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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,658 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro Narrator: Scott Shepherd Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Private Series Release Date:
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Private is the first book of the Private series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, featuring detective Jack Morgan who runs a private investigation firm named "Private." Jack used to be in the military and is haunted by the time when there were numerous deaths on a helicopter he was piloting. Jack himself nearly died but was saved by his friend, Rick Del Rio, who later started working with him in the P. I. business. When Jack returned from Afghanistan, his father was in jail for extortion and murder, and he left Jack the P. I. business as well as some money.

Private begins a few years later when Jack's business is already established and he has a great team to help him solve the cases that come in. Dr. Seymour Kloppenberg aka Dr. Sci helps out with medical issues whereas Maureen Roth aka Mo-bot is the computer nerd handling all the technology-related aspects of the cases. Jack himself is the anchor of the book and the business, the one who takes all the different parts of the puzzle and puts them together.

In this first book, Jack has quite a few things on his plate. There are three cases he must solve, one involving the kidnapping and murder of twelve schoolgirls over the course of two years, another involving the beating and murder of one of his friends, Shelby, whom he dated a long time ago and a third involving sports-related gambling. With so many different things happening, Jack must stay on the alert so as not to miss anything.

This is a great quirky mystery with some action and interesting characters; there is also an office romance to spice things up a bit. Jack has to get into the mind of the killers so he can try and predict their next move.

James Patterson was born in 1947 in Newburgh, NY. He got a Bachelor's in English from Manhattan College and a Master's from Vanderbilt University. He worked in advertising at first, writing only sporadically, but, in 1996, he retired from advertising and started writing full time. At this point, Patterson is the highest-selling author in the US; he has outsold John Grisham, Stephen King and Dan Brown combined in the last few years. He also holds the record for the greatest number of hardcover books on the New York Times bestseller list—a whopping total of 76.

Maxine Paetro knew Patterson from his advertising years and started collaborating with him in writing books in 2005. She is also an author of her own fiction and non-fiction books and is well-known for her garden, Broccoli Hall, which has been featured in many home décor magazines.

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, fastest, and 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “A full-throttle James Patterson thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Scott Shepherd’s deep, sexy voice and considerable acting skills are a perfect match to James Patterson’s second collaborative work in the Private series.”


  • “Patterson and Paetro mean business. They set the pace right from the start and it’s fast.”

    Caliber magazine

  • “Slick and suspenseful.”


  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal 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 Nina | 2/19/2014

    " I thought this was good. It was my first book in the Private series. Not your usual James Patterson but entertaining none the less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dion | 2/13/2014

    " Flashes of entertainment are marred by a splintered focus in plot. Perhaps cracks are showing in churning out co-authored stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/13/2014

    " A good number of plots and sub-plots going on all at the same time. I wondered how is the world they would all be handled by the end of the book. True to James Patterson's talent, it all worked very well. And, of course, the foundation for the next book has been laid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nuraini | 2/8/2014

    " I am a fan of James Patterson but it took me awhile to get super interested. I kept putting it down! This was a miss for me. I would have to say the first Private book was much enjoyable than this one though. "

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