James Patterson last week. I'm a huge fan of the mystery genre, so it's kind of surprising that I haven't read a book by James Patterson yet, but this was my first one. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read the whole 400-page book in less than 24 hours (which is fast even for me).
Here's the summary from Amazon:
The police can't help you
Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily--and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
The press will destroy you
Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.
Only one place to turn: Private
But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.
I don't think it took but one paragraph to be sucked into this book. It was a smooth read that just flowed from page to page - which is part of the reason that it was so hard to put it down. I really liked how there were three separate cases that they were working on because it kept the action moving at all times. But not only were the cases interesting, but the characters had good depth and you began to care about them. The story wasn't all about the crimes, but also about the characters. Lastly - there wasn't a lot of sex or language. Always a bonus.
If you have the time, I would definitely recommend this book.