My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm a fan of Patterson but this book was one big disappointment. It should have been called Private Santa Monica since almost all the action takes place there. Patterson writes with a partner, but this one reads like it was written by a committee, and they never got together to make a cohesive story. In fact, this could be a book of short stories strung together by a very weak thread. And the ending!!! I turned the page looking for the next chapter, but the book was over. Jack Morgan, head of Private is the weak link here among stories that involve rich teenagers with a grudge against other rich people, a scam in Las Vegas where showgirls are taught how to marry a rich old man, a protracted trial featuring Rick Del Rio wrongly accused of almost beating a woman to death, two "royals" from the mythical kingdom of Sumar who love to find fat women and abuse or kill them, and a lady named Lori who loves to drive fast and is seen only in the first and last chapters of the book. Other characters too numerous to mention come and go at whim it seems. Really not worth reading unless you're desperate for a book and it's the only one around.
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