Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is the fourth book in the “Michael Bennett” thriller series. Publisher: Little, Brown And Company, January 2011

Tick—a killer’s countdown begins
A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick—Michael Bennett is on the chase
The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock—your time is up
Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer’s pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

I really do enjoy the short chapters of James Patterson’s books. This was another wild ride through the streets of New York as Mike and his team try to apprehend a monster killer who is recreating crime scenes from the past. When these recreations hit a little too close for comfort, Mike will endure terror and pain to keep his family safe.

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