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Step On a Crack (original 2007; edition 2008)

by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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Title:Step On a Crack
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Michael Ledwidge
Info:Vision (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Audible
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Step on a Crack by James Patterson (2007)

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Introducing detective Michael Bennett in one of James Patterson's series which came out in 2007 with Michael ledwidge.
Michael is a New York detective with 10 children, his wife is in hospital and terminally ill with cancer. The children have all been adopted and from all different backgrounds. I don't know how a detective is able to adopt 10 children and still carry on working a full time job but Michael can do it and the children are well looked after.
Ok so the story. The former president and his wife always go to the same restaurant for dinner each year before Christmas. The first lady has a nut allergy and goes into anaphylaxis when her food arrives. She dies. Funeral is held and some of the most powerful people in New York attend and then held hostage.
The man behind hostage taking are 1 step ahead of the police all the time and anticipate everything the police are going to do!Michael has a lot on his plate with his dying wife, his 10 children and one of the biggest heists New York has ever seen.
The book flows quite well although some of it is slightly unbelievable because this man has 10 children, his wife is in hospital and he still manages to be up on this case. Is he Superman?
I gave this book 4 stars because I really like James Patterson and it does appear to be a well written book no matter how far fetched the story line is. I will read the next one in the series to see where it goes because Michaels wife actually dies in this book and it will be interesting to see how he copes with bigger cases with the children. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
The first book in a series that features New York Detective, Michael Bennett. Pretty good start to the series. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
The beginning of another series to "read" as I exercise. Easy to listen to. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario. Bennett--father of ten--is pulled... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 28, 2015 |
I'm in love with Michael Bennett. What woman wouldn't be. :). ( )
  whybehave2002 | Feb 4, 2015 |
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Step on a crack, Break your mother's back. Step on a crack, and you'll soon be eaten By the bears that congregate at street corners, Waiting for their lunch to walk by. ~ City Sayings
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For Richie, Deirdre, and Sheila. And MaryEllen, Carole and Teresa.
Dedicated to W and J and their four children, C, M, A, and N. The book is also dedicated to the Palm Beach Day Academy. Also in appreciation of Manhattan College.
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The back of the table captain's cream-colored evening jacket had just turned away when Stephen Hopkins leaned across the secluded corner booth and kissed his wife.
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From America's favorite thriller writer, James Patterson, comes his most sensational hero yet--Detective Michael Bennett, NYPD. The first lady was only the first victim. After her mysterious death, the world's most powerful people gather in New York to mourn. Then the inconceivable suddenly occurs: Billionaires, politicians, and celebrities become trapped by one man's brilliant, deadly scenario. Pulled into the fray is Detective Michael Bennett--father of ten--who now .faces his most sinister challenge: a ruthless criminal who kills without hesitation and counters everything the NYPD and FBI throw at him. With the entire world watching and the tension at a boiling point, Bennett must quickly find a way out--or become responsible for the greatest debacle in history.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316013943, Hardcover)

Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario. Bennett--father of ten--is pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, Michael is hit with devastating news. After fighting for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As New York descends into chaos, he has lost the great love of his life and faces raising his ten devastated children alone--and rescuing 34 hostages. Day after day, Bennett confronts the most ruthless man he has ever dealt with, a man who kills without hesitation and counters everything the NYPD and FBI throw at him with impunity. As the entire world watches and the tension boils to a searing heat, Bennett has to find a way out--or face responsibility for the greatest debacle in history.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:34 -0400)

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During a state funeral for a former First Lady at a New York City cathedral, armed men disguised as monks seize the church and dozens of hostages, and NYPD officer Michael Bennett takes on the dangerous role of lead negotiator in the standoff.

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