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Private books in order: the complete series

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Private is the most elite detective agency in the world with branches across the globe. The secrets of some of the most influential people on the planet come to leader Jack Morgan and his staff of investigators who use maximum discretion and the most advanced forensic tools to crack the cases.

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time and his Private series is action-packed and fast-paced with broad appeal. An addictive and dramatic crime fiction crowd pleaser.

Here are the Private books in order.

When is the next Private book out? Private Monaco is out on 25 April 2024.

James Patterson’s Private books in order:

Private by James Patterson

1. Private (2010)

Former US Marine 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 use the world’s most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

In LA, Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multimillion-dollar gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of eighteen 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. And Jack doesn’t have to play by the rules.

Private London by James Patterson

2. Private London (2021)

Sometimes when the nightmare ends the terror is only just beginning. For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private – the world’s most exclusive detective agency – saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can’t flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked. Dan draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking… Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don’t have is the one thing they need – time.

Private Games by James Patterson

3. Private Games (2012)

July 2012: The Games have arrived in London and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence.

When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered, Peter Knight, head of Private London, is called to the scene. Private are working with the organising committee on security for the Games, so Denton Marshall was a valuable client. But there is a more personal link: Denton was also the fiancé of Knight’s mother. Knight is devastated by Denton’s murder, but it soon becomes clear that this is no isolated incident. The killer is targeting the Games itself, and the lives of everyone involved are under threat.

Private: No 1 Suspect by James Patterson

4. Private: No. 1 Suspect (2012)

Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most successful detective agency. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, Jack is instantly the number one suspect.

With his team stretched to breaking point and Jack fighting for his life, he finds himself strong-armed by the mob into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and Jack realises he is facing his most powerful enemies ever.

Private Berlin by James Patterson

5. Private Berlin (2012)

Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she’s seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague – and until recently, her fiancé – is found dead, brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse outside the city.

The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence of the crimes, and nearly killing Mattie and her team.

Mattie soon realises that a masked killer is picking off Chris’s childhood friends, one by one, and destroying the trail. But who wants the past buried so badly? What is the truth about that slaughterhouse? And will Mattie become the killer’s next victim?

Private Down Under by James Patterson

6. Private Down Under (2013)

PI Craig Gisto, head of the latest branch of Private, is enjoying the glamorous launch party with his new team when their celebrations are interrupted by the bloodied arrival of a boy with his eyes gouged out. The boy is the kidnapped son of one of Australia’s richest men – but investigating his death isn’t their only pressing case. The rock star Micky Stevens is convinced someone’s trying to kill him, and believes Private are the only ones who can help.

As if that wasn’t enough, someone is murdering the wealthy wives of the Eastern Suburbs, in the most brutal way imaginable. And if they don’t catch the killer soon, the next victim could be someone close to Private…

Private LA by James Patterson

7. Private L.A. (2013)

Jack Morgan is having a bad week. His twin brother is up on a murder charge and determined to frame him for the crime, and one of Jack’s clients has just called to report the burnt bodies of four surfers on his beach. But what seems like a random mugging gone wrong soon reveals something far worse – a killer calling themselves No Prisoners is holding the city to ransom. And there’s more bad news: Hollywood’s golden couple, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, have been kidnapped, along with their adopted children.

It looks like the whole world is about to discover whether Private are really as good as they say they are…

Private India by James Patterson

8. Private India (2014)

When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women are being murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India – a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

Private Vegas by James Patterson

9. Private Vegas (2015)

Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, the global PI agency of the rich and famous, is being pushed to the limit. His car has been firebombed, his ex is dating someone else, and his twin brother is still out to destroy him. But Private doesn’t rest, and nor do its clients: not the LAPD who need Private’s help catching two scumbags with diplomatic immunity, and not the client who has just confessed to murdering his wife.

Add to that Jack’s best friend being held on a trumped-up charge that could see him locked away for a very long time, and it seems like all bets are off…

Private Sydney by James Patterson

10. Private Sydney (2015)

Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn’t be difficult to find. Except it’s not just the man who’s gone missing. Despite the most advanced technology at their disposal, they find every trace of him has vanished too. And they aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Powerful figures want Moss to stay ‘lost’, while others just as ruthlessly want him found.

Meanwhile, a routine background check becomes a frantic race to find a stolen baby and catch a brutal killer – a killer Private may well have sent straight to the victim’s door.

Private Paris by James Patterson

11. Private Paris (2016)

When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from one of his most important clients asking Private to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

As Jack scours the city, several members of Paris’s cultural elite are found dead – murdered in shocking, symbolic fashion – and the French police need Private’s help.

The Games by James Patterson

12. The Games (2016)

Two years ago, Jack Morgan was in Rio consulting on security for the World Cup. The tournament went without a hitch. Until a man died in one of the executive hospitality suites during the final, and the autopsy showed the cause to be a rare and deadly virus. The story was kept from the media to avoid causing panic, but Jack feared that the death was no freak occurrence.

