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Private Berlin by James Patterson

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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Private Berlin by James Patterson

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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 |
A good installment in James Patterson's "Private" series. Murder, lust, revenge, all come together in this thrilling tale of who-dun-it. ( )
  Pierced_Phoenix | Jul 13, 2013 |
I received this book as a gift, and as such wasn't completely aware it was part of a series. There's no real reference to being part of a series on the cover.

The story is set in modern Germany, and involves events which took place in East Germany before reunification.

I thought with the contextual setting involving East Germany, the Stasi and a mysterious slaughterhouse with many secrets, that there was a lot of potential for a really great novel. However, I can't help but feel it was squandered at the altar of fast profit - these novels seem to be being churned out ever more quickly. I also couldn't help but note that despite being 431 pages it's a very quick read, then when you realise the font is large, double spaced with large margins it really isn't as large as it appears - just padded.

I was also disappointed with the lack of description as to what 'Private Berlin' is. Yes, one eventually draws the conclusion it's some form of private investigation company yet I'm confused as to why they have corporate jets & forensic labs. A little introduction paragraph to cover off the non-series readers wouldn't have gone astray.

Overall, an average but entertaining read. Doesn't excel, doesn't add anything to the genre, but it will fill your time in. ( )
1 vote HenriMoreaux | Apr 3, 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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