Private by James Patterson
(For review from Hachette Book Group)
Private is the most elite private investigation firm in the country. With resources that put the local PD's to shame, Private is called by the rich, the famous, and those who want secrets to remain secret. Jack Morgan, owner and operator has put together a team of the best minds in the business. Now they are faced with three cases that will test their abilities as well as their emotions.
13 school girls have disappeared and shown up dead within the past few years in LA. The LAPD has come to the end of it's rope and Private is called in to work the case. Justine, Jack's top agent and former girlfriend has become emotionally invested in the case and will stop at nothing to find out who is committing these horrible crimes and taunting the mayor and the police with their prowess.
Jack's uncle is a big wig in the NFL. Lately it has become obvious that some of the games may have been thrown, but it's not the players and there is very little evidence. But, if it's true it could destroy the game of football as we know it. During the course of his investigation, Jack's twin brother Tom is implicated in a gambling debt to the Mob.
Jack's best friend's wife has been murdered. Shelby, was a sweetheart, why would anyone want to murder her? But is she the person they thought she was? Or was she leading a double life? With Jack and Andy's friendship be able to withstand the strain or will it break? Will Jack finally take the next step with Colleen or is Justine still in his heart?
This was another exceptional book by James Patterson that will probably prove to be the beginning of another block buster thriller series. Patterson has three other thriller series that are in Hollywood production already and Private could very well be his biggest yet. I loved the fast paced action of this book. With short chapters and lots of thrills, the reader is kept on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next.
Patterson uses a stable of co-authors to complete in the neighborhood of 10 hardbacks per year. This is an astounding pace, but it seems like every one of them is good. This book is co-authored by Maxine Paetro who is co-author with Patterson on several of the Women's Murder Club Books. It is said that Patterson starts out with a highly detailed outline sometimes nearly 50 pages in length. The co-author then writes the chapters and sends them to Patterson to review, make changes and re-write. It may sound like a strange process but it definitely works.
Jack Morgan is the protagonist in Private. He is an ex-marine who saw combat in Afghanistan and still has nightmares about his final days of duty. He seems to be an honorable man who didn't come from the greatest circumstances. Apparently his father had ties to the mob and was serving time in prison at the beginning of the story. Jack has a twin brother Tommy who is nothing but trouble. He has two women in his life and he isn't sure about either of them. He's a great character.
All three cases in this book are interesting from throwing football games to missing schoolgirls, to finding out his best friends wife was a call girl. Jack Morgan also must face his nightmares, a daily death threat that has gone on for years and family difficulties. A very well written book, that I truly enjoyed. A great addition to the thriller genre.
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I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
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