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Worst Case (Michael Bennett #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  13,497 ratings  ·  959 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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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
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
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.
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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
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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T. 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
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Karen Phillips
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.
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
Ty Desharnais
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
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
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Mar 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Sandra Rutherford
Shelves: thriller
Another well-written thriller from James Patterson. This fast read kept me turning the pages: characters were developed, action was real, story lines moved quickly, the twists and turns that Patterson's does so well were thrown up at every turn. I especially enjoy how Patterson uses the backdrop of great locations around New York City as his canvas. While this writer uses his great sense of humor, he also ensures that underlying themes make us think about how life fragile is - even when murder i ...more
I find myself reading these James Patterson books and I sometimes don't know why, but they are almost always compulsively readable...

I read the first book in this series 'I, Michael Bennett' and if I hadn't found 'Worst Case' in a lending library at my local coffee shop, I might have never picked up another one...because the first book was so ridiculous and bad.

This one was better than that. The story was a little more well conceived and the pacing was very good. The signature Patterson short ch
Megan Jones
James Patterson is by far my favourite author and I cannot get enough of his book. Yet again this book delivers a thrilling read that twists and turns right up until the ladt page. The characters are believable and the plot is one that could happen and focuses on greed and how money could be used for better things. Michael Bennett is not my favourite character created by Patterson, that is still Alex Cross, but I do enjoy the Bennett books and they are quick and exciting and extremely hard to pu ...more
#3 in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. This is one of the series that Patterson pushes in his TV commercials. An enjoyable, page-turner that is long on action but falls short on character and plot development.

Michael Bennett leads the investigation when the son of one of New York's wealthiest families is held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't making a demand. The FBI sends Agent Emily Parker and Bennett's life--and love life--sud
I relistened to this novel and liked it much better the second time than the first. 5 of 10 stars
Patterson is the Best,grabs you in and doesn't let you go until its done
The only good thing about this book is the font size.
Rita Chaney
This book features Mike Bennett--a police investigator who's a widowed father of ten kids. He's investigating some kidnappings in New York City. These are definitely not your average kidnappings, so the FBI sends the lovely Agent Parker to help out. As with most of James Patterson's books, his story-telling compelled me forward. Even with company in the house, I was done with the book in three days. I should mention that Patterson co-wrote the book with Michael Ledwidge. A suspenseful read, Wors ...more
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Worst Case - Michael Bennett #3 - Children are kidnapped, there is a wealthy copy cat - Michael has interests in Emily and Mary Catherine.

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 inv
This was a fast paced audiobook that kept me gripping the steering wheel for the most part, but still had a few parts that made me burst into laughter. This is the first book I have read (actually listened to) by Patterson and it was a very enjoyable experience. Although I don't usually read books that are from the 'thriller' genre I have been finding that I do enjoy the audioversions.

There is a maniac on the streets of New York City who is kidnapping children of wealthy families for what seems
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