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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 has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Product Details

  • Series: Private
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 Reprint edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316097403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316097406
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

Great book, fast & easy read, full of twists to keep you guessing.
ashley sheffield
I found it a little shallow at times and a little predictable at some points in the plot.
Steven
This book is one though you can't put down wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Home on the range

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Horatio Q. Miguel on 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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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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 By Janie on January 11, 2012
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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 By Audiobooklover on 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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on January 24, 2012
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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 By RFT on February 15, 2012
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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 By B. Armellino on 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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