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Worst Case (Michael Bennett #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,254 Ratings  ·  1,065 Reviews
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 gr
Hardcover, Large Print, 416 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2009)
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Mar 09, 2010 Dominique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, particularly when it comes to mystery & crime books. I am somewhat opposed to the whole "co-writing with other authors". I decided to research the reason for "co-writing" - I found this:

"In September 2009, Patterson signed a book deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and six for young adults by the end of 2012. Forbes reported the deal was worth at least $150 million..."

The reason I am not a big
Jul 06, 2010 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third book in the Michael Bennett detective series. Readers will not have to read the other two books in the series to follow along as this New York Detective takes on a child kidnapper with a social agenda. Bennett is a single father with 10 children -- not all of them biological -- whose holy grandfather Seamus and nanny Mary Catherine make his life a little less hectic and in some cases even more so.

Bennett must not only balance his fa
I will have to review this book as a stand alone since I have not read the first two in the series. In my defense, there was nothing in the case of this audio indicating that this was an installment (the only reason I found out was when I plugged it in at Goodreads as read). But now I finally figured out that Mr. Patterson is notorious for series so I'll have to keep that in mind when I come across his books. Though, that probably won't stop me from reading his books out of order. :)

This Mi
Tyler Desharnais
Worst Case written by James Patterson is based in various places through out New York. Detective Bennett, a loving father with 10 adopted children with a deceased wife along with Emily Parker, the FBI agent out of Washington just getting out of a marriage are puzzled to see New York's wealthiest peoples children being abducted by a man who then gives the children a test to see if they live or die, they pass, they live. But if they fail, they pay the ultimate price, their lives.
This book is writ
Thomas Edmund
Patterson's and Ledwidge's Worst Case tells a tale of Michael Bennett, a veteran cop, as he pursues a serial kidnapper/murderer who targets the children of the super-rich.

And to be perfectly honest I the best way to describe Worst Case: Along Came a Spider, without the good bits. The plotline of Worst Case is effectively a string of kidnappings which all follow the same format. 1. Child disapears 2. Phone call 3. Find child dead.

There are the occasional deviations but nothing to get excited abou
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I have read all of James Patterson’s books and to be frank they can be hit and miss. Sometimes he can produce fantastic stories but in recent years it seems like he churns out so many books that sometimes the story doesn’t have the author’s whole focus. The Michael Bennett series is co-written with Michael Lewidge.

This particular book I really enjoyed. I have also read the two previous Michael Bennett novels so I already had some background on the characters which always helps. The second book i
Traci Haley
I am slightly embarrassed to admit every time I read a James Patterson novel. I don't have any delusions that he's that great of a writer... or, for that matter, that he's even writing this stuff anymore. In fact, when I say I'm a fan of Patterson's Michael Bennett series, I should just edit that to say I"m a fan of Michael Ledwidge's writing. In any case, while most people probably count Alex Cross as their favorite Patterson-created character, I love Michael Bennett. I love his family, his nan ...more
It is not my favorite book in the Michael Bennett series, but I am glad that I read it. I still like Michael Bennett and will read the two books left in the series that I have not read.
Ty Desharnais
Oct 11, 2015 Ty Desharnais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patterson's Worst Case entranced me with its twisted attitude and unique writing style. This book shows us insight on Patterson's description of characters, the newest killer lurking the streets of New York and, of course, the interesting yet wonderful Michael Bennett.
Patterson has done it again with what I like to call his "one page chapters." Patterson has always had this unique way of making those reading his novels feel quite achomplished while reading his books which I myself, personally en
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Don M.
Jan 27, 2015 Don M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an interesting perspective on things. The villain kidnaps teenage children from wealthy parents and gives them an exam to see if they are worthy of their station in life. As the cover says, if you fail the test - you die. It's a logical follow-up to the second book in the series "Run for Your Life" where adults are punished for being ill-mannered and inconsiderate of others (Sometimes it isn't hard to understand how this guys feels about the way people behave).

I enjoyed the crime s
Mary P.
Mar 01, 2015 Mary P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I need a good read for a snow day, I generally reach for James Patterson, David Baldacci,or Les Roberts because they never disappoint.

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third book in the Michael Bennett detective series. I didn't know that when I picked it up. However, readers will not have to read the other two books in the series to follow along as this New York Detective takes on a child kidnapper with a social agenda. Bennett is a single father with 10 children --
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 b
Nov 15, 2010 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only good thing about this book is the font size.
Alayne Bushey
This is the third novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge involving NYPD Detective Michael Bennett. Bennett is a single father, with ten adopted children, an attractive live-in nanny, an abrasive humorous Irish priest for a grandfather, and a cat. He's got his hands full, to say the least. So when a killer with a pseudo-enviornmental/societal message starts kidnapping the children of uber-wealthy men and women in New York, and FBI Special Agent-with-a-great-figure Emily Parker flies into t ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Mallory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My mom- though she's probably read it
Recommended to Mallory by: Grama and Grampa Castaldo
I think that if I did not promise the grandparents I would read this I would not. I groan at the other three they handed me. When it comes to book recommendations I will have to stop being polite.


