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An executive's corpse is discovered in a Minneapolis wetland, and with it the photo of a girl. Is she unconscious or dead? Detective Erik Jansson takes on the investigation and is mismatched with a new partner, the imposing Detective Deb Metzger. They soon learn that the murdered man worked for a reputation management firm that serves wealthy clients. Other employees from An executive's corpse is discovered in a Minneapolis wetland, and with it the photo of a girl. Is she unconscious or dead? Detective Erik Jansson takes on the investigation and is mismatched with a new partner, the imposing Detective Deb Metzger. They soon learn that the murdered man worked for a reputation management firm that serves wealthy clients. Other employees from the firm have also vanished, but information is withheld from the detectives by a corporate cover-up. Erik and Deb pursue promising leads about the identity of the photo girl. When these leads take them to a down-and-out family and a Northwoods cabin, they seem to be dead-ends—or are they? Despite informants who lie, the online targeting of another girl, and threats to their own safety, Erik and Deb delve deeper. The story becomes stranger and more unsavory as intensely private and deadly secrets come to light.


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An executive's corpse is discovered in a Minneapolis wetland, and with it the photo of a girl. Is she unconscious or dead? Detective Erik Jansson takes on the investigation and is mismatched with a new partner, the imposing Detective Deb Metzger. They soon learn that the murdered man worked for a reputation management firm that serves wealthy clients. Other employees from An executive's corpse is discovered in a Minneapolis wetland, and with it the photo of a girl. Is she unconscious or dead? Detective Erik Jansson takes on the investigation and is mismatched with a new partner, the imposing Detective Deb Metzger. They soon learn that the murdered man worked for a reputation management firm that serves wealthy clients. Other employees from the firm have also vanished, but information is withheld from the detectives by a corporate cover-up. Erik and Deb pursue promising leads about the identity of the photo girl. When these leads take them to a down-and-out family and a Northwoods cabin, they seem to be dead-ends—or are they? Despite informants who lie, the online targeting of another girl, and threats to their own safety, Erik and Deb delve deeper. The story becomes stranger and more unsavory as intensely private and deadly secrets come to light.

55 review for Where Privacy Dies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    My own mother's book gets 5 stars from me! My own mother's book gets 5 stars from me!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindelu

    I won this book on Goodreads. I have read 3/4th of it but cannot struggle through it any longer. It reads as a jumbled mass of words. It moves too quickly and sarcastically to follow. I am not meshing with the two main characters at all. The storyline is rather slow but the writing is chaotic. I'm not going to finish it- life is too short. I won this book on Goodreads. I have read 3/4th of it but cannot struggle through it any longer. It reads as a jumbled mass of words. It moves too quickly and sarcastically to follow. I am not meshing with the two main characters at all. The storyline is rather slow but the writing is chaotic. I'm not going to finish it- life is too short.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Angela

    Readers who want to learn more about Minneapolis and the surrounding area while solving a mystery will enjoy this book! The setting is detailed, and the police investigators are fun to spend time with. I look forward to the next book in this new series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    There must have been at least twenty characters introduced in the first thirty pages with no development. I live in Minneapolis and I have no idea what G-Met is. If it’s made up for the book, maybe a description would have been nice. I got to about page fifty and decided it was too frustrating to continually go back and read who the characters were. The pace was slow and the characters were not engaging. Life’s too short.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I actually did not finish this book. As happens often, too many characters are introduced in too few pages. Also, ‘fleshing’ out a character does not have to be done with dialogue. And details, just to add details, adding nothing to the story. There is a cacophony of voices and a plethora of characters and after struggling through 100 pages (only 140 pages to go), I decided there are too many good books waiting to be read which negated my need to know ‘who dunnit’.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Jenkins Colangelo

    What a jumbled word salad. By the end I didn't care. A mess of poor writing and terrible editing. What a jumbled word salad. By the end I didn't care. A mess of poor writing and terrible editing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Dunning

    Two confessions: 1) I'm not much of a mystery reader and 2) as acknowledged in the book, I read an early draft of this novel. But hey, I can still recommend it, can't I? So if you're still with me, what I love most about this book is Patton's witty narration and dialogue. Patton's plot keeps you unable to see around the corner until the very end. And as a non-native but longtime Minnesotan, Patton brings an insider-outsider perspective to the region's eccentricities that's lots of fun. Two confessions: 1) I'm not much of a mystery reader and 2) as acknowledged in the book, I read an early draft of this novel. But hey, I can still recommend it, can't I? So if you're still with me, what I love most about this book is Patton's witty narration and dialogue. Patton's plot keeps you unable to see around the corner until the very end. And as a non-native but longtime Minnesotan, Patton brings an insider-outsider perspective to the region's eccentricities that's lots of fun.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yaritza

