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Private: #1 Suspect [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson , Maxine Paetro
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Unsolvable cases

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.

Impossible murders

When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.

The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan

While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

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Acclaim for Private

"Private will grab you from page one and force you to sit there until you turn the very last page. A great start to new a series from the master of fast-paced thrill rides."—lorisreadingcorner.com

"Slick and suspenseful."—BookLoons.com

"PRIVATE mixes action, mystery and personal drama...Patterson and Paetro may well be on their way to rivaling--and possibly surpassing--the popularity of their Women's Murder Club series."—BookReporter.com

About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1054 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099580640
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 Reprint edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9P4M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist a minute thriller January 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Without the fascinating underlying philosophy you'll find in Chaos and Kingdom or other thrillers, the latest Patterson smash will take you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns that only a master can.

Ex-Marine Morgan has become the world's best private investigator (using unconventional means to get to his ends for clients "who demanded and paid well for services not available through public means"). He's good at what he does and not afraid to step outside the lines to make sure he meets his objective.

Unfortunately for Morgan, someone stepped outside the lines all over his ex-girlfriend and left the remains in his luxurious home's master bed. But was the murderer just messing with him or is there a deeper plot? Well, it turns out that the perpetrator set it up to frame Morgan and the more he delays in reporting the crime (for self-preservation and curiosity), the more he digs his own hole.

The book kind of drags on near the end, but overall it's an exciting, fast-paced rocker. You're gonna love it.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack's Busy. Very Busy. January 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book looks at the glamorous and sensational detective agency, Private, which is run by ex-Marine and ex-CIA agent Jack Morgan. Private has branches in six countries and a flashy headquarters in L.A. Hey, the police go to Private for investigative help.

Early on in this novel, Jack is framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Colleen. Two particularly malevolent LAPD homicide detectives want to see Jack convicted, even though Colleen was shot in Jack's bed with Jack's gun. Jack called 911 himself. The gun is easily found close to the crime scene. Jack vehemently proclaims his innocence. Would Jack, a top investigator, make it all so easy for the police? That is the question...

As if getting himself cleared is not challenging enough, Jack also investigates the theft of thirty million dollars worth of Oxycodone. The "victim" of this heist is a mobster. Why would Jack take on this explosive case? Another big question.

While all of the above swirls around, Jack and his crew hunt a serial killer who targets men who call an escort service. A prostitute shows up at the hotel room and the john ends up strangled to death.

Finally, a young movie star may be guilty of statutory rape and murder. Or maybe not. Private gets involved.

Add to this volatile mix Jack's evil twin who is determined to destroy Jack.

This is a classic James Patterson (writing with Maxine Paetro) "page turner." Nothing profound. Often superficial. Yet, there were enough bursts of excitement to keep me engaged.

It's the seventeenth work written or co-written by Patterson that I have reviewed for this site. I would put it somewhere in the middle.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT January 14, 2012
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Another great one from Patterson. Short chapters and a very quick read. Definitely keeps your attention. It's a typical murder mystery. Someone's being framed with a predictable ending.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually loved this one! January 11, 2012
By Janie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really did not care for the first book out, Private. This one was surprisingly good. Great characters, good plot. Looking forward to the next one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really cheesy right from the start February 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I fell in love with Sunday at Tiffany's so I continued reading James Patterson novels but it's a hit or miss for him. Miracle on the 17th Green and others where he is the sole writer are very good but those with a co-author, not so much. I gave this one a chance because Maxine Paetro has a decent hand in the Women's Murder Club series but James Patterson is mailing them in now. I've stopped looking forward to any of his books anymore. They are starting to wear thin. Sorry Mr. Patterson!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mass Production January 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Another one from the Patterson factory rolls off the line. On the one hand, I appreciate his business acumen and prolific output ... both requiring co-authors. On the other hand, uniqueness and quality are frequently at risk. His work is becoming so formulaic as to be predictable. Gone is the intrigue and suspense that marked earlier efforts. Private, the world's most effective investigation firm, was more of a gumshoe effort than a slick global intelligence agency that the book's promotion implied. The characters were one dimensional or stereotypical even though the authors dropped them into three competing plots. Mr. Patterson ... quality trumps quantity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do I keep reading Patterson book-mill books February 15, 2012
By RFT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't know why I keep reading anything by Patterson. This book was fine, not great. I guess Patterson's writing staff (does Patterson write at all?) cannot forge a single story successfully so they toss in multiple plot lines, mix 'em up a bit, then call it a book. The story line with Jack being framed for murder was the weakest of the stories in the book -- and the title was based on this story line. The Noccia story line was far more interesting and the hotel murder investigation was fair. I just don't know!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious read February 12, 2012
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I love James Patterson, but this was a complete waste of my time. The only reason I read it was because I paid for it. The story line was tedious and boring. Sometimes, I felt like the story line was going nowhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Private
Just loved this book. Easy to read. Short chapters. Easy to remember the characters and names. I couldn't put it down.
Published 20 hours ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Private is an easy read/listen, the writer keeps you on your feet in suspense. You will enjoy this book as it is a whirlwind of action
Published 1 day ago by Razor
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good read!
As with all of James Patterson's books, this kept my interest from page to page. Always miss his books when I finish one of them.
Published 3 days ago by Ann Wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is my second Private I've read. I really enjoyed. Sometimes a little too much with all the open story lines but still a very good read.
Published 3 days ago by Debra Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent
Published 4 days ago by JACK RICHETTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Private series
I love all James Patterson books and his different series. The Private series which he wrote with Maxine Paetro, is just as good as his other ones. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Janice S.
4.0 out of 5 stars great fast moving read
thoroughly enjoyable suspense filled plot and characters that you love and hate. The ending leaves me wondering about the next book in the series
Published 5 days ago by Rob G
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just didn't hold my attention like some of James Pattersons books usually do. I like the stories that he writes himself.
Published 7 days ago by Alice Huffman
3.0 out of 5 stars strange ending
typical Patterson book fast read which I like. But strange ending. There was no ending. Must be setting you up for the next book
Published 8 days ago by Chaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Private #1 Suspect
A very good read. Kept turning the pages and didn't want to put it down to do anything else. Have read Patterson's books in the past and enjoyed them, but I think he has... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eugenia S. Nunnery
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More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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Co-authoring with James Patterson
He and Maxine have been writing books together for a while now. They co-write the Women's Murder Club series. So she's not exactly a nobody.
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