The book went something like:

Open with how the killer snaps. Aw- look he was human once too. He wanted to balance the world with love- on the streets of NYC. Look at the evils of society he will try to balance with blood.

Rich kid kidnapped.

Call cops. Get quirky Bennett with 10 kids. H
Lee Kyle
Jan 17, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For anyone who has read the other book in this cool lil series.
Recommended to Lee by: Kitchener library
I gave all the Patterson books i have read 5 stars as they were all worth that much. Worst Case i found the storyline to be so so. Being a huge fan of the show Criminal Minds is probably why i like the Michael Bennett series so much and that being said their was a few Criminal Minds episodes that were so so too so thats ok. In Worst Case we once again find super detective Michael Bennett still doing his bet to be super dad to his 10 adopted children now that he is a widower and still maintain hi ...more
It was an okay book. I think I probably would have appreciated some of the overall story arc progression more if I'd read the other books, but it's not necessary for the central mystery.

I thought the reason the victims were chosen was rather clever and it wasn't something I figured out for myself so that's always a plus.

I'm always a little nervous when the villain of the piece is a left wing extremest but I think this worked. Mostly. (view spoiler)
A vast improvement over the second book in the series, which itself was a vast improvement over the first one. WORST CASE features one of Patterson's most interesting villains, and it also marks the first time I've ever found myself taking an interest in Michael Bennett's personal life. The writing is a little better than what I've generally come to expect from Patterson books, and there are even one or two nice surprises. On the negative side, though, Michael Bennett's efforts contribute very l ...more
Mar 30, 2010 CorLostForWords rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Finished James Patterson's book 'Worst Case'. Now onto another one of his books.

It was a typical Patterson book in detail and interest for the reader. Although you knew all a long what was going to happen as end result it was still a good read.

It's good to see a character develop, where you can see the whole picture of that character. The detective in the novel is one Patterson used in his writing before. He really gets the reader involved in both this detective's work as well has his mixed up
Karen Phillips
Jan 25, 2014 Karen Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patterson once again held my interest in this tale of a disturbed and disturbing character who seeks to right the injustice in the world with violent means he believes justified. Michael Bennettt teams with FBI agent Emily Parker to solve the kidnappings & murders before any more young lives can be snuffed out. I also enjoyed the romantic tension between Bennett and Parker, as well as Bennett and nanny Mary Katherine. Worst Case was a satisfying read.
Jun 19, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn on how to rate this. It was, like all of Patterson's books, easy, fast, and somewhat entertaining. There was not a thing about it that didn't feel like the info had been plugged into a formula. In fact, after realizing that it was written with a co-author (Michael Ledwidge, whose name didn't even make it onto the spine of the coverless hardback a friend gave me) I pretty much feel like I read a book manufactured on an assembly line. It served every purpose I think Patterson purports for ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd book in the series featuring NYPD Detective Michael Bennett. He and his wife had adopted 10 children of various ethnic origins during their marriage and in the first book of this series Step On A Crack, she dies after a battle with cancer. Now he has his grandfather, who is an actual Father (a minister) and a nanny his wife's family sent to help after her death to keep things in order on the home front, but things are always out of control for Bennett at work.

The case in this ed
Ruiqi He
Jan 07, 2015 Ruiqi He rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book during a vacation in Italy, and it was so entertaining and interesting that I read it again. The text is about a detective named Michael Bennet the how he cleverly solves crimes. Mooney is the psycho killer in the text because he only murders children from wealthy families. However, he didn't take any of the families' money. Instead, he tests the children on problems and issues created by humans in the world. He tests if the children could be capable to inherit their famil ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Case: Survival.

Worst Case: Death.

This Case: Michael Bennett is on it.

James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have teamed up for another smashing entry in the Michael Bennett series! Worst Case follows in its predecessor's footsteps; it's a straight-forward thriller that rattles along at a breakneck speed. The standards for this series remain at a constant high level, and what you see is what you get.

There's a serial killer, white-knuckle action, and a personal tone to Worst Case that begs the
Oct 31, 2014 Rena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysteries and thrillers have never been part of my preferred realm of book choice, but James Patterson's and Michael Ledwidge's Worst Case changed my opinion. Despite it being the third book in the series, it didn't take me long to catch up with the plot. Never has a book made me cling to my chair, burst into fits of laughter, openly weep, and pull my hair out of sheer frustration all in the span of 1 hour.

From the beginning, Michael Bennett's persona was an intriguing one. This NYPD detective
Jo Sorrell

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 l
Mar 31, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanya Batchellier
After enjoying other books by James Patterson, I picked this one up randomly and thought why not give it a go. Dectective Mike Bennett is a completely different person to Dr Alex Cross which was refreshing however I didn't find his character as gripping.

The book follows a series of kidnappings of wealthy young adults who must pass 'a final test' given to them by their captor. this is a test like no other that they've taken before and the stakes are much higher. The kidnapper is trying to deem if
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