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Summary

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.

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 work life - and love life - suddenly get even more complicated.

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.

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

'Full of Patterson’s signature twists and turns, it’s a tense, all-American page-turner’. ( Choice Magazine)

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Not fit for purpose

This is a tense gripping thriller that is neither tense nor thrilling and didn't manage to grip me whatsoever! It reads like a made-for-TV movie with all the characters and plots as predictable and cheesy as you might expect from such a film. It whiled away a few hours of me painting skirting boards and wasn't irritating, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

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  • Richard
  • LEOMINSTER, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
  • 28-01-10

Good Story - Shame about the awful dramatisation.

This is a gripping story with a good main narrator but parts are very poorly dramatised with annoying additional character voices, and awful and destracting background noises. For me it was ruined by them.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carôle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 29-03-10

I Love Michael Bennett

Unlike the other 2 reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I found the narrative, with multiple voices and sound effects wholly immersing. If you have read the previous 2 Michael Bennett books 'Step on a Crack' and 'The Teacher' then you'll love this one. The only thing I didn't really like was the romantic plot twist - I won't give it away, but... propinquity isn't everything!

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lovely to listen to!

Niclely narrated and enjoyable to listen to. However the story isn't very memorable and is rather predictable.

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another classic Michael bennett story

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this, very well read by all voice artists (despite a hilariously inaccurate Scottish accent that I literally burst into laughter after hearing). Listened to twice now and still got chills...

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Nicely done

Really enjoyed the 3 actors in this one, adds another dimension. V slick overall, good use of sound effects too.

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Brilliant

Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
I'm enjoying them so much and love all the background too. Well read, can't fault in any way.

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Too much unnecessary background music!!

I love the Michael Bennett series, but what's with the over the top awful music!! In my view it spoiled an otherwise 5 star performance.

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  • harrivin
  • london, United Kingdom
  • 30-07-13

dark and creepy


What made this book enjoyable for me was the continuing story of the Bennett family. I never tire of Mary Catherine, Seamus, Michael or the ten kids.

I was not impressed with the murder mystery aspect of the story. I felt that like the others, it was not "taut, suspense filled or thrilling" enough. Unlike the others however, I felt it was too dark for a Bennett story and felt more like a Dennis Lehane read. I can tell Patterson had a strong hand in the co-writing for this one, as it reminded me of "Kiss the Girls" - a book that I literally ended up tossing in a trashbin after finishing because of all the graphic torture on the female characters. I was very uncomfortable reading about kids (this time) being kidnapped, tortured and killed. I think that this story was over the top and reeked of pure Patterson.

I think Patterson needs these co-authors to reel him in and usually they do, but this time, given the storyline which clearly he took control over, he ran amok with a dark, dank storyline that was not pleasant to read.

I have one more to go before I am caught up (I, Michael Bennett). Looking forward to that.

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  • Charley
  • Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

james patterson- Worst Case

This book is brilliant as always james patterson thrillers are very gripping. I have never read any other author's that I can't put down. The only problem with listening to someof the audio books they have put unnecessary music in them which is really irritating and off putting.