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Step on a Crack

A book by James Patterson

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Hi, Jack

  • Sep 6, 2010
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Step on a Crack

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A team of highjackers crashes a funeral at NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, taking as hostages dozens of high profile mourners. The police immediately cordon off the area and begin negotiations with Jack, the leader of the criminal pack. At the center of the crisis is senior Detective Michael Bennett, who has taken part in many operations like this. Or so he thinks. Whatever strategies the police employ, Jack and his cohorts neatly outsmart them at every turn. How do these guys know so much? As the hours drag by, another hostage is brutally murdered.

The plot and characters are winners as far long as the hostage situation is the focus. Lamentably, however, there’s an important subplot. Detective Bennett is not simply a husband and father. He has 10 kids, all adopted, all sweet as can be, and a more-Irish-than-leprechauns wife, Maeve, who is hospitalized with terminal cancer. Poor Mike is torn between the needs of family and the demands of his job, but he’s rescued by another couple of ultra-Irish characters, father in law turned priest and au pair sent over from the Auld Sod. To top it all off, it’s Christmas.

The highjack story is rather ingenious, but the family scenario (at one point Michael muses that it could be the next holiday Hallmark special – hmmm, maybe he’s onto something?) is sheer melodrama. Regrettable.

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September 06, 2010
For my money, James Patterson has long since jumped the shark. I think these fledgling authors who are using a partnership with Patterson as a marketing tool would be far better off on their own.
 
September 06, 2010
That's too bad, because the story plot does sound dramatic and interesting. Thanks for sharing!
September 06, 2010
Thanks for reading and commenting, B!
 
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review by . March 12, 2007
Here we have the beginning of a new series, this one featuring an NYPD homicide detective who has just lost his wife, and is raising 10 children with the help of an Irish au pair, and his grandfather, who is now a priest. This story moves along swiftly, from the death of a former First Lady to a hostage situation at St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's a jolt a minute, as the reader follows the action both of the hostage-takers and their leader, and the moves of the hero and assorted law enforcement groups. …
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Pop a bowl of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair and you might finish this combination thriller and tearjerker before the popcorn. Bestseller Patterson (Cross) and Ledwidge (The Narrowback) spin a fantastic tale of an audacious mass kidnapping and the unlikely detective thrust into the primary role of negotiator, sleuth and hero. Michael Bennett, a senior NYPD homicide detective, has a wife dying of cancer and 10 adopted children of various ethnic origins. When St. Patrick's Cathedral, site of the celebrity-packed funeral of a former first lady, is seized by a dozen ruthless men, Bennett ends up as point man for the hastily assembled negotiating team. From then on, the tale requires the reader to go with the flow as Bennett alternates visits to his wife's hospital bedside, brief trips to check on how his kids are managing and tense dealings with the well-prepared kidnappers. Short on credibility on the crime front, long on sentimentality on the home front, this book would be a good candidate for adaptation as a one-hour TV movie.(Feb.)
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ISBN-10: 0316013943
ISBN-13: 978-0316013949
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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