The police can't help you....
Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is 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.
The press will destroy you....
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.
Only one place to turn: Private....
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. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.
I felt like I leveled up as a reader by listening to the audiobook version of Private by James Patterson. I loved the film noire vibe that this story emanated and the narrator lent a gravelly take and enhanced the whole experience.
Confession: I don’t usually read these kinds of stories. Let alone James Patterson’s stories. I do love mystery/suspense, but thrillers are somewhat new to me. Listening to this was like watching an episode of Law and Order. But a lot darker and full of angst.
Jack Morgan, the main character in this story, is a somewhat dark, complex character. His point of view lent to a somewhat old school detective, which at times seemed dated. His relationships with the opposite sex might have had me roll my eyes a little bit. He sure does bounce back from failed romances, to be blunt. His relationship with his twin brother is cringe worthy and an interesting aspect that lends to his backstory.
There were a few plot lines going on which might have made it seem a little jumbled, but I did enjoy the story line of the murdered school girls. It was the point of view of the murderer which gave me the chills and the thrills that I was expecting. I wished there was more of it.
The narrator was good. Although, the voice he uses for the female characters are a bit off, that did not detract from the narration and his voice totally set the tone for the overall story. I really enjoyed the dramatic music that would sometimes start playing to say that something shady was going on. Just like a tv show. Honestly, the first time that it was happening, I thought there was something wrong with the book! It was actually a short book that clocked in at a little over 7 hours.
Overall, it could have done without some of the extra plot lines. But it wasn’t bad for a first book in a series. Jack may not be an extraordinary character but I do want to know what other misfortunes he may have.