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  • Jul 16, 2010
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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 an FBI specialist, Emily Parker, to try to outwith the killer.

I read this book almost in one sitting. While the disclosure of the killer's identity and explanation of his motives at the end of the book seemed a tad bit rushed, that in no way lessened my enjoyment of the novel. The interplay between Bennett and the FBI specialist was fun to watch as Bennett initially bristles at what he views as an intrusion in his case, then reluctantly comes to admire Parker's abilities, and finally genuinely partners with her to bring the case to a close. He also is unable to overcome the physical attraction between them, although there is a twist at the end that anybody who has been with the series since the beginning has probably seen coming.

I enjoyed Bennett's interplay with his kids and his priest/father. Patterson/Ledwidge, uses a light touch with the family scenes and manages to avoid having them take over the novel, but still emphasizes that this is an important part of Bennett's life, and has the family interludes maintain relevance to the mystery by having Bennett gain some insight that helps him in dealing with the kidnapper.

I find the Michael Bennett novels a refreshing change from the Alex Cross series which has become very old and tedious, or even the Women's Murder Club series which has also shown signs of aging. It's great to get to know another Patterson character and to see the page turning plots for which Patterson is known. Give me Michael Bennett over Alex Cross any day!

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review by . May 08, 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 …
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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