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(Michael Bennett #12)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,430 ratings  ·  660 reviews
The mayor of New York has a daughter who's missing and in danger. Detective Michael Bennett has a son who's in prison. The two strike a deal.

Bennett and the mayor have always had a tense relationship, but now the mayor sees in Bennett a discreet investigator with family worries of his own.

Just one father helping another.

The detective leaps into the case and sources lead
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 24th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 23rd 2020)
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After Detective Michael Bennett was involved in a shooting, he was tasked with finding the Mayor of New York’s daughter Natalie, who’d been missing for quite some time. The mayor and his wife were divorced, and Natalie wasn’t close to her father. But he adored her and when notified by his ex-wife that she was unable to contact Natalie, the mayor asked for Bennett. Then began a fast paced, intense and critical phase of Bennett’s life where anything could – and did – happen.

After several murders,
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a Bennett story, but this was a pleasant surprise! 9 of 10 stars! ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A fan of the Michael Bennett series, I was pleased to get my hands on the latest novel, which exemplifies the collaborative efforts of James Patterson and James O. Born. In a story that does little for Bennett’s character development, but showcases his abilities, the authors provide the reader with a decent crime thriller set on both sides of the Atlantic. While working a double murder, Michael Bennett stops in at a local store, where things take a turn for the worse and he shoots two men attemp ...more
First couple chapters were really good. Then... Extreme action hero alert.

Michael Bennett, NYPD Detective followed leads from NY to Estonia to find/rescue the Mayor's daughter. Pretty much all by himself.

I still like this series because of the Bennett's family, especially his eldest son who is in jail. But the thriller (cyber crime) was just okay.
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Another explosive story from James Patterson - can you believe this is book 12 from Michael Bennett! I love this character and his family and hope for many many more books!
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good addition to the Michael Bennett series. I love that this one took readers to Estonia because it really added extra to the movement of the plot. The plot is interesting and the characters are well written. Good, quick read. Love this series.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
James Patterson has several bestselling series, each carrying different levels of readership popularity. Detective Alex Cross is his coveted franchise and most successful series, followed by the Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett, and the Private novels.

The Detective Michael Bennett series is one of Patterson’s better feel-good characters. Bennett is a successful Detective working special crimes in New York City. His home life and (very large) family are really the center of his wor
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
The James Patterson co authored books are very hit and miss for me but there are a few pairings I really enjoy. I so enjoy the Michael Bennett series of books that James Patterson had co authored with Michael Ledwidge. This is the first Michael Bennett I have read written with James O Born. It was well done. The wonderful Bennett family dynamics are still intact and while there are not a lot of levels to Michael Bennett , he is a pretty neat cop.
As with all Patterson books, this one was a very
Sorry to say but all his books are gettin g so predictable still a good read though
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had had to give this book a 5. James Patterson makes things thrilling and quick paced in this great read. An NYPD homicide detective that takes caring about the victims seriously. A chief official needing his help finding his daughter. This takes him to a country unknown to him. Personally I have no idea how he was able to come out alive! Exciting, thrilling, lots of action. I say no more.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The James Patterson's novels are like pizza - even if they aren't great, they're still pretty good. ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been in love with the Bennett family since "Step on a Crack" way back in 2007...Love the values and the soft Catholicism that infuses each story...In this one, Michael Bennett and the NYPD confront cyber criminals operating out of Estonia as Bennett endures the political static resulting from his justified shooting of a young Black man...To avoid the furor, Bennett is tasked to find the missing daughter of the Mayor...I much prefer the use of NYC as a setting, but I still love the series ...more
Vanessa Lockhart
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Donna Lewis
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Well another James Patterson book finished. And once again I find the book less than satisfying. Michael Bennett and his family are so so good. The children never fight, and there is rarely any arguing. Even though one son is in prison, he is rehabilitated and had no bitterness. Bennett is a perfect cop, always makes the right decision, fights the good fight. It’s not that I want my heroes to be less than good, but human would be nice. The plot is interesting, but the one-man show is a little un ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very average thriller. Even the humour doesn't match up to the previous books in the series. Both the good and bad guys seem to be making so many obvious errors to keep the story alive. Strictly avoidable. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
The 12th book in the Michael Bennett series. Michael Bennett is a detective in New York City. In this book, he is involved with a shooting that is used to make the NYPD look bad. In an effort to stay out of the spotlight, Bennett takes a job to help the mayor find his missing daughter. An exciting and fast-paced addition to the series. I think this is a fun series, mostly because of Bennett's chaotic home life with his 10 adopted children, his nanny/girlfriend, and his cantankerous father. ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great Michael Bennett book! Love the series, love the characters. Always a happy ending!
Jennie  Veazey
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling! Crime drama at it’s best! James Patterson at his best!!
I loved this book. I listened to the audible version and was completely satisfied! I love this series because it’s Michael Bennett the cop as well as the family man who comes home every night. It really is a great series. This book has a lot of great crime suspense and drama. Great story line. Keeps you entertained and guessing what’s going to happen next. I won’t give it away. Great ending! Michael I’m ready for book 13!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Somewhere in the book Michael Bennett asks himself "when was this shit going to end?" And that was exactly what I was thinking. This seemed like an exercise in 'how many times can you face death in 350 pages'. Still, I haven't given up on him the way I've given up on Jeffrey Archer, I just won't be as excited to get the next one. ...more
Scott A. Miller
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for Bennett and Cross. Generally I love these books. This one was just as much fun as I’ve come to expect. I wonder just how much Patterson actually writes anymore, but the Bennett and Cross books seem to be the ones he spends the most time on. This series is almost always good
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrillers, mystery
"Blindside" by James Patterson was copyrighted in February 2020, so this was before the unjustified murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the massive protests after.

