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Private (Private #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  33,574 Ratings  ·  1,964 Reviews
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 forens
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published June 28th 2010 by Little Brown and Company (first published March 23rd 2009)
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Aug 06, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was ok
Very good start and then it fizzles out.

At this point, it is clear that the Patterson collaborations are 100% written by the second author. Nevertheless, Paetro has done a good job with some of the books on the Women's Murder Club series (though she has also delivered some duds in that one). As a result, I had mixed feelings about whether to give this series a chance or not. When I started reading this book, I was feeling like I had made a great decision.

The set up for the story was very good, w
Chelsey the crazy cat lady
This was my first crime book that I have read and absolutely loved it. I have loved watching crime and thought I would give reading crime a go. From the first chapter I was hooked. Private are a great team and get the job done. In this book they were working three major cases.
Jul 01, 2010 Beverly rated it it was amazing
When reading reviews, particularly on Amazon, I’ve noticed a lot of complaints about how the Patterson books are written. As a reader, what I care about is the end result. I want a good story. Sometimes, Patterson’s formula works and sometimes it doesn’t. I enjoy The Women’s Murder Club series and the Alex Cross series (though I must admit, I’m behind on both series.) So far I’ve enjoyed the books written with (or some might say by) Maxine Paetro.

I found Private to be a good story. At first I wa
Mrs W
Oct 10, 2010 Mrs W rated it did not like it
Private is a book written by James Patterson (and Maxine Paetro) who is a well known author of crime thriller novels. Wow. Sorry James, but this is a really crappy book. The story line is all over the place, the characters are completely undeveloped and the “reveal” at the end is totally predictable. This was the first time (that I know of) that I read a book that has a “ghost writer”. That’s right people, the person who you thought wrote the book (ie. The person’s name written in big red block ...more
À medida que vou lendo mais livros de James Patterson, mais fico rendida à sua obra. Este é o segundo policial que leio e confesso ter gostado mais da personagem Jack do que propriamente do Alex Cross de outra série.

Jack é um ex-fuzileiro que se dedica actualmente a investigar casos, estando ao comando da empresa Private - Agência Internacional de Investigação, herdada do pai, um antigo criminoso. Contrariamente ao pai, que tinha uma relação directa com o crime organizado e com a máfia, Jack que
Mar 16, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
I thought this was an alright mystery novel. I liked the parelell stories and the cast of characters but felt that some of it was just... so last generation.

For instance: There's an implication in the Steam Cleaner(I listened to it as an audio book so I'm sure that it's spelled differently but I don't know how. I figure it's "SteamKleana" or something like that) story that all people who play violent video games want to commit terrible murders. This is annoying. I play a lot of games, some of th
Sep 25, 2015 Quinn rated it it was amazing
This book was a thriller for sure. It was interesting, exciting, and best of all, it never was boring! Although this is made for more mature people, I would recommend this book to all people. Most anyone would love this book, it includes mysteries, murders, drama, and lots of action. READ THIS!!!!!
May 25, 2013 Aivel rated it it was ok
The latest series of Patterson starring an ex-marine named Jack Morgan the leader of an ultra-high end private investigation firm. I gave this book 2 stars, it is an easy read with the plot going back and forth between three different cases and few personal situations. Now having three different cases in one novel can be a two edged sword, in one hand it will keep the readers form getting bored with every few pages showing a different story line but it can also and in the other it might keep the ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Richard rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Richard by: I have been reading all Mr. Patterson's work.
First of all, look at the author names on the book cover. I guess Mr. Patterson was unhappy with his coauthor the day he approved the art, but her name is very subtle at the bottom of the book.

Second, I think they have overdosed on Dirk Pitt, Stone Barrington and Secret Agent 007 with their depiction of Jack Morgan and his protection/private detective agency, Private. Resurrected from his worthless father's defunct company with $15,000,000 in stolen money dad gave Jack shortly before dying in pr
Ruth Turner
Nov 20, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: james-patterson

This is the second read for me and I enjoyed it just as much as the first.

As to be expected, it’s well written with likeable characters that I enjoyed spending time with.

