Title: Private (Private #1)
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Source: Audible freebie
Setting: Los Angeles, present day
“Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a private investigation business that was WAY COOLER than the cops? With a super advanced crime lab that had all the latest stuff? And investigators who could carry big guns and didn’t have to follow all the police regulations? And they worked for all the big clients because they were so cool?”
Well, yeah, I guess that would be neat. Not very believable, but neat. And I would read that.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we had a whole bunch of diverse characters that all have sexy secrets and every one has this like, diverse background that we’ll go into in complete detail, like an Irish secretary who is working on her citizenship? And a quirky scientist guy who does his own forensic exams? And a damaged main character who inherits the whole business from his criminal dad and has to fight with his EVIL TWIN BROTHER???”
Um, I guess so. Evil twins are kind of over done, but…
“And would wouldn’t it be EVEN BETTER if the crime exposed the rotten underbelly of Hollywood with the mob and prostitutes and drugs and serial killers after school girls and a conspiracy to undermine professional football?”
Wait, how does football fit in to this?
“Wouldn’t you totally read that?”
Not on purpose I wouldn’t.
“Oh, so we’ll just throw it all in there a little at a time, so you’re already hooked on the story and you have to read it to see what happens. Wouldn’t that be super cool?”