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The Russian

(Michael Bennett #13)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,561 ratings  ·  359 reviews
A killer crashes Detective Michael Bennett's wedding.

A series of gruesome murders in New York City has Michael Bennett angry -- but when he identifies similar cases in Atlanta and San Francisco, his feelings escalate into all-out alarm. All of the victims are young women. And each one is killed in a horrifyingly distinct fashion.

In the midst of such devastating loss of li
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 25th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 14th 2021)
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3.5 ⭐
Not bad and not great. An average crime thriller although I did enjoy this quick mystery. I believe the Patterson factory aims at attracting wider audiences so I wasn't expecting complex, too dark or too cozy story.

In The Russian we have a happy Bennett family story development and if you read the last one you probably know what to expect! Crimewise it was a serial killer on the loose with a little eye-roll conclusion. This book was also read by a new narrator. The voice is much younger th
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
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Michael Bennett is back for his next case, lucky book number thirteen. In the capable hands of James Patterson and James O. Born, Bennett is ready to face off against another wily killer who stalks New York City. However, this one has a different motive and a larger kill area than many others who have crossed Bennett’s path. With his massive brood at home and a wedding on the horizon, Bennett will have to push the distractions aside and focus on catching a ruthless killer. A nice addition for th ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
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, NYPD Red, 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
Mary Kamrath
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very fast reading. A good mystery.
Tammy Adams
Jan 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
I feel like this series has gotten boring. I just want to hurry and finish so I can move on to something else.
Mary Dirksen
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Michael Bennet is an amazing man and NYPD detective. But he would be none of these things with out the support of his ten kids, grandfather and amazing fiance. Although I have just finished this book moments ago I am already awaiting the next installment
Donna Hines
Good but not Great!
James Patterson is a writer that lately seems to be more concerned with appearance and labels rather than content and enticement.
I've noted this before but I honestly don't care about the sales records, the world records, or the stats if you leave your readers pondering and wanting more.
James over the years has been hit or miss with me and I suppose that's normal with all authors and fans but this one just felt dead in the water (no pun intended.)
A serial killer is running aro
Craig Wakefield
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is refreshing to have a NYPD detective that has a huge family that he is devoted to be the protagonist in a book. I wonder though how long it will take for Michael Bennett to actually become married? If I were to look back at previous books I believe that he has been considering marriage or been engaged to Mary Catherine for at least the previous two books. However, when an author has a good thing going why not stretch it out.

I wondered why the book was named "The Russian." Can you guess why
Shirley kendall
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Harold Walters
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Standard fare ... kinda like cornflakes — ordinary, but not a bad thing because of that.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
An interesting mystery story.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story and I enjoyed listening to it.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
It's serial killer time again. With the usual twists like escalation, diversion, copy cats and what not. ...more Mystery & Thriller
I felt that a new installment in James Patterson and James O. Born’s Michael Bennett series was long overdue. So I was happy to have THE RUSSIAN arrive on my doorstep. It certainly was worth the wait, as it provides the NYPD homicide detective with a case that he must solve quickly, and for more than one reason.

The core of the book is the hunt for a serial killer who is murdering women in New York in a particularly brutal manner. His signature is a grisly mutilation, the details of which are bei
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Only a handful of weeks away from making his love, Mary Catherine, his bride, New York Police Department Detective Michael Bennett finds himself investigating the case of a gruesomely-murdered young woman. Soon, there’s another woman slaughtered by someone using the same horrifyingly specific method. Bennett, with his new partner, Brett Hollis, investigates, finding similar cases in both Atlanta and San Francisco. Those cases are cold . . . and unsolved.

And now young women in New York are dying
Apr 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Ever since James Born took over the Michael Bennett series the books have gotten worse and worse. "The Russian" is rock bottom.

When you have a plot about a nationwide serial killer and you're spending time commenting on Subway's business plan, assessing the competencies of junior detectives, and comparing the staffing levels of the NYPD vs the FBI; you're just writing words to fill space. And that's the only thing of value in this book - it's the template for those who want to write a book that
Barbara Schultz
Michael Bennett Thriller #13. This is actually my fifteenth Michael Bennett book as in addition to the regular novel I read 9.6 as well as 10.5 ~ Yep I am a fan!

Michael is one of my favorite JP characters. I enjoy stories that include his family of 10 adopted children, his finance Mary Catherine, and Grand Father Monsieur Seamus Bennett.

In this story, Michael and his partner are very involved finding the serial killer who is terrorizing New York with gruesome gory murders. His investigation is
Debbie Levine
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Russian by James Patterson is the 13th Book in the Michael Bennett Detective Series and it does not disappoint. As we re-join the Bennett clan excitement is on the horizon. Brian has been released from prison and is back home and Michael and Mary Catherine are about to get married, finally. Also, Jane has her first boyfriend, a fellow student at the Catholic School all 10 of the Bennett kids have attended.

On the work front, Michael, an NYPD Detective has a new Partner, Brett Hollis and a new
Cleo Baker-roberts
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
WOW! So glad I gave Patterson's NYPD Homicide Detective Michael Bennett another chance (wasn't at all happy with the character in the last episode I read), because THIS Det. Bennett is exactly what I've come to expect & enjoy in these adventures.

