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Private (Private #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  19,788 ratings  ·  1,413 reviews
The police can't help you

Former CIA agent 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 forensic tools to make an...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published June 28th 2010 by Little Brown and Company (first published March 23rd 2009)
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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...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...more
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...more
Mrs W
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
James Patterson’s & Maxine Paetro’s Private


Former Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned global investigation company. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls when a horrific case hits close to home: His best friend’s wife, Jack’s former lover, has been slain.

My Review and Thoughts:

I tell you I don’t know how Patt...more
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...more
Oct 07, 2010 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Giovanni Gelati
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...more
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.
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
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
Lisa Richards
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

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...more
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
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Gail Jones

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Don Crouch
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...more
Rick Fisher
After many years of being an avid fan of Mr Patterson's Alex Cross novels, as well as his Murder Club series and then his wonderfully amazing Michael Bennet series, I wasnt sure if he could pull off another interesting series. Much to my surprise, he has.
Private opens up a new series whereas Cross and Murder are becoming old and boring. I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the multiple ongoing investigations.
Like all other Patterson novels, this one is quick and uncompl...more
Oh Patterson, this was such a disappointment! As someone who has read all of his books (even the really bad YA ones), I am so much more in love with his older stuff than what he's been producing lately. Normally, I'm on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book, and I can read it in a day or two. This was three cases (one was kind of pointless), and there was hardly any suspense involved. They were solved with such careless writing I almost got mad. I expect more from Patterson, and I feel l...more
Another quick, easy read from Patterson, although, I found this book a bit dull. The main character (Jack), felt like someone I would like to know, but never quite got there. It just seemed like very little character developement, which was a shame because he seemed to have so much "more to his story." The entire book felt a bit rushed to me, which is true of so many of Patterson's more recent works. I wish he would s-l-o-w down and tell us an indepth, well developed story, like he use to.
Private was a good read. A little different from other James Paterson books I've read. Private is an exclusive P.I. firm with very wealthy and in the public eye clients. It took me a few chapters to get into it or rather to sort out the characters. Quite a few characters were introduced in the first 10-15 chapters. (Remember his chapters are only 2-3 pages). Once I got into it, I moved right along.

Apparently the start of a 'male-led' Women's Murder Club series. While some of the story outlines were interesting... too many to follow, making it hard to fucus on the central storyline.
Jim Mccarter

Ok. It beat reading the airline magazine
When I couldn't get a hold of the 5th novel in Patterson's Women's Murder Club series I choose this one for instant gratification. I thought it was the 1st book in Patterson's "Private Series", but I was wrong. Though I'm pretty sure any Patterson thriller could be read independently, I prefer method to my madness. I also enjoy following the character development from the 1st book to the last. The main character in this series is the owner of a successful private investigation firm. I enjoyed th...more
This was another action packed audiobook that Patterson offers to us that actually puts us on the trail of a few mysteries that Jack is trying to solve. The 'easy on the eyes' Jack Morgan runs Private, a private investigation agency that caters to the stars, but finds himself needing to confront his personal demons before he can move on in his own life.

Jack has never forgiven himself for an event that happened in Afganistan and it has seemed to torment him every day of his life. Because of this...more
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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.” 1 likes
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