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One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance--by killing them.To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a gr One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance--by killing them.To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet--a deadly message for the entire city to witness.From the bestselling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, Worst Casel leave you gasping for breath until the very end.From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" –Forbes).


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One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance--by killing them.To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a gr One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance--by killing them.To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet--a deadly message for the entire city to witness.From the bestselling author who brought you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action-packed series yet. With the heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers, Worst Casel leave you gasping for breath until the very end.From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" –Forbes).

30 review for Worst Case

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another enjoyable episode in the Michael Bennett series. I think I am starting to like him even more than Alex Cross! As usual in a Patterson book the action is continuous and frequently way over the top but it makes for a great read. There is the usual high body count, a crazy serial killer and a bomb threat all handled with style by our hero. Bennett's family of ten children have a low key role but the 'nanny' features in an interesting way. I will have to read #4 soon to find out what happens Another enjoyable episode in the Michael Bennett series. I think I am starting to like him even more than Alex Cross! As usual in a Patterson book the action is continuous and frequently way over the top but it makes for a great read. There is the usual high body count, a crazy serial killer and a bomb threat all handled with style by our hero. Bennett's family of ten children have a low key role but the 'nanny' features in an interesting way. I will have to read #4 soon to find out what happens there. James Patterson is my go to when I want a fast, exciting, easy read. Worst Case met all my expectations.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I seriously love this Michael Bennett series. I dare even say more than I did the Woman’s Murder Club series. Bennett is a completely likable character and is easily endearing to readers. His love life is very odd right now but that just adds to the ongoing story. The plot was so engrossing that I could not put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting. My quick and simple overall: a fast-paced suspense with a perp who is targeted the children of the rich.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third book in the Michael Bennett detective series. Readers will not have to read the other two books in the series to follow along as this New York Detective takes on a child kidnapper with a social agenda. Bennett is a single father with 10 children -- not all of them biological -- whose holy grandfather Seamus and nanny Mary Catherine make his life a little less hectic and in some cases even more so. Bennett must not only balance his fa Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third book in the Michael Bennett detective series. Readers will not have to read the other two books in the series to follow along as this New York Detective takes on a child kidnapper with a social agenda. Bennett is a single father with 10 children -- not all of them biological -- whose holy grandfather Seamus and nanny Mary Catherine make his life a little less hectic and in some cases even more so. Bennett must not only balance his fatherly duties with detective work, but also must learn to separate the cases he works on as part of major crimes. New York is an excellent location for this detective, with its high crime boroughs and its high class residents. Worst Case is narrated superbly by three narrators, Bobby Cannavale, Orlagh Cassidy, and John Glover as each voice takes on either Bennett, FBI child kidnapping expert Emily Parker, or the serial murderer. Read the rest of the review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/07/w...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    First Read: One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance by killing them. To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily P First Read: One by one, children of New York's wealthiest are taken hostage. But the criminal doesn't crave money or power--he only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance by killing them. To Detective Michael Bennett, it becomes clear that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced to team up with FBI agent Emily Parker, and the two set out to capture the killer before he begins his most public lesson yet--a deadly message for the entire city to witness. From the best selling author who rough you the Alex Cross novels comes James Patterson's most action packed series yet. With the Heart-pounding suspense that only Patterson delivers Patterson's and Ledwidge's Worst Case tells a tale of Michael Bennett, a veteran cop, as he pursues a serial kidnapper/murderer who targets the children of the super-rich. The plotline of Worst Case is effectively a string of kidnappings which all follow the same format. There are the occasional deviations but nothing to get excited about, the most extreme twist being someone organizing a fake kidnapping to get some cash and put the blame on the killer (sound familiar?) I do like Olag Cassidy's narrator voice. I've heard her in several books and enjoy her a lot. Second Read: I don't know whether this counts as a spoiler but there really is not much to this story: The good guys pursue the bad-guy until they catch him, there isn't even the uber cheesy "Now it's personal" moment that usually pops up mid novel to amp up the tension. Not my favorite!!!! This big time is my least favorite of the Michael Bennett books. They have also been some of my favorite, but this one seems to have died in the computer. There is something about the pace set by Patterson of his books that I normally love. The only problem is that "Worse Case" doesn't cut it for me. It features NY Detective Michael Bennett who has been in two earlier books. I just haven't liked this one as much. He is a great guy, he wants to right the wrongs of society and does what he can through his police work. His wife died of cancer a couple years ago and left him with 10 kids that they had adopted. He also has the help of his grandfather Seamus (whom I love, the priest. The kids are interesting and the nanny, which could turn into a new love interest for both of them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    I have read all of James Patterson’s books and to be frank they can be hit and miss. Sometimes he can produce fantastic stories but in recent years it seems like he churns out so many books that sometimes the story doesn’t have the author’s whole focus. The Michael Bennett series is co-written with Michael Lewidge. This particular book I really enjoyed. I have also read the two previous Michael Bennett novels so I already had some background on the characters which always helps. The second book i I have read all of James Patterson’s books and to be frank they can be hit and miss. Sometimes he can produce fantastic stories but in recent years it seems like he churns out so many books that sometimes the story doesn’t have the author’s whole focus. The Michael Bennett series is co-written with Michael Lewidge. This particular book I really enjoyed. I have also read the two previous Michael Bennett novels so I already had some background on the characters which always helps. The second book in the Michael Bennett series (Run for your life) I rated at 4 out of 5 and to be honest this book was no different. The character himself is pretty good, he is clearly a family man but one who loves his family and that comes across well with the writing. The added bonus of this book is the angle of the love life interest. The only thing was with this angle is that it felt very rushed, almost like JP/ML felt they had to introduce somebody. We don’t hear as much about Michael’s family which is a shame because his Grandfather Seamus was featured a little more heavily ion the previous book and he is a great character. As for the killer himself, we see the story written from his perspective and to be honest this was the weakest are of the book. It almost felt a little rushed and there was no real depth to him. However as usual, James Patterson manages to balance out these flaws with his style of writing. His chapters are short and sharp and always paced quickly meaning they keep you a little hooked. I always find that no matter what my opinion of the story or characters I am always compelled to keep reading. Maybe this is why his books are such a success? Up until the release of ‘I Alex Cross’ which was quite recent, I actually preferred the Michael Bennett series. After that recent release I again became latched with the Alex Cross character. I must say though that after reading this Michael Bennett book, he may not be my favourite of the JP characters but I definitely want to see more of him. All in all James Patterson hasn’t failed to deliver a good book. My only concern is that I never feel like it’s a five star read lately like I have with other authors such as Dennis Lehane. I think that he produces so many books in such a short space of time that the reader never quite feels like he has immersed himself fully with one character and concentrated on that one book. Overall he is still a great author and I would recommend his books to anybody as they are an enjoyable read. JP had better watch out though, recently some great authors have been producing 5 star books which may threaten his status as the number one Crime Writer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Desharnais

