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Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2013
WORST CASE by James Patterson with Michael Ledwidge features NYPD Detective Michael Bennett.
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.