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I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
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Jul 04, 2012

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Honestly, I've just about given up on finding an outstanding book that comes from the pen of James Patterson - no matter who his co-author du jour might be. In this case, it's Michael Ledwidge, who for the most part is one of Patterson's more dependably good collaborators.

The Michael Bennett series has been a slight cut above some of the other character-driven novels, if only because the detective has 10 kids, a "project" of love started by his late wife, for whom he still carries a major torch. When (or whether) he finally hooks up with his children's full-time nanny, Mary Catherine, is a recurring theme as well.

His dealing with family dynamics (which most of the time are far more like birthday candles on a cake than anything remotely explosive), end up sounding trite; when things Bennett does, or doesn't do, alienate his beloved Mary Catherine, apparently straining the camel's back, he barely makes an effort to win her back.

To be fair, Bennett also has his hands full handling his day (and often night) job - that of catching criminals. Here, he's dealing with a major Mexican crime lord who is capable of just about anything and seemingly is unstoppable. When Bennett and his team finally nail down his arrest, he goes totally ballistic in his efforts to get payback -- killing and injuring a large number of people, some of whom are close to Bennett, and threatening Bennett himself and his family.

That's fine and dandy for a while -- even to be expected -- but what this criminal is able to accomplish (and how) ends up crossing the line into the realm of human impossibility. And when a couple of the young Mexican gang "thugs" who work for the crime lord who are barely able to utter a coherent sentence on the street are captured and spill their guts in exchange for immunity, their language inexplicably becomes worthy of a Noel Coward play.

All things considered, it's a decent (and quick) read, but I'm thinking this series may be on its way downhill to join other recent Patterson efforts. The ending is a bit surprising, but it's far too abrupt -- but then maybe that's the only way to ensure that readers will buy the next installment.
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