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Private L.A. (Private #6)

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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 a
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
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Amy
Feb 22, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joy
Apr 06, 2014 Joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Tim
Mar 03, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
John Mchugh
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
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
Marla
Aug 11, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it
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
V.E. Lynne
Jan 07, 2014 V.E. Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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
Jodi
Feb 14, 2014 Jodi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan
Jan 12, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pupottina

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
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David
Jan 16, 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
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Jason Cook
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
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Julie Dann
Jan 05, 2014 Julie Dann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Vicki Elia
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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
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Tammy
Feb 16, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
DEMCAEA LARKIN
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!!!!
Michael Travis
Sep 26, 2015 Michael Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Newcomer
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.
Sonia Cristina
Mar 08, 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!
Helga
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 .
Marla Madison
Feb 28, 2014 Marla Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula  Phillips
Feb 03, 2015 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Our main man Jack Morgan is back with his Private Branch and like always with James Patterson novels, there is lots going on and it definitely is not one book that will get boring with lots of twists and turns and different storylines. Private LA starts with a grooup of surfers all doped up who end up shot and their bodies lying in a fire , we discover that this is a group of disgruntled soldiers who want to rid the world of their greed and wish to see it suffer and unless they start to see the
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Emma
Jan 18, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-not-kept
3.5 stars. I really do prefer the novels focused mainly on Jack so while the next one is India, I hope Vegas will be back to Jack's story.
Rob1109
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read James Patterson, though I'm not sure why. I finished `Private LA' and in every sense of the word it is typical James Patterson. (I know he co-authored this with Mark Sullivan) but to me this was a typical Patterson book.

Positives: As with all of his work, the books are an easy read and very fast moving. I finished 425 in 3 sittings.

Typical: As with all Patterson novels, including the last few Alex Cross novels, his stories, as I said, are easy, quick-moving and pass the time. However, the
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Barbara
Sep 13, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Par for the course, the author and his co-author have at least 4 story lines going on at the same time. While the book is 425 pages, it is a fast read. I had a hard time putting it down and finished it in 3 days (fast, for me). It is definitely action-packed with intriguing twists and turns.

This is the 3rd book of the 'Private' novels co-authored by Mark Sullivan. 'Private' is a privately owned (by Jack Morgan) investigative agency. In this novel, a big-name Hollywood husband and wife duo myster
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Pat aka Tygyr
Sep 12, 2014 Pat aka Tygyr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, own, 2014-books
I love Patterson's books. I have especially been enjoying the Private series. In this one the opening scene is on the beach at night with a group of guys sitting around a fire and sharing some marijuana. One of the guys asks to be called N.P. As everyone is getting pretty wasted, N.P. stands, draws a gun and shoots and kills each of them very quickly and leaves. It's a windy night, there will be no footprints. All of this happens behind the beach home of one of Jack's security customers. Jack ow ...more
Deborah
I’ve read a few books in the ‘Private’ series, though actually recalled little about the characters. As I quite enjoyed the two lead protagonists in Private LA (Jack Morgan and Justine Smith) I think that’s more about the time between books than the character development. Plus I think there are a few different ‘Privates’ and have no idea how they fit together.

Anyhoo, that didn’t really matter in Jame Patterson and Mark Sullivan‘s latest which offers up – not one, but two storylines: the book’s b
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Alasandra Alawine
Fast paced thriller. Jack and Justine are off again, Tommy is still making trouble for his brother and with Carmine's help threatens to rig Tommy's murder trial to implicate Jack, unless Jack sells Private to them. Jack bluffs his way out.

Jack is hired to find Thom and Jennifer Harlow and their adopted children after the Hollywood celebrities mysteriously disappear from their ranch. The children are returned unharmed, and Private is fired after Jack starts digging into the couples finances. But
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Wayland Smith
Too much at once. That's the simplest description of this book for me.

We have a Brad/Angelina couple of celebreties who vanish mysteriously, with the chaos you'd expect. Private, of course, is brought in to investigate quietly. Discretion seems more important than the missing stars, or their children. Something is clearly amiss.

At the same time, someone is killing peole on the streets of LA and demanding payment to stop. They are trying to hold the city hostage, and the Mayor brings in Private b
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