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ISBN: 9781846057687

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Private

(Private 1)
Series: 1 Private Series

by James Patterson

Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Thrillers
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 27 May 2010
Number of pages: 400

Description:
Jack Morgan is a war hero. Returning home from Afghanistan after being wounded, Jack is called into California State Prison to visit his father, Tom, who is serving a life sentence for extortion and murder. Before being incarcerated, Tom ran a private investigation firm called 'Private'. Tom wants Jack to re-start the company, to make it great again, and gives him access to a $15 million dollar account in the Cayman Islands to do it with. Five years later and Jack has set up offices spanning the globe. Private's services are much sought-after and Jack has clients ranging from movie stars to politicians. Jack is keen to keep the business legal and not fall into the same traps as his father. But when the mob come calling, they are not easy to refuse. On a rare night off accompanying a client to the Golden Globe awards, Jack receives a phone call from school friend Abbie Cushman. Abbie's wife has been murdered and he desperately needs Jack's help. The murder is brutal and with no apparent motive; fingers begin pointing towards Abbie. Jack is certain that Abbie didn't kill his wife, but he will have to work night and day to prove it. Meanwhile, Jack's second-in-command at Private, Justine Smith, is helping the L.A.P.D. in a serial killer investigation. Over the past two years, twelve school girls from the same area in L.A. have been murdered. The killings are highly professional and so far the Police have no leads whatsoever. Justine has been called in to make use of her experience and Private's resources. A breakthrough is desperately needed, because these killings show no signs of stopping.

What the papers say:
"What more is there to say about Patterson, one of the biggest-selling thriller writers of all time? He is a thriller machine, rushing out books as fast as the late, great British writer Edgar Wallace, and like Wallace, he's often underestimated as a result ... This is a breakneck fast, brutally good page-turner, with a twist that Wallace would have loved" Daily Mail "Within a couple of chapters I was smitten with Jack Morgan and all his colleagues at Private ... I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a whodunit mystery" No. 1 Magazine "Yet another fine outing from the master of thrillers and it is guaranteed to keep you busy on the beach" City A.M. "Hits the ground running and the pace never misses a beat" Daily Express

Author's Biography:
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led him to forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy.

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