Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the third book in the “Michael Bennett” thriller series. Publisher: Little, Brown And Company, February 2010

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”

This was an enjoyable and thrilling ride taken through the streets of New York. Someone is showing their displeasure at affluent residents by kidnapping their children and their survival depends on how they answer the quiz. Bennett and the FBI agent race through the city to capture this serial killer before more harm is done. My rating: 4 stars

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