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20. Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge...

February 15, 2010
FTC Disclosure: My copy of Worst Case was provided by Hachette Book Group for this review. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

worst case
About the book:
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 investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, one powerful family after another uses their leverage and connections to turn the heat up on the mayor, the press—anyone who will listen—to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, who send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's life—and love life—suddenly get even more complicated.

This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it

Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet—one that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York. From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes).
drey's thoughts:
This collaboration between Patterson and Ledwidge is a fast paced, action-packed read. Detective Michael Bennett is a likable character, with his conscience and his brood of adopted kids... The plot is gripping, with the villain kidnapping rich kids and grilling them with questions. If they can't answer correctly, they die. All while the cops are trying to find them, and the bad guy, while dealing with the kids' parents. Who, being rich and all that, come with a whole lot of attitude towards the detectives.

I enjoyed Worst Case, even though I thought it was pretty predictable.

drey's rating: 3/5  Good

Title: Worst Case
Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
ISBN-13: 9780316036221
Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub

4 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I won this from Bingo, so I should be getting it soon. Patterson's books are predictable and formulaic, but I still enjoy them! Nice review!

MarceJ said...

Oh I will add this to my list for sure I just read The Quickie with the same collaboration and loved it.

Kay said...

Thanks for giving your thoughts on this book. I'm reading Run for Your Life, the second book in this series right now and just finished Step on a Crack, the first. Yes, they are predictable and somewhat formulaic, but sometimes that is just what I want. I'm looking forward to this one next.

drey said...

Sometimes predictable is just what's needed, isn't it? =)

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