    Worst Case written by James Patterson is based in various places through out New York. Detective Bennett, a loving father with 10 adopted children with a deceased wife along with Emily Parker, the FBI agent out of Washington just getting out of a marriage are puzzled to see New York's wealthiest peoples children being abducted by a man who then gives the children a test to see if they live or die, they pass, they live. But if they fail, they pay the ultimate price, their lives. This book is writ Worst Case written by James Patterson is based in various places through out New York. Detective Bennett, a loving father with 10 adopted children with a deceased wife along with Emily Parker, the FBI agent out of Washington just getting out of a marriage are puzzled to see New York's wealthiest peoples children being abducted by a man who then gives the children a test to see if they live or die, they pass, they live. But if they fail, they pay the ultimate price, their lives. This book is written in a series of Detective Bennett stories of killers, but in my opinion, this was one of the best. I love how the story changes perspective from 3rd person to talking as Bennett then to switching to the killers point of view. Also, it was fun to see sparks fly between Agent Parker and Detective Bennett and see Bennett's nanny start to become some what jealous. I also liked how this story was one of those "keep you on the edge of your seat kind of stories." Patterson created a lot of twists and turns throughout the story as well! (You'll have to read it to find out what they are!) I recommended this book to anyone who likes a nice, suspenseful novel and doesn't mind reading some extra pages. (It was about 300 pages.) If you like short, romantic stories, then this is not the book for you! This book does have a little of everything in it though, from solving the case to catching the killer to romantic talks with a fellow agent (Emily Parker) this book really says it all and I can't wait to read the next one!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Traci Haley

