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Worst Case

A book by James Patterson

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Much better than the previous books by the authors

  • Feb 19, 2010
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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 for a detective Michael Bennett book. This one is far from the "Worst Case," it is the better of the three; better writing and drama and frequent humor.
Bennett, a widower and father of ten multi-racial children and grandson of a quirky priest, is on New York's worst case squad. He leads the investigation into the kidnapping of children of wealthy influential parents by a skillful murderer who doesn't seem interested in money, and doesn't seem to make mistakes. Bennett is joined by an attractive FBI's Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett is pressured by the mayor's office and the press to solve the case and is constantly provoked by the kidnapper/murderer who is able to find him and call him at will. Bennett's life is complicated by his many good humored but aggressive children, his offbeat grandfather, the sexual attraction he feels toward divorced Emily Parker and the jealousy of his long-time house keeper.
When a college student is kidnapped and the kidnapper demands a ransom of five million dollars, Bennett wonders if this is a copycat crime or the first two kidnappings were an intentional prelude to this crime. Which is it? Will the kidnapper kidnap more kids? Why is he doing it? Roman Catholicism pervades the story, including the threat of a disaster on Ash Wednesday. What is the connection of Catholicism and the kidnapping? Readers will find the development of the solutions interesting.

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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 . 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 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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