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Private Paris
by James Patterson
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Little, Brown & Co., 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jack Morgan, founder and owner of Private, a global security and investigative agency, stops in Paris on his way home from a business trip, looking for some soothing R&R in that gorgeous city, but it is not to be. A client calls him to duty, telling him that his granddaughter is in trouble and he needs Jack to find her and bring her back to California. The client gives Jack an address in Paris where she can be found.

Jack discovers that she is with a brutal drug dealer. And this is where the tale takes off into another engrossing thriller from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Private Paris is the tenth of the series starring Jack Morgan. Whatever you look for in a thriller is there. So is a lot more you didn't think to look for.

A tagger is involved one of those nighttime wraiths who stalk the streets of a city at night with a can of spray paint in hand, looking for the most opportune spot to write their message on a wall or a door or the street, or a park bench, or church steps to let the citizens know just what they think about this old world of ours. Or is there more behind this particular tagger's written words?

Looking for Molotov cocktails? Any and all make of guns pistols, AK47s, shotguns, derringers, hunting rifles; oh, just name it and it figures in somehow in the story, with you along for the ride. Jack begins to realize that the tagger and those wielding these weapons are somehow connected. Throw in a tank-like vehicle and you have a small war being fought within the confines of a city.

Traitors and terrorists have their share of the story. And Jack even finds some time to ogle a beautiful woman. Can't forget romance. All this along with looking for this girl who really doesn't want to be found and returned home to Granddaddy. It's another coup for James Patterson and Mark Sullivan.

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