Private London by James Patterson & Mark Pearson

Like every other fiction thriller of James Patterson this one starts with a bang. However,  to tell my readers the truth this novel’s pace is slower than the other ones. Though part 1 in the series was good comprising dashing, over the top, fast paced ex marine, Jack Morgan, solving cases at a rapid pace using his wit and some of the  most sophisticated tech gadgets at his disposal that even the US government wouldn’t comprehend. This book ‘private london’ takes up Dan Carter as the main protagonist who is also the head of Private offices in London. He is second in command and most trusted aid of Jack Morgan himself.

In the first case (Private had 3 cases, this one has 2! )which starts building up in central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that murder cases are gruesomely linked. A serial killer is on the prowl ! However, with odds stacked up against them, they still get time to be drunk and make love (OMG , what an effect Martini & beer can have on serious, hardworking people ! :))

In another case, Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young american student , has a past that she doesn’t want to forget. Her mother has been raped in front of her after her abductors couldn’t convince her father to pay ransom money. Jack Morgan, shoots her abductors but only after Hannah witnesses the gruesome murder. It is too little too late.  10 years later, Jack goes out of his way to ensure that nothing happens to Harlan Shapiro’s daughter this time. So he hands over her security to his second in command and his friend, Dan Carter who runs Private London.  Hannah has gone to pursue her higher studies (People usually come to US  to pursue her higher studies. Why she is going to London instead 🙂 Naughty girl !!!)

Dan Carter, ex marine is a very experienced operative and leaves no stone unturned to ensure that Hannah is given round the clock security cover. He puts his god-daughter, Chloe, on this case and she quickly moves in with Hannah as a student in the same university as Hannah. When Chloe, Hannah & a common friend go out for a drink to the local bar, Hannah is abducted. Knowledge of her stay in London is itself a secret and it drives local cops as well as Private nuts thinking about her captors. They get their first message as an email which gives them link to a YouTube video of Hannah locked up in a dark room with only her undergarments on (Believe me !! this book does not get interesting than this). After 2 YouTube messages, Dan is finally able to rescue Hannah but not before exchanging her father as the deal. It is only through Private London’s investigative efforts that they come to know that this kidnapping has been arranged by none other than Hannah herself. Her purpose was to take revenge on her father for letting her mother be raped and killed horrendously. After a little of this melodrama, Dan gets back on his job and makes sure that Hannah’s father get back safe and sound.  He draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against time and at personal peril. Dan Carter is a new hero in Private series!

This book  does not keep your interest alive for long. It is not written at a breakneck speed like James Patterson other books. Though the story is well written but 1) the pace of the narration is slow & 2) If you will read this book based on the summary at the back of the book you will be surprised with the mismatch. Overall, I am happy I read it. I like it as much as other James Patterson books. I will rate a 3 out of 5.

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