by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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Private by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Former Marine pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a prestigious investigation company. But the world's darkest secrets can only stay private for so long...

Private: it's where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily-and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446574723
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: James Patterson's Private Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 231,880
Product dimensions: 3.98(w) x 7.56(h) x 1.05(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 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. 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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By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316096157




TO THE BEST OF my understandably shaky recollection, the first time I died it went something like this.

Mortar rounds were thumping all around me, releasing what sounded like a shower of razor blades. I was carrying Marine Corporal Danny Young over my shoulder, and I loved this guy. He was the toughest soldier I’d ever fought beside, funny as hell, and best of all, he was hopeful—his wife back in West Texas was pregnant with their fourth kid.

Now his blood bubbled down my flight suit, splashing on my boots like water from a drainpipe.

I ran across rocky ground in the dark, and I choked out to Danny, “I’ve got you; I’ve got you. Just stay with me, you hear me?

I lowered him to the ground a few yards away from the helicopter, and suddenly there was a concussive explosion, as though the ground had blown up around me. I felt a stunning hammer strike to my chest, and that was the end.

I died. I passed to the other side. I don’t even know how long I was gone.

Del Rio told me later that my heart had stopped.

I just remember swimming up to the light, and the pain, and the awful reek of aviation fuel.

My eyes flashed open and there was Del Rio in my face, his hands pressing down on my chest. He laughed when my eyes opened—and at the same time tears ran down his cheeks. He said, “Jack, you son of a bitch, you’re back.”

A dense curtain of oily black smoke rolled over us. Danny Young lay right there beside me, his legs splayed at weird angles, and behind Del Rio was the helicopter, burning bright white, getting ready to blow.

My buddies were still in there. My friends. Guys who had risked their lives for me.

I choked out a few words. “We’ve got to get them out of there.”

Del Rio tried his best to hold me down, but I used an elbow to swing at his jaw, and connected. He fell back and I got away from him, started running toward the fallen bird just as its magnesium skin caught fire.

There were Marines in there, and I had to get them out.

The fearsome chunk-a chunk-a chunk of fifty-caliber machine gun ammo hammered. Ordnance exploded inside the aircraft. Del Rio shouted, “Get down, asshole. Jack, get the hell down!”

I felt all of his hundred and ninety pounds as he tackled me to the ground, and the helicopter disappeared in white-hot flames. I wasn’t dead, but a lot of my friends were. I swear to God, I would have traded myself for them.

I guess that says a lot about me, and I’m not so sure that all of it is good. You’ll see, and you can be the judge.

Sit back; it’s a long story but a good one.


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Private 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
metfan More than 1 year ago
Jack Morgan is up to his eyeballs in trouble.The mob is strong-arming him into recovering stolen pharmaceuticals for them.A local hotel owner hires him to investigate grisly murders in her buildings.Oh,and he's also being framed for the murder of his ex-lover.This is James Patterson at his best.A smart,fast-paced thrill ride loaded with nonstop action and a memorable hero.Great fun!
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Great Thriller, enjoyed it. one of the better ones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Couldn't put it down! I love this series and the main character (Jack Morgan). Cannot wait for his next Private book Games, coming out in June!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was worth reading but the main character Jack, sleeps with almost every female that crosses his path which, to me, makes him unlikeable.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Jack Morgan has lived a complicated life and built a complex international security firm from his late father’s legacy. Private manages to make the problems go away with an elite group of people who are diverse enough to fill every required gap. Jack has never been more grateful for that than now as he stands accused of murdering an ex-lover. There is no conceivable way Jack would have murdered Colleen in his own way he loved her even though their future for them was unattainable. The only person who could have pulled this off is Jack’s demonic twin brother Tommy. Jack can’t believe Tommy would be this vindictive but Tommy is showing him what the drive for dominance can do. Their late father pitted the two of them against each other every day of their lives and he would be so proud to know that this looks to be a fight to the death. Jack has his team working on keeping the organization afloat while he works his way out of this corner. The leads are taking him deeper into a well he can’t find a way out of but hopefully someone will throw him a life line. James Patterson is the master at creating a story that makes the reader never want to put the book down. Mr. Patterson builds from a single idea into an explosion of surprise you never see coming.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
This book was a slow read and written poorly. It felt choppy at times and no characters were developed enough for us to relate to them. I wish I had my $$$$$$$ back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. My friend told me about James Patterson and this was the first book i pick up and a few more. Private really got me in and could not sop reading it when i first got. awesome book.
Jasmyn9 5 months ago
Private was an interesting audio experience. I can now say that I have tried - and don't like - audiobooks with music. It's one thing to have a few seconds between chapters when no one is talking, but music with the talking is just too hard to listen to. The story of Private is an exciting and very busy one though. Private investigator Jack Morgan takes on three different very high profile cases throughout the book, which I think was a little much (unless they all intersected, which they don't). I feel like the case of the dead teenagers and the murder of his friend's wife should have been separate stories as they were both very complicated and I hated bouncing away from either one of them. It made the book a little confusing with all the information and clues being found and discussed. I also really didn't like Jack. He has some legitimate issues of PTSD that he's not actually dealing with. But he also treats the women in his life like crap with a fear of commitment and need for "freedom" that I just wasn't buying into. The worst part was that these women were very intelligent and still fell for it. Unfortunately, I don't see myself continuing this series with a lead character that I just don't like.
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This book has several awesome stories in one.
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Lovestoread13 More than 1 year ago
I like this 2nd entry of the Private series.  I especially like the Jack Morgan character.   
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Even if i read it out of order. Liked this one better than London. 335 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this book very much as i did the first private....james has done it again with another series....must read....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books when i start reading one i cant stop reading i never want to put i down after i rea one of his books i started reading more everyday none stop love to read now more then every
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say this is the worst Patterson book I have read.  Seemed disjointed to me and the ending was very anti -climatic.
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