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Worst Case
A Michael Bennett novel #3

by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge


Detective Michael Bennett of the New York City Police leads the investigation when student after student disappears, apparently kidnapped. The students are all members of wealthy families. Pressure is great to solve the case and find the guilty party! The problem seems to be that the kidnapper doesn't demand a ransom but instead asks the prisoners questions about who pays for their lives of luxury. The price of an incorrect answer or failure to answer is death. The FBI's top abduction specialist, Emily Parker, is sent to help find the abductor. The case takes a turn when it seems that all the kidnappings are related.

This is a fast moving story with a few unusual twists. In the course of the story there is some philosophy about the haves and the have nots. The potential love between Mike, the father of a family of 10 adopted kids, and Emily is an intriguing deviation from the suspense of their search. The story is well-written by the two experienced collaborators. I'm sure we will be reading more of Michael Bennett's adventures in the future.

The Book

Little, Brown and Company / an imprint of Hachette Book Group
February 2010
9780316036221 / 0316036226
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The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2010
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