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Paperback Worst Case Book

ISBN: 0446565725

ISBN13: 9780446565721

Worst Case

(Book #3 in the Michael Bennett Series)

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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 greater, more public demonstration. With the city thrown into chaos, he is forced...

Customer Reviews

5 ratings

Great Book!

Really great book. I am skeptical of Patterson writing with other authors because he has tanked a few of them, but this was great. Love the character Mike Bennett!

One of his best!

A couple of minutes after I put this in the CD player, I was hooked! May turn o9ut to be one of his best!

This one is a good one.

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.

The Tortured Mind of an Extremist

To open a James Patterson novel is to open the door to suspense..... In, Worst Case, Patterson takes on the subject of world poverty, the environment, and the tortured mind of an extremist. The novel's villain has taken it upon himself to change the world. Having been unsuccessful in making that change through peaceful means, he decides to change his tactics--the rich and powerful will pay dearly for their sins, and in turn, his message will be heard around the world. Enter, Detective Michael Bennett. While he is desperately tracking down the serial killer, he is confronted with his attraction for two special women. Worst Case is typical James Patterson. The story is well-written with lots of suspense and action. This one is not as garish as some of his previous work, but still a good, fast read for mystery fans.

an interesting read

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. This is only the second Patterson book that I read, but I enjoyed the suspense and some plot twists towards the later half of the book. Aside from the dark plot, Patterson throws in some lightweight chapters--Bennett's relationship with his kids, the romantic tension between him and Emily Parker, as well as his nanny's, Mary Catherine's, crush on him. Overall, I felt that the plot was especially relevant given the state of today's world. Unfortunately, there is a lot of economic inequality, and, in spite of the book's darkness, Mooney comes across as this warped Robin Hood character with a hidden motive. I found the book itself a quick, but interesting read, with middle-sized text and short chapters.
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