Private Down Under

Private Down Under

by James Patterson, Michael White


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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, 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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455529780
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: James Patterson's Private Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 609,894
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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 375 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Private Down Under 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
PowerMacMan More than 1 year ago
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.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss you hand three time and post this on three other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a vacation read and found the storyline predictable. There is not much mystery to this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is becoming so unrealistic and boring it has no real story line and lots of murders. I was looking forward to reading this book and I am very dissapointed and I am only halfway thru this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the lousiest Patterson book that I have read and I have read all of his books. 
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I really like this series! I wasn't as excited about this book, but am looking forward to the next one!
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Lacking intensity.. Just a huge group of people, running a maze of different stories, lacking powerful interest drawing endings... All this talent of the authors, wasted... DaU Wisconsin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bronze is looking for you lily. I think hes worried about you.
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Pads in
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Keeps you on the edge
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This was an excellent read. Fast paced, action packed.
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