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Private L.A. (Private #6)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  10,090 Ratings  ·  711 Reviews
Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.

Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
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Angela Kaczynski I've read 4 of them now and I have not read them in order. So far none of the cases have overlapped, just some of the character relationships. But I…moreI've read 4 of them now and I have not read them in order. So far none of the cases have overlapped, just some of the character relationships. But I don't think it is hard to figure out - Patterson gives you enough background to know what is going on.(less)
Peter Wells-Garnett Yes. Each story is a self-contained unit of its own. The Common thread is the protagonists. The investigative agency called Private. Like a literary…moreYes. Each story is a self-contained unit of its own. The Common thread is the protagonists. The investigative agency called Private. Like a literary version of the TV show; Hawaii-5-O(less)

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Feb 22, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
For me the "No Prisoners" story line was far more interesting than the movie star storyline (where you couldn't help but read "Brad and Angelina"). At the end, I was really rooting for the demise of the movie stars & wonder why we, as a society, put their "craft/art" above morals and appropriate punishment for deviate behavior. And then there was Justine...."sister", stop being so maudlin and get over yourself. I am NOT impressed with your workout, nor do I care about your sex life. Had Patt ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Joy rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries, thrillers
For reasons unknown, this book was written with two plots that have no relationship to each other. Most plot turns were predictable; those that were not related to storylines I'd stopped caring about at all.

The writers may have visited Los Angeles a couple of times, but they know little about what it is like to live here. They drive all over the place but never get caught in any traffic (even at dusk on Halloween). They call Pacific Coast Highway "Highway 1," whereas most Angelenos don't use tha
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was asked to review this for Netgalley as I had already read the others in the series.

I would say I loved Jack Morgan's character as the way he gets himself into all sort of scraps is amazing. His team are always there with him and would love to know what happens with the outcome to his brother's trial.

Can't wait for book 8 Mr Patterson :D
Feb 23, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
This is two separate stories rolled into one. Sometimes that's a good idea, but in this case not so much. It's as if Patterson couldn't decide which story to tell and leaves us with an incomplete mis mash. While there are endings, the results are overall incomplete conclusions. 5 of 10 stars
Nicole Alycia
Apr 16, 2017 Nicole Alycia rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars
This book was just as good as all the rest in the series. It loses a half a star for scaring the crap out of me that one of my favorite characters in the series might not be in it anymore. So not cool. The storyline was totally different than any of the other books in this series and I loved the ending of the book. I'm looking forward to continue reading this series.
Sep 22, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are...

During the course of running this blog, I've been asked several times why I review entire series. Don't you get bored? I'm asked. Don't your reviews start to sound the same if you review tons of similar books? Yeah, maybe, but I'm a little obsessive. I like reviewing a book upon completion, whether it be a short, cluttered mess or an in-depth look,
Apr 02, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, it is a nice breath of fresh air from Mr. Patterson. Of course since I don't live in the world of crazy, I don't know if this kind of situation could really happen, but that is the entertainment of the story. Jack is the head of Private, a privately owned investigation company that are at the very high end of the spectrum. They are working two cases at the same time so it is a fast-paced time for them. In typical form for a Patterson book, you don't know until close to the en ...more
John Mchugh
Feb 25, 2015 John Mchugh rated it it was ok
I tried my first James Patterson book while vacationing on Maui. Even as beach reading, discovered at no cost in the hotel's read and share lending library, the best I could say about it was, "Okay in a pinch." Or something like that. Well, Nancy had a copy of this signed by Patterson's "co-writer" Mark Sullivan. Like the "Master" painters beginning centuries ago, where the Master had the idea and basic design and then hired specialists who did the backgrounds, or clouds, hands, buildings, feet ...more
Erin Ennis
Apr 01, 2014 Erin Ennis rated it liked it
I can't fully explain it, but I have a hard time getting into the Private series in general, and LA is no different. I'm not sure if its the dual story lines; which unlike many Patterson novels actually do not connect back to each other in this work. I'm not sure if its due to the main character, Jack Morgan, who is missing the typical character flaw that Patterson so artfully puts into his characters that make them feel real. I'm not sure if its Private in general; a firm that is allowed to do ...more
V.E. Lynne
Jan 05, 2014 V.E. Lynne rated it really liked it
'Private L.A.' is the seventh novel in the 'Private' series, though just the third to feature investigator Jack Morgan. In this outing, things are going from bad to worse for Jack: his twin brother has been charged with murder, a vicious killer called 'No Prisoners' is at large in L.A. and Hollywood power couple Thom and Jennifer Harlow have been kidnapped. The plot moves along at Patterson's trademark fast pace and the three strands of the story are handled well and wrapped up satisfactorily. T ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Jodi rated it it was ok
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Jan 06, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first... I read it in 10 days!! (For me this is a major breakthrough. Just to think a few years along I wouldn't look at a novel or think of them as something I would enjoy but look at me now!

I must confess that there are 2 reasons why I chose PRIVATE - LA to be the first book I would read for entertainment.

1) This may sound very superficial but the cover graphics! I wasn't sure where to begin and the cover art literally caught my eye. (The series has been going for some time, I en
Simone Perren
This is the next book in the Private series (all of which I have done reviews for on my blog as well) but I have to admit, this was one of my least favourites. I absolutely adore this series so reading this it just didn't live up to my expectations as the others have. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, nor is it even that bad but it just didn't fit into my thoughts of what a Private book is like.
Firstly, although not mentioned in the synopsis of this book, there is actually two stories runni
Jan 03, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it
Thom and Jennifer Harlow are Hollywood's celebrity power couple. Good looks, talent, kind hearts. . . the couple has it all. Paying forward their critical and financial success, the two sponsor schools in impoverished nations and even adopted three children from the countries they serve. As they near the completion of their magnum opus Saigon Falls, the entire Harlow family vanishes. No one in the Harlow's inner circle seems to have any idea as to the couple's whereabouts. Even worse, none of th ...more
Julie Dann
Jan 05, 2014 Julie Dann rated it did not like it
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Jason Cook
Mar 13, 2015 Jason Cook rated it it was ok
A tried and true trope of the mystery genre is presenting two seemingly-unrelated cases then tying them together in a clever way. Unfortunately, the authors forgot to come up with the clever tie-in, so what you get is two completely unrelated cases in one novel, which falls terribly flat.