    I am slightly embarrassed to admit every time I read a James Patterson novel. I don't have any delusions that he's that great of a writer... or, for that matter, that he's even writing this stuff anymore. In fact, when I say I'm a fan of Patterson's Michael Bennett series, I should just edit that to say I"m a fan of Michael Ledwidge's writing. In any case, while most people probably count Alex Cross as their favorite Patterson-created character, I love Michael Bennett. I love his family, his nan I am slightly embarrassed to admit every time I read a James Patterson novel. I don't have any delusions that he's that great of a writer... or, for that matter, that he's even writing this stuff anymore. In fact, when I say I'm a fan of Patterson's Michael Bennett series, I should just edit that to say I"m a fan of Michael Ledwidge's writing. In any case, while most people probably count Alex Cross as their favorite Patterson-created character, I love Michael Bennett. I love his family, his nanny, and his father-in-law. I love his version of New York City and I love the outlandish bad guys he goes after. The Michael Bennett books are like pixie sticks and Red Bull for my brain -- not much substance and way too much sugar and caffeine to be healthy, but a wicked fun ride. My only complaint about this installment was, at one point, a character described the villain as looking a little like Dennis Quaid. This totally threw me off, because I'd spent the whole book picturing Michael Emerson (Ben from "Lost") as the bad guy... it totally threw off my groove for half a second. Otherwise, I love love loved this book and can't wait for the next one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    Mind turning and full of religion. This story pulls Ash Wednesday into the plot and it’s an adventurous ride from start to finish. Detective Bennett never quits and uses all his skills to resolve the case. Francis Mooney is determined to alert the public about how the world is going to the garbage because of selfish, undeserving and bad ideas. No one listening and so he decides to take matters into his own hands and they are deadly. He doesn’t care who he hurts. This story was riveting and mesme Mind turning and full of religion. This story pulls Ash Wednesday into the plot and it’s an adventurous ride from start to finish. Detective Bennett never quits and uses all his skills to resolve the case. Francis Mooney is determined to alert the public about how the world is going to the garbage because of selfish, undeserving and bad ideas. No one listening and so he decides to take matters into his own hands and they are deadly. He doesn’t care who he hurts. This story was riveting and mesmerizing. It causes you to think from all perspectives; the killer, the victim and the police.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, particularly when it comes to mystery & crime books. I am somewhat opposed to the whole "co-writing with other authors". I decided to research the reason for "co-writing" - I found this: "In September 2009, Patterson signed a book deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and six for young adults by the end of 2012. Forbes reported the deal was worth at least $150 million..." (http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/ne...) The reason I am not a big fan James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, particularly when it comes to mystery & crime books. I am somewhat opposed to the whole "co-writing with other authors". I decided to research the reason for "co-writing" - I found this: "In September 2009, Patterson signed a book deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and six for young adults by the end of 2012. Forbes reported the deal was worth at least $150 million..." (http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/ne...) The reason I am not a big fan of the "co-writing", each books becomes so unpredictable when it comes to the writing style. I heard that the ideas are his but the add authors are actually writing them. So, each time I pick up a new book of Patterson, I worry if I will like it or not. "Worst case" - a dark, twisted, shockingly repellent, but so suspenseful - just like what you would expect when picking up a Patterson book. I read this book within 1 1/2 days and loved the storyline. Good old Patterson style!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    Patterson's and Ledwidge's Worst Case tells a tale of Michael Bennett, a veteran cop, as he pursues a serial kidnapper/murderer who targets the children of the super-rich. And to be perfectly honest I the best way to describe Worst Case: Along Came a Spider, without the good bits. The plotline of Worst Case is effectively a string of kidnappings which all follow the same format. 1. Child disapears 2. Phone call 3. Find child dead. There are the occasional deviations but nothing to get excited abou Patterson's and Ledwidge's Worst Case tells a tale of Michael Bennett, a veteran cop, as he pursues a serial kidnapper/murderer who targets the children of the super-rich. And to be perfectly honest I the best way to describe Worst Case: Along Came a Spider, without the good bits. The plotline of Worst Case is effectively a string of kidnappings which all follow the same format. 1. Child disapears 2. Phone call 3. Find child dead. There are the occasional deviations but nothing to get excited about, the most extreme twist being someone organising a fake kidnapping to get some cash and put the blame on the killer (sound familiar?) I don't know whether this counts as a spoiler but there really is nothing to this story: The good guys pursue the bad-guy until they catch him, there isn't even the uber cheesy "Now it's personal" moment that usually pops up mid novel to amp up the tension. And don't even get me started on the characters. I never thought I would prefer things more conformist, but the lack of any grit in Bennett's character is gag-worthy. He's an ultra-polite and well behaved cop, who uses lines like "Totally uncalled for and innapropriate" For a moment I thought Super-Nanny was the main character. Although Bennett does come out with this bad-ass line "No, you're more like an insult to handicapped people." When speaking to a student in a wheelchair. Bennett also has more adopted children than Maddonna and Brad n Angie combined, is a widower (leaving him free for all the ladies) which all leaves me with the feeling that the authors forgot to give this guy that 'one flaw' that readers crave. Considering the protaginist, obviously the antagonist is going to have to be a literary mess also. Our bad guy real barrel of problems: Ultra left-wing rich hating, intelligent, mentally unstable and terminally ill. One feels like instead of giving the bad-guy one overarching well-developed motivation for their actions the authors just threw together a bunch of issues and hoped it would work. The only thing missing was Mummy issues. There is little else to redeem this novel, there is illogical science (Upon an ash cross placed on a victims forehead the lab finds: cigarette ash, cancer medicine and traces of C4 explosive) Now maybe I get the cigarette ash mixing with medicine, that might happen right? BUT HOW THE HECK DID EXPLOSIVES GET INTO HIS CIGARETTES? Ok breath in, breath out. Inbetween the questionable racial stereotypes thrown throughout the investiagtion there are a few decent jokes, (if you like Dad-humour) and a little bit of flirting, but really, one of those things wasn't good and the other only half good, so just two stars for this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    The only good thing about this book is the font size.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Prata

