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Private

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Peter Hermann
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Summary

Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called ‘Private’. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with.

Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private’s services are much sort after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse.

On a rare night off accompanying a client to the Golden Globe awards, Jack receives a phone call from school friend Abbie Cushman. Abbie's wife has been murdered and he desperately needs Jack’s help. The murder is brutal and with no apparent motive; fingers begin pointing towards Abbie. Jack is certain that Abbie didn’t kill his wife, but he will have to work night and day to prove it.

Meanwhile, Jack’s second-in-command at Private, Justine Smith, is helping the L.A.P.D. in a serial killer investigation. Over the past two years, twelve school girls from the same area in L.A. have been murdered. The killings are highly professional and so far the Police have no leads whatsoever. Justine has been called in to make use of her experience and Private’s resources. A breakthrough is desperately needed, because these killings show no signs of stopping.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Griping and fast paced epic from a master

This is a James Patterson must have! From the start you are left in no doubt you need to listen to everything, miss something and you will wonder what you missed, and you can be sure it will be important later on.

Private captures what patterson is good at having several plot lines running simeoultaneously and blending them seamlessly into a fantastic novel. each sub plot here is a gripping yarn in its own right. The main story is actually really about the characters them selves but it is so cleverly weaved in the tales that you almost don't realise you are being lead through them. This is clever writing and enthralling story telling.

I am not sure there is a better way to spend thirteen hours of your listening time.

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Decent pace!

First time listening to this series. Very enjoyable, not overly descriptive which keeps the pace moving. Several mini plots throughout. Overall very enjoyable.

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Enjoyed

Easy listening on a long drive… Always enjoy a Patterson ‘ Private’ story. Will buy more

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Enjoyed

Wasn’t sure at first but glad I persisted. Will get the next instalment. And looking forward to it.

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Probably the worst book I have read!

The narration was very poor and the same goes for the story. I will not be purchasing another book by James Patterson.

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Disappointing

Kept good memories of Alex Cross books and was looking forward to reading a new series from same author. Disappointed by the style of the book and the main character. Too many investigations at the same time and enough focus on any of them

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Awesome

Awesome, story and narrated very well and so were characters, great first book in so many more books

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don't like it at all

very much on the same stampt as the others of hius I have started. no need to try any more

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Private books

Seconding the private set i have read very g
ood Look forward to have more


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Twists and turns

Loved it, even if the narrator did have a dodgy Irish accent. Plenty to keep you guessing. Another great book from James Patterson

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