First the bad:

- In addition to the trope fail I mentioned above, the prose can be best described as "lackluster," missing the gritty language and adjective porn I like in a good mystery.
- The premise demands a
Jun 17, 2016 Pupottina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cosa succederebbe se una famosa coppia dello spettacolo scomparisse nel nulla? Che cosa succederebbe se la notizia dovesse rimanere a tutti i costi segreta? Chi se ne dovrebbe occupare?
Ovviamente, soltanto James Patterson può pensare e raccontare una storia tanto complessa. Per risolvere questo mistero, Patterson ha pensato ad alcuni dei suoi personaggi più riusciti, quelli dell'agenzia investigativa Private.
La storia narrata nel nuovo episodio della Private è come sempre avvincente, coinvolgen
Amanda McGill
Nov 28, 2016 Amanda McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audio
Better than the last novel in the series (Private #1 Suspect). Less story lines and more depth into the mysteries.

There was only 2 major plots going on. The first one about "No Prisoners" a group of men who are destroying the city of LA and killing a lot of innocent people in the process. The second story line is about Brad and Angelina, no wait, Tom and Jennifer Harlow, who are mega movie stars, known for their charity work and adopt children from around the world. Tom, Jenn and their 3 childr
Vicki Elia
Feb 27, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it it was ok
Audiobook Review
1 1/2 Stars

Private is hired to solve a high-profile missing person's case, and becomes entangled in a twisted game, both literally and figuratively. Bad guys are easily singled out, the plot unfolds fairly predictably, and converging storylines come together. Patterson's work as a co-author of crime/thrillers has become exceptionally pedestrian.

In this particular piece, the high-profile missing persons bear a strong resemblance to a true Hollywood power couple, who may take grea
Michael Travis
Sep 05, 2015 Michael Travis rated it it was amazing
I really delight in James Patterson books and became hooked on the Private series easily. I think the series is best served by continuing to focus on Jack Morgan instead of travelling the world to delve into areas that most readers might not even care about (unless you are looking for new readers across the globe). If I want to travel the world I will pick up a Rick Steves book or any other travel writing. Jack Morgan is the star and should remain the star. It could be just my view but I enjoy f ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing
High tension and high anxiety in this one. A love Jack though he is always getting into trouble and his company has a lot of high profile clients. Justine is a great gal and getting stronger as she works out hitting the "box". This is a No prisoners gang killing people and hard to find and what they are after also at the same time a high profile Hollywood couple is missing along with their children. Also Jack's brother is trying to get him involved in his murder trial since he is not a nice guy. ...more
Marla Madison
Feb 28, 2014 Marla Madison rated it it was amazing
Say what you will, Patterson detractors, Patterson's books excel at entertaining the reader. I must admit that Jack Morgan, Private's owner, is not the most likable fellow. The man has an ego as gigantic as his company's budget. That said, the story line in Private LA, is totally captivating from beginning to end. Justine Smith plays a big role in this one, and getting to know her better is one of the perks of the book. Great conflict and suspense, a book to lose yourself in on a Snowy night. Ku ...more
Sonia Cristina
Feb 10, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2015

Como aconteceu com os 2 livros anteriores, também gostei muito deste, foi uma leitura rápida e intensa, seguindo 2 casos que caem no colo da Private e, claro, de Jack Morgan (ai este Jack!). Foi ótimo rever os personagens tão únicos da Private. Gostei dos tais 2 casos que foram intrigantes e me cativaram a atenção desde o início.

Sem dúvida que os livros Private são os meus preferidos de James Patterson!
Page Turner!!!!

This was my first time reading a James Patterson book but definitely not my last. It was like watching a movie. There was action, suspense,murder, kidnapping and intrigue. It was interesting how the book unfolded with two cases going on at the same time but you could keep up. The ending oh wow!!!!
Nancy Newcomer
Jan 18, 2015 Nancy Newcomer rated it liked it
A well-put-together action thriller. Kind of like going to a matinee but without buying a ticket. Would be a good beach read. Couple of nice twists and turns, especially towards the ending. Some very bad guys involved but no gratuitous violence -- well, maybe some, but most of it takes place off stage and that is fine with me. Some fun characters.
Feb 10, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alyx Ayer
Shelves: thrillers
These books are like thriller sorbet; they clear the palette and allow you just to relax and enjoy a really great thriller. James Patterson and all of his many associated co-authors is my "go-to" author to just unwind from a particularly boring or unintersting book that I may have been forced to read for social reasons. Jack Morgan always comes through and Prviate saves the day.
Feb 24, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it liked it
A typical Patterson book. A variety of plots. Justine’s to be continued? Lots of action. But ho-hum endings. Let’s face it you read Patterson because it is a quick read. Plus you hope that Patterson spark will be catch fire again.
Ambs ❤❤
Quick read, with an interesting premise. This story has the same old James Patterson feel as all the rest in the series.

So, if you like one, I'm sure you'll enjoy this.
Apr 08, 2014 Penelope rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Feb 28, 2015 Helga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2 casos muito importantes com temas diferentes que nos prendem a uma leitura .
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