Book Review: Private Dehli by James Patterson

Private Dehli
by James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi

Publication date: January 12th 2017
Publisher: Century
Pages: 416


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.

Source: Goodreads


I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with James Patterson. I’ve loved some of his books (Private Paris) and I’ve hated some others (Private Vegas). “Private Dehli” falls somewhere in the middle of the two.

I’ve now read 4 of Patterson’s “Private” books. I haven’t read them in sequence but that doesn’t really matter as anything that does continue from another book is clearly explained in the next.

“Private Delhi” is the 13th book in this series. It’s set in modern day India, focusing on Jack Morgan’s Indian branch of his private investigator team. I actually really disliked “Private India” so I had been putting reading this one off for a while, but re-joining Jack and Santosh for another go, this story seemed to hold my attention a little better as the team investigated a series of gorey organ harvesting murders in the city.

This was a quick read, but it certainly wasn’t perfect; with complicated and difficult to pronounce names, I struggled to remember who was who and keeping track of which name belonged on the good or the bad side. There were times where I flicked past a couple of pages that weren’t relevant, but with short snappy chapters, the pace soon picked up again and I was able to get back into it.

Patterson is known for writing page turners. His books read like films and you are always drawn back in to find out what happens next. It’s dramatic, but it’s supposed to be!

Overall rating: Here’s another quick page turner from James Patterson. #13 in the series, “Private Delhi” was a lot better than “Private India” and gave me a little more encouragement to pick up another. It was slightly confusing at times but as it was fast paced this didn’t matter too much, especially when I was more interested in the gore! It’s 3 stars from me.

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