Friday, March 2, 2012

Private Games [Hardcover]

I've finished "Private Games" the 3rd book in his Jack Morgan series by James Patterson.

Product Description

On your mark

Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries.

Get set

The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder. A high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed. It's clear to Peter that this wasn't a crime of passion, but one of precise calculation and execution.


Newspaper reporter Karen Pope receives a letter from a person who calls himself Cronus claiming responsibility for the murders. He promises to restore the Olympics to their ancient glory and to destroy all those who have corrupted the games with lies, corruption, and greed. Immediately, Karen hires Private to examine the letter, and she and Peter uncover a criminal genius who won't stop until he's completely destroyed the modern games.

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight mystery and suspense novels, including Rogue, forthcoming in October 2012. He lives in Montana with his wife and sons.

Product Details
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (February 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316206822
ISBN-13: 978-0316206822

My Review:

This book is set at the London Olympic Games in 2012 where a mad man and his three followers are eliminating Olympic athletes and people associated to the Games who have cheated by using performance drugs and being undetected by drug tests.

Private operative Peter Knight is assigned the case when his mother's fiance and a high-ranking member of the organization community is found brutally murdered in his home garden.  Karen Pope, a reporter is sent a package with a letter that claims responsibilities for the crime because the Olympics are an insult to the Olympic spirit.

This book was fast paced with twists and turns that lead to a thrilling conclusion.  The main villain is extremely delusional and the murder scenes were well described and interesting.


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