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Private: #1 Suspect (Private #4)

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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, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

Impossible murd...more
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published December 1st 2011)
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Monnie
James Patterson, to me, is the McDonald's of the mystery market; every six months at most, he (in most cases helped by co-authors) churns out another book. And although I'm a fan who's read a huge number of them, I'd be the first to say that quality has suffered; there are at least three fairly recent numbers I haven't even bothered to start because the few I'd read before that were borderline trite and the newer ones weren't faring all that well in the review department.

The "Private" series, ho...more
Andy
I didn't think this was one of James Patterson's best books, but it was still a good one. The familiar characters of Private detective agency were back with a few new characters added in as others started to move on.

The short chapters of the book (2-3 pages long each) made it for an easy read, but it seemed to drain it of the depth of story that the Richard Castle mystery I recently read had. You don't get as close or as emotionally involved with the characters so I felt more like I was being t...more
KRM
I'll start off by saying that I hated the first book in this new series, Private. The plots were all over the place and had no real point to them. The characters were so one dimensional and irritating. And worst of all it felt like it was written for people who have never read a book before. I was then highly recommended it's follow-up Private London, which had a new set of characters, was set in England and had a decent plot and I actually really enjoyed it. Because I liked the sequel I thought...more
Katy
I usually like Patterson's books, and I hoped this would be a series I'd like. I'll probably read more about Private and Jack Morgan (or listen to it on audiobooks while driving). But...

(1) I hated the whiny sounding narrator of the audiobook. His voices of the characters were really bad, especially the women who were important to the hero.

(2) I wished there were heroes in Patterson's books that could handle commitment better or at least have a better moral code. I'm tired of hearing about/readi...more
Maria
A vantagem em ler livros de James Patterson é que são de fácil leitura, capítulos curtos e sempre cheios de acção e cujo enredo é sempre atrativo. Isso são ingredientes suficientes para, cada vez que saia um novo livro do autor, ficar em pulgas para começar a lê-lo.


Neste segundo livro da série Jack Morgan, o principal suspeito é precisamente Jack. Quando chega de viagem depara-se com um corpo morto em cima da sua cama. E a vítima não é qualquer pessoa, mas nada mais nada menos que a sua ex-namor...more
Lynn
It took me until I was about halfway through the book to get super interested. The problem is that I just don't like the lead character, Jack Morgan, that much. Maybe it's because he's a womanizer and commitment-phobe, I don't know, but I have a hard time warming up to him. I love other Patterson lead characters, especially Alex Cross and Michael Bennett.

There were several crimes going on at the same time in this book that Private was trying to solve, and true to form, they solved all of them....more
Richard
Jan 16, 2012 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery/adventure lovers.
Recommended to Richard by: I try to read all Mr. Patterson's books.
Mr. Patterson and Ms. Paetro have created a really good story with this second of the franchise. The characters are clearly drawn; evil ones obviously bad, and too many people enjoying the trouble Jack Morgan is in.

This is really a tightly woven tale, with some surprises. It is straightforward enough to flow rapidly, with the trademark choppy chapters moving the action along. It is as though these Patterson books are created by someone with limited ability to concentrate. Obviously, with his ann...more
Lesley
Technically a 3 1/2. Not a HUGE fan of JP anymore, and even less so when others write his books for him, but this one was one of the better ones.
Alex
PRIVATE #1 SUSPECT (Pub. 2012) was an entertaining read. I buzzed through it in 24-hrs. Co-authored by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro, the book moves at a quick pace, with a solid dose of tension and thrills, and kept me wondering how the three separate story lines were going to turn out.

The main story line is focused on Jack Morgan, owner of Private, an investigation firm based in L.A. Jack is set up for the murder of his former girlfriend and pulls in his team to help solve the case again...more
Michelle (meshe)
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Carol  MacInnis
Jack Morgan, former marine, is owner of 'Private', an elite investigation firm. The keys of the firm were handed over to Jack by his father who started 'Private' as was serving time in prison for murder. Unfortunately his time was cut short when he was killed there. Jack has an identical twin brother, Tommy jr. who works for a firm in private security. Jack's father constantly pitted the brothers against one another since childhood and when their father died, Jack felt no remorse since all he re...more
Marla Madison
This latest by the Patterson/Paetro combo is an satisfying read, another based on Jack Morgan and his team of investigators with Private, a multi-million dollar security agency.
Three separate story lines run within the book, all interesting and well told.
For me the weakness in the story is in the protagonist himself, Jack Morgan who is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in the beginning of the book. I don't like Jack Morgan. In one scene he is missing his dead girlfriend who he had goodbye...more
Jinky
(2.5)
Another adventurous crime book from duo James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Four cases to solve in this installment for this high power investigation firm. One of which involved Jack Morgan, head honcho of said firm. Accused of murder of his ex-girlfriend no doubt. But, no fear! He does head the world's top detective agency so he's putting his men to work. Will they be able to pull it off?

With the multiple cases to follow, this was an eventful book. There was enough twists here and there to...more
Nicole
Apr 04, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I admit it: I'm a huge James Patterson fan. I don't even care that he "writes" 10 books a year, or that most of the books are written by co-authors. I love his stories and I will continue to read them for as long as he continues to publish them. This book was the second book in the Jack Morgan series (which I didn't know when I checked out, but turns out to not have mattered very much), so it looks like I've gotten myself roped into yet another James Patterson series (I'm slowly working my way t...more
Aaron
I tend to really like the books Patterson creates with Maxine Paetro, and this was no disappointment. This is the second book that deals with a team who works with Private, an investigative firm owned by Iraq War veteran Jack Morgan. Various members from the agencies focus on 4 different cases, including the troubles of a young movie star and his interest in youger girls, a series of murders in local hotels, the theft of a van full of prescription drugs from a Las Vegas mob boss, and charges Jac...more
Johnnie Gee
I really enjoyed this read it picks up where the first book Private ended therefore be sure to read the books in order so you have a better understanding of the players and how they evolve with Private #1 Suspect.

