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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Even well established authors need to fulfill several check list items to have a good mystery novel. These include likeable or at least interesting characters, a suspenseful, well-developed, fast-moving plot, and good writing that holds the reader's interest. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro fulfill these requirements. This is the eighth novel that Paetro wrote wth Patterson, six of which were in the acclaimed Women's Murder Club series.

There are, as is usual in many Patterson books, three main plot lines. Jack Morgan is an Afghanistan veteran and war hero. His father, a crook and murderer is killed in prison, but before his death he gives Jack fifteen million dollars to run an investigative firm that he started and ran down. Jack restarts the firm "Private" and together with many experts in many criminological fields turns it into an extremely lucrative and respected business. The people who work for him are interesting characters.

The first plot centers on the death of a beautiful woman who Jack once dated, who is married to his best friend. She is shot in the head and chest. The police are convinced that her husband shot her. He turns to Jack for help. Although very wealthy this friend has been skimming money from people who gave him funds to invest for them.

The second plot is the freakish murder of young girls, twelve as the novel opens, each murder done differently. The mayor receives an untraceable email claiming credit for the bizarre deeds, signed "Steemcleena." The email proves knowledge of the crimes by telling the mayor where the items taken from the last victim can be found. Our authors tell us who committed the last murder, but neither the police nor Jack's firm, who the police hired to help them pro bono, know this. They also do not know that there was more than a single murderer involved.

The third major plot is a gambling fix in the NFL football league. While there is no clear evidence, quite a few games had been lost during the past two years that shouldn't have been lost. Jack's uncle and two other men, NFL owners, hire the firm to find out what is happening.

Then there are lesser plots, such as the phone calls that Jack receives threatening to kill him, the mob boss who insists that Jack take his case even though Jack refuses to work for crooks, Jack's twin brother owing $600,000 to the mob, Jack's nagging feeling that there is something about his heroic act in Afghanistan that he should be remembering, his recurrent nightmares, and, of course, the de rigueur love problems.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
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31 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2010
I just read the 24 chapters of this book, and I can not believe I need to wait 17 more days to continue to read this story. It grabs you quickly, and has you hooked every page! We had a death, a murder, a missing person and a potential NFL OH NO!'It's AWESOME!
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on December 4, 2014
I was wary about starting this series because of all of the mixed reviews that it received. I bought the first one used at a great price, so I could not turn it down.
I am glad that I gave it a chance.
From reading this first installment, Private seems like it can be a good series.

Private was fast-paced and full of action. It was driven by a few very strong characters that I want to learn more about also.

Jack Morgan suffers from PTSD but runs one of the best private investigation agencies in the world.

Justine works for private and is a great female protagonist. I tend to think that comes from Patterson’s co-writer being Maxine Paetro on this one. She is also involved in the Women’s Murder Club series and I can see a lot of that in Justine’s character.

Del Rio is a great supporting character for Jack.

They are all very strong and lead certain parts of the story. I hope they stick around for more installments.

The story itself was jam packed with different cases and lots of action. The main case was about missing school girls that turned up murdered. The other cases took a back seat role to this one.
It is better to have one main storyline than to try to pay attention to all of them in an equal manner. The book would either be way too long or too confusing. I feel that it was done right with this one.

I read most of the book in one sitting. I did not want to put it down.

I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the Private series.

5/5 Stars
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Are you a James Patterson fan or read Lee Child's Jack Reacher series ? If so then Private by James Patterson is the book to read as James introduces new character and a new series -Jack Morgan, a former US Marine whom five years ago accepted his dad's offer to take over the family business -well some of the family business. The running of Private "a PI business" that dealt with the rich and famous and those whose problems weren't the type to air unless you wanted to be met with deadly consequences. This story covers three cases and the lives of the people involved with Private PI. We have two odd romantic triangles , a wife swap , a serial killer who is taking a likening to Schoolgirls , the murder of Jack's close friend Shelby and a fixed sports game . The last reminded me a bit of an Veronica Mars episode. All jam-packed into one novel ,as like James Patterson's prior novels "Private" is a fast, action packed read that will leave you wanting more of him once you have devoured the book. So readers, keep your eyes peeled as we expect more books starring Mr Jack Morgan - Private PI.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
Received within 5 days in excellent condition. This was another fast-paced, hard-to-put-down book. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro make a great team.
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Jack Morgan is the owner of the prestigious investigative firm, Private, which is caught up in three separate cases - a serial killer, the murder of his best friend's wife, and NFL game fixing. Jack employs the best in their field of expertise to work at Private and he'll need them all to get through the storm to come.

Along with his busy caseload, Jack is struggling with his twin brother - who is a borderline psychopath and compulsive gambler in deep with the mob.

Jack Morgan and his team are a cast of complex and interesting characters. I enjoyed the chase as the employees of Private raced against time to discover the truth behind each case. I felt like there were enough twists and turns to make the story exciting. I like most of James Patterson's novels and this was no exception. I think this was a well-written novel and a great way to spend an afternoon - deep in the world of Jack Morgan and "Private".

Series: Private (1), Private: #1 Suspect (2)
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on January 5, 2012
PRIVATE: Omg what a thrilling read! I couldnt put it down 4* definitely. This book fulfills all must have requirements: interesting characters, suspense, greatly developed and super fast moving plot and just plain classic writing that holds the readers interest esp. mine. Private will reel you in and consume you until you finish it. Classic James patterson writing that will leave you wanting book #2 oh and yea its out! I already bought it and its on its way to me soon! 2 Thumbs up girls and guys :) I am shocked at all the reviews that are bad saying they couldnt get into it, heck i read it in 1 week bc i couldnt put it down kept wanting to pick it up and read just a few more chapters...Rick and Jack r awesome, the NFL plot story is cool bc it wouldnt surprise me if that is happening in real life...so much technology now adays its scary. GREAT READ!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2011
I am a long time fan of James Patterson. I have truly enjoyed most of his books especially with Alex Cross. I believe after readin this book I have found a new favorite "hero" Jack Morgan. I don't know if the fact that Patterson had a co writer with him on this made it different for me or just the story overall. I was sucked in from the start and had a difficult time putting it down until I was done. There were some points I would get a little worried, you are following about three cases and personal issues, that things would get left behind and forgotten but that NEVER happened and the story flowed at a great pace. Will there be more books with Jack Morgan? Hmmm maybe there already are I am on the hunt now :) Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
Very happy with purchase...not so happy about having to come up with a limit of words that I have to use.
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