observation with the story - It seems that the authors spend so much time telling you that Private is ultra-high end by the middle of the novel i feel like screaming that 'yes I get it they are high end and they are the best at what they do' And second Jack Morgan is a womanizer, in just the first book he has three ex-girlfriends. He is definitely a womanizer but in a boring way because he has to be the nice guy. With so many cases going on they can't go in depth with his relationship with his family i just hope they can get more into that i the later books. In the end this is the book for you if you are looking for an easy weekend read, it will help you pass the time but won't give you any emotional ride roller coaster or otherwise.

  • Rick Fisher
    2019-03-06 11:32

    After many years of being an avid fan of Mr Patterson's Alex Cross novels, as well as his Murder Club series and then his wonderfully amazing Michael Bennet series, I wasnt sure if he could pull off another interesting series. Much to my surprise, he has. Private opens up a new series whereas Cross and Murder are becoming old and boring. I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the multiple ongoing investigations.Like all other Patterson novels, this one is quick and uncomplicated. He knows very well how to throw a story line together and how to keep the reader interested.

  • Philip
    2019-02-21 08:04

    I am a big Patterson fan and read anything he writes but this book was a disappointment. Too many characters and subplots. Not up to his usual standard.

  • Darchelle
    2019-03-08 10:23

    I wanted to like this so much because I really like James Patterson's books. This fell flat for me. I purchased it on sale on audible. Maybe it was because it was an audio version? It was my first James Patterson audible purchase so that could be it. I didn't think the cases were interesting. I was so bored most of the time I didn't find myself paying attention. It felt to me like he was trying to recreate the women's murder club, but a male version. To me, Jack just wasn't an interesting character. It all seemed WAY too far fetched, too. A PI for the stars? Lots of name dropping. I'm sure there are people that loved it. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset when I started this.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2019-03-19 13:14

    How is it possible that with all these books I've devoured, I've never read a James Patterson? Strange. Well, spur of the moment I picked up PRIVATE and I have to say I enjoyed it. I more than liked the way Patterson writes. It's was a good solid private eye mystery with a quick pace, lots of threads to follow, not just a single incident. I was really delighted with the overall story. I could have lived without the whole 'twin thing' but I think that is something that supposed to pay off later on in the series, so whatever. I've always accepted women in P.I. stories are either hot-sexy, hard-tough, brains-witty as a standard and they're all here.