    I like a rollicking, grab-you-right-away kind of story. Grisham does that. With Patterson this summer, I've tried to re-create the happy memories of reading an absorbing crime book (that's not too gross) from my days as a teenager reading Lawrence Sanders (Edward X. Delaney) and then my young adult days reading the Alphabet books of Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone). Of late though, I've been spoiled by the intricate and well-written crime-detective stories on PBS of Broadchurch and Line of Duty. I' I like a rollicking, grab-you-right-away kind of story. Grisham does that. With Patterson this summer, I've tried to re-create the happy memories of reading an absorbing crime book (that's not too gross) from my days as a teenager reading Lawrence Sanders (Edward X. Delaney) and then my young adult days reading the Alphabet books of Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone). Of late though, I've been spoiled by the intricate and well-written crime-detective stories on PBS of Broadchurch and Line of Duty. I've read two of Patterson's books recently ('Sail' and this one) and I've found them wanting. The crime solving aspect isn't very detailed or even believable. Patterson's writing is surface for both character development and the crime. It sure is an easy read, I read it all in one day. Grisham is an easy read, too, but his books are atmospheric and they draw you in to the story to emerge on the other side feeling like you've either enjoyed the time spent or learned something. With Patterson, sadly, neither happened. It was like reading a coloring book. Also: lots of f-bombs. No need for that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jinky

    (3.5) I will have to review this book as a stand alone since I have not read the first two in the series. In my defense, there was nothing in the case of this audio indicating that this was an installment (the only reason I found out was when I plugged it in at Goodreads as read). But now I finally figured out that Mr. Patterson is notorious for series so I'll have to keep that in mind when I come across his books. Though, that probably won't stop me from reading his books out of order. :) This Mi (3.5) I will have to review this book as a stand alone since I have not read the first two in the series. In my defense, there was nothing in the case of this audio indicating that this was an installment (the only reason I found out was when I plugged it in at Goodreads as read). But now I finally figured out that Mr. Patterson is notorious for series so I'll have to keep that in mind when I come across his books. Though, that probably won't stop me from reading his books out of order. :) This Michael Bennett character was alright. He's a family man ... super dad of ten children and a cat! Apparently, he and his late wife had adopted. Now as a single parent, he manages with the help of his grandfather and nanny. Also, he seems to be a decent detective. No outrageous quirky traits ...maybe Mr. Patterson could develop something in the next installments to shake things up. This particular installment dealt with the case of Francis Mooney, a terminal homicidal loon, targeting the rich. His craze to ensure social equality was noble, but of course his tactics was insanely criminal! He figures he would abduct children of the elite rich and give them a test ... where failing meant death. So the cat and mouse began with Bennett heading the investigation along with the abduction profile specialist, FBI agent Emily Parker. Together they hunt down Mooney before the death toll piles up. This was entertaining like that of an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, though Vincent D'Onofrio's character was far more intriguing than Michael Bennett (maybe this is what I mean about shaking up Bennett's character ... give him a trait of edginess/peculiarity). So, if you like Law & Order kind of stories, this might be for you. By the way, looks like things are beginning to heat up between Bennett and his nanny, Mary Catherine. Yet, Emily Parker wasn't completely out of the picture either. I'm glad this book didn't get heavy on the romance. Call me weird, but I don't seem to like weighty romance in thriller books. **Find this review and more at Jinky is Reading

