Private L.A. : Private (Patterson)

  • by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by Jay Snyder
  • Series: Private (Patterson)
  • 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.
Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They may be two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people.
When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast - and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.


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Shades of Dashiell Hammett

Jack Morgan is a private detective and owner of Private, a super swank, high dollar, highly successful detective agency. He was hired to look into the disappearance of a beloved Hollywood couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, known for their countless works of Charity. The couple and their beautiful adopted children mysteriously disappear and everyone worries that the worst has happened. While beginning to search for them, Los Angeles is also threatened by a terrorist group of thugs who want revenge against a country and/or its avatars that made them into political ghosts. Jack Morgan and his company are also called in to consult with local law enforcement. This is the more interesting of the story threads. In this terrorist portion, the plot is good with a solid back story that solidifies the characters for this part of the chronicle. The Hollywood couple thread in the story depends on shock value to cement them into the narrative.

The narrative would benefit from adding more depth to the characters, especially Jack Morgan, there is an attempt to give both him and it the hard boiled, sepia tinted, moralistic and world weary style of Hammett. Of course, no one does Hammett like Hammett. However, the faint echo of Hammett is wonderful and gives one hope that the next book in the series will be more than an echo.

You have to love the ending, when the major dramatis personae in the Couple’s thread of the narrative are brought together, (a nod to the classic detective stories), and the innocents, the meek, and the guilty get their long awaited, and long over- due justice.

The narrator, Jay Snyder, gives a performance that elevates the enjoyment of this Private LA. The pros lags in spots but threads of the story are exciting. Overall, its worth the read if you like the series. This is a solid 3 ½ stars.

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- Paulette "I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together."

Very Well done... but...

I enjoyed this audio book very much, but did not know that this came from a series. I felt as if I was walking into the middle of a conversation. Characters and relationships had already been defined. That being said, It seemed like a few novels going on at the same time, totally unrelated. I don't want to give any spoilers though.
For the most part this novel was engaging and had me wanting more. I read it in two days. I enjoyed the writing very much and the narrator was very good. Though I do not feel like going back to other past novels to "catch up". I would like to hear more though. Continuing this story.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio