Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
#1 Suspect

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The talented writing team has scorched the road of suspense and set it on fire with Private: #1 Suspect.
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Unsolvable cases

Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

Impossible murders

When his former lover is found murdered in Jack Morgan's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them. And the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a string of murders at her properties.

The #1 suspect is Jack Morgan

While Jack is fighting for his life, one of his most trusted colleagues threatens to leave Private, and Jack realizes he is confronting the cleverest and most powerful enemies ever. With more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before, PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT is James Patterson at his unstoppable best.

About James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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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 240 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Published January 2, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 466 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jan 22 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Dec 19 2011

Unrelated subplots, including a serial killer who leaves his victims in different locations of a hotel chain, serve only to add to the book’s length.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 06 2012

Patterson and Paetro’s concept and execution for PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT is flawless.

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Nights and Weekends

Reviewed by Margaret Marr

The talented writing team has scorched the road of suspense and set it on fire with Private: #1 Suspect.

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Reviewed by Prabh Kehal on Feb 23 2012

It felt like you were in the middle of all the drama as it unfolds.

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Below average
Reviewed by Kavyen on May 08 2011

I liked how the book started off with the murder, but after a few chapters the plot started to drag and almost got to a point of boring.

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Me, My Book, and My Couch

Below average
Reviewed by Shonda on Apr 17 2012

Unfortunately about the middle of the book, the storyline started to drag for me.

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