Now, in the story, the writers take very careful time to tell you how the main detective had a gun pointed at his face in a robbery attempt, how the only option was to shoot - although he did it twice in the book - but then gets frustrated when a community used to police brutality questions whether he shot an unarmed man and
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! I started this morning and I was hooked! It has lots of twists and turns and really made you wonder what would happen next. And was very surprising in some sections.
Sherrie Howey
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I usually really enjoy the Michael Bennett series but i didn't find this one to be as good as some of the others. Perhaps because there is a new co-author? I found the book to be a bit slow, particularly at the beginning. I love the Bennett children and felt that their presence and antics were less prominent than in earlier books.
There's plenty of action in the last 100 pages which redeems the book to some extent but it was not one of my favorites.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A predictable Patterson book. It was okay but lacked in suspense and thrills.
Anschen Conradie

This book is number 12 in the author’s well-known Michael Bennett - series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. For those not familiar with the series: Michael Bennett is a 6 foot, Irish American detective in New York, trained in hostage negotiations, terrorism, homicide and organized crime.

He was married to Maeve, a nurse on the Bronx, who died after losing a battle with cancer, leaving Michael and his grandfather, Seamus, to care for their 10 ad
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read a book from a series I enjoy, I’m always happy to be back with some old friends. In this series it’s Michael Bennett and his wonderful family: ten kids, a fiancé, (Mary Catherine), and Grandpa Seamus.
Bennett is involved in a shooting, and while he is awaiting being cleared the mayor privately asks him to find his missing daughter. This request gets more complicated than Bennett expects, and his search brings him across the Atlantic to Estonia. There is a lot of physical action in
Jennifer Gottschalk
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
A mostly enjoyable novel provided you are able to suspend belief in a big way.

Fans of Patterson will no doubt enjoy the return of Michael Bennett and his overly large family.

"Blindside" is heavy on action and very light on just about everything else. Most of the time the protagonist is in grave peril as he faces a suitably cartoonish evil villain in both New York and Estonia.

This was a good light read that is perfect for passing the time. Whilst it is better than what is on television (which doe
Sujata Neidig
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I read a James Patterson book, but I was in the mood for something fast-paced and this book was available for checkout right away. The book was an easy read, and I liked the main character. The story moves fast and reveals some pretty scary characters. I had a hard time understanding what made these characters the evil people they were and parts of the story were not really believable. But, overall, I enjoyed the book and was able to finish it quickly over the long we ...more
This is the twelfth installment of the Michael Bennett series. Unfortunately I read this one out of order thinking I had the tenth one, however it didn't make to much of a difference. When it comes to the mystery aspect of the story it stands alone quite well. It was just when it came to the Bennett family, there was some information I have obviously missed. Especially pertaining to Bryan.

The story itself was quite interesting, especially the part where Michael is searching for the Mayor's miss
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