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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Century (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780890176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780890173
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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Tragedy strikes Private's Berlin office - and exposes a hidden past

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A history lesson they’ll never forget … and neither will you.

Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague – and until recently, her fiancé – is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city.

The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence of the crimes, and nearly killing Mattie and her team.

Mattie soon realises that a masked killer is picking off Chris’s childhood friends, one by one, and destroying the trail. But who wants the past buried so badly? What is the truth about that slaughterhouse? And will Mattie become the killer’s next victim?


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By finalguy on 5 Jan 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Private is an international detective agency operated and owner by Jack Morgan in L.A. This new novel from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan is from the Berlin branch in Germany.

Chris Schneider has been waiting for someone for nearly 30 years since he was a child. Growing up in an orphanage he has a deep, dark secret that is now rising again and as a detective with Private Berlin he starts to investigate a very painful past. His investigations take him back to an abandoned slaughterhouse where he comes face to face with his past and The Invisible Man or The Mask.

Mathilde "Mattie" Engel is the ex-fiancé of fellow detective Chris Schneider. Once Chris is reported missing Mattie and Private Berlin launch their investigation to find him. Once the investigation gets underway and Chris's body is found with lots more in the slaughterhouse the killer feels they are getting to close so blows it up along with all the evidence.

While Mattie is determined with the help of Jack Morgan and Private Berlin to find out about Chris's past and catch his killer somebody is very busy erasing the past and killing Chris's childhood friends.

Overall, a fast-paced, breath-taking read from the master of thriller writers. Your attention is grabbed from page 1 and doesn't stop until the final page making it very hard to put down. A very impressive read with lots of tense situations, sub plots and twists and turns. If you haven't read any James Patterson thrillers before or you are already a fan you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 5/5
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2013
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James Patterson with Mark Sullivan have released the latest addition to this popular series involving the Private International Investigation Organisation with hand-picked operators including state-of-the art forensic back up. Jack Morgan is the owner and runs the company from Los Angeles. The scene for this novel is, as the title indicates, Berlin involving the disappearance of one of their experienced investigators, Chris Schneider. He is a man who went on a mission to avenge some horror that occurred 30 years earlier when he was in an orphanage that clearly left deep-seated scars and horrific memories.

His colleagues at Private Berlin set out to find him via his last known cases. Using the latest technology, Chris is located to a disused slaughterhouse. On entering they encounter a rat infested building with the sickly stench of death. Their search reveals a hidden drainage system with 'bones and skulls scattered like seashells everywhere' including recent corpses of a woman and man (Chris). The hunt for the murderer mainly features investigators Mattie Engel (Chris's ex-fiance) and recent recruit Tom Burkhart working in cooperation with the Berlin Krip police under commissioner Dietrich.

Apart from the development of the investigative team members, numerous characters are introduced that are all potentially involved or incriminated in the pursuit of the perpetrator of the atrocities committed above and those that follow, appearing linked to Chris in some form. They are led a merry dance by a clever, cunning and sadistic expert killer, and a man of many guises. Suspicions abound who he is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Oct 2013
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I've been gradually reading through the Private series this year and I think this is the best book so far (although they are all good). I liked the fact that you are introduced to a new set of characters in the Berlin office of Private. The East Berlin setting is interesting, with bits of history woven throughout the plot. The story picks up quickly, someone is missing, tracked down and found dead. Very soon Jack Morgan flies in from America to assist his German employees and then familiar characters are in the mix with the new ones! Loved it - looking forward to the next one, Private Down Under!
If you come across Private Berlin before reading the others in the series, then my advice would be to read the other four books first. It is not essential, you could read this as a one off novel in it's own right, but you would be missing out!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Davies on 24 Jan 2013
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I gave this book 4 stars because its as near perfect reading as you can get. It has you sucked in right from the start and in typical James Patterson style you couldnt put it down and not pick it up again 5 minutes later! He never lets you down!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lucy on 4 Aug 2014
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Reading the whole series and this one is the best one yet, so many twists and turns and I love the secrets being left and told at the end. Brilliant yet again! Next up down under x
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2014
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I think that this is the best Private novel so far in the series as it is almost believable and a gripping read. It starts with the murder of Chris Schneider, Private investigator and a man with a hidden past, and morphs into the hunt for a serial killer. As it is set in Berlin there is plenty of historical information about life in the DDR before the fall of the wall and this added to my reading pleasure. As usual with Mr Patterson's work the characterisation is skimpy but the non stop action more than makes up for it. I think this is a good read and I read it in one sitting
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