Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Book:


Jack Morgan heads “Private” an exclusive private investigative firm. Jack monitors the operations and the investigations in the company’s offices located in New York, Europe and Los Angeles. The story and investigation for this book is based in Los Angeles.

Three cases are investigated simultaneously by Jack and his very efficient crew. The first is the murder of his ex who happens to have been married to his good friend – obviously his friend becomes the prime-most suspect making his interest in the case personal. The second is for his maternal uncle who is a major player in pro-football management and insists that the case be investigated and resolved with zero publicity. The third case involves the vicious killing of school girls and is handled primarily by Justine Smith one of Private’s investigators.

The investigations reveal if these cases are related. He also learns a lot about his friend and the secret life of his ex. The book also sheds light on his past and his relationship with his twin brother Tommy.

The View:

With some interesting cases and more interesting employees “Private” is a firm that surely is going to win over Patterson fans.

All the characters in the book irrespective of their roles in the series were complex and well portrayed. That said, I am hoping Jack Morgan will evolve in the series. He appeared to be a little too flawed to be a lead model character. His romances and the way he treats the women were unreasonable and downright annoying. I also could not understand why he was struggling with the judgement of his past for so long.

The book had too much stuff going on with multiple investigations unlike other Patterson books. Also the introduction to Jack’s twin brother was insufficient and could have been revealed in the next books.

This is a good read for a Patterson fan but if you are a first timer then there are some great books out there. I am only going to rate this a 2 on 5 but am eagerly looking forward to the next in the series to score a perfect number.

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4 Responses

  1. Nice review, Kavyen! I am bummed about the low rating, but you did explain your reasons well. I am a Patterson fan, so I will most likely read this eventually. Thanks for sharing….

  2. Good review!!! I have heard some good things about this author though!!

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