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Veazey

    I absolutely love the Michael Bennett series. The audible version was awesome as well!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    Michael Bennett and his ridiculously large family are back. The tribe of ten adopted kids, live in nanny/love interest, and bitingly sarcastic father (twice over, since he's a priest) provide a hectic homelife for the lead in this series about yet another big city detective. Patterson is good at what he does, and if you've followed his books at all, you know roughly what you're getting ahead of time. The villain this go around has an ambitious social/environmental message he's determined to deliv Michael Bennett and his ridiculously large family are back. The tribe of ten adopted kids, live in nanny/love interest, and bitingly sarcastic father (twice over, since he's a priest) provide a hectic homelife for the lead in this series about yet another big city detective. Patterson is good at what he does, and if you've followed his books at all, you know roughly what you're getting ahead of time. The villain this go around has an ambitious social/environmental message he's determined to deliver in his own sociopathic way. It's sort of an action movie in book form, which there's nothing wrong with. Hell, I wrote one like that myself. I find the situation with Mary Catherine, the nanny, a bit annoying in the utter lack of progression. The kids... well, they are such a mob it's hard to get a bead on who any of them actually are. The priest, Seamus if I recall correctly, can be a bit of a moralizing pain in the ass. The main story is decent, a fine adventure read. Good crime drama in modern New York.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Gregory

    Really good fast paced as ever

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Matthews

    Sandra review This was a very good book to read, thank God they caught the bad guy and put him in jail