Searching for a serial killer in New York City & trying to connect the incidents with similar murders in both San Francisco & Atlanta is not an easy task when there are simply no clues available to the police. On top of that challenge, Det. Bennett has b
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Weeks before Bennett is to marry his long time love and the nanny of his 10 children, an assassin comes to town to perform ghastly murders that are unrelated. And, the story takes off! I feel this is the best Bennett story we've received from Patterson since we lost Michael Ledwidge and ended up with co-author James O. Born.

We are introduced to Bennett's new partner, Brett Hollis. We get to be reinvolved with the Bennett family again, including Father Seamus and the returned son from prison, Bri
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are a James Patterson fan or even if you aren't this is a MUST read!! From cover to cover it has you captured as a serial killer is one the loose! I found this to be the best in the Michael Bennett series!! Fast-paced, filled with non-stop action, drama, and an intensely creepy story. You will definitely find it extremely hard to put this one down!! WOW what a ride...loved it...can't wait for more.

Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, a
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it

Okay, Patterson and Born get the 'hidden storyline plot' award for 'The Russian.' Only after reading 94% of the 344 pages do we learn how 'The Russian' pertains to antagonist Daniel Ott. Personally, I like to get at least some subliminal 'hedglings' that connect the title to the storyline. Who woulda thought Daniel Ott, aka David Hastings, no Russian identity provided, would sneak into the US as an SVR spy then act out his obsession with a Che
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
The world’s bestselling author, Patterson continues to crank out best sellers, one after another. It’s easy to see why he’s so popular, always at the top of any bestseller list. (Anyone who has given over three million books to school kids and the military and donated more than seventy million dollars to support education has my vote.) “Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who ‘doesn’t like to read,’ only people who hav ...more
R C Summers
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This is another James Patterson book that delivers on the well worn formula - page turning story that has plenty of action and enough thrills to ensure the reader is engaged through to the end. Unfortunately, it also has those other characteristics that set apart a Patterson novel, lack of character development being amongst the key ones. The author rarely trys to give too much reason as to why the killer might do the things he does - more often than not he just seems to be a crazy causing mayhe ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better then the previous two

Ever since James Patterson got a different coauthor, Michael Bennett books have not been the same, to my great dismay. This is my very favorite series that James Patterson has put out.
I have been quite disappointed in the previous two books, the new coauthor simply doesn't know the characters as well as the original one did. However, The Russian is really quite good.
The story is as usual a bit over the top but that's to be expected. That's a standard Patterson
Mike Kennedy
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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The 13th installment in the Michael Bennett series. I have to say the James O. Born has done a good job since taking over this series from Michael Ledwidge. Yes, it is James Patterson’s name as the lead on the book cover, but let’s be honest he isn’t doing most if any of the writing.

Michael Bennett is back, and he is chasing a serial killer who likes to mutilate his victims causing a heinous crime scene. As typical with the series the chapters are short, and they bounce between Michael Bennett a
Eric Jolly
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable installment of the Detective Michael Bennett thriller series. A good read, written in a familiar way. As always, Bennett is hard charging and doesn’t let anyone slow him down or get in his way.

He catches multiple killers and holds them to account for their murders.

If there was one thing that bugged me a little bit about this read, it was that all of a sudden, Bennett is being harassed by the mayor’s office...but in the Bennett book right before this one, he saved the mayor’s da
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Michael Bennett has his plate full. Not only is he getting married soon, but a serial killer has decided to make New York City their latest playground. The investigation hits several dead ends as the killer, while having a very specific modus operandi, is smart enough to leave no trace and seems to have the ability to disappear into thin air despite Michael's best efforts. This case would have frustrated the heck out of any self respecting police person - the mayor has assigned a glory ...more
Mary Donegan
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
FEB 2021 : 4 STARS. Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his prescence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman and each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome.

I don't read all of Patterson's books because I'm not a personal fan of his, but I have to keep-up with the Bennett clan. Really enjoyed this book. Lots of action. It was interesting following along with the ser
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“Hollis asked me, “How’d the meeting with the editor at the Daily News go?” “About like you’d expect. It’s very clear to me that they’re only interested in the number of papers they sell or clicks the story gets online, not in helping out our homicide investigation. I swear, sometimes it feels like there are some awfully bloodthirsty people in the media who want more murders so they can have juicier stories that sell more papers.” 0 likes
“Seamus clapped his hands together and rubbed them. “Great. Now for the next order of business: your wedding. Specifically, you need to write your vows.” “I’m working on it.” My grandfather winced and said, “That’s a tired excuse. How hard can it be for you to write four or five lines?” “Can it be a limerick? Mary Catherine is Irish, after all.” “So are we. If you do a limerick, she’ll slug you. After I get the first crack at you.” I tried to hide my smile as I said, “There once was a girl from Tipperary. Her body was not terribly hairy. She—” My grandfather punched me in the arm and walked away.” 0 likes
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