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Worst Case [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson , Michael Ledwidge
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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June 1 2011 Michael Bennett


Best case: Survival
The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. But this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury . . . and wrong answers are fatal.

Worst case: Death
Detective Michael Bennett heads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. When another student from a powerful family disappears, the FBI sends in its top abduction specialist: Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's job and love life suddenly get even more complicated.

This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it
Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the killer mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet-one that could bring cataclysmic ruin to every inch of New York City.

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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

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the reader.... March 31 2010
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
James Patterson's Alex Cross series used to be my favourite. But I think I'm going to say it's now the Mike Bennett series. The last couple of Alex Cross books have been overly violent in my opinion, going for the shock and awe component.

I find the Bennett series entertaining without being offensive.

Children of wealthy New Yorkers are being kidnapped. There is no ransom though - instead the kidnapper gives the children a test. Pass - you live. Fail - lights out. How high is their social awareness of the world's plight?

The 'villain' of the last Bennett book was the Teacher - obsessed with social niceties and politeness. This time around it's social injustices and the state of the world.

I listened to Worst Case in audio format - as I will for all future Bennett books. The character of Mike is read by Bobby Canavale. I can't imagine a more perfect narrator - his voice is all New York, it's quick, rough and expressive. The 6 disc set also features two other readers - Orlagh Cassidy as the female Fibbie who's on the case with Mike and John Glover as the bad guy. Glover was particularly effective - his calm, clipped modulated voice made the kidnapper seem even more menacing. Cassidy was a good reader as well, but I just never warmed up to her character - I'm rooting for M.C. - the Bennett nanny.

True to form, Worst Case is short, snappy chapters, ending with cliffhangers, persuading you to listen to just one more chapter. The plot isn't overly complicated and there's a fun secondary plot involving Mike's love life. A thoroughly entertaining listen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does not Disappoint! Feb. 19 2010
By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Wow, wow, wow! James Patterson is one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers and with the release of Worst Case I was NOT disappointed!!! I have long been an Alex Cross fan, but I am definitely making room for Detective Michael Bennet. I would love to see this book done as a movie, and as I was reading it, could totally visualize it as one. If you have read my reviews, you know that is one way I will review a book...if I think it will make a great movie! Worst Case certainly would!

The twists and turns throughout the book are a plenty, and I love that Patterson shows the reader just how "real" Detective Bennet is with dealing with the aftermath of a spousal death and his gaggle of 10 children! This was a very quick read...I read it in two days (would have been quicker, except I have 2 kids and run a home daycare)...and I highly recommend it! Can't wait to read the next Patterson book...its already on my wish list:)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another stellar performance by Michael Bennett March 30 2010
This is yet another solid book from author James Patterson. I like his Michael Bennett series as much as, if not more than his Alex Cross series. It was riveting, fast-paced, and engaging. The only thing that seemed to make it less than perfect is the fact that the police officers (and FBI agent) only "screamed, cried, or yelled". They didn't seem to do anything else. I found that to be quite annoying. Other than that it was a good read, and one I would definitely tell Patterson fans to pick up. I enjoyed the development of the new character "Emily Parker" but I found because of that, we didn't get to spend as much time with Mary Catherine. She seemed to fade into the background. As always the kids are entertaining, all 10 of them, however they didn't seem to play as large a role in this book either. Regardless, this was a good book, and I do recommend it to those wanting a quick read, or to get their Patterson fix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson April 7 2014
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I really enjoy reading his books and am continually looking forward to the next one to read. A really good author
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