“WHAT DO YOU know about Hannah Shapiro?”
“Nothing at all. Your assistant said you’d fill me in, just told me to meet you here.”
“Good. This is clearly on a need-to-know basis. Safer that way.”
Jack took the drink from the bar lady and laid his briefcase on the counter. Popping open the locks. “Apart from her first name, she has a completely new identity—surname, passport. Everything.”
“Witness- protection program?”
“Something like that.”
“Only not government- sanctioned?”
“In fact it is.”
“She’s how old?”
“Hannah is twenty.”
“And I’m taking her back to England?”
“For how long?”
“Three years, Dan.”
I looked at him quizzically and took a sip of beer. Then nodded. “Long enough to get a degree, I guess?”
Jack Morgan nodded, pleased. “You catch on fast.”
“Where’s she going to be studying?”
I nodded right back at him. One of the oldest, one of the best. I looked down at the documents. Money was clearly not a problem. Private didn’t come cheap— even if it was for just a hand- holding job on a flight over the Pond.
“This isn’t just a hand- holding exercise, Dan.”
I fought the urge to react. “It’s not?”
“She’s extremely valuable cargo. I need an eye on her the whole time she’s over there in England. Looked after discreetly.”
“Hard to be discreet if she goes round like Madonna with a crew of bodyguards the whole time.”
“Indeed. Less of a bodyguard, more of a companion. Let us know if she starts falling in with the wrong kind of crowd. Discreetly. Eyes and ears.”
“So discreet even Hannah herself doesn’t know about it?”
“When’s her course start?”
I took a sip of my lager. “I might need some strings pulling.”
“Way ahead of you.” Jack nodded at the briefcase. “I’ve spoken to the dean of admissions.”
“What’s she going to be reading?”
I nodded thoughtfully again. “That could work.”
“She’s had some issues in the past that I can’t talk about. Maybe this will help her deal with that.”
“And we make sure she has the space to do so.”
“Her father is a major client of ours, Dan. Seven figures major. So she’s important to us.”
“What does he do?”
Jack looked at me with a small quirk of a smile. “He pays the bills.”
“Like you said. Need-to-know basis .”
“You got it, bubba.” He clicked his glass against mine and drained it. “Okay. Let’s go meet the million- dollar baby.”
Reprinted from the book Private London by James Patterson.
Copyright © 2012 by James Patterson. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Publishing, New York, N.Y.
All rights reserved.
Buckle up for James Patterson’s most audacious thrill ride yet! In Private London, the next explosive book in the incomparable author’s #1 bestselling series, Dan Carter, chosen by Private’s head honcho Jack Morgan to run their London shop, is feeling the heat. Jack had explicitly entrusted him with the care of Hannah Shapiro, a young American student Jack saved from a horrific nightmare years ago—a kidnapping aimed at her wealthy father. And now, despite Dan’s precautions she’s gone missing again. But are the same culprits behind this latest debacle?
According to Dan’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, a vicious serial killer has been abducting young women, leaving behind their eviscerated remains and his gruesome calling card: a missing fingertip. Dan doesn’t know which situation is worse. The only plus he sees is working beside his beautiful and skilled ex, since the two cases could be linked. Dan also plans to draw on every resource Private International has to offer knowing he’s in a desperate race against the odds. But though Private is the most tech savvy detection agency in the world, the one thing they don’t have is the one thing Dan needs more than anything else—time.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( December 04, 2012 )
Item #: 13-651593
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.9inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I am a huge fan of James Patterson. Of course, Alex Cross is his best character ever! I also like the Women's Murder Club series. This book is ok - that's about all. I can do without the "Private" series. More Cross and Boxer, please.
Reviewer: Beth H
Love James Patterson but finding the books that are co-authored are not the quality of a James Patterson exclusive. Zoo was the worst book JP every put his name on. A great author does not have to co-write mentor but please write your own great books!!
I haven't read "Private London" yet but I have read "Private Berlin" and it was excellent. I'm sure "Private London" is equally superb.
I liked this book. Found it to be an interesting and easy read. One of Patterson's better ones. I found Private Berlin, a much harder read.
Reviewer: Marcia B
I love the private series with jack morgan , but private London & private berlin
were not what I expected from j. Patterson , also zoo was very bad. in my family we
love james Patterson books, but these 3 were the worst. thank you
Reviewer: gerald f