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3.00015902043413 out of 53.00015902043413 out of 53.00015902043413 out of 53.00015902043413 out of 53.00015902043413 out of 5 3.00 (12,577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro Narrator: Peter Hermann Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Private Series Release Date:
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The police can’t help you …

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily—and his staff of investigators uses the world’s most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you …

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend’s wife, Jack’s former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private’s resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private …

But Jack doesn’t have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson’s sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable.”

    USA Today, praise for the author

  • “James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose.”

    People, praise for the author

  • “America’s #1 storyteller.”

    Forbes, praise for the author

  • 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.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan Deright | 2/14/2014

    " Not what I've come to expect from a James Patterson novel. The storyline was lackluster and the ending was uneventful. However, the story was compelling enough to keep reading to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Howie Morse | 2/13/2014

    " Blah, quick read on a plane ride without another book to turn to and abandon this pulp mill tragedy. Kinda guilty read, a comfortable story line, no complications between good and evil and a flawed but likable lead character. I'm very happy this book was free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vincent Paul | 2/10/2014

    " thrilling, just the way it should be "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dixie | 2/1/2014

    " Glad this was a fast read because it didn't have the "old James Patterson" feel to it at all. Jack's given 15 million dollars from his father (who's in prison) from an offshore account. He opens "Private Investigations" for famous wealthy clients. He & his employees deal with a 2 yr investigation of the serial murders of high school girls, a NFL scandal and the death of his best friends wife. Of course the Mob is involved in the stories too! "

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