by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Read: Sept. 1– Sept. 3, 2011
Challenge: No challenge
Yearly Count: 50
Source: Personal Copy
Blurb: Former Marine Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned global investigation company. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen schoolgirls, when a horrific case hits close to home: His best friend’s wife, Jack’s former lover, has been slain. It nearly pushes him over the edge – until he pushes back and devotes all of Private’s resources to tracking down her killer. But Jack doesn’t have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the murderer, he must choose between revenge and justice – even as a workplace love affair threatens to blow the roof off his plans.
Review: Okay, so I will be the first to admit, I am a James Patterson fan. His books are always such mindless, easy reads for me. I can devour them in a couple of days. He’s got some great characters, even better villains and interesting storylines. I also know that people either love him or hate him. And I’m not stupid, I can only imagine that Maxine Paetro wrote 90-95% of this book. I know a lot of people have negative feelings toward him and the way that he constantly seems to have a new book out every month. Honestly, I’m okay with all of that stuff. I don’t really care, I’m not all that invested in who writes the books or who gets the money from my purchases (because let’s be honest, I don’t actually buy a lot of the books I read anyway, most of my books are either acquired used, given to me by my grandmother, or from the library).
But that whole line of thinking could be another post in itself. Personally, I liked this book a lot. I am very intrigued by Jack Morgan’s character. He’s definitely got some baggage and one heck of an evil twin. A former Marine, he saw some nasty stuff in combat and is dealing with some issues surrounding what he experienced. His father was in prison before he died. His mother died during the trial. And as I mentioned, he’s got a seriously wicked twin brother who has just as many problems as Jack does. At one point in the book Jack finally has to face what his memory has been blocking out from his time in combat. That revelation makes him seem to see things a little bit differently in regards to his personal life.
My one complaint with this whole book was that there were so many different storylines going on, I had trouble keeping them straight. There was the Schoolgirl investigation, the NFL gambling scandal and Jack’s best friend’s wife (who was Jack’s former lover) got murdered. Between unraveling those three separate cases, the reader also learns more about Jack and his family dysfunction and a little bit about what Jack went through in combat. It was really a lot to keep straight in 363 pages.
However, although the book was a little over-filled with the three separate investigations, I thought that it was a well written book. It kept me entertained and eagerly anticipating the next book in this new series. I’m very anxious to see what happens between Jack and Justine as well as what Jack’s twin brother will do next. Oh, and let’s also not forget that Jack has gotten somewhat involved with the Mob. Sounds intriguing, right?