Review for Private No 1 Suspect
The latest entry in Patterson's newest series "Private", which follows the adventures of Jack Morgan, who owns and runs an exclusive private detective agency described as the "world's most effective investigation firm". They have more resources and more equipment than all of the law enforcement agencies combined. Morgan is a former marine and CIA agent who inherits the business from his father, and has problems with his brother at the same time.
This time round, Jack returns from a business trip to find a former lover dead in his bed, which obviously makes him the number one suspect. At the same time, he has problems with a mobster who he has had dealings with in the past, and a beautiful hotel owner needs him to solve a string of murders happening in her hotel rooms. Just another week at the office for the team at Private.
Whilst this is the second or third book in the series (depending on how you view Private London, which has a couple of the same characters but the action is centred on London not the USA), the series is young enough for you to start reading it from this point, and go back to catch up with the other books.
This is classic Patterson (and Paetro), with the hallmark short chapters and punchy text. As usual, a fast paced read with some twists and turns on the way. It's not plagued with the "Is he coming here? To kill me?" italics at the end of chapters that have turned me away from the Alex Cross series recently.
If you're not a Patterson fan, this won't convert you, but if you fancy a quick read (I knocked it off in around 3 hours!) then it should do nicely. A good entry to the Private series.