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Worst Case (Michael Bennett) (edition 2011)

by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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Title:Worst Case (Michael Bennett)
Authors:James Patterson
Other authors:Michael Ledwidge
Info:Vision (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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This is the third in the Michael Bennett series, but they read well as stand alone.

NYPD Detective Mike Bennett and his new partner FBI Special Agent Emily Parker are on the trail of Francis Mooney, a Manhattan trusts and estates lawyer with terminal lung cancer. Faced with his mortality, he realizes he has spent his life and career helping the rich pass along monetary possessions to children who have neither the intelligence nor maturity to use those possessions in a way that helps society at large.

Mooney has nothing to Lise, after all he days are numbered, so he begins kidnapping teenage children of the most wealthy and wasteful. He then puts the children through a test in which he asks them questions to test their social awareness. For example, he asks one teen what his childhood nanny's first and last name and what country she was from. When the teenager doesn't answer correctly, Mooney kills him. Apparently she wasn't important enough to remember her ethnic name. However, when Mooney kidnaps another teen who does answer her questions correctly, he lets her go unharmed. While this teen is wealthy and entitled, she has instead focused her young life on causes instead of shoes and purses. Mooney had expected to have to kill the teen as well and did not wear a mask over his face. He also left a fingerprint on the teen's forehead. Oops, will that be a problem?

From that fingerprint and the teen's description, Bennett and Parker are able to identify Mooney. By that time, Mooney has returned to his old high school where he has taken several male students hostage in an auditorium. Bennett and Parker respond, but Mooney is able to escape in a stolen taxicab with 2 male students as hostages. After leaving the school, Mooney also takes the teenage doorman from a nearby swanky hotel hostage as well. Mooney wires his hostages and himself with explosives so that any attempt to kill him would kill the hostages as well. 3 lives...

Mooney takes his hostages to the place he feels epitomizes all the greed and monetary obsession that troubles him: the New York Stock Exchange. The police have the Exchange surrounded and the Exchange's Chief of Security attempts to apprehend Mooney. Mooney's teenage doorman hostage happens to be the son of the Exchange's chief of security. Mooney gives him a choice; you can choose to shoot your own don or let me in, and rather than shoot his own son, the chief lets Mooney by.

Once inside, Mooney reveals that the fathers of each of the two student hostages from the high school are very wealthy. He demands that the fathers both come to the Exchange and swap places with their sons. Ultimate sacrifice any parent would make.

So who is going to die, by gun, explosives or both? ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
This was a great read. I couldn't put it down. The story grips you and keeps you wanting more. Very exciting and interesting. The intelegence of the crimnal against the the cops was amazing. What made it exciting is the way the crinmal was always one step ahed of the police. It'a a must read......

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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.

Mixed throughout are giggling and light hearted fun. Zaniness coexists with mayhem. It's more than a little cartoon like, and remarkably like a Scooby-Doo episode; but, alas, there's no Scooby. I looked. It's a quick read, for the 356 pages have large font, plenty of white space, and there's the classic James Patterson (writing with Michael Ledwidge) style: mini-chapters of two-four slam-bang pages. The ending is clever and exciting. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Third Michael Bennett book in the series. The father of ten returns in this installment to try and catch a child killer. The children of the rich and famous are being kidnapped and murdered and its up to Michael and his FBI partner Emily to catch him. They have no idea why they are being killed or even chosen as the killer doesnt request a ransom.
A good Patterson, I always enjoy the writing style and short chapters. It's a quick read. My mind did start wondering off towards the end of the book but once they caught up with the killer, I was hooked again. Wondering what's gonna happen with Michael and MC the nanny. Will start next in series tonight. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Pretty good, and definitely my favorite of the three books in the Michael Bennett series. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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For Susan Maloney,Sue Najork, Marlene Stang, and Kary Tangredi -J.P.

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Special thanks to "Uncle" Ed Kelly and Judge Joe Len -M.L.
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Only Detective Michael Bennett can save New York City from a terrifying killer. The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is abducted. Instead of demanding money, the kidnapper quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury...and wrong answers are fatal. With ten kids of his own, Detective Michael Bennett understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. When another student disappears, the FBI sends in its top abduction specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Suddenly the deadly mastermind changes his routine--and his plan could bring cataclysmic ruin to every inch of New York City.
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Best case: survival

The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.

Worst case: death

Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, one powerful family after another uses their leverage and connections to turn the heat up on the mayor, the press--anyone who will listen--to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, who send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's life--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 mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet--one that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York. From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes).

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Detective Michael Bennett and FBI Abduction Specialist Emily Parker reluctantly team up to stop a killer targeting not only the children of New York's wealthiest families--but the entire city of New York.

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