Private is a high tech international investigative firm that hires specific people for their knowledge, experience, and drive. There are several plots running at the same time with the main one focused on the owner of Private Jack Morgan. However, the subplots are not ignored and as th...more
John
James Patterson's PRIVATE series is junk food for the brain. He takes very simple little detective stories and spices them up with a lot of fast cars, expensive gadgets, and loose women. Nothing in the book is very original, and none of the scenes resonate with any real dramatic power, but somehow it's all pretty entertaining nonetheless. I liked this entry quite a bit better than the first one, though the writing seemed just as artless as ever. It's a good book to pick up at the airport or some...more
Brenda Whitner
Good book. Kept you going with four sub plots. Jack is set up for killing Coleen, his ex-girlfriend. He is the number one suspect in the murder and is arrested. A van full of drugs worth thirty million dollars disappears. This belongs to the mob boss Noccia. He wants Morgan to solve the crime. He offers six million if he does. Jack doesn’t want to take the case but is forced to by the mob boss. A young star is blamed for killing a girl. A chain of hotel murders needs to be solved. There was a lo...more
L
Oct 09, 2014 L rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: reviewed
It was yet another disappointment from James Patterson. The book began with great promise, gripping plot and got me hooked to it, building up lots of high expectations. But when I realized nothing significant or interesting has happened in any of the initially exciting plots till almost 3/4th into the book, I knew this was just going to tank.
First of all, why there were 4 completely different and unrelated plots, I did not understand. Then the plots kept dragging on with unnecessary details and...more
Sasha Wilson
Jun 01, 2014 Sasha Wilson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody
The Book of Private : Number 1 Suspect by James Patterson is a great novel to read and is a great way to enjoy having a small mystery. It is just the right amount of pages and is very easy to read due to the fact that each chapter is 2-4 pages long. The book is very well established and is easy to follow. The main character, who in this novel is named Jack Morgan, gets himself mixed in with a lot of crime cases and has to solve them during the duration of the book. The book moves through everyt...more
Bev
Don't know what possessed me to get this Kindle book, when I've been so down on James Patterson lately, but I'm glad it did. It doesn't have the tightness of his earlier solo work, but so much better than so many Patterson books I've read lately. You can tell he's become a machine. The publication dates on this series are: 2010, 3 in 2012, 2013, 2 in 2014 and one scheduled for 2015. At the same time there are others of his books in other series also published in the same time period.

However, let...more
Ying Cen
Recently as with many people during High School, I hardly read if it was not a textbook or non-fictional article. Whilst I put this down to time constraints (If I found a good book I would literally have to finish it straight away!) I also found that there aren't really books aimed at pre-adults (the name we are given) that aren't not about life threatening diseases or books that have been overly hyped after being made into movies - I unfortunately am not a big fan of those. I struggled to find...more
Kathy Stone
Murder and mayhem, this is typical Patterson fare. It was not horrible. It read quickly and was interesting with many twists in the plot, but no real surprises. There is a dead ex-girlfriend and a mobster. There is a crazy movie star and vindictive cops. That makes for many characters, but very little depth, especially psychological depth in characterization that causes the story to dwelt on after it was read.

it has been a while since I have read anything by Patterson and so I knew not to expec...more
Lynn Jenkins
Good quick read by Patterson/Paetro. Jack Morgan returns home from a business trip to find his once suicidal ex girlfriend shot in his bed. And if that isn't enough a mafia boss wants his help locating his jacked stash of oxycontin street valued at 30 mil. Morgan is the only suspect but is innocent of Colleen's murder. Business goes on for private as Jack and his crew hunt down murders and stash jackers.
Karen
I loved this book.."Private" is an agency run by Jack..He's suspected of the murder of a former girlfriend and along with him trying to prove his innocence and find the killer who set him up,there's several other cases theat have to be worked on..The characters are very believable and you get to feel as if you know each one..Lots of action and a very fast enjoyable read..Highly recommend it..
Suzanne
Just as the first in the series, this one too is full of continuous mystery, twists and turns and keeps you guessing and gasping, it will keep you on your toes.

I love the way the story is always very fast paced. There is always something going on, and the story stays tight and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I will surely read the next installment in the series!
Gretchen Schott
I was disappointed with this book. I don't care for the lead character Jack. I recognize this is a work of fiction but it is so far fetched, it is insulting. Can we say over saturated here? Perhaps a break is in order so quality characters and plot can find themselves back in the Patterson Paetro collaboration. I'm a fan but this story is just not worth the read.
Linda
Just another stretch for Jack Morgan where he's a suspect in his ex-girlfriend's murder, trying to get back with the girlfriend previous to the ex and being a chick magnet for any comely female crossing his path plus a few who are just vindictive. What's a handsome battle scarred Marine/PI to do, especially when it's possible his identical twin brother is framing him for the murder? Plus, there's the Mafia boss that wants Jack to pay back past favors by tracking down a hijacked pharmaceutical tr...more
Hol
Sep 27, 2011 Hol added it
For a couple hectic weeks I was working on this at the same time as another Patterson novel and a nonfiction book about the Madoffs, which meant that I spent a bizarre amount of time reading about fine dining, luxury real estate, and heinous crimes. But this book is the only one of the three that featured foie gras lollipops.
Kay
Jan 19, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Another quick read co authored by Patterson. If you take the 400 pages and use a normal font and combine the chapters [as any other author would do] you might if you're lucky be left with 200 pages. But the characters are likeable and the book is worth reading for any Patterson fan!
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