Private (novel)

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Author James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Country United States
Language American English
Series Jack Morgan Series
Genre Thriller novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Co.
Publication date
June 28, 2010[1]
Media type Print (Hardcover)[2]
Pages 416 pp (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 0-316-09615-6 (for first hardcover edition)
Preceded by This is the first book in this series
Followed by Private: #1 Suspect (2011)

Private is the first book of the Jack Morgan series. This novel was written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Private London series was spun off from the Jack Morgan series.


Jack Morgan reincarnated Private, a private investigation company started by his father. His father ended up serving in prison and, shortly before his death, provided the resources for Jack to rebuild Private into a bigger and better company with branches around the world. In the book, Jack Morgan places his focus on three cases. One is a huge NFL gambling scandal that Jack's uncle wants Private to investigate. Organized crime is behind this scandal.

The second case involves hunting down the persons who have murdered eighteen schoolgirls. The police have no leads as to the identity of the killers or of their motives. The third case involves the murder of the wife of Jack's best friend. Mixed in with these cases are Jack's dealing with his brother's gambling problems that have landed his brother in serious trouble with organized crime and with Jack's guilt over having to leave one of his men behind to die during a helicopter crash when he was a marine copter pilot in the middle of the war in Afghanistan.

There are other characters we are introduced to who are found throughout the other Private novels.


The setting to Private starts out in a war environment. Sparks are flying as missiles are shot into the air. Jack Morgan blacks out while he is saving his combat partner. Then the setting changes to the modern day. Everything is the setting as a normal day. There is a small twist to it though. A few murders have happened here and there. The setting changes quite often. From one chapter to another, the setting changes from Jack being a typical passerby to a detective and spy. When the tensions get tight, Jack breaks out his special gift and the world turns into his sandbox of investigation.


This book has been reviewed by readers on at least three websites. On the website 219 reviewers gave Private an average of three of five possible stars. On the goodreads website the book had 650 reviews as of February 2012. Reviewers gave Private 3.73 stars of a possible five stars. The Reader Store website had nine reviews as of February 2012. The book only rated two of five stars on this site.[3]


  1. ^ This is the release date for the hardcover edition. Other editions were released on other dates.
  2. ^ Also released as Amazon Kindle edition, as paperback and as audiobook and CD editions.
  3. ^ website, ; goodreads website, ; Reader Store website, .