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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Moira Paetro (Private #2)

Private #1 Suspect (Private, #3)Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  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 MorganWhile 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

Read as an audio book. Book #2 in the Private series - you do need to have read Private for the background information in #1 Suspect.

Again, a new to me series and like book #1, there is a lot going on. We start with the murder of Jack's former girlfriend, Colleen Malloy. Jack is very neatly set up for this, police think it's a slam dunk case, the DA thinks it's a slam dunk case, Jack's attorney thinks Jack's chances are pretty slim, even though the reader can see way to many holes in the set up to make this a "slam dunk" in any way shape or form.

Like - how did she get to Jack's place? Why was her missing handbag never questioned? The authors made a point that Colleen was brought into the house unconscious, so, how did that happen? Toxicology report? Bashed in the head? Smothered? And if the gun being buried in the front yard but yet the purse is missing, that should be throwing all sorts of questions into the air, but it didn't seem to. Yeah, I had issues with the so-called "set-up" and cops with hard-ons to bring down Jack.

Justine, Jack's other former girlfriend, and Private's psychologist, is furious with Jack for having a tryst with Colleen prior to her murder. She's now job hunting and takes on one final case: Danny, a young actor, is accused of raping several younger women, in addition to kidnapping and murdering his 16 year old co-star Piper.  But Danny swears he hasn't done anything he's been accused of and says he's being set up.

Private is also investigating the seemingly random murders in a hotel chain as owned by Jinx. Jack wants to bed Jinx, but he still harbors feelings for Jackie, and he's still torn up about Colleen. Oh, poor Jack.

Meanwhile, the rest of Private's top investigators are tiptoeing around mob involvement - Jack was hired by the mob to find a van full of pharmaceuticals that was stolen off the highway and the delivery guys murdered in the desert. Jack's crew has found the van, but now they need to figure out what to do about it. Jack wants nothing to do with the mob, but he's stuck. Personally, I thought the answer would be, do the job, don't accept payment.

My biggest complaint with the book is Jack's continual whining about how he screwed up with Colleen, how he wishes Justine wasn't mad at him, how he can't open up the way Jackie wanted, but yet, he desperately needs Justine and oh! how she makes his heart stop every time he looks at her, but, gosh, Jinx is gorgeous and he wouldn't mind a toss in the sack... GACK!! Enough already!

So far these are fast and furious little books, even on audio. Six disks, which I can crunch though in about a week on my commute. The authors know how to do suspense, even though the reader can pretty easily figure out what's going to happen, it's still a lot of on the edge of your seat reading.

Overall, these are fast, suspenseful, entertaining and pure brain candy. Great for commutes, traveling or as beach reads.

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