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Worst Case (Michael Bennett) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 555 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Michael Bennett Series

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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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"Thrilling . . . white-knuckle suspense . . . a standout crime thriller that no Patterson or adrenaline junkie should miss."―NightsandWeekends.com on Run For Your Life

"At a furious pace, this novel runs with the wolves. Action, intelligence, social and political issues galore, with a fantastic plot and great writing-what's not to like?"―TheReviewBroads.com

"Patterson and Ledwidge more than deliver . . . each book just gets better . . . The tension and suspense leap off the pages . . . definitely must-read material for Patterson fans . . . This Michael Bennett guy? I think he's the real deal."―FictionAddict.com

"Packed with action . . . The Bennett series has hit its stride with this entry, as it is even more fast-paced and even more exciting than Run for Your Life . . . Score another win for Patterson and Ledwidge. I eagerly await the next installment of the saga."―MrControversy.blogspot.com

"Tension, suspense, and thrills on virtually every page. WORST CASE delivers."―Squidoo.com

"A one-sit read with a villain who is as current as today's headlines . . . Bennett is very likable."―BookReporter.com

"This top-notch mystery with a first-class cast will rivet readers and whet their appetites for the next in the Bennett series."―RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Michael Bennett (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446574732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446574730
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (555 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alla S. VINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In James Patterson's latest thriller, "The Worst Case," Francis X. Mooney is a do-gooder lawyer who believes in changing the world--rescuing people from poverty, donating to humanitarian causes, and increasing social equality. In the beginning, he tries handing out pamphlets about making the world a better place--but no one listens. And so, he decides on a much deadlier path--becoming a serial killer. But his victims are no ordinary folks.

Meanwhile, New York Detective Michael Bennett, a widower and a father of ten foster children, is called to investigate a string of kidnappings concerning teenagers from wealthy families. His co-investigator becomes Emily Parker, a beautiful FBI Agent specializing in abduction. Soon enough, Bennett and Parker notice a pattern. The abductor quizzes his victims about the current state of the world--killing them if they fail the test.

What further complicates matters is that the killer has Bennett's personal contact information, and is willing to lead him to his dead victims. In each case, the parents are contacted but are powerless when it comes to negotiating with the kidnapper. And so, the children of a media mogul, a pharmaceutical company CEO, and the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, are left fighting for their lives.

And while the kidnappings of the first two victims--Jacob Dunning and Chelsea Skinner are very similar in scope, the case of wheelchair bound Dan Hastings is drastically different--starting from the sudden demand for ransom, to his unexplained disappearance. But the kidnappings only continue, while Mooney's sinister plan takes him to the center of New York's decadence and money.
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Format: Hardcover
One thing is certain, when you read a James Patterson book you're generally in for a good time. Tension, suspense, and thrills on virtually on every page. Worst Case delivers.

Leading man Michael Bennett is back in James Patterson's latest thriller Worst Case. Joining Bennett this time is FBI agent Emily Parker who specializes in abduction cases. The plot is pretty straight forward. What do you do when all of your efforts to ease the suffering of people around you have little or no impact? Simple! You become a serial killer. And who do you direct this maddening frustration at? Also simple! You go after those you feel have caused this suffering and you do it in a murdering way; a way that will make everyone pay and suffer, even the innocent. Any more information and I'm afraid this would become a spoiler.

I seem to run hot and cold on Patterson's works. For his last book, a nonfiction book, The Murder of King Tut, I could only bring myself to rate with two stars. I regret buying the book and feel a bit embarrassed to have it on my shelf. However, in the world of buying books it is buyer beware.

Worst Case on the other hand is a fitting effort by this very seasoned author. I don't believe you'll regret buying the book and you certainly won't regret reading it.

I highly recommend.
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The book features a veteran NYPD detective, Michael Bennett, who's a widower with ten (count `em) kids. Those kids have an attractive young nanny who has a big surprise for the detective.

Bennett stays busy in this novel by working (and playing) with an attractive young FBI agent. Bennett and the agent pursue a nutty aging hippie/corporate lawyer who cries a lot and has a heavy agenda. A little Karl Marx philosophy. A little Groucho Marx humor. Kidnappings and vicious murders. Talk of a greener, better world. A priest who gleefully admits he's a grandfather. A physically challenged Columbia student who has a "Russian squeeze." And we get to learn that corporate greed is really, really bad.

Mixed throughout are giggling and light-hearted fun. Zaniness coexists with mayhem. It's more than a little cartoonish, and remarkably like a Scooby-Doo episode; but, alas, there's no Scooby. I looked.

It's a quick read, for the 356 pages have large font, plenty of white space, and there's the classic James Patterson (writing with Michael Ledwidge) style: mini-chapters of two-four slam-bang pages.

The ending is clever and exciting. Although there's absolutely nothing that's profound, it's a good read for those who want to be entertained, escaping briefly the real troubles of the world.
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I would relabel this book "worst book". I got within 30 pages of the end, and my entire years worth of suspension of disbelief had been used up. What's wrong with this book is that the author's must have watched too many TV crime shows in a marathon effort.

Paper thin characters. There is no character development at all.

Preachy to the point of annoyance. Couldn't just one character make the point that just because a kid isn't socially active at 17 doesn't mean they should be murdered. The one kid that isn't murdered doesn't bear resemblance to any kid I know.

Main villian with Stage 4 Cancer and he can overpower all these strong young characters. Come on.

The plot is rehashed from so many TV shows it's pathetic.

Avoid this one like the plague.
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