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Private Games    by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan order for
Private Games
by James Patterson
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Grand Central, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

As I write this, the 2012 Olympic Games are just winding up. And yet, James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have all the skinny surrounding the London Games before they even opened.

And, as always, their depiction of scenes is right on. I do hope, though, that the story they have to tell is all fiction. Peter Knight works for Private, a world renowned investigation firm. Just before the opening ceremony of the Games, Knight is called to a nasty murder scene.

It seems someone is out to stop the Games for all time as the modern-day ones offend the killer's sensibilities. The perp claims that the Games are fraught with corruption and fraud and do not adhere to the standards of the original.

This person warns of more killings – on a scale such as has never happened before. With a race against time to stop this monster, Knight has to contend with the death of his mother's dearly loved fiancé and the bad behavior of his three-year-old twins. His name is mud with all the nanny services in London. He is also in a grieving process – his wife died delivering the twins.

A little much for anyone to handle. But handle it, Knight does. With great ingenuity and daring. Suspense drips from the pages. This is a quickly read book – but it is impossible to put down once started. Another success to add to Patterson's long list of well-received novels.

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