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ty Desharnais

    Patterson's Worst Case entranced me with its twisted attitude and unique writing style. This book shows us insight on Patterson's description of characters, the newest killer lurking the streets of New York and, of course, the interesting yet wonderful Michael Bennett. Patterson has done it again with what I like to call his "one page chapters." Patterson has always had this unique way of making those reading his novels feel quite achomplished while reading his books which I myself, personally en Patterson's Worst Case entranced me with its twisted attitude and unique writing style. This book shows us insight on Patterson's description of characters, the newest killer lurking the streets of New York and, of course, the interesting yet wonderful Michael Bennett. Patterson has done it again with what I like to call his "one page chapters." Patterson has always had this unique way of making those reading his novels feel quite achomplished while reading his books which I myself, personally enjoy. Also, it seems like Patterson uses a villian to spring all the books he writes into action! The person who has to take down all these villains, is Michael Bennett, an irish cop with 10 adopted children. Patterson devolps all the characters in this book but, Bennett's character is the difference between the shallow end and the deep end of the pool, and I don't mean 5 feet deep end either! We really learn to believe Michael Bennett as a person and we also begin to simpatize with him when something does not go his way. The story is based on a villian who thirsts for knowledge knowing children. He wants to bring awareness to the world to causes unknown to most by kidnapping the wealthiest peoples children and forcing them to answer questions about the environment, and wrong answers are fatal. So, it's up to Michael Bennett to stop this calculating killer before his message gets to far. As for the environment, this book makes connections between reality and its fictional world. It lets us get the message of the killer in a non-threatening way. It makes us think while we read the questions, word for word, "Do I even know the answer to this?" It gets us thinking of, "How involved am I in whats happening today?" I loved this book and I know you will as well! It's a riviting novel with a sinister senesation of tone. I honestly love all the James Patterson books and his books actually got me to like reading again! If you like action packed, edge of your seat thrillers, what do you have to lose by reading this novel? I am not an avid reader and I criticize literature harshly but, I actually really enjoyed reading this. I recommend this novel to all who are up for the challenge of James Patterson's twisted mind.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte (Buried in Books)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are times when I need to switch my brain off and read something really easy. Something that I can burn through in a day or so. When that happens, I reach for a James Patterson book. Or a book that he at least came up with the idea behind. The Mike Bennett series is in my opinion better than the Womens Murder Club - those books have become a real struggle to read - especially where more than one storyline is included. Of course the idea of a NYPD detective with 10 kids is way out there, even There are times when I need to switch my brain off and read something really easy. Something that I can burn through in a day or so. When that happens, I reach for a James Patterson book. Or a book that he at least came up with the idea behind. The Mike Bennett series is in my opinion better than the Womens Murder Club - those books have become a real struggle to read - especially where more than one storyline is included. Of course the idea of a NYPD detective with 10 kids is way out there, even more so when you throw in the fact that he's a widower, with an Irish vicar grandfather and a nanny (which we know he'll end up with). But the storylines themselves aren't that bad. This story involves someone who is kidnapping teenagers from very wealthy families. The kidnapper gives them a test - if they pass the test, they live - if not, well you know what happens. The test they are given isn't multiple choice and concerns the sorry state of the world. Mike is teamed up with a very attractive FBI agent (which Mary Catherine - the nanny, doesn't react well to). It was fine for a quick read, didn't tax the brain cells too much. Mike was charging around all over the place and did a huge amount of shouting, when he wasn't being cutesy with his kids.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    Worst Case is the 3rd book in the Detective Michael Bennett series penned by James Patterson in collaboration with author Michael Ledwidge. Book 1: Step on a Crack Book 2: Run For Your Life Book 3: Worst Case Book 4: Tick Tock I somehow missed the second in the series - Run For Your Life - however Worst Case can be read as a stand alone, and doing so didn't impact my enjoyment of the novel. Detective Bennett is assigned a kidnapping case in his hometown of New York when a rich kid is kidnapped and hel Worst Case is the 3rd book in the Detective Michael Bennett series penned by James Patterson in collaboration with author Michael Ledwidge. Book 1: Step on a Crack Book 2: Run For Your Life Book 3: Worst Case Book 4: Tick Tock I somehow missed the second in the series - Run For Your Life - however Worst Case can be read as a stand alone, and doing so didn't impact my enjoyment of the novel. Detective Bennett is assigned a kidnapping case in his hometown of New York when a rich kid is kidnapped and held hostage. What is strange though is that the hostage taker isn't making any ransom demands. The case escalates when the body is dumped and another child of a wealthy family is abducted. FBI Agent Emily Parker is also assigned to the case and together they work to catch the serial killer while his motive remains a mystery. Worst Case is fast paced and while you think you're following a basic crime plot, the ending was impressive and well thought out. This is a very solid crime novel from Patterson and worth the read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Winston Jen

