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The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The 17th SuspectI have to assume the title The 17th Suspect refers to this book’s place in a series of books by Patterson. Probably the 17th Women’s Murder Club novel since I know he has written a batch of them (usually with help and often with Maxine Patterson). There is nothing in this story about a bunch of murder suspects but there is lots of good reading.

It is two stories (kind of usual for the Murder Club series) in one of which Yuki Castellano, the Assistant District Attorney, is involved with attempting to find a woman guilty of (a) first raping a man while holding him captive and (b) of attempting to find her also guilty of shooting the same man in the leg.

The second story involving the second member of the Murder Club is about San Francisco Police Sergeant Lindsay Boxer as she not only is battling to find who is shooting vagrants and street people but also battling her own physical condition which appears to be deteriorating rapidly.

Both stories are well worth the reader’s attention as they unfold quickly and show how the in-side portion of the criminal justice system works but also shows how the “on the street” portion of the system plays out.

Yuki fought hard to get her case into Criminal Court and worked even harder to figure out what actually went on as two co-workers entwined themselves in not only sexual adventures but then it appears one of them took it even further. The female player supposedly tied up the male participant and raped him (while he unbeknownst to her recorded it all on tape.) He claims she raped him though they had been having sex for some time together willingly on both behalves. Read the rest of this entry »

Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Reviewed by Stephanie Nordkap

Private by James Patterson and Maxine PaetroJack Morgan, a former Marine helicopter pilot, is the owner of Private Investigations, an elite investigation company with branches all over the world. He is renowned for helping wealthy men and women solve major problems and dilemmas, using one of the best team of investigators he can put together, but with maximum discretion. With money at his disposal and a crack team of investigators, he is capable of using advanced technology and forensic tools to solve his cases.

In this quick-paced, thrilling first novel starring Jack Morgan, his team is faced with some major problems. His uncle has asked to him to help solve a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal that could topple the entire NFL itself. Then, while on a red-carpet date, Jack receives a phone call from his best friend, and discovers that his friend’s wife has been murdered and his friend is the number one suspect. To top it all off, the D.A.’s office has asked Private to help solve a two-year investigation involving the Schoolgirl Killings. Over thirteen schoolgirls have been murdered over two years and the police are no closer to finding the killer than they were at the beginning. Jack must use all of his resources, all of his team members, and put all of them in danger in order to solve these cases.
I always look forward to a James Patterson novel and Private was an enjoyable and fun read. I was engaged right from the beginning; the chapters were short, the reading was quick, different character viewpoints were used, and the events happened quickly. While some readers may not be fans of this type of writing, I actually did not mind it as sometimes it’s nice to read a book and not get carried away by too much description; the authors tell it like it is, no holding back. Jack and his team certainly get themselves into a lot of situations, and while some of it is a little prescribed and predictable, there were some great twists and turns that made reading it very worthwhile.

I enjoyed learning about a new set of characters and while we learn much more about Jack and Justine in this novel, as it is only the start of a series, I am hoping that more attention with be paid to characters such as Cruz and Del Rio, Sci and Nora in the future. There are definitely some fun and quirky characters in this novel and it will be a treat getting to know them better. Patterson has a writing style that always makes me feel like I am right there in the action and can understand the characters, what they are thinking and feeling. And the authors also set things up for some explosive action to occur in future books towards the end. This is a wonderful beginning to a new series by an author who is considered to be a master when it comes to suspense.