The Olympic Games are under attack. Only Private, the world's most exclusive detective agency, can save them.
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
In Patterson and Sullivan's thriller, a madman commits a series of gruesome acts to stop the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Working to thwart him are Peter Knight, a troubleshooter for Private-"the world's most renowned investigation firm"-and tabloid reporter Karen Pope. Timed to coincide with the real London Olympics in July, the book is filled with action, suspense, gruesome death, and-surprisingly-a touch of romance, all ably narrated by Paul Panting. For chapters focusing on Knight, Panting employs his own voice, adding a bit of edge to his speech, while for those narrated by homicidal villain Cronus, he switches to a chillingly soft tone. Cronus's reflections are initially unemotional, but progress from arrogant to furious as his careful planning is undone by Knight. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Slick and suspenseful."--BookLoons.com
"PRIVATE mixes action, mystery and personal drama...Patterson and Paetro may well be on their way to rivaling--and possibly surpassing--the popularity of their Women's Murder Club series."--BookReporter.com
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"Private will grab you from page one and force you to sit there until you turn the very last page. A great start to new a series from the master of fast-paced thrill rides."--lorisreadingcorner.com