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Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The story is pretty much all about Nina Bloom who today is a mother with a teen-age daughter who live in the New York city area but Nina has many ties to south Florida. She works now in a highly paid job and lives very well but always in the back of her mind the trials and tribulations of the past do reappear to remind her of the past.

Her past seems to have consisted of her hitting/killing a man while she was inebriated. That incident never seems to leave her mind as she grows older, marries, divorces, moves north and then back to Florida. All this time although she is doing well and appears to be a pretty much good mother to her daughter and a great worker in her law firm. She learns that her former husband has worked his way through the police department and is now chief of police in the south Florida town. She doesn’t understand how he got away with what he did and hid it so well.

Alert (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Allen Hott

AlertThese two authors have put together an interesting and even a potentially possible tale of some terrorists who want to do damage to New York City and its inhabitants.

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Michael Bennett, a NYPD detective, who is a lifelong resident of the city and has a rather large family which he raises along with a retired old priest. Bennett’s wife is dead and though he has a pretty steady girlfriend he still does all the fathering and child rearing with minimal help.

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Worse Case Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

This book is excellent. Some of Patterson’s books lately have been only fair, especially the ones written with another author. In “Worst Case” I think the story is very well written and in today’s world of not knowing what to expect, it is very plausible. This book features Detective Michael Bennett of the NYPD, who has been featured in a few other books by James Patterson. Bennett has 10 children, all adopted and of all origins. He has a nanny to take care of this brood when he has to work, which is quite a bit of time. Since his wife had died several years earlier, the children give Michael Bennett quite a problem of balancing his work and his personal life. In this story he is teamed with an FBI agent, Emily Parker, who, while working close with Bennett, has made both of them open their eyes toward each other.

Children of rich people disappear, followed by a phone call to the parents. When the police get involved, Bennett and Parker along with their teams, at first the culprit says he does not want any ransom but tells them where the child can be picked up. After leading them on a wild goose chase, the body of the first child is found. This is repeated several times with some variation on the kidnappers method of operation. Since all the parents are rich and very influential the police can’t make a connection as to why certain children are taken and with different variants involved, how do they get to the whys and wherefores?

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Tick Tock by James PattersonReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Detective Michael Bennett, his ten adopted children, his grandfather and nanny Mary Catherine are on vacation at a seaside resort. He had high hopes of being able to have a good time. That did not last long. Michael’s cell phone rang. He was called in to help investigate the case of an unexploded bomb at a library. The bomb turned out to be a “teaser” for what was about to happen.

A series of crimes start to occur. The city is now terrorized with everything that is going on. It soon becomes clear that all of these incidences could not be the work of an amateur. There is a serial killer in the town and this person is recreating serial killers from New York’s past.

Michael Bennett asks FBI agent, Emily Parker, for assistance.

Are Michael and Emily able to solve this case before things become too dangerous for them and Michael’s entire family?

Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Run for Your Life by James PattersonBeing a cop in a large city such as New York can be a very difficult job in the work you perform, the job you take home with you, and the perpetrators that are always in your mind. Detective Michael Bennett had been a cop for quite a few years and thought he had met some weird criminals but this new perp that called himself The Teacher was possibly the worst ever. He was killing, seemingly taking no definite direction regarding his victims as to location or individuality. And his killing was increasing too quickly to keep up with or where he would next strike.

Bennett had lost his wife, Mauve, less than a year ago. She was his rock and salvation being there to give Michael comfort when he came home downhearted because of work problems. Mauve knew how to “be there” for him whether it was a hug, a beer, words of encouragement, or anything else that caused him to be out of sorts. But Mauve wasn’t there now, only his nanny, Mary Catherine, who lived in a nearby apartment, filled in caring for the ten adopted children he and Mauve had adopted and loved so much. Huge problems existed in the Bennett apartment when the kids started coming down with some bug and were vomiting, sometimes not in the proper place! Thank God Mary Catherine was there to assist with the kids.

Amidst the sickness Bennett was trying to find this killer that struck anywhere, anytime, and dressed himself in ways that made it even more difficult to track and find. Several task forces were formed due to pressure the Police Commissioner was placing on Bennett and all that had been thrown into the fray. Days went on with no further progress in the killers search but Bennett’s kids still were taking their turns puking. Poor Michael and poor Mary Catherine. Rest for both was hard to get. A reporter had broken some news not released and Bennett’s superiors accused him of leaking the information.

Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

worstReviewed by Nancy Eaton

What happens when someone tries to change the world but it seems like no one will listen?

NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is a widower with ten children. He is called in to investigate a recent kidnapping. More kidnappings start to occur and they all have one thing in common – the victims all come from wealthy families.

Even more interesting is the fact that the kidnapper isn’t demanding any kind of ransom. He gives his victims a quiz. The kidnapper doesn’t go by the usual pass-fail critique but uses the pass-die system.

As parents of some of the victims start to place more pressure on the Mayor to do something more to find the kidnapper, the FBI gets involved and sends in an Abduction Specialist, Emily Parker, to work with Bennett on the case.

As Bennett and Parker investigate, they soon realize that the worst is yet to come. Are they able to solve this case?