Worst Case by James Patterson
(Michael Bennett)


9 Critic Reviews

On the whole, Worst Case is an entertaining and light-footed read.
-NY Journal of Books


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).

The eBook Special Edition includes:

A profile of Michael Bennett

A list of the Michael Bennett series with descriptions of all the cases

Addresses of the locations of the main scenes in the book

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 April 9, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 369 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Jun 26 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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Critic reviews for Worst Case
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Book Reporter

on Jan 24 2011

WORST CASE is a one-sit read with a villain who is as current as today’s headlines and as dangerous in the real world as on the printed page.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
on Sep 21 2010

On the whole, Worst Case is an entertaining and light-footed read.

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Suite 101

on Jun 05 2010

The Worst Case is one of James Patterson’s most daring instalments ever. Detective Bennett is dealing with a maniac unlike no other.

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Nights and Weekends


The lovable family of characters, mixed with plenty of heart-pounding suspense, makes it a can’t-miss thriller.

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Below average
on Nov 25 2011

...I found the ending a little sudden, as if someone had decided the page count had been reached, so let’s wrap it up.

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on Nov 09 2012

One of the reviews in the back cover notes makes reference to Bruce Willis. It's absolutely correct. It is written in terse chapters, many of them condensed to almost bullet points.

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Below average
on Feb 15 2011

As for the killer himself...this was the weakest are of the book. It almost felt a little rushed and there was no real depth to him.

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on Mar 29 2012

This book is excellent...I think the story is very well written and in today's world of not knowing what to expect, it is very plausible.

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A grandiose work, I am eagerly awaiting the next Patterson novel to hit the stands. Highly recommended and a must read for the James Patterson fans across the world.

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