Worst Case (Michael Bennett Series #3)

Worst Case (Michael Bennett Series #3)

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Worst Case (Michael Bennett Series #3)

Worst Case (Michael Bennett Series #3)

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Overview

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 CASE will leave you gasping for breath until the very end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

From the Publisher

"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

RT Book Reviews

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

BookReporter.com

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

Squidoo.com

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

MrControversy.blogspot.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."

FictionAddict.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."

TheReviewBroads.com

"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?"

NightsandWeekends.com on Run For Your Life

"Thrilling . . . white-knuckle suspense . . . a standout crime thriller that no Patterson or adrenaline junkie should miss."

Examiner.com on Run For Your Life

"Brilliant . . . Patterson knows how to keep you turning pages . . . perfect for an afternoon at the beach or that subway ride to work."

BookReporter.com on Run For Your Life

"Jump on this series now and then tell your friends about it; you'll look prescient in a year or two."

Daily Mail (UK) on Run For Your Life

"Its breakneck pace leaves you gasping for breath. Packed with typical Patterson panache . . . It won't disappoint his millions of fans for a single moment."

APRIL 2010 - AudioFile

A trio of outstanding narrators brings out the best in one of James Patterson's less successful efforts. A serial killer is abducting children. Each time, he asks the child a series of questions—a wrong answer leads to the child's murder. It’s no secret that the murderer is a disillusioned lawyer who thinks he can save the world by killing the children of the rich and powerful. Does this even sound believable? Detective Mike Bennett, who has adopted 10 children, is especially sensitive to the case. Bobby Cannavale gives him a deep, sandpapery voice that adds credibility to the search for the missing children. Bennett is aided by Special Agent Emily Parker, who is professionally portrayed by Orlagh Cassidy. John Glover handles a multiplicity of characters—all well done. The only negative is the story itself, especially its weak ending. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940173527585
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Michael Bennett Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,151,026

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Worst Case


By Patterson, James

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316036221

Prologue

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE… OR ELSE

One

THE STOCKY MAN with the salt-and-pepper hair felt light-headed as he crossed beneath the marble arch into Washington Square Park. He dropped his backpack, took off his circular glasses, and blotted the sudden tears in his eyes with the sleeve of his ancient jeans jacket.

He hadn’t planned on breaking down, but My God, he thought, wiping at his rugged, lined face. Now he knew how Vietnam veterans felt when they visited their Wall down in Washington, DC. If veterans of the antiwar movement had a monument—a Wall of Tears—it was here, where it all began, Washington Square Park.

Staring out over the windy park, he remembered all the incredible things that had occurred here. The antiwar demonstrations. Bob Dylan in the 4th Street basement clubs, singing about which way the wind was blowing. The candlelit faces of his old friends as they passed bottles and smoke. The whispered promises they had made to one another to change things, to make things better.

He looked out over the Friday-afternoon crowd by the center fountain, the people hovering over the chess tables, as if he might find a familiar face. But that was impossible, wasn’t it? he thought with a shrug. They’d all moved on, like he had. Grown up. Sold out. Or were underground. Figuratively. Literally.

That time, his time, was almost completely faded now, just about dead and gone.

Just about, he thought as he knelt and removed the box of flyers from his knapsack.

But not quite.

On each of the five hundred sheets was a three-paragraph message entitled LOVE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

Who says you can’t go home? he thought. A quote from Keith Richards popped into his head as he stacked the sheets.

“I got news for you. We’re still a bunch of tough bastards. String us up and we still won’t die.”

You said it, Keith, he thought, giggling to himself. Right on, brother. You and me both.

More and more over the last year, his thoughts kept coming back to his youth. It was the only time in his entire life when he’d felt like he meant something, when he’d felt he was making a positive difference.

Was coming back now after all this time a midlife crisis? Maybe. He didn’t care. He’d decided he wanted that feeling again. Especially in light of recent events. The world now was in even more dire straits than the one he and his friends had fought to affect. It was time to do it again. Wake people up before it was too late.

That’s why he was here. It had worked once. They had, after all, stopped a war. Maybe it could happen again. Even if he was a lot older, he wasn’t dead yet. Not by any means.

He licked his thumb and took the first sheet from the stack. He smiled, remembering the countless flyers he’d handed out in Berkeley and Seattle, and in Chicago in ’68. After all this time, here he was. Unbelievable. What a crazy life. Back in the saddle again.



Continues...

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