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Private India: (Private 8) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson , Ashwin Sanghi
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Book Description

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency.

In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India – a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

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    It's a festival of murder in Mumbai, and only the world's best private investigation agency can stop it

    About the Author

    James Patterson (Author) JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. Since winning the Edgar(TM) Award for Best First Novel with The Thomas Berryman Number, his books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. 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. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. 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 specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK.

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual standard! 12 Sept. 2014
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    Having read all of the Private series and enjoyed them all, with the exception of this one. Private India has few redeeming qualities our main character is egotistical a drunk and not much of an investigator. the writer ( I don't believe James Patterson should have got involved on this one) doesn't seem to have grasped that his lead investigator is a bit of a moron ! Is James Paaterson falling foul of becoming greedy and turning out tripe much like Wilbur Smith of late?
    Don't waste your time.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Private 8 14 Sept. 2014
    By I Love Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    I have read and loved most of the Private series. Also read and loved the other series by James Patterson.
    But with this one I have really struggled. And I think the main reason is the Indian Names, i really struggled to get my head around who was who, and then what was happening. I spent so long trying to pronounce the names in my head i got frustrated with it..
    That said the story its self was quite good, and I will certainly be reading the next installment..
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    This is the first James Patterson book I've never finished. Poor and disjointed character development contribute to difficulty in associating names. Writing is very poor and almost puerile in parts. In my opinion, very much out of character with his other books.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars What a let down. 12 Oct. 2014
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    If someone had told me this was James Patterson's first book i wouldn't have been suprised, the writing is well below the standard i have come to expect of James, wasted words to simply pad out a sentence make it read like a schoolboy's essay. Perhaps the poor standard is due to the collaboration as the story in itself is fairly good so long as you can overlook sentences like "they waited while his lightning mind came to the conclusion" another problem which may well be just mine but the multitude of indian names made for very hard reading, you didn't even know the gender of the person intill you are told. All in all a very disappointing book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Routine Patterson 22 Sept. 2014
    By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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    Jack Morgan's LA based world-wide supreme private investigation agency has spread to Mumbai. It's head is Santosh Wagh, brought to Jack Morgan's attention following a coordinated terrorist railway bombing 2 years earlier. Santosh is an excellent investigator despite a drink problem, exacerbated by his driving when his wife and children were killed. His current problems begin with a series of seemingly unrelated murders, all women, that follow a pattern. Strangulated with a yellow scarf with trinkets attached or surrounding them Santosh has a strong team, Mubeen the medical forensic expert, Hari, the technology geek and Nisha his top crime colleague. They are in the radar of the Jihadi outfits with potential outside threats from the powerful militant Mujahideen who have sympathies with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Mumbai police are supportive of Santosh and his team as long as they are kept informed. Other figures of authority, particularly the Attorney general, Nalin D'Souza, are more autonomous. Powerful mobsters, Munna and his henchman, Nimboo are even more dangerous, with their widespread control of the Mumbai crime scene and access to potent weapons.

    As the killings mount up daily, fresh enquiries link them to the nine avators of the Hindu Goddess, Durga. Santosh is struggling for clues to the killer's identity and to prevent further imminent, predictable killings. When Jack Morgan arrives in Mumbai, for personal reasons, the pace of the narrative steps up. The chase for the culprit requires detailed detective work and a large modicum of luck. Jack's organisation is seemingly being undermined. The finale is the best part of the story as the truth and motives behind the crimes are revealed with a potentially massive disaster pursued in nail-biting fashion.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Sept. 2014
    By sue p
    Best James Patterson offering yet! I literally could not put it down, the pace was so fast moving I felt I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. I have read all the Private series and this is absolutely my favourite. I kind of guessed the murderer early on, but there was an unexpected twist at the end. Loved it!!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by Devine Inspiration 18 Nov. 2014
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    Crazy Good as usual. How Mr Patterson creates his spiders web of intrigue is unbelievable. He creates characters who are believable and loveable and not entirely incorruptible. Private is not just a team they are Family and Jack is always there for his team. The storyline was very sad and cruel and showed a level of corruption that seems unimaginable. As per usual I learned a lot about the culture of India as Mr Patterson likes to educate his audience by letting you experience the story from more than one angle. This story needs to be revisited as Santosh's character needs to find inner peace and survive his demons. Private has more work to do in India. There I go again always wanting more!! Can't wait for the sequels. Great value.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Another thriller from the Private series 3 Feb. 2015
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    Aha, great! Another book in the Private series by James Patterson and co-writers. This time James is writing in collaboration with Ashwin Sanghi and the book is set in India, in the offices there owned by Jack Morgan.

    We meet Santosh Wagh who manages the India base, which is hidden within an office block and should be impenetrable to the outside world. Santosh likes more than the occasional drink, and has turned to the bottle regularly. It is clear that something sad has happened to Santosh but we don't hear the story for quite a while into the story, and so are left to build up our own ideas of what happened and how we view Santosh. He has been bought in to head up the India branch by Jack Morgan. Having read the earlier books in the series and building up an affinity for Jack I assumed that he would be a good judge of character and just went with it. I did find myself questioning his competency more and more as the book went on though.

    We open with a hotel cleaner stumbling across a murder scene. Santosh and Private India are called in by the hotel but it becomes apparent that they also need to enlist the local police. Both parties agree to work together and we are introduced to a number of characters on both sides, from detectives to medical examiners.

    The bodies soon begin to mount up and it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose who appears to be following some form of ritual when it comes to killing. All the victims are women, all are laid out with various relics, and a yellow scarf is left at each crime scene. The clock is ticking to solve the murders and catch the killer before more murders take place.

    I did enjoy this book.
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