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Private L.A.

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In Los Angeles, where glamour and fame are everything, Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the biggest mega-celebrities ever. When they suddenly disappear, Private investigators Jack Morgan and Justine Smith secretly begin the search. Private is the country's top investigative firm, and Jack, its founder and director, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Shelving their on-again, off-again romance so they can work together, they must breach the Harlows' high wall of security and image control-until shocking ...

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Overview

In Los Angeles, where glamour and fame are everything, Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the biggest mega-celebrities ever. When they suddenly disappear, Private investigators Jack Morgan and Justine Smith secretly begin the search. Private is the country's top investigative firm, and Jack, its founder and director, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Shelving their on-again, off-again romance so they can work together, they must breach the Harlows' high wall of security and image control-until shocking truths are revealed. Was the Harlows' disappearance their greatest-and most dangerous-performance ever?

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Editorial Reviews

lorisreadingcorner.com
"Private will grab you from page one and force you to sit there until you turn the very last page. A great start to new a series from the master of fast-paced thrill rides."
BookLoons.com
"Slick and suspenseful."
BookReporter.com
"PRIVATE mixes action, mystery and personal drama...Patterson and Paetro may well be on their way to rivaling--and possibly surpassing--the popularity of their Women's Murder Club series."
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Acclaim for Private

"Private will grab you from page one and force you to sit there until you turn the very last page. A great start to new a series from the master of fast-paced thrill rides."—lorisreadingcorner.com

"Slick and suspenseful."—BookLoons.com

"PRIVATE mixes action, mystery and personal drama...Patterson and Paetro may well be on their way to rivaling—and possibly surpassing—the popularity of their Women's Murder Club series."—BookReporter.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455515912
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Private Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 19,298
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (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 300 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Hesitating

    Was burned by the last Alex Cross book, don't want to waste money on another incomplete book, whats happened to the James Patterson I have followed for years?

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Customer

    I think the old guy had lost his edge. I am not what he likes to think that I,m a "fan", I'm not, I'm a customer. He is a business that had started treating us like wr are without choice. I am still upset about his part 1 short story. I think he should supply part 2, free for anyone who bought part 1.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Very great book, like always! :) James Patterson is the BEST wri

    Very great book, like always! :) James Patterson is the BEST writer ever.. his books never bore me.
    P.S.
    I hope Justine and Jack will make their relationship work.. just like Lindsay and Joe ♥♥♥

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    This book sucked sh*t

    This book sucked sh*t

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Disappointed again!

    Very poor story line and boring! James Patterson is losing his "magic" in writing! Do not waste your money in buying this book. Use to love his books and his writing style. Well, not any more. This is the 2nd book in a row that I have been disappointed in reading. He is just turning books out too fast, and the story lines do not have substance like his earlier books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Haven't read it yet but can't wait.  I am a James Patterson junk

    Haven't read it yet but can't wait.  I am a James Patterson junkie....can't wait for each book to come out.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED JAMES PATTERSON AND HAVE ALL OF HIS BOOKS,WOULD REOMMEND READING HIS BOOKS TO ANYONE

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Good book

    This book was okay, but a little slow at times. The story was pretty good and there were the expected surprises. I'm not as fond of these Private books as I am the Cross books or the Women's Murder Club books. I enjoyed that this book was located in L.A. and I knew the ares that were mentioned.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I am a true James Patterson book reader and Private L. A. was suspense filled as expected. The endings just leave you craving for the next book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

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    Reviewed by Maureen Timerman for Readers' Favorite Private L.A.

    Reviewed by Maureen Timerman for Readers' Favorite

    Private L.A., by James Patterson and Mark T. Sullivan, is a heart in the throat, mind-boggling, grasp your seat, action packed book. Once you start you can’t let it go, and yes the main couple made me think of Brad and Angelina, or in this story, Tom and Jennifer. We have two main stories going on here, and a third in the background with Jack’s brother. Nothing is ever as it appears, or so it seems when delving into this book. Poor Justine, Jack’s right hand girl is now suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], and who wouldn’t with what happens to her. It rather makes you think of what our soldiers have been facing when they return home from the war zone.

    You will begin to wonder how anyone survives by the end of this book, there is so much action, and a lot of senseless killing, and it does come down to greed. This seems to be what the two primary themes are built on. First, non-existent people, huh? You will find out, oh yes, and people with no value of human life. The other is based on compassion, and doing good in the name of humanity, and yet is it all as it appears?

    We meet the adopted children of Tom and Jennifer, and their devoted staff, and wonder what is wrong with this perfect picture? Something is very shocking and sad. I love how, as the story unfolds, some of the tables become turned. So, if you're ready for a very action packed adventure and some serious situations, don’t miss this one. You feel like you are the one on the Pier, racing in a fast car, and being shot at various times. Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2014

    same old, same old

    I love James Patterson but this was just more of the same. I felt like it was repetitive, not really super interesting or surprising. I think he needs to slow down and put out a higher quality book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Intense murder mystery

    An intense murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You'll get to know the killer, long before you realize who the killer is.....Twists and turns along the way which keeps you guessing.... some profanity though not as much as in other books by other authors. I couldn't put it down, even with the profanity which I did not appreciate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Cliff

    Post!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Another James Patterson hit. I love the Private Series, and Patterson never fails to deliver.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Good book - full of great suspense

    I can always count on James Patterson for a good story. It's a little unbelievable, but still a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    Great read!

    As usual, this book had my attention from the first chapter. I'm eagerly awaiting the next James Patterson book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly recommended

    AS usual unable to put book (Nook) down until finished and then wanted more. Easy read as all James Patterson's book are. Will be waiting for next Private book to come out.
    I also get all of James Patterson's books for the younger set for my Grandchildren which they love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly recommend!!!!!

    James Patterson is always a great read - buy this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    excellant

    fast read excellent plot. Patterson my favorite author at this time always puts out an excellent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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