    This story had a great plot. I felt like the story was slow. I was hoping to have some action and thrill and it ran short of that. The author is great with details and humor.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carl Brookins

    From the striking cover to the final resolution of murky death and the corruption by power and money of numerous characters, this rich and at times difficult novel will attract, enthrall and sometimes irk readers. Central to the story is the gradual growth of understanding and appreciation of two detectives in a Twin Cities law enforcement force titled G-Met. It’s an intriguing amalgam of special cops whose franchise covers multiple jurisdictions in the metropolitan region of East Central Minnes From the striking cover to the final resolution of murky death and the corruption by power and money of numerous characters, this rich and at times difficult novel will attract, enthrall and sometimes irk readers. Central to the story is the gradual growth of understanding and appreciation of two detectives in a Twin Cities law enforcement force titled G-Met. It’s an intriguing amalgam of special cops whose franchise covers multiple jurisdictions in the metropolitan region of East Central Minnesota. It’s an authorial creation with much interesting and intriguing potential. Lead detective is tall lanky Erik Jansson, divorced father of a young son. He is not a typical cop one frequently finds in this genre. He’s paired with a new hire from a small city in southern Minnesota, Deb Metzger, a six-foot plus lesbian, who could competently handle the physical requirements of a corporate bodyguard. The two are not instantly simpatico and thereby inhabit a running source of minor conflict and mutual support which adds a fine level of benign conflict to the novel. Although the title of the novel is a quickly understood clue to an important dimension of the mystery, this story turns on the deviousness and sometimes nasty inclinations of human beings who have enjoyed a high degree of success without the leavening factor of ethics and moral suasion. The narrative is tight, solid and delves neatly into ego, intrusion of technology, moral failure and the entanglement of those who would ignore their childhood schooling. A multiplicity of characters, crisp dialogue and an absence of unnecessary description adds to the richness of the novel. The novel competently reveals a fresh voice and a thoughtful look into the modern world of computer crime and our almost universal entanglement therein. I recommend this fine novel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam Matthews

    Murder mysteries fall into two camps for me: those whose writing exists merely to outline a plot and those whose writing exists because beautiful writing is itself a kind of mystery. This one is in the latter camp. The plot is thick, the characters original, the dialogue adept. The author has a great, wry sense of humor, which you’d know from the book even if you’d never met her (which I have). The characters are thoughtfully but not exhaustively drawn, leaving you looking forward to the next bo Murder mysteries fall into two camps for me: those whose writing exists merely to outline a plot and those whose writing exists because beautiful writing is itself a kind of mystery. This one is in the latter camp. The plot is thick, the characters original, the dialogue adept. The author has a great, wry sense of humor, which you’d know from the book even if you’d never met her (which I have). The characters are thoughtfully but not exhaustively drawn, leaving you looking forward to the next book. The ending had me looking out my window, contemplating the mysteries of life itself. Lovely.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Bozesky

    This book should never have been published. It is agonizing to read. The book is poorly written with many grammatical errors. There are too many characters whose purpose to the story is never explained. The dialogue is stilted and often undecipherable; there is no character development. The premise of the novel has merit, but the story does not flow, there is no synergy between chapters and too much is left unexplained. Do not waste your time on this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I made it 1/3 of the way through this book. Inconsistent spellings and typos, incomprehensible dialogue, and unformed characters made this too difficult to continue reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I was really excited to read a mystery series set in the Twin Cities, where I live. It was definitely cool to exactly picture where the action was going down... but some of the twists fell a little flat for me. I did also sometimes get annoyed that the lead detective kept being described as SO attractive.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie Albers

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louis Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth W. Goings

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Holmes

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Shea

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doris Moore

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  31. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gabriel

  32. 4 out of 5

    Gina

  33. 4 out of 5

    Lori Bennett

  34. 5 out of 5

    Fleet Sparrow

  35. 4 out of 5

    Rachella Baker

  36. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Stefani

  37. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  39. 4 out of 5

    Sunnymay

  40. 5 out of 5

    Prentiss Garner

  41. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  42. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  43. 5 out of 5

    Douglass Abramson

  44. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  45. 5 out of 5

    Tezra

  46. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

  47. 4 out of 5

    Charissa Rate

  48. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  49. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  50. 5 out of 5

    Kara Lauren

  51. 4 out of 5

    Melly Mel

  52. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  53. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  54. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  55. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

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