Saturday, September 22, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: Private Vegas by James Patterson

Title: Private Vegas
Author: James Patterson
Series: Private, #9
Published: January 2015, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 361 pages
Source: Personal copy

What happens in Vegas...stays Private.

Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds--especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides--and then he teaches them how to kill.

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin--and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before. Private Vegas brings James Patterson's Private series to a sensational new level.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I'm always happy when a Private novel features Jack and Justine...and once again, Jack's twin brother Tommy is around. Having the book set on Jack's home turf just makes a book that much more exciting because it means Jack is there most of the time, which means his character is explored and developed more. 

There is quite a lot going on in this book and while at first it takes a few chapters to sort it all out, once you do, it really takes off. I will admit, I end up being more invested in some of the arcs going on that others, particularly those directly involving Jack and Justine, but the others are still somewhat interesting. And in the end, you do want to see what the resolution will be. 

As is typical, there are some really awful bad guys here and it's always great to see them get what they deserve. And with the short chapters, you find yourself frantically flipping through the pages in no time, eager to get to the end where all the pieces come together. I do enjoy this series and can't wait to pick up the next book!

Books in this series:
*This list contains both the Private home office books and the Private other offices books combined. Some lists keep these as separate. And some books have 2 different names, depending on where you buy them.

     1.  Private
     2.  Private #1 Suspect
     3.  Private Games
     4.  Private London
     5.  Private Berlin
     6.  Private L.A.
     7.  Private Oz / Private Down Under 
     8.  Private India: City on Fire
     9.  Private Vegas
     10.  Private Paris
     11.  Private Rio / The Games
     12.  Private Sydney / The Missing
     12.5  Bookshots - Private Royals
     13.  Private Delhi / Count to Ten
     13.5  Bookshots - Private: Gold 

     14.  Private Princess

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