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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Century (May 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846058910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846058912
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too many grammatical errors.
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The story just too "out-there".
Mary Mahony
Good plot lines and characters.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JP Windle on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the Private Series....this is one of the very best series James Patterson has written. Was hooked on the Alex Cross books, but now can't wait for this new series to be published. Enjoy it more than any other books he writes. Excellent stories that keep you entertained to the very last page!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Wolfe on August 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White is a great thriller with lots of action and adventure. All the Private agency books have numerous twists and turns and this book is no exception. I have been a fan of Patterson books for many years and enjoy each addition to his growing list of best sellers.

This new branch called Private Sydney opens in Australia and has the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. The Sydney gala is broken up by a horrific murder which the Private group begins investigating. Craig Gisto and his new team have hardly even met one another yet when an Asian man, bloody and shot, staggers into the party which looks like a kidnapping and turns out to be something a whole lot more. Before they even get settled in and officially open their doors, they are in the center of several murder investigations.

Within just days the agency's caseload is full. A horrific murder in the well-heeled Eastern suburbs and the frantic search for motives stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn't the killer's first victim and as the body count mounts she's clearly not going to be the last.

The team must use every bit of skill and technology that the agency has available to them and also with the assistance of the NSW Police to catch a serial killer before another victim dies. With two additional cases requiring their attention and solved everyone’s hands are full. And this is only the first week of the agency’s opening!

The book had lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Hard to believe this is the fifth installment that I've read in Patterson's Private series, and nothing here has changed my opinion that this is the best series he and his various partners are serving up (this one is co-written with Michael White). It's also easy to read; I polished the whole thing off in one day of spare time (admittedly on a Saturday when college football games dominated the TV and I was able to keep one eye on my Kindle Fire and the other on the action). I'll also point out that the last 12% is a three-chapter preview of Burn, the next in his Michael Bennett series that I believe is scheduled for publication Sept. 29, 2014.

For those who don't know, Private is a high-tech, highly successful investigation agency with offices all over the world (hence Private Berlin, Private L.A., etc. In this one, Craig Cristo has formed a new office in Sydney, Australia, with the help of the drop-dead gorgeous and highly experienced Justine, who also happens to be the main squeeze of Jack Morgan, founder/owner of Private. As they throw a big bash to kick off the opening, a young Asian man - complete with bullet holes and a few missing body parts - stumbles onto the scene (pretty much putting the kabosh on the party spirit).

As it turns out, it may have been a kidnapping gone awry, and the man's father (who hates the police) believes it's related to the lucrative world of imported drugs and wants Private to do their thing. That gives the new company some serious business, but as if that weren't enough, a friend of the New South Wales Police Department, turns up brutally murdered. That investigation leads to the discovery that she's not the first - nor is she the last, since more murders start happening in fairly rapid succession.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lumpy095 on October 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am very disappointed in the book. I have read many James Patersson books including the whole 'Suspect' series to date.
This book was a disaster from start to finish. It was disjointed, sloppy in terms of factual details and an insult to James Patersson fans such as myself. The fact the story was supposedly coauthored by an Australian is surprising given the glaring and obvious factual mistakes made. The reference to mikes and not kilometres, the errors in currency details.

I felt as if the writers literally just through in a few references to Australian landmarks and areas and we were expected to swallow the credibility of the setting.
I am extremely disappointed and will certainly have to think twice about any future purchases of this series. This book will only sell because it is stamped with the James Patterson name, not it's plot lines, character development, or reader satisfaction.
The three separate plot lines in this book were weak at best. Character development was almost non existent. Save your money and your time...don't bother insulting your intelligence in reading this thripe. The only people that should buy this book are those hardcore Jp fans who like to be able to say they have read everyone of James Pattersons books.....the only reason anyone would deliberately read this book.
Diappointed. Stop damaging your brand JP
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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, 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, 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 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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