In “Private London” (Grand Central Publishing, $14.99) by James Patterson and Mark Pearson, Jack Morgan runs Private, a Los Angeles investigative agency that's blossomed worldwide.
His office in London is run by Dan Carter, ex-Royal Military Police, and Morgan has a special assignment for him.
About seven years earlier, Hannah Shapiro, the daughter of a top client, saw her mother taken by kidnappers before Morgan shot the killers.
Now Hannah's father has sent her to attend a university in England. He has asked Morgan to watch her.
Morgan gives the job to Carter and Carter's goddaughter, Chloe, but suddenly the same thing has happened. Hannah has been kidnapped, and Chloe is critical.
The search is on, but another case is also being played out.
Young people are being kidnapped and having organs removed along with one finger.
Carter's ex-wife with the Metropolitan Police is working the case, and she and Dan haven't remained friends — except at times.
The Patterson “factory” has started what could be a long series.
It also has lots of action, short chapters and the usual twists.
— John Harrington