The multiple storylines added to my interest, except for the Afghanistan flashbacks and dreams, which really did nothing for the story and seemed to be resolved a little too quickly

Overall, easy to read, fast paced and enjoyable.
Sep 25, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
the book was very exciting, I was intrigued, and couldn't put it down the book, until i was hungry. then i would go and get food, and continue reading the book. it had the perfect balance of action, suspense, and a nice finishing.
Jul 25, 2010 Philip rated it it was ok
I am a big Patterson fan and read anything he writes but this book was a disappointment. Too many characters and subplots. Not up to his usual standard.
Initial Reaction:

LOVED it! One of my favorite Patterson books ever! THIS is the Patterson we know and love!! I really hope that this turns into a new series like Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club. I truly loved all the characters and the story was dynamite!

About the Book:

Jack Morgan is a former CIA Agent and Marine who inherited Private Investigations, a firm who does first-class investigations for the elite, the rich, and the famous. Private has top-of-the-line equipment, a plethora of staff m
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 23, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Not a fancy title, but sometimes less is more, and in this case I think we get more. I am not going to be giving anyone a news flash that is a regular follower of my rants here @ The Scoop. I like James Patterson’s work. I read almost all of his work from his graphic novels (see our archives), young adult (Daniel X), and just about all his regular material. I got excited when I saw that he had this new series coming out: Private.
I really enjoyed this novel, I am not going to make any bones about
Don Crouch
Jan 01, 2014 Don Crouch rated it it was ok
If you want to feel like you've experienced life in a new-tech detective agency, with wealthy clients, high-stakes cases, alluring women, nasty perps and EYES, a great ABC-TV series from 2005 with Tim Daly, it runs on DirecTV quite frequently.

Private, however, is nothing but soap opera disguised as crime fiction, and should be avoided at all costs unless you are really really bored.

Patterson has taken the "become a brand" concept to some sad levels. Word is that he had very little
Private is a book for people who like watching television. Everything about it screams "TV pilot!" And I'm not talking Emmy award-winning television either...this is like Silk Stalkings meets Baywatch Nights, with just a touch of CSI thrown in for good measure. In other words, feather-light plotting, two-dimensional characters, luxurious surroundings, and a sexual element that's far more tease than sleaze. It's not a "novel" in the Cormac McCarthy or Ian McEwan sense of the word, but it's still ...more
Sep 04, 2010 Tracey rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, fiction, 2010
I borrowed two books by Patterson from a friend and I read this book in a couple of hours. Short chapters, short sentences, and overall the book falls short. I became tired of these so-called imperfect characters with their personal hangups and flashy lifestyles. I just could not find anything that I liked about them. I mean if one was killed off I would not have shed a tear at all. The continual name-dropping of celebs was as boring and did not add to the book at all except to say this agency r ...more
Mahoghani 23
Oct 12, 2016 Mahoghani 23 rated it liked it
Jack Morgan is a man with multiple issues but runs a successful investigation service. Private was a good read and of course there was multiple scenarios going on but this time James Patterson is able to pull the book together and weave them together to bring out a story that's enjoyable to read.
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'Private' is the first novel of a mystery series starring Jack Morgan, ex-Marine helicopter pilot, who now is the owner of a large private detective company with offices everywhere. Morgan guides a crack team of support staff - a scientist, a psychiatric profiler, a punk-styling computer expert, a pack of neurotic detectives - who work for mostly rich Los Angeles people, including movie stars and prosecutors. The office building in which he works has equipment and labs NASA would envy, enabling ...more
Cole Avallone
Mar 25, 2015 Cole Avallone rated it really liked it
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Book Title-Private
Author-James Patterson
Private(Detective Agency)-
A global company that shows a combination of discretion and force
Big holder of major celebrity's darkest secrets
Originally run by Jack's father
Passed down to Jack
Jack Morgan(Protagonist)-
Ex CIA agent
Runs a private detective agency called Private
Served in military for long time
When he came back he rebuilt his fathers company
Has a sibling rivalry with h
Daniel Audet
Dec 20, 2010 Daniel Audet rated it liked it
I read Private last week co-authored by Mr. P and Maxine Paetro. For me, clearly, I could detect Maxine's influence in this book, which is not a bad thing - it's an interesting one because of the mixture of "voice" influences. This type of edgy thriller stuff is difficult to carry off from narrative and dialogue standpoints and though I'm not the biggest fan of this type of co-authored book and brand marketing, I get the point of it. I read a lot of books in this genre and it's crowded with atte ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Aug 19, 2011 Elizabeth Noah Astle rated it it was amazing
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Oct 10, 2011 Asmita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private has actually disappointed me. I was expecting a lot more. James Patterson has tried to fit in a lot of things in very few pages and the characters are somewhat loose. What I mean to say is that the reader does not get the sufficient amount of time to actually know them. For example, Justine, now she is a very strong woman, but she has no tragedy and she is this picture-perfect woman. Then, we have Jack Morgan. Well, the first impression that I get of him is that he is a Romeo and he is h ...more
Gail Jones
Mar 01, 2013 Gail Jones rated it liked it

