Private Series, book 2
Private director Jack Morgan is accused of a horrible murder⎯and not even his own world-class investigators can prove he didn't do it.
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.
When his former lover is found murdered in Jack'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 confrtonting the cleverest and most powerful enemies yet. with more action, more intrigue, and more twists than ever before Private: #1 Suspect is James Patterson at his unstoppable best. (Book Jacket)
Private #1 Suspect started out with a bang... literally. I was caught up in the action from page one. Having read Private, the first book of the series, awhile ago, it took me a few minutes to remember the characters. Luckily Patterson provided a brief description of the key players.
Unfortunately about the middle of the book, the storyline started to drag for me. Jack and his employees are frantically trying to prove his innocence while the police detective assigned to his case thinks Jack committed the murder. Meanwhile, Jack is tormented about his feelings for his murdered ex-girlfriend, harboring feelings for another past love and thinking about a new woman. It was a bit much and distracted me from the murder mystery.
Jack has a hunch who could have set him up. Someone who has been out to get him for a long time. When the killer's identity is finally revealed, it was anti-climatic and felt a bit forced. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy Private #1 Suspect as much as I did Private.
Will I continue the series?
Despite my disappointment with the second book, I will continue reading Patterson's Private series. Overall, I like Jack Morgan. He's a broken man with a past that continues to haunt him. He keeps people at a distance, but underneath there is a warm, caring man waiting to be released. I hope the readers will eventually meet him.
Pub. Date: January 2, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Print copy borrowed from library