Reviewed by Caleb S.

Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro focuses on Jack Morgan, owner and operator of Private, a private investigation firm for the rich and powerful. Jack was a military chopper pilot whose father died in prison shortly after giving him the Private firm and a large chunk of change to make it happen the right way.

We are thrown into the story just as Jack finds out a friend of his was murdered.  Then we find out that there has been a serial killer on the loose killing high school girls, and he has recently begun to increase his pace. At the same time, Jack’s uncle, who owns a piece of a football team, thinks someone is fixing games for illegal betting but he doesn’t know who, how or if it’s just a figment of his imagination. It’s rather amazing that Jack has time to sleep.

[amazonify]0316096156[/amazonify]Private was an average James Patterson book, though with more than average quirky characters. Jack’s team seemed to be based on the TV crime dramas like NCIS or Criminal Minds. Like the TV shows, we jump in and only get the highlights for the characters and expect the rest to be filled in in later ‘episodes’. We are given just enough information for each character to keep us wanting more.

Overall, Private was a decent, fast paced book with a lot going on, and like most Patterson books, the action was partially to disguise the plot holes. If you like James Patterson you will be more than happy to add this one to your ‘To Be Read’ pile. A great read if you’re looking for something light and easy.

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Little, Brown and Company. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.