- 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 (463 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Private Berlin: (Private 5) Hardcover – 3 Jan 2013
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"Slick and suspenseful."--BookLoons.com
"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""
"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"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tragedy strikes Private's Berlin office - and exposes a hidden pastSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
I found Chris to be a great person, but not much was known til they delved into the tragic lives of his and some other children he grew up with in Berlin. It's all to do with what happened on either side of the fence as they say (before the wall came down).
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read the private books in order this one is the best so far. This book is a real page turner once you start reading its hard to put the book down. Well worth reading.Published 2 days ago by Michael Fletcher
An awesome book wrote by the genius never disappoints and loads of twists and turns. Good characters. Draws you into the bookPublished 2 months ago by John Clayton
I have enjoyed every book in the Private series and am looking forward to reading the next one. They are full of action and plenty of twists and turns. Highly recommend them.Published 3 months ago by Georgie
just finished this book could not put it down , will make a good film if stick to book storyPublished 4 months ago by mavis mein
An excellent read. Exciting and riveting, although all the different names got a little confusing. It was really enjoyable though. Onto the next xxxxxPublished 5 months ago by mand237