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Private Berlin (edition 2013)

by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan

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Title:Private Berlin
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Mark Sullivan
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2013), Hardcover, 448 pages
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Set in Germany, this novel is part of Patterson's Private series. When one of their operatives is discovered dead and mostly eaten by rats in an abandoned abattoir, the members of Private, a private investigative organization set out to search the man's mysterious past to find out why he was killed. Who were the skeletons that were found with him?

Their search leads them to some of the horrendous things the former East German Secret Police (Stasi) did to the families of opponents of the government. One of those former Stasi agents is tracking down anyone who can identify him and killing them. It becomes a race to get to these people before the criminal does so his identity can become known.

A fast moving story with some horrific violence depicted. I can see why his books are popular for the chapters are short and the writing very basic. I did not find my first Patterson very satisfying. I will have to try a title in one of his other series. ( )
  lamour | Dec 16, 2014 |
This book was... good.
Despite the excessive detail in some areas, it was a quick read. There was a lot of action, which definitely helped it along and the few chapters that we got from the killer's perspective were a nice touch. You really were able to get a feel for his idiosyncrasies which was kind of fun (& creepy). It's funny, actually. As much detail as there was in certain areas of the book, i felt as though the killer's chapters could have used a little more. Maybe it was just me wanting to know more about him. I really don't know, but I just though he could have had another layer to him that wasn't really taken anywhere.

Also, I'm not a fan of how it ended. It's not that it was a huge leap to make, but I don't think that someone grieving would have made it that soon.

I would recommend this as a beach or pool side read, but not much more than that. ( )
  cebellol | Jul 22, 2014 |
A leading investigator for a high-end detective agency in Berlin disappears, causing his colleagues to search for him. They are led to an abandoned abattoir in the former East Berlin, and eventually to a disgusting secret of the failed East German state.

Despite a slow start, this becomes a fast moving action story as the detectives follow a serial killer as he hunts down 6 people who can tie him to his sordid past. There's little or no character development -- this is a plot driven story. Unfortunately the background local colour for Berlin is superficial.

Recommended for quick reading, once you get to the halfway point of the story. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jul 7, 2014 |
Couldn't finish.
  DeanClark | May 6, 2014 |
I really loved the first of the Private books, but subsequent books have all come up short. What started out as a group of highly skilled investigators now seems only to presume as such. The story is good -- half of it told first-person by the perpetrator of a number of serial killings. However, Madeline, an agent with Private, is poorly conceived in just about every way. Private is supposed to consist of the best of the best; agents equipped to handle high profile clients in the most delicate of situations. But Madeline not only was previously engaged to Chris Schneider, an agent who runs afoul of the evil bad guy, but also has a son -- which we know is an Achilles Heel in this profession. If she had awesome skills to offset these disadvantages, we might overlook it, but she does not, and becomes predictably compromised.

And that is a shame -- the running commentary by the serial killer was very well done. The overall plot reaches back to the days of Communism and East Germany and is pretty well conceived -- the plot is bigger than just a serial killer and dredging up events long buried is inconvenient and unhealthy for those who thought they moved on. The hero is just too weak for the outcome to be plausible. ( )
  JeffV | Dec 15, 2013 |
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For the thousands who tried to escape over the wall, and the hundreds that died in the attempt.
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At ten o'clock on a moonless September evening, Chris Schneider slipped toward a long-abandoned building on the outskirts of Berlin, his mind whirling with dark images and old vows.
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Private, the world's most respected investigation firm, has branches around the world, each staffed with the smartest, fastest, and most advanced agents, who have cutting-edge forensic tools that not even the most powerful governments possess.

At Private Berlin, agent Chris Schneider has disappeared. Chris had taken a secretive personal leave and hadn't spoken to anyone from the office in days. The Private team retraces his footsteps to the cases he was investigating before his disappearance: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a world-famous soccer player accused of throwing games, and the owner of a seedy nightclub. They were the last people to see Chris--and they're all suspects. And someone is lying.

The Private team is led to an abandoned Nazi slaughterhouse where all hope vanishes. As Private digs further into Chris's past, a terrifying history is revealed, and they begin to suspect that someone very dangerous and very depraved is responsible for Chris's disappearance. And he's not finished in Berlin.
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The Berlin office of the world's most renowned investigation firm looks into the disappearance of an agent, Chris Schneider, whose last case involved an unfaithful billionaire, a cheating soccer player and a seedy nightclub owner.

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