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Product Details

  • Series: Private
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316096156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316096157
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (712 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable." (USA Today)

"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)

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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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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Too many characters,too many plots.
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I read this book in two days, I just couldn't put it down!
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It was a very good book, an easy read!
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335 of 355 people found the following review helpful By I Like Cheese on June 17, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been reading James Patterson's books for years (I don't think I've missed one!) and we all know that a majority of his books these days are ghost-written by a co-author, meaning that the quality isn't often anywhere near as good as some of his earlier novels (such as the Alex Cross ones). Well Private is a prime example of this - sloppy writing with forced dialogue, predictable plot twists and celebrity name-drops and product placements litter nearly each one of the short chapters; bad two dimensional characters that are all horribly unlikable; and three unrelated "mysteries" that tie up a little too easily (and are then forgotten about - I mean, what was the point of the NFL storyline exactly?!) and have none of the usual twists and shocks that I'd expect from a thriller novel.

I just wish Patterson would do himself a favour and stop putting his name on any book thrown at him as his reputation is going to be dragged through the mud even more with books like this one. This is the last time that I get excited about one of his novels and pre-order it so I get it on day of release and I'll read a few other customer reviews before purchasing in future as this was a real waste of time and money.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Serge C. Kay on July 14, 2010
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I have read every single novel written by Patterson.
Since ghost writers and assistant writers have written novels signed Patterson,
the quality of the story has deteriorated.
This last novel is by far the worst I have read.
The quickness of the chapters one used to feel, the incredible desire to want to read the next chapter is no longer there.
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93 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Davis on July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Just plain boring. I usually don't read his books with other authors and will return to that practice after this. It is not a James Patterson book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Ciliberti on July 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Some books are so bad I just can't keep reading. This one almost fell into that catagory. I had to push on to finish. My title says it best. Although I finished the book it may be the worst I have ever read. Totally boring with no charactor development whatsoever. I kept saying to myself, "where is this book going". Patterson, or whoever is ghost writing for him should just hang it up. No wonder Andrew Gross moved on away from Patterson. If you must read this pathetic effort than get it from the Library and do not waste a penny on it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Beth28581 on July 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was so bad I couldn't even finish it. That is very unusual for me. I am very disappointed as I was so excited to read another James Patterson thriller. Don't know if I will read anymore Patterson books.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary Colden on July 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe the television ad calls this a thriller. The only thrilling part of it was that I was finished with it. I continued to read it so I could be done with it. Maybe Patterson (or his writers that do the work) should write less books and try for quality!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Michael on July 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've read just about everything Patterson has written, or has lent his prestigious name to a "ghost writer". By far, PRIVATE was the least entertaining of any of his books. Random, and oft times irrelevant, dialgue and purpose. This book was a major disappointment, and I will be more selective in the future regarding his "Ghost writer's" efforts.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By luv2read on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I usually like Patterson's books but I found this to be boring. Definitely does not live up to the hype. But I guess the TV ads calling it a thriller was the only way he could get enough people interested enough to buy it. It is NOT what I would call a thriller. Don't waste your money.
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