After awhile Patterson becomes redundant. I think I keep getting his books because they're easy reads and free at the library. His books are ok but nothing really new or earth shattering. Patterson seems pretty superficial. The serial killer is described as "piss ugly" at one point and of course those who work at Private are drop dead gorgeous or drive ritzy cars. In other books, Patterson has characters eating foie gras which is made by shoving food down the throats of ducks to the point that their liver all but explodes. I've come to like Patterson and his primadonna characters less and less. Maybe this is what happens when you churn out book after book after book. A vanilla product.