Review of Private, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Private (Private, #1)Private by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

James Patterson does not disappoint with Private, the first in a new series featuring Jack Morgan. Jack owns the investigative firm Private, a multinational agency that specializes in discovering secrets for a price. Jack himself, an ex-Navy pilot, is haunted by secrets of his own past, and the novel starts from his first person point of view.
Patterson develops several other key characters, including Morgan’s twin brother, the memory of his father, a love interest or two, and a series of employees, bad guys and clients that captivate the reader.
The plot ties together three major cases: a very clever serial killer, the murder of jack’s best friend’s wife, and an NFL scam involving organized crime. Highly realistic and interesting cases very much add to the quality of the book.
I have only one criticism. I think that the interactions with his brother and the continued flashbacks to his military days detract from the main story line, which is otherwise excellent. It seems these contrived additions were deemed necessary by the author or editor to avoid having “too perfect” of a leading character. Aside from those scenes, however, this is an excellent novel, and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy adventure and intrigue.

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