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Private L.A. Hardcover – February 10, 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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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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  • Series: Private
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (February 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316211125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316211123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joy McCann on March 8, 2014
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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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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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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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Quite disappointing. Certainly not up to his usual level of intriguing stories. I have been a fan for several years and am at the book store the day the book is released in hard cover because I could not wait for the paper back. Sure hope his next book is back to the great stories that keep me reading late into the night.
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This book has so many plots going on it's ridiculous. The main plot was sufficiently disgusting but it had 3 other stories going at the same time as well. The stories were ridiculous. For example, the female detective goes to Mexico looking for the missing family and mouths off to the chief of police there. Do I have to tell you how well that went for her? Then, after having previously gone into tedious detail several times about her monstrous workouts at the gym, the first time she gets into a fight in the Mexican jail she not only loses, but she get traumatized about it and diagnoses herself as having post traumatic stress disorder. So.....how's that workout helping her? It was a total waste of words putting the workout in the book when the first time she needed to use her strength and power she folded like a cheap suit.

I used to love James Patterson's books and bought each book as it got released. Then he started co-writing with other authors and they weren't up to par so I stopped reading his books. Last month I took a chance and bought NYPD Red and it was fantastic. So I got fooled into trying this book. UGH. A total waste of time. If I could give it zero stars, I would.
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