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Worst Case (Michael Bennett, 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 6, 2013
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455599832
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455599837
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.3 x 1.2 x 7.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book has plenty of action. It also has some humor to it.
Detective Bennett is involved as led investigator.
His multi-cultural family is ill and causes additional stress, while he investigates.
He is also finally feeling his emotions again after losing his wife to cancer, and he has developed relationships with both a fellow FBI investigator and for his children's nanny.
The suspect is kidnapping children of wealthy parents and as the book plays out he takes 3 kidnapped children to an unexpected ending.
A well written novel by this author with attention to detail being his telling element.
The story centers on a vicious kidnapper who preys on mega-wealthy New York--one-child--families. Bennett is called upon to solve the heart-breaking crimes with the help of FBI special agent Ms Emily Parker. A third of the way into the story, the reader is informed of the identity of the kidnapper. The Mastermind manages to outwit, outthink and elude law enforcement at every turn while practicing his depraved wickedness.
Ledwidge does a good job of developing Bennett's character making him appear charismatic and clever at times while lighthearted, funny and family oriented at others. Ledwidge, however, fails to develop Emily Parker's personality or bring her into the story as an engaging partner rather than a mere tag-along to Bennett. Also the love interest is left in cold storage--disappointing.
The story is not a serious or challenging read--mediocre by Patterson standards.
I rate the book a weak 3 out of 5.
Michael and others in this series from James Patterson are quickly becoming my favorites. I miss the Alex Cross of old. Swiftly taking Alex's place are Michael, the priest uncles, cute children and sexy nanny.
In this latest edition to the James Patterson arensenal, Francis X Mooney is a misguided do-gooder. And I call him this because he really wants to do the right thing, but his methods are not so great. He is kidnapping the children of the uber rich and engaging them into a game of his own in attempt to ascertain their concern for environmental issues. Answers to his question prompt responses from him.
The book is a murder mystery, not so much mysterious as a display of murderous intentions aimed at the heartstrings of the 60s and 70s hippies.
The story is solid and the writing is clear. There is murder and mayhem as well as intrigue. Will Michael succumb to pretty new detective who will partner with him on this crime? Or what is going to happen between Michael and the nanny? <--- Perhaps that's the mystery.
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I'm late reaching this instalment of Michael Bennett stories as I wait till prices drop but the series is as good as it always has been. It was nice to catch up with him and his brood. My only gripe was where I needed to keep looking up American acronyms on Google !! THAT is highly annoying.
I did spot a line using terrible English and was pretty shocked to see it-"I, two other Major Case detectives, and a PD tech were stationed..."...ouch !! The he mentioned someone being in a child's school desk....should have been at. He was hardly inside it !! Twice he used the expression "booked" and "booking" but I couldn't even find that on Google in the context he was referring to and the same for the word "pooched".
I liked the idea behind the puzzle their abductor gave them and the fact that only one was able to answer his quiz. The character of Emily was a great one and I am hoping she'll maybe pop up again in this series as well.
This particular book I really enjoyed. I have also read the two previous Michael Bennett novels so I already had some background on the characters which always helps. The second book in the Michael Bennett series (Run for your life) I rated at 4 out of 5 and to be honest this book was no different. The character himself is pretty good, he is clearly a family man but one who loves his family and that comes across well with the writing. The added bonus of this book is the angle of the love life interest. The only thing was with this angle is that it felt very rushed, almost like JP/ML felt they had to introduce somebody.
We don’t hear as much about Michael’s family which is a shame because his Grandfather Seamus was featured a little more heavily ion the previous book and he is a great character.
As for the killer himself, we see the story written from his perspective and to be honest this was the weakest are of the book. It almost felt a little rushed and there was no real depth to him. However as usual, James Patterson manages to balance out these flaws with his style of writing. His chapters are short and sharp and always paced quickly meaning they keep you a little hooked. I always find that no matter what my opinion of the story or characters I am always compelled to keep reading. Maybe this is why his books are such a success? Up until the release of ‘I Alex Cross’ which was quite recent, I actually preferred the Michael Bennett series. After that recent release I again became latched with the Alex Cross character. I must say though that after reading this Michael Bennett book, he may not be my favourite of the JP characters but I definitely want to see more of him.
All in all James Patterson hasn’t failed to deliver a good book. My only concern is that I never feel like it’s a five star read lately like I have with other authors such as Dennis Lehane. I think that he produces so many books in such a short space of time that the reader never quite feels like he has immersed himself fully with one character and concentrated on that one book. Overall he is still a great author and I would recommend his books to anybody as they are an enjoyable read. JP had better watch out though, recently some great authors have been producing 5 star books which may threaten his status as the number one Crime Writer.
I read the first two books in the series and i enjoyed them,i knew that Patterson didn't write every word and that at best they are good holiday reading but i couldn't even finsih this one.
Maybe it is my fault having come off reading a Tom Clancy novel where he fits as many words onto the poage as he possibly can,here the authors seem to try to fit as little on a page as possible,pages start half way down and it really should be placed in the oversized novels section the words are that large.
When the cops start yelling at a kidnapp victim parent becasue he is nasty to them it just lost all of what little believability there was left in the story...