Step On a Crack by James Patterson
(Michael Bennett)

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During a state funeral for a beloved former First Lady in New York City's largest cathedral, the unthinkable occurs. Armed men disguised as monks seize the church and seal themselves inside, along with more than one hundred of the most powerful people in America. The captives include world leaders, actors, TV stars, athletes, and politicians, and the kidnappers are armed with enough C4 explosives to blow a crater in the middle of Manhattan.
NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into the standoff as lead negotiator. Despite the escalating danger, Michael faces an even more terrifying crisis at home. His wife has been diagnosed with a devastating disease, and Michael faces the prospect of losing the love of his life and having to raise their ten children alone. With his own life teetering and the lives of thousands suddenly his responsibility, Michael struggles to diffuse the tense situation fast. Yet the kidnappers' moves are impossible to predict, and they block every attempt to break into the cathedralmost as if they are privy to their deliberations.

About James Patterson

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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
Published February 12, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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From then on, the tale requires the reader to go with the flow as Bennett alternates visits to his wife's hospital bedside, brief trips to check on how his kids are managing and tense dealings with the well-prepared kidnappers.

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It has all the aspects of Patterson that we love, but Michael Bennett also brings something new to the table.

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Book Reporter

With the clock ticking and the world watching, Bennett and his team try to capture the kidnappers and rescue the hostages.

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Entertainment Weekly

Between putting in time at poor Maeve's bedside and shepherding their flock through the city streets — a spectacle that ''tugs at the coiled-steel heartstrings of the Big Apple's residents'' — this single dad and widower-to-be somehow has ample time and emotional energy to face down the city's di...

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Gather Books

The crime Detective Bennett is involved in takes place in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral where criminals are holding 34 celebrities, who are attending the funeral of a former First Lady hostage.

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Nights and Weekends

After the NYPD’s lead negotiator fails to connect with the captors, Mike, who once worked as a hostage negotiator, is called in to take over, fielding calls from the guy in charge—a man who identifies himself only as “Jack.” As negotiations continue, it seems as though Jack knows all of ...

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The Mystery Site

Cross - An Alex Cross Novel: The latest Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson.

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Silly, improbable and cliche-filled, this weak Patterson effort pits a good-guy hostage negotiator/police spokesman Detective Michael Bennett against a ruthless leader of thugs who have — get this — taken over St. Patrick’s Cathedral filled with billionaires, politicians, and stars of stage and s...

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