Book Review: Private by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro 3/5

I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m a James Patterson fan as his books are usually fast paced and I struggle to put them down. This one didn’t grab me quite as much. Jack is an ex army guy who still struggles with memories of the war. His dad is in prison but leaves Jack money to continue with his Private investigation agency. They have the best staff and equipment and work for high profile people who trust them to keep their
As introductions go, to a new series that is, this was a passable effort. We get to know the main players of “Private Investigations”, a LA-based private investigation agency that cater to the rich and celebs. It’s not so much the celebs that take center stage here, but the work this agency does as support to the DA’s office and the LAPD in a serial murder case – the schoolgirl murders, a high profile case everyone’s eager to solve. Other cases Private tackles in this introduction are the murder ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Bugs Bunny would say: "And then the FLOOD!"

First, the cover of both the American and British editions have absolutely nothing to do with the novel. "Murder Most Beautiful"? What the heck does that have to do with anything? Answer: nothing.

Second, as the first line of the "review" indicates there are enough plot threads in this one slim volume for five or six novels...if those novels had real character development and something approaching literary writing...

But that's not why we read Maxine
Lisa Richards
Feb 19, 2012 Lisa Richards rated it liked it
While admittedly I've been a little disappointed in the last few Patterson books I've read and while this wasn't one of those that I rambled on and on about how great or how crappy it was to my friends, I did enjoy it. It was a good read just not awesome. It wasn't one of those that you read from start to finish in one seating but I did enjoy the fast paced action and the multiple cases going on, though they did seem to wrap up rather effortlessly. Not much in the way of a twisted surprise endin ...more
Oct 09, 2010 Denise rated it liked it

3.0 out of 5 stars Typical recent Patterson thriller, October 9, 2010

This review is from: Private (Hardcover)
This novel provides exactly what fans of James Patterson have come to expect from his recent (co-authored) novels. It's a quick and easy read -- nothing deep or thought-provoking here. It provides enough intrigue to be called a thriller and though short on suspense, the narrative moves along smoothly juggling a couple of different plot lines: the unsolved murders of at least thirteen sch
Dec 09, 2011 Nattakorn rated it liked it
I thought PRIVATE was okay. It was an enjoyable, easy to read, for me. Small chapters help keeping the pace at high-speed, I thought.
The parallel stories ran well with Jack Morgan jumping around from place to place.
I'm a bit disappointed with the predictable conclusion of the stories when the build-up of each was excellent.

It really came down to what you expected from reading this book.
If you want a complex thriller novel with grand information based on deep researches, or a novel that keeps yo
Mar 20, 2012 Bradley rated it it was ok
This book was my first crack at reading a James Patterson novel. As it turns out, it wasn't memorable enough for me to remember to rate it when I completed it a month ago.

127 Chapters in 400 pages...really?

I was saddened to find that Patterson's writing isn't for me. He has so many books, I was hoping I was stumbling into a gold mine. Well...not so much. I picked up the second story at the same time as the first, but I can't bring myself to read it.

The description of the premise of the series so
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“People Trust Me with their secrets, and I'm not sure why. It must be something in my face, probably my eyes.” 5 likes
“Justine pulled her Jag over to the side of the road and stared out at the landscape. I twirled the dial on her police band radio until the signal was clear. She opened her thermos, passed it over to me. I took a sip. The coffee was black, unsugared. That's the way Justine liked just about everything: straight up, no bullshit.” 2 likes
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