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Private India: City On Fire

by James Patterson

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I keep flip flopping on this series. I believe it is because each one is co-authored with a different author. I love the ones in which Jack actually makes an appearance. Liked this one because it did not follow more than one story line. Those tend to be more of an annoyances than an enjoyment. The plot was not easily predictable as there could have been more than one suspect. Enjoyed the way this one played out. ( )
  bostonterrio | Nov 21, 2017 |
I love Patterson but this is the weakest of his books I have read in a long time. It is a one note "thriller" ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
It was a good enough read. Again not upto the usual James Patterson standard but the plot was actually quite good and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Oct 31, 2016 |
Okay, so this book was absolutely terrible. Usually Patterson books are 1 maybe 2 day reads (whether they're great or awful), but this one was a struggle. It's like he doesn't even pay attention to the writing for some of these "shadow" writers. Just terrible...terrible! ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
The globalization of Private continues. Now they have a branch in India, and not just a call center. Santosh is in charge -- like most Private employees, he has a dark background seeking salvation in this elite organization. Santosh had a history of alcohol abuse, killing his wife and child in an accident.

The audiobook was read by an Indian, with all of the expected nuances beyond pure accent. There is an annoying abundance of platitudes as the characters speak to each other, and this led to much rambling and slow advancement of the story. Unlike the better Private books where there are several cases going on at once, this follows one particular case of a serial killer targeting women. Involvement of an militant group seems almost tacked on.

Jack Morgan makes an appearance, something he doesn't always do in the novels set elsewhere. Coincidentally, a Bollywood actress whom he had an affair with was one of the victims, and on the night he arrived in the country. I thought for a moment that like the previous book, this would become all about exonerating Morgan, but it turns out he was never seriously considered a suspect. ( )
  JeffV | Oct 17, 2015 |
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When Santosh Wagh isn't struggling out of a bottle of whisky he's head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women--seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes. As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India--a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.… (more)

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