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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Mark Sullivan Narrator: Ari Fliakos, January LaVo Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Private Series Release Date:
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Private Berlin takes place two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Chris Schneider works as a detective with the Berlin office of an international detective agency called Private. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles and owned by Jack Morgan.

Schneider grew up in an orphanage and has had haunting questions about his past since childhood. He takes it upon himself to do some investigating on his own and ends up being the subject of a missing person's investigation brought by his ex-fiancé, Mattie Engel, also a detective, and Private Berlin.

After Schneider's body, along with the bodies of many others, is found in a slaughterhouse, whoever committed these murders feels threatened and destroys the slaughterhouse, along with the evidence.

Not to be thrown off the track, Mattie and Private Berlin begin digging into Chris Schneider's back ground to uncover his secrets, only to find that someone is methodically killing Schneider's childhood friends.

Berlin is Europe's most dangerous city, or so they say. James Patterson, one of the best thriller authors out there, has teamed with Mark Sullivan to produce another fast-paced, heart-pumping novel with dynamic characters and a gripping, suspense-filled listening experience.

Mark Sullivan has written over a dozen mystery and suspense novels, including The Fall Line, Hard News, Ghost Dance, The Purification Ceremony, Labyrinth, The Serpent's Kiss and Triple Cross. He has won numerous awards. The Mystery Writers of America has nominated his work for best novel of the year.

Sullivan majored in English at Hamilton College in New York. He has been a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Niger and earned a Master's degree from Northwestern University. He lives with his wife in Montana.

James Patterson has sold more books in recent years than any other author. He currently holds the New York Times record and a Guinness World Record for having the most hardcover fiction bestselling titles by a single author.

He was born in 1947 in Newburgh, New York and attended the Manhattan College. He earned a Master's degree from Vanderbilt University.

In Europe’s most dangerous city…

Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world’s most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private’s most high-profile cases, and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin’s most dangerous investigation yet.

An investigator is searching…

Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined. And she’s also Chris’ ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone, and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.

And she’s after more than the truth.

Mattie’s chase takes her into Berlin’s most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris’ past that she’d never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos.

James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world’s #1 bestselling author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patterson has written a brilliant story of the horrors that occurred in Berlin during the time of the Cold War and how it impacted the people of Berlin before and after the taking down of the Berlin Wall.”

    USA Today

  • Private mixes action, mystery, and personal drama…Patterson and [Sullivan] may well be on their way to rivaling—and possibly surpassing—the popularity of their Women’s Murder Club series.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eileen | 2/20/2014

    " Love my James Patterson books.. always exciting "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joelle Rovello | 2/6/2014

    " Not one of his best... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean Fearnow | 2/3/2014

    " Ok, but not as good as other "private" books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam | 1/25/2014

    " Elite private investigators in Berlin lose one of their own, and opens a horrible part of past. Torturer for the East German secret police is found after hunting down young adults tha were part of his interrogation "

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