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Worst Case

A book by James Patterson

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Chills and thrills but the bad guy could have been more intense and maniacal

  • May 8, 2010
The third book in this series has improved when it comes to sharpness, the story is tighter and with some funny and entertaining bits thrown in, from snippy comments to movie like action scenes the story is entertaining, the only down side I can think of is the lack of being overly memorable, but I had a great time reading it and I'm looking forward to the next part which sounds good all ready.

In this story, one of New York's finest, Michael Bennett is slowly getting over his wife's death and noticing other women, but his personal life always plays the backdrop to the actual work, this time he is dealing with a very intelligent killer who seems to have a soft spot for other nations who suffer while rich American kids are rotting away in comforts, he's pissed that no one cares and will teach them a very harsh lesson about real suffering. The killer seems intelligent, the teacher type, quizzing the youngsters and doing way with them if they don't pass his test, it's up to Bennett and Parker to stop him before any more kids are nabbed and their reputation put on the line by the rich and enraged parents. False clues, lost chases and plenty of gruesome deaths fill the pages as Michael tries to keep a balance between his private and work life and not lose any of his many kids, the jealous babysitter / housekeeper doesn't help when he slowly realizes that the world hasn't stopped turning and his life starts to resume after the deep sadness after losing his beloved wife. The ending seemed to resolved a bit too fast, and has became hazy in my memory, I remember not loving it thinking "that's it?" but it was satisfying I guess, just not as explosive as it could have easily been. I wish Patterson would include more of his Alex Cross skills into his other books, it seems that they take so much out of him, but they really are his best creation, this shadows it, successfully at times.

This is a very fast read, something that can be enjoyed after dinner and finished in the morning before breakfast, at least it' show I read it, Patterson always crafts books that are enticing enough to suck me in, this was a nice break from the usual horror and fantasy I tend to read, can't wait to read the next one.

- Kasia S.

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review by . July 16, 2010
Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third in a series featuring New York Police Detective Michael Bennett. In this book, Bennett goes up against a kidnapper who snatches the children of New York City's wealthiest elite. The kidnapper doesn't ask for ransom, however. Instead he quizzes his victims about social issues. If they fail the test, he beats them and kills them. In a dash to save more kids from being killed, Bennett must use his profiling skills and join forces with …
review by . February 19, 2010
A learned professor and author of philosophical non-fiction books told me that she reads philosophy, history and science books, but turns to Harlequin romance novels for relaxation. James Patterson's crime novels are a step or two above these books. I started Sue Grafton's U is for Undertow after finishing Worst Case and it seemed like a Dostoevsky classic in comparison to the Patterson-Ledwidge work; yet, Worst Case is interesting.   This is the third time that Patterson joined with Ledwidge …
review by . February 02, 2010
A child has been kidnapped. Instead of holding the child for ransom, the kidnapper asks questions about how much money others are paying for this family to live a lifestyle of the rich and famous. The right answer means the child lives, the wrong answer can only end in death. Can the detective on the case, Michael Bennett, track down the culprit before the parents give the wrong answer to a question?    James Patterson is one of my favorite authors of all time. His books are …
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New York detective Michael Bennett is an ace profiler who enjoys working alone, and when a beautiful young FBI abduction specialist named Emily Parker is assigned to his high-profile kidnapping case, he struggles to cede authority. Bobby Cannavale returns as Detective Bennett, slipping into his best Brooklyn accent and giving a hard edge to the character. As the kidnapper, John Glover employs a nasal whining tone perfectly suited to the character, and the phone conversations between cop and criminal are rich with tension. Orlagh Cassidy gives Emily an appealing gentleness, but her other female characters sound slightly clichéd.A Little, Brown hardcover. (Feb.)
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ISBN-10: 0316036226
ISBN-13: 978-0316036221
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Thriller
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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