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Private L.A. Paperback – July 8, 2014

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"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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Product Details

  • Series: Private (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455515914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455515912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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Format: Hardcover
What a total waste of time, money and paper. The book is two different, totally unrelated stories. I think Patterson wrote one of them and his co-author the other. Too many characters, too many plot lines, topped off with a quick, "let's get it over with" ending. James Patterson has been a favorite author for a long time but his Private series is a complete turn-off for me. I think he gets his jollies out of writing about kinky sex.
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For reasons unknown, this book was written with two plots that have no relationship to each other. Most plot turns were predictable; those that were not related to storylines I'd stopped caring about at all.

The writers may have visited Los Angeles a couple of times, but they know little about what it is like to live here. They drive all over the place but never get caught in any traffic (even at dusk on Halloween). They call Pacific Coast Highway "Highway 1," whereas most Angelenos don't use that term for that thoroughfare anywhere south of the split from the 101. The Huntington Beach Pier is moved to Los Angeles--not just the county, but the city, and into LAPD jurisdiction. That mistake could have been fixed easily, by transferring all that action to the Venice Pier, but the authors simply didn't care.

A woman has a fling and is seized by guilt when she finds out that her booty call is married and has two kids. Although supposedly a smart adult, she is unable to place responsibility on the guy--who wore no wedding ring and implied he was free. She has to have this pointed out to her by a therapist, even though she supposedly has an academic background and is a therapist herself. Naturally, she has multiple therapeutic specialities--working with children, helping PTSD patients--and has an "academic" background. She lives in a million dollar home (a detached single-family dwelling in Santa Monica), with no explanation given as to why she is that wealthy.

There are way too many names given, for stock characters who are about to be killed. The point of view changes radically, jarringly, even in the middle of action sequences. These types of problems made the book a lot of work to read. Not "thought-provoking" . . . work.
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Format: Hardcover
I use to buy his books but now wait and get them through the library. Have been on the list for months....got the book....have TRIED to read it and it is horrible.....can't waste my time with this when there are so many other GREAT books out there to be read......May have to give up on Patterson.
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Private is a Private Investigation Company run by Jack Morgan and a trusted band of colleagues who are willing to go where other agencies wont and as such are building a fast growing reputation.
In this, the 7th of the series, Private are called in when a group calling themselves 'No Prisoners' are holding the LA Authorities to ransom threatening to carry out massacres at random locations until their demands are met

At the same time World famous Hollywood couple Thom and Jennifer Harlow, recently returned from filming their latest blockbuster movie suddenly vanish without trace. Trying to keep the disappearance from the media Private are called in to investigate.

Plenty of action and the story moves at a good pace. Admittedly there were times where realism is stretched but it is fiction after all and that didn't really ruin my enjoyment. If you're after an easy read without too much depth then I'd certainly recommend this one.

It's been a long time since I've read anything by James Patterson (or the many authors he teams up with) and I haven't read any of the previous books in this series. To be fair I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and didn't feel at all disadvantaged with not having read the previous books. That said, I was intrigued by the relationship between Jack and his brother Tommy and there's obviously some pretty serious history there ...may well add them to my ever growing 'to read' list and find out the full story
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This book was a bit unusual. There were two cases. The missing person case of Thom an Jennifer Harlow and finding a several killer. I actually though the two cases would link up, but they didn't. Usually I am eager to find out what happens in the end, but when I found out what happened I was thinking to myself, that was the big reveal? There didn't even seem to be a build up, I turned the page and I found out what happened to Thom and Jennifer. The ending to both cases was lack luster and mundane. No big plot twists here!
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Really good story line, extremely enjoyable. Finished within a few days, could not put down. Well written easy enjoyable reading
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Format: Hardcover
‘Private L.A.’ written by co-authors James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is the 3rd title in the series of the Private investigations novels that has Jack Morgan as a main hero.

‘Private’ is a company that conducts private investigations owned by Jack Morgan who together with his colleagues solves complicated cases using sophisticated equipment exposing themselves to many risks and dangers in order to successfully resolve the case, due to which they acquired in the short term an excellent reputation.

In this installment, Jack Morgan will be called in when a group that call themselves 'No Prisoners' will threaten to commit the series of killings at random locations. While Private will be in the middle of investigation, Jack will be summoned to help the missing people case of Thom and Jennifer Harlow, a known couple from Hollywood, while those close to them are trying to keep their disappearance from the media…

‘Private L.A.’ is a typical thriller title that fans of Patterson style will read in one breath, with plenty of fast-paced action, which does not allow the reader to take a break at any moment. Everything that can be found inside is focused to maintain good and thrilling plot that author(s) skillfully offered on the novel pages, while novel finishes in an expected, but still interesting outcome.

James Patterson and Mark Sullivan made another novel that can be read quickly and easily, while offering good story and a lot of fun, and that is exactly what Patterson made so distinctive, interesting and well-known author whose books are sold in millions of copies.
So if you're a fan of his previous works and writing style, with ‘Private L.A.’ you just cannot miss.
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