Tuesday, March 26, 2013

private: #1 suspect

private: #1 suspect
private series #2
james patterson & maxine paetro
little, brown & co.
published 2012

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.

Jack Morgan is not a good man.  At least, he's not a very likeable character.  And calling his car 'Lambo' doesn't do anything to endear me to him either.

What I do like about the Private books so far is the sheer number of crap that's going on.  Sometimes that can get confusing, but I like that Private is a successful investigation agency and they've got more than one ball up in the air.  Each case is unique and intriguing and some could even merit their own book, but it keeps things from getting stale.

What I don't like about the Private books so far is mainly just Jack.  He's kind of blech.  For a smart guy he makes a bunch of idiotic decision.  I also don't enjoy how he takes credit for things he shouldn't.  Twice he mentions how he has a theory that, dot-dot-dot.  But he didn't come up with that theory, Del Rio & Cruz did through their investigating.  Give the guys who do the actual work some credit.

Since this is only the second book I've yet to read any taking place in the satellite offices so I'm kind of interested to see how those are.  I'm pretty partial to Justine, Del Rio & Cruz.  I'll have to read to find out if their counterparts exist in London or Berlin.

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