Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Private L.A. (Private, #6)” as Want to Read:
Private L.A. (Private, #6)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Private L.A.

(Private #6)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  14,242 ratings  ·  874 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Private L.A., please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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 d…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 v…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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.91  · 
Rating details
 ·  14,242 ratings  ·  874 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Private L.A. (Private, #6)
Feb 22, 2014 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 Patterso ...more
Mar 08, 2014 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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very engrossing book! From the kidnapping to Jack’s run in with Tommy, and also Justine struggles. Am I the only one who feels like Jack should just toss in the towel on Tommy? I could go without him. I hope Private remains with Jack. The twists in the Harlow case when nearing the end were twisted but entertaining as all get out! The No Prisoner theme was intriguing but in a very starkly real premise. I enjoyed reading more about the Harlow crime plot in this one than the No Priso
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 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 ...more
Erin Ballinger
Apr 01, 2014 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
Nicole Alycia
Apr 16, 2017 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.
PWA Allen
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story for fast paced, interesting. There are several stories going on in this book. A couple of unanswered items at the end, but still worth reading.
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2020-october
I am enjoying this series and the variety of characters.
Apr 02, 2014 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 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
V.E. Lynne
Jan 05, 2014 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
Shelley Giusti
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and more intense as it goes. The characters now are like visiting old friends and you are in the story right with them helping them solve the case. Once I start to read these I can't put it down. ...more
Pierre Tassé
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such an easy book to read. Short chapters and complete thoughts. I wanted the book to carry on but, alas, it was the end. Yes, it ended abruptly and not a smooth finish, other than that, a typical PRIVATE book which is what I pay good money for.
Ken Kirkberry
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has too many plots going on and the connections are sometimes lost. The main character, Jack Morgan does not appeal as real as many other Patterson characters, maybe lacked a bit of depth or some flaws. Having said this, as all Paterson novels it is fast-paced and a page-turner.
Charlotte Smith
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-patterson
Couldn't put down another amazing book from James patterson. All these a books and I wonder how he can get the story lines ...more
Paula Dembeck
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
In this installment of the Private series, Patterson and Sullivan take us back to the head office in L.A. with Jack Morgan as the lead investigator. It is good to see Jack back after several books based in cities around the world in which he played a more peripheral role.

This book features two crimes instead of the usual three, allowing the writers to dive more deeply into the characters, the crimes and the work to solve them.

Late at night, four men sit around a campfire on a deserted beach, dr
Jan 06, 2015 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

Jack Morgan's Private Investigations Worldwide client's are pulling him into the black hole, but he's resisting as hard as he can. While the No Prisoners Gang terrorizes LA, Harlow-Quin Productions sucks him into an ugly morass. So what's new?

Formerly a Special JSOC Opium Eradication Team that went native in Afghanistan, then was disowned then totally abandoned, the No Prisoners Gang terrorizes LA, extorting them to preclude further massacres
Rob Cook
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two cases and Jack's ongoing issues with his brother Tommy make up a decent entry in the Private series. The balance of the cases felt right although the Tommy aspect was largely ignored towards the end.
The only irritating part for me was Justine's foray into Crossfit and the author's detailed descriptions of each WOD - it felt like these scenes were bulked out due to a lack of material as though they didn't know what to write into the gym scenes.
This aside, this was my favourite Private book fo
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jack deals with assassins, the mob, and a missing couple. At the heart of it all.... money... greed. Each case was a little bit different and yet.... it was merge and not a merge... Coincidence at best, as two worlds collided. Was justice served up enough though???? Loving this series, excited to begin the next one.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What can i say? Just another great book by another great author. I really liked this one as it took a real effort just to be able to understand how Jack Morgan is thinking, but in a way, that makes it all the more exciting, along with a good story line its characters also played a big role as you get to see their minds working in a whole new light.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woah!! That was racy!!
Thumbs Up!!
Becky Tune
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I just finished the book and 4am. I read the last 1/2 of it in less than 2 1/2 hours. You'll love it.
John Roadman
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book one of my Favorites in the series so far.
Jayne Wagner
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read a Private Book in a while to it was great catching up with everyone & the No Prisoner & Harlow investigations were brilliant..

Can't wait to see what happens next for Justine..
Carol Fellenz
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gets a little slow in the middle, but ends good.
Sherri Small
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very smooth and easy read.I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Mahoghani 23
An active story that keeps you enthralled in the action. You always know something is going to keep you on your toes.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What a total waste of time 3 31 Jul 22, 2014 06:27AM  
Monthly Best-Sell...: This topic has been closed to new comments. PRIVATE L. A., by J Patterson and Mark Sullivan 1 3 Mar 17, 2014 08:22AM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: #11 - Private L.A. 1 1 Feb 18, 2014 08:26AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Aftershock (Pendulum Trilogy, #3)
  • Private Down Under: by James Patterson & Michael White | Summary & Analysis
  • Private L.A.: by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan -- Review
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Official US Site
Official UK Site
JIMMY Patterson Books

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books wo

Other books in the series

Private (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Private #1 Suspect (Private, #2)
  • Private Games (Private, #3)
  • Private London (Private, #4)
  • Private Berlin (Private, #5)
  • Private: Oz (Private, #7)
  • Private India (Private, #8)
  • Private Vegas (Private, #9)
  • Private Paris (Private, #10)
  • Private Rio (Private, #11)

Related Articles

If you want a great book recommendation (or three), here at Goodreads we have a tip for you: Ask an author! Not only are authors very...
103 likes · 10 comments
“But after a while, you know, I find it better to face in one direction, in front of you, just let the past lay and get on with it,” 1 likes
“We are the sum of our thoughts. What you choose to dwell on will dictate your emotions.” 1 likes
More quotes…