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The world's most exclusive detective agency opens a new office - in Australia!

With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors . . .

Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, ...

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Overview

The world's most exclusive detective agency opens a new office - in Australia!

With the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors . . .

Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

Within days the agency's caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn't the killer's first victim - and as the bodies mount up she's clearly not the last . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
This paperback original concerns an exclusive detective agency that's now opened its doors in Australia. First in the series, Private has netted $1.2 million in sales across all formats. With a 400,000-copy first printing.
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Praise for the Private series!

"A thrill-a-minute, plot-driven story full of twists and turns...an addictive read from first page to last."—BookReporter.com on Private Games

"[A] classy thriller...clips along with twists and turns that come at you from all angles...The talented writing team has scorched the road of suspense and set it on fire."—NightsandWeekends.com on Private: #1 Suspect

"Jack Morgan is a great protagonist...Bring on even more Private."—TheMysteryReader.com on Private

BookReporter.com on Private Games
"A thrill-a-minute, plot-driven story full of twists and turns...an addictive read from first page to last."
NightsandWeekends.com on Private: #1 Suspect
"[A] classy thriller...clips along with twists and turns that come at you from all angles...The talented writing team has scorched the road of suspense and set it on fire."
TheMysteryReader.com on Private
"Jack Morgan is a great protagonist...Bring on even more Private."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455529780
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Private Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 772
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted August 26, 2014

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    This book is the perfect beach book. Private Down Under will fee

    This book is the perfect beach book. Private Down Under will feel very familiar if you have read any of the previous books in the Private series. They say that this book is set in Australia, but other than a few city names and a couple of meters and Centigrade degree temperatures thrown in, you wouldn’t know it. The story could have been set in Chicago or Miami with very few changes. All of these Private books pretend that the locations matter, but they never do. This story is like all the rest. Private (the detective agency) swoops into town and gets a heavy-handed partnership with the local police. They have more resources and higher paid and better trained help, so they do most of the detecting. There is some sort of conflict with someone in the local police, but everything works out and good always prevails.

    This book is light entertainment, very predictable, and formulaic, but enjoyable. Kind of like going to see one of the summer blockbuster movies. You have fun and don’t need to worry that there will be any heavy work involved. Do I recommend this book? Sure, why not. It will be a good Labor Day Weekend read. You will be able to sit by the pool, sip a cool drink, and finish it in a few hours. It will make your weekend better, because you won’t need to strain your brain.

    I give Private Down Under 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. I recommend it as a light, fun, entertaining book. Grab the paperback, read it, then give it to someone else to read. You won’t need to keep it on your library bookshelves forever.

    I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, in return for an honest review.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

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    This new branch called Private Sydney opens in Australia and has

    This new branch called Private Sydney opens in Australia and has the best detectives in the business, cutting edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. The Sydney gala is broken up by a horrific murder which the Private group begins investigating. Craig Gisto and his new team have hardly even met one another yet when an Asian man, bloody and shot, staggers into the party which looks like a kidnapping and turns out to be something a whole lot more. Before they even get settled in and officially open their doors, they are in the center of several murder investigations. The book had lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. With lots of action and adventure this is a book that will hold your attention and make you want to read more about Private Sydney and the people who work there. I gave this book a five star rating because it is that good and I am looking forward to another one from this series. I highly recommend this book to all James Patterson fans and anyone who loves a whodunit. Trust me you will love this book! 

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Another book by one of Patterson's co-authors that was put toget

    Another book by one of Patterson's co-authors that was put together with a lick and a promise - he does so much better when he goes it alone!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

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    Private Down Under takes us on a multiple murder mystery investi

    Private Down Under takes us on a multiple murder mystery investigation, by the new Australian team of Private Sidney Detective Agency.




    An Asian man is gruesomely murdered with links to a highly organized drug ring. Nothing like getting thrown right into the deep end on opening day, but Private is up for the task. 




    There is a serial killer on the loose and the victims are hitting close to home with the Private staff, the clock is ticking down before one of their own is targeted.




    The story is written by multiple perspectives, including the victims last moments, the murders and the investigators.




    Private Down Under is an entertaining, suspense filled, thriller, mystery. Gruesome and grizzly descriptions gives this blood drenched novel the feeling of an episode of CSI. I can't but be impressed by the tactile vibe of being part of the investigation, but I'm not a fan of such horrific details in real life circumstances. This would be a perfect read for life mirroring, suspense thriller fans.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Whatever happened to good old story telling

    Too much gore just for shock value
    This took away from reading for enjoyment
    Looked forward to finishing the book just to get it over with
    An unfortunate waste of writing talent

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    I have read all the "Private" books to-date, and was h

    I have read all the "Private" books to-date, and was highly anticipating Private Down Under. I am very disappointed, maybe I'd give it 1/2 star.
    The previous books had strategy, mystery, and depth in the characters and their relationships. Down Under was a series of gross murders, described in gory details, and almost devoid of character depth or even descriptions. I stopped reading Patricia Cornwell novels after similar disappointment, and I'll do the same with the Private series if the next book is the same as Down Under.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    This was the lousiest Patterson book that I have read and I have

    This was the lousiest Patterson book that I have read and I have read all of his books. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

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    2 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Predictable, too much gore, not challenging.  I have enjoyed th

    Predictable, too much gore, not challenging. 

    I have enjoyed the other Private books, while also predictable, they had less explicit torture for tortures sake, more city and character development.  While I finished the book, I'm not left wanting to revisit the characters or Private organization again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Highly recommend - miss it.

    What a page turner! Best Private so far.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Very boring

    I bought this book for a vacation read and found the storyline predictable. There is not much mystery to this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Worse Patterson book ever

    Very fragmented, multiple story lines, the book just does not flow. also spends way too much time telling readers just how beautiful the women are. We get it, they are good looking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Private Down Under

    Corny and unbelievable

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Umm

    Idk ppl

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    I never received this book

    I just tried to buy this book and received a message informing me that I already had this book in my library. However, the library list in my Nook does not have this title. If I did order this book, I am not received all the books that I am ordering. What is going on? Of late I receive some of the books I order but not all of them and instead of receiving the book on some I only receive a sample. Is it time for me to switch to Kindle?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2014

    Two story lines

    It was pretty good, although not Patterson's best work. There's the main story line which is interesting and then a separate one which isn't as interesting. Not really sure why even bother with the second one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2014

    Not his best

    This book seemed like it was a good outline for a book. The characters were not fully developed and although better than Zoo still disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Too much gore

    Excessive gore & gruesome. Every other chapter someone v-m-ts! The plot was a bit muddled. Again I'm disappointed with Patterson. Therr was a time when he would not have put his name to such TRASH. Makes me very hesitant to read Private Las Vegas. Been reading Patterson since Along Came A Spider, sadly there is a noticeable decline in his products. Com' on James, you CAN DO BETTER!!!!!! Your fans deserve better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Great read

    Had me on the edge of my seat the whole story,hope there is a nother one coming

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

    Good read

    Although I thought it didn't reach the quality of the previous Privates, it was a good read and I would reccommend it.

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