Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called ‘Private’. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with.
Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private’s services are much sort after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse.
On a rare night off accompanying a client to the Golden Globe awards, Jack receives a phone call from school friend Abbie Cushman. Abbie's wife has been murdered and he desperately needs Jack’s help. The murder is brutal and with no apparent motive; fingers begin pointing towards Abbie. Jack is certain that Abbie didn’t kill his wife, but he will have to work night and day to prove it.
Meanwhile, Jack’s second-in-command at Private, Justine Smith, is helping the L.A.P.D. in a serial killer investigation. Over the past two years, twelve school girls from the same area in L.A. have been murdered. The killings are highly professional and so far the Police have no leads whatsoever. Justine has been called in to make use of her experience and Private’s resources. A breakthrough is desperately needed, because these killings show no signs of stopping.
©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard on 14-02-11

Griping and fast paced epic from a master

This is a James Patterson must have! From the start you are left in no doubt you need to listen to everything, miss something and you will wonder what you missed, and you can be sure it will be important later on.

Private captures what patterson is good at having several plot lines running simeoultaneously and blending them seamlessly into a fantastic novel. each sub plot here is a gripping yarn in its own right. The main story is actually really about the characters them selves but it is so cleverly weaved in the tales that you almost don't realise you are being lead through them. This is clever writing and enthralling story telling.

I am not sure there is a better way to spend thirteen hours of your listening time.

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3 out of 5 stars
By SAM J on 20-11-17

ok but predictable

It's ok but not up to the usual James Patterson standards, in my opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 24-09-10

Excellent - couldn't stop listening

This is a great listen which went all too fast for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and complex, particularly the hero. I can imagine Patterson using this as a base to launch a new series and I for one will be waiting eagerly for the next offering.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Danni Higgins on 17-03-18

Not what I expected

Surely this was not a book by THE James Patterson. This is the crappiest book I’ve ever listened to. Don’t waste you time or money.

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