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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Export (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781846058325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846058325
  • ASIN: 1846058325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (971 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

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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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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Landes on June 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up the latest in the Private series by James Patterson in the airport in London and got through it in one pretty easy read on a Saturday while looking out at Hyde Park--a seemingly appropriate setting to read this book. Like most of Patterson's books, there are generally multiple stories going on in any one book. The primary story here is about a girl--Hannah Shapiro--who early in life watches unspeakable acts committed on her mother during a kidnapping. Later in life, she travels to London to attend school and her past seemingly follows her and it is up to Dan Carter who heads up Private's London office to save her. The story takes at least 3 very surprising turns and keeps you interested throughout. The second story that has to do with women being taken off the streets and human organs going missing is much less interesting and to be honest was somewhat convoluted. I don't think the reader will find it nearly as enthralling as the story about Hannah Shapiro. The books ends with a "renuion" of sorts and makes you wonder if there will be a follow up to Private London--although I tend to think not. Overall a good book very typical of the "Patterson genre."
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By hkatsonga on March 6, 2012
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There is most definitely a good story in here somewhere but it is very poorly told. If this had been any other author I would have stopped reading ages ago but I kept on giving it a chance.

The novel started off as being more British than the British. Given it was set in London there was definitely a lot off effort put into making it sound tres Anglo-Saxon. I don't think people realize that the barriers that they believe exist between Americans and Brits are very grey. Nowadays language is becoming more international and frankly there were a few words at the start that I don't think even English coppers use anymore.

Next qualm: the two story lines - the one about the murdering wife of a "kiddie fiddler" and the other about the kidnapping had no link whatsoever and I failed to understand why they were in the same novel except as cushioning to make the story longer.

The main story line of the kidnap seemed miles too far-fetched for me. It was bizarre. Especially the linkage to Al Qaeda and Israel; the impressionable American girl whose mind is manipulated to make her believe she was sexually abused as a child... There is far too much in this and it failed to grab me like the first James Patterson I read (Now You See Her).

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this as a good read.

Heather
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Linda on October 25, 2012
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I like James Patterson books. I find them easy to read and entertaining. Typically I mix them in with other books I read--Demille, Baldacci, Childs, Follett. I've enjoyed the Private books, but found this one just o-k. It seemed disjointed and was a little hard to follow at times. This is the first of Patterson's books that I've read (and I've read most) that I don't think I would recommend. It was a definite just o-k.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Girl on December 20, 2012
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I love James Patterson and his other Private books but this one jumped all over the place, introduced so many people and their involvement it was confusing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeepthedog on December 21, 2012
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not Patterson's best effort but not a waste of time either. Good to read on an airplane. Sometimes I think he just is trying to capitalize on his reputation by writing another book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kamakanoe on December 16, 2012
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I love reading James Patterson books and pre-ordered this one as I do with them all, unfortunately I was very disappointed. The story was all over the place and too hard to follow, unlike most Patterson books. The language was also forced and awkward. While this book took place in London, other stories in the Private series that also took place in London were not this poorly written. There are very few Patterson books I dislike, but this one is right up there with Toys. Sorry.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Osborne on December 20, 2012
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I didn't find it as gripping as previous versions unless it's being positioned to be the beginning of a new line of books. Overall, it's an ok read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lori Workman on December 20, 2012
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This was the worst Patterson book ever. Very disappointing to me. His books are expensive and so I feel like I just threw my money away on this one.
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