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James Patterson , Maxine Paetro
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Jan. 15 2013 Private
Unsolvable cases

Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

Impossible murders

When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.

The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan

While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

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Acclaim for Private

"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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Privete #1 suspect March 27 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Every book by James Patterson grabs my attention and takes me to a whole new level on intensity. I cannot puy it down and end up reading it in two sessions......... Thak God I'am retired or my carreer could be in trouble (LOL) So far he is still my favourite author .... even if there are no more books on Alex Cross and not enough on Mike Bennett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a great series. Aug. 17 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and was especially pleased to find it was a series. I love the main character and how the Private company transpired. The suspense was good and kept you entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good as always Feb. 6 2012
By Brian
Format:Hardcover
I found this, like most Paterson books, to be entertaining and a fast read.
His formula of keeping chapters to 3 or 4 pages sure works for me-in one
sitting I'll read FAR more pages than I would if the chapters were longer like
most authors. I've read every Paterson book except those geared to children
and always look forward to his next release.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mass Production Jan. 24 2012
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Another one from the Patterson factory rolls off the line. On the one hand, I appreciate his business acumen and prolific output ... both requiring co-authors. On the other hand, uniqueness and quality are frequently at risk. His work is becoming so formulaic as to be predictable. Gone is the intrigue and suspense that marked earlier efforts. Private, the world's most effective investigation firm, was more of a gumshoe effort than a slick global intelligence agency that the book's promotion implied. The characters were one dimensional or stereotypical even though the authors dropped them into three competing plots. Mr. Patterson ... quality trumps quantity.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  477 reviews
95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twist a minute thriller Jan. 2 2012
By Horatio Q. Miguel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without the fascinating underlying philosophy you'll find in Chaos and Kingdom or other thrillers, the latest Patterson smash will take you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns that only a master can.

Ex-Marine Morgan has become the world's best private investigator (using unconventional means to get to his ends for clients "who demanded and paid well for services not available through public means"). He's good at what he does and not afraid to step outside the lines to make sure he meets his objective.

Unfortunately for Morgan, someone stepped outside the lines all over his ex-girlfriend and left the remains in his luxurious home's master bed. But was the murderer just messing with him or is there a deeper plot? Well, it turns out that the perpetrator set it up to frame Morgan and the more he delays in reporting the crime (for self-preservation and curiosity), the more he digs his own hole.

The book kind of drags on near the end, but overall it's an exciting, fast-paced rocker. You're gonna love it.
77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jack's Busy. Very Busy. Jan. 3 2012
By C.Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book looks at the glamorous and sensational detective agency, Private, which is run by ex-Marine and ex-CIA agent Jack Morgan. Private has branches in six countries and a flashy headquarters in L.A. Hey, the police go to Private for investigative help.

Early on in this novel, Jack is framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Colleen. Two particularly malevolent LAPD homicide detectives want to see Jack convicted, even though Colleen was shot in Jack's bed with Jack's gun. Jack called 911 himself. The gun is easily found close to the crime scene. Jack vehemently proclaims his innocence. Would Jack, a top investigator, make it all so easy for the police? That is the question...

As if getting himself cleared is not challenging enough, Jack also investigates the theft of thirty million dollars worth of Oxycodone. The "victim" of this heist is a mobster. Why would Jack take on this explosive case? Another big question.

While all of the above swirls around, Jack and his crew hunt a serial killer who targets men who call an escort service. A prostitute shows up at the hotel room and the john ends up strangled to death.

Finally, a young movie star may be guilty of statutory rape and murder. Or maybe not. Private gets involved.

Add to this volatile mix Jack's evil twin who is determined to destroy Jack.

This is a classic James Patterson (writing with Maxine Paetro) "page turner." Nothing profound. Often superficial. Yet, there were enough bursts of excitement to keep me engaged.

It's the seventeenth work written or co-written by Patterson that I have reviewed for this site. I would put it somewhere in the middle.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Jan. 14 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another great one from Patterson. Short chapters and a very quick read. Definitely keeps your attention. It's a typical murder mystery. Someone's being framed with a predictable ending.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually loved this one! Jan. 11 2012
By Janie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really did not care for the first book out, Private. This one was surprisingly good. Great characters, good plot. Looking forward to the next one!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really cheesy right from the start Feb. 8 2012
By Audiobooklover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I fell in love with Sunday at Tiffany's so I continued reading James Patterson novels but it's a hit or miss for him. Miracle on the 17th Green and others where he is the sole writer are very good but those with a co-author, not so much. I gave this one a chance because Maxine Paetro has a decent hand in the Women's Murder Club series but James Patterson is mailing them in now. I've stopped looking forward to any of his books anymore. They are starting to wear thin. Sorry Mr. Patterson!
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