Now the eyes of the world are once again turned towards Rio for the Olympic Games, and Jack is back in Brazil’s beautiful capital. It’s not long before he uncovers terrifying evidence that someone has set in motion a catastrophic plan. The death at the World Cup was just a warning. The Olympic Games could be the setting for the worst atrocity the world has ever seen.

Private Delhi by James Patterson

13. Private Delhi (2017)

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust. Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this isn’t just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

Private Princess by James Patterson

14. Private Princess (2018)

When the head of the world’s foremost investigation agency is invited to meet Princess Caroline, third in line to the British throne, he boards his Gulfstream jet and flies straight to London.

The Princess needs Morgan’s skills, and his discretion. Sophie Edwards, a close friend of the royal, has gone missing. She must be found before the media become aware of it.

Morgan knows there is more to this case than he is being told. But what is the Princess hiding?

Private Moscow by James Patterson

15. Private Moscow (2020)

Karl Parker, a former Marine and noted African-American telecoms magnate, is killed during an attempted kidnapping that goes badly wrong. His wife, Victoria, hires Jack Morgan, an old comrade and friend, to get to the truth.

In Moscow, Yana Petrov, an unassuming office worker, is brutally murdered in what looks like a gangland execution. Dinara Orlov, the head of Private Moscow, is made an offer she can’t refuse and agrees to investigate Petrov’s death.

Battling against the odds and compelled to face difficult truths, Jack and Dinara uncover old secrets and a geopolitical conspiracy that will permanently change the balance of global power.

Private Rogue by James Patterson

16. Private Rogue (2021)

In Afghanistan, an experienced pilot is shot down during a covert mission. The man survives the crash, but is pursued into the mountains by Russian operatives.

In New York, a wealthy businessman hires Jack Morgan to track down his daughter, who has gone missing along with her two children. But it is more than a missing persons case, the daughter has been linked to the murder of two men.

Jack finds the missing daughter and discovers that she is being pursed, and killed two of her pursers in her escape. Jack takes the woman and her children into his protection, but now he is harbouring a wanted murderer.

As Jack discovers more of the backstory of this woman and her children, he realises the only way to clear her name is for him to head to Afghanistan, and face the traumatic memories of his own time there serving as a US Marine many years ago.

Private Beijing by James Patterson

17. Private Beijing (2022)

After an attack on Private Beijing leaves three agents dead and the head of the team missing, the Chinese branch is left in turmoil. Private’s owner and global head, Jack Morgan, immediately gets on a plane from LA.

Soon after Jack lands in China another Private office is attacked, and it’s clear that the entire organisation is under threat. As Jack launches a global investigation from unfamiliar territory, he will need the loyalty of his team now more than ever…

Private Rome by James Patterson & Andrew Hamdy

18. Private Rome (2023)

Jack Morgan is in Rome celebrating the opening of a new local Private office, when the party takes a deadly turn. Private agent Matteo Ricci is found at the party standing over the body of a dead priest with a gun in hand, swearing he did not kill the man.

As Jack tries to prove Matteo’s innocence, he uncovers a much deadlier conspiracy – which leads him straight to the heart of the Vatican.

With corruption closing in on all sides, Jack must decide who he can trust before the city falls.

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There you have it – James Patterson’s Private books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    I have read up to Moscow but I’m slightly disappointed that Private: Royals isn’t on this list as it’s quite relevant to the Private: Princess story which is on the list. I bought all of the books using this list as my guide so I am now missing 1 🙁

    Have read 13 of this brilliant series..thank you Mr P.

    I’ve read all except private beijing and private rome, have just started private beijing and like all the rest can’t put down once you start, I’m an avid James Patterson Read, all his novels are an awesome read!!


    I just finished reading private Vegas. Scared for Jack with he’s menace of a brother.
    Is there a follow up book about he’s brother? What happens after he’s brother and the mafia boss meets Jack and Tommy delivers he’s awful card?
    Does anyone know what happened? And is there a follow up story ? 🇬🇧

    Hi. I have read private 1 – 8 and I have been given 9-15 for Christmas.

    Just about to start Private Rogue after reading the rest of the series. Haven’t read one I haven’t enjoyed and looking forward to Rugue and Beijing when it’s released.

    Love Private, I cant put it down so with in 2 days I have read it all. Now I’m going through the list again to make sure I have read them all.

    The private series is terrific. I’ve loved all of them. But some have been good and I wish there would be sequels

    I have read all of the Private series. Once the book is in my hands it’s hard to put it down. I’ve read James Patterson books in less than three days. I was stuck on Alex Cross but the Private series is more interesting. James Patterson needs to write more Private series and retire Alex Cross

    They are soooo good !! Love to see how he’s doing . Can never put them down once I start reading them !!

    I’ve been reading James Patterson books for as long as I can remember. They’re all fantastic! He feels like a member of our family!

    Wow I have always liked James Patterson’s books but I have now read the first two of the Private series and am hooked to the point of I have read the Private London book in just six hours couldn’t put it down loved it

    Have just finished my first Private novel – Private Moscow which I thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to more adventures involving Jack and his team – cheers Ross Bray

    I have read all the private series to date all very good can’t put them down once I get started on them

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