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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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781607884491
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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

  • America's #1 storyteller. Forbes
  • The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable. USA Today
  • James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose. People
  • Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast. Publishers Weekly
  • “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.”

    BookReporter.com

  • 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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia Noll | 1/30/2014

    " Great book! Patterson has so many twists and turns in his stories that I never know what to expect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2014

    " I stopped reading it. Just not my cup of tea. Too much happening, too fast, two or three page chapters, characters that I really don't care about..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnnie Gee | 1/11/2014

    " This is a good read - there are good guys and bad guys - there are several mysteries that need to be solved and there are friendships that are put to the test. The pace of this book is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting read. Believe this is the first in a series. Characters were interesting and hopefully there will be more books to go further into character development. 3 different mysteries were covered at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/9/2014

    " i actually listened to this and it was very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Robinson | 12/19/2013

    " I obviously like James Patterson, period! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 12/13/2013

    " Could be the start of another good series for James Patterson "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 11/12/2013

    " This was a decent read -- not great, but ok. I guess I prefer original Patterson, before he started collaborating with other writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilee Burnside | 11/9/2013

    " I enjoyed the character development, and interactions of the characters. Will continue to read the series. I like this Jack Morgan dude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 11/6/2013

    " Fast read........little bit of goofy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 11/1/2013

    " I really enjoy a quick read with exceptionally short chapters. This one is full of great characters and exciting action. One of my favorite lines is, "He was holding a weapon that could turn a person into a colander in seconds." You don't want to mess with that guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Rasmussen | 4/30/2013

    " same as the rest of the series, i'm just not thrilled with this set. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookloverdojc | 12/20/2012

    " I don't think James Patterson wrote any part of this. I could be wrong but it just doesn't seem to be the writing I've come to expect from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 10/13/2012

    " Okay. Just think far too many books are being churned out by James Patterson with similar predicable formula. Prefer the earlier Alex Cross books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 10/3/2012

    " Maxine Paetro does a good imitation of Patterson's concised style, but she is not quite there yet. An okay read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyra | 5/1/2012

    " Entertaining and quick good summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 2/22/2012

    " PI Jack Morgan working on 3 cases. Best friends wife was murdered, Uncles NFL team threatened by crooked ref's and a group killing school girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 1/21/2012

    " a good book i like all his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roni | 11/13/2011

    " I liked how this book mixed the present with the past and how it jumped from case to case as the Private team solved three differant cases at once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 8/1/2011

    " Not a good one at all. I usually don't report such a negative review, but it was just blah. I did not even finish it. That hurts when a kindle book cost about $12.99 and you don't even want to finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zachary | 7/17/2011

    " I have read some of the scathing reviews and I can see their point. It was difficult to like and I have enjoyed other Patterson books but, not this one. Also, I listened to this book and the narrator, Horrible! Anyway, I don't think I will continue on with this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 7/13/2011

    " Pleasant vacation read! Fast plot and glad the psychos were caught in the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 5/23/2011

    " As always just love James Patterson, grat fast moving novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " Can never go wrong with a James Patterson! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this book. So easy to read. Looking forward to the next instalment in this mini series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donni | 5/20/2011

    " Quick read after two "heavy" books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/10/2011

    " It seems as if there is a new series on the horizon. It was slower paced than the standard Patterson series, but I think it's character / story line establishment for a new rolling series. I look forward to future installments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 5/3/2011

    " Loved it. A great start to new series. I liked how there were multiple cases at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/24/2011

    " This book was good. But a lot to keep up and follow and a lot of characters . But as always James Patterson has written a great book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 4/20/2011

    " Not really very good. I couldn't connect with the characters. They were all rich... and flat. There was no suspense. I finished the book because it was a quick read and really just because I felt like I "should". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/18/2011

    " Yet another new series for super prolific author James Patterson. Definitely different than Cross, and not just because of location, but still a good, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 4/15/2011

    " A private investigation company Private is run by Jack Morgan ....they take on three cases to solve and with his staff of investigators they solve them all. A very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/13/2011

    " I liked this new character and story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 4/11/2011

    " Fast easy read. Very normal for James Patterson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 4/11/2011

    " I liked this book and it was the perfect vacation read as the story kept my mind off having to wait forever and waste away my time. I read it in one setting only to discover it is the beginning of a series, just what I need.
    "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Peter Hermann is an American actor and writer. He is fluent in four languages and has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is married to actress Mariska Hargitay, who he met when he appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. They have three children.