    Rather than gracefully and thoroughly take us through the injustices inherent in an economy of rampant cronyism and income disparity, we are given a very sub-standard and dull "mystery" concerning a bitter and disillusioned employee. The heroes are cookie-cutter, too perfect and incredibly dull. The dinner table discussion served to do little but cement the detective's place in the annal's of Mary-Suedom as one of the prototypical faultless heroes (it's a wonder he feeds a multitude of orphans on Rather than gracefully and thoroughly take us through the injustices inherent in an economy of rampant cronyism and income disparity, we are given a very sub-standard and dull "mystery" concerning a bitter and disillusioned employee. The heroes are cookie-cutter, too perfect and incredibly dull. The dinner table discussion served to do little but cement the detective's place in the annal's of Mary-Suedom as one of the prototypical faultless heroes (it's a wonder he feeds a multitude of orphans on his meagre stipend). It's just not possible to have a believable plot without a foundation made of believable and sympathetic characters. If this was a parody, it might actually be enjoyable, but as a thriller it lacks punch and reads like a Worldvision advertisement in places. The Audible performance is exemplary, with around half-a-dozen actors utilised. Still, they can't save the flotsam from a sinking ship.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I enjoyed the plot of this book, and the short chapters gave the book a relaxed read. The main thing that struck me was a sadness about the book's character and the storyline's message that the hope and spirit of the 1960's are dead and were foolish to begin with; that nonviolence is no longer an option chosen by people opposing the status quo in today's world; that people who might have chosen nonviolent methods of protest thirty years ago, now choose violent means. I enjoyed the plot of this book, and the short chapters gave the book a relaxed read. The main thing that struck me was a sadness about the book's character and the storyline's message that the hope and spirit of the 1960's are dead and were foolish to begin with; that nonviolence is no longer an option chosen by people opposing the status quo in today's world; that people who might have chosen nonviolent methods of protest thirty years ago, now choose violent means.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This was the first book in the Bennett series that I've read, I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series. This was the first book in the Bennett series that I've read, I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    It is not my favorite book in the Michael Bennett series, but I am glad that I read it. I still like Michael Bennett and will read the two books left in the series that I have not read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    I relistened to this novel and liked it much better the second time than the first. 5 of 10 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    Michael Bennett is called on a case that is believed to be a kidnapping, a teenaged child of one of NY City’s elite . When the child is found at an old school desk in a semi-abandoned building with a bullet through his head; Bennett realizes that this is far more than a simple kidnapping. When a second teenaged child turns up missing, Bennett is directed to a Mosque where he finds the distorted body of another dead child folded to fit in an old refrigerator. When a third child disappears, an act Michael Bennett is called on a case that is believed to be a kidnapping, a teenaged child of one of NY City’s elite . When the child is found at an old school desk in a semi-abandoned building with a bullet through his head; Bennett realizes that this is far more than a simple kidnapping. When a second teenaged child turns up missing, Bennett is directed to a Mosque where he finds the distorted body of another dead child folded to fit in an old refrigerator. When a third child disappears, an actual ransom is requested, the child is located unharmed, but Bennett knows there is something more happening here then what he originally anticipated. When one of the kidnapped teens returns home unharmed via a taxi, Bennett learns a bit more. He now has a description of the perpetrator and learns that the man is asking the teens question concerning how the lifestyles of the elite cost others; those unable to answer are killed. Now, Bennett and his new team mate, FBI agent Emily Parker must untangle the web of deceit the kidnapper/killer had spread over the city. The duo must figure out how these linked actions will play out in a greater, more public demonstration, Mike and Emily must figure out the entire plot on the run and find a means to stop a madman. Filled with the thrills of criminal apprehension and the comedy of love; this book will make your heart race and tickle your funny bone.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Most James Patterson/insert co-author here books are quick reads but not really very memorable, I brought this one on my overseas flight to pass the time. It's kind of like eating a bag of potato chips- you tear through it quickly but are left feeling a little guilty for having spent so much time/calories on something not so beneficial. And you can't even remember it the day after. Michael Bennett, superhero detective, along with Emily Parker the FBI agent almost single handedly take on an aging Most James Patterson/insert co-author here books are quick reads but not really very memorable, I brought this one on my overseas flight to pass the time. It's kind of like eating a bag of potato chips- you tear through it quickly but are left feeling a little guilty for having spent so much time/calories on something not so beneficial. And you can't even remember it the day after. Michael Bennett, superhero detective, along with Emily Parker the FBI agent almost single handedly take on an aging socially conscious former hippie who feels he needs to teach the wealthy people of NYC a lesson about their detrimental impact to the world. I guess I just kept getting stuck on how they could just fly from one place to another in NYC in record amounts of time, as if nobody else lived there. If you have ever been here you may have noticed the thousands of other vehicles and people crammed onto every road and surface :) Would have been nice if I had traveled back from France that fast! But I thank you authors for helping to pass the time a bit more quickly and for the larger font size.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Teenagers of wealthy families are being kidnapped and tested. Failing the test proves to be deadly. Michael Bennett heads the investigation. I love these stories, mostly, because of the ten children Bennett has. They're onry, loving to play tricks on people. Like when the phone rings. The style of Patterson's books is quick and fast. Yet, so much is packed into each read. The characters are well-developed and enjoyable to be around. Looking forward to the next book in this series. Teenagers of wealthy families are being kidnapped and tested. Failing the test proves to be deadly. Michael Bennett heads the investigation. I love these stories, mostly, because of the ten children Bennett has. They're onry, loving to play tricks on people. Like when the phone rings. The style of Patterson's books is quick and fast. Yet, so much is packed into each read. The characters are well-developed and enjoyable to be around. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erika Hayes

    I'm really enjoying this series. It's nice to have a Patterson book that is back up in the four star range again. It has a lot to do with the co writer Im sure. I mean it says Patterson but.... I'm.pretty sure that's about all he wrote I'm really enjoying this series. It's nice to have a Patterson book that is back up in the four star range again. It has a lot to do with the co writer Im sure. I mean it says Patterson but.... I'm.pretty sure that's about all he wrote

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Gatacre

    This is my second book my Patterson and he is a Good consistent storyteller . I like his detective books for a nice change after a heavy novel and a quick read.

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