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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
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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.Read more ›
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
‘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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ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM MR. PATERSON. HE IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.Published 14 days ago by Deborah A. Dodson
A compelling read, the plot keeps twisting and turning, making you wonder what will happen next. Once you start the book you cannot stop.Published 18 days ago by John Clark
Easy to read. I read this very quickly. Best read in a whilePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer