Formulaic? Yes … but still entertaining

March 27, 2014
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Private No 1 Suspect, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Century, RRP $38):

Another easy-to-read collaboration from the king of quick reads: James Patterson.

Former United States Marine Jack Morgan owns Private, what has become the world’s foremost investigation firm. It is used by the rich and famous, and by the infamous, to handle indiscretions as discreetly as possible.

In this story, Jack himself becomes the prime suspect when his ex-lover is found murdered in his bed and while under investigation and trying to clear his own name, he ends up on a job for the mob.

Throw in big money deals, a beautiful woman and more than a few twists and you have classic Patterson.

Yes, sometimes it’s a little formulaic but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an entertaining read.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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