At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good.
Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously–and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 7, 2015)
Series: Michael Bennett (#7)
This was my first Detective Michael Bennett book for I am wary of JP and his co-authoring schemes.
JP sure is a sucker for fire and him playing with fire is getting boring now. I am tired of arsonists especially when he co-authors.
How I imagine Michael Bennett:
Kidding! He’s not THAT dreamy! But let’s face it: Tom Cruise could portray ANY major character and get away with it because he embodies the character. Heck, he can even be the Queen and I won’t bat an eye because it’s Tom.
How people see Bennett:
How I actually see Bennett:
Bennett is a cool dude. I like him.
From the time Marquis de Sade is mentioned, I just know what kind of sick twisted people I’ll be dealing with in this book. When Bennett took over the Outreach Squad in Harlem, he was not prepared for what he’ll find waiting for him. Yet, he stayed calm, focus and driven. The cannibalism act had me questioning Hollywood rituals (based on material I’ve read regarding that … another story, another time).
Then Major Crime calls. They want Bennett on a jewelry heist case. Honcho, Beast, Slick. Dream criminal team right there. It’s one bad turn for Bennett after the other in both his working and personal life. Then out of the blue, a man shows up to claim Chrissy as his daughter. Bennet wasn’t having any of that. Honestly, I think this was a filler because it was quite out of place.
Bennett was in for a surprise when the so-call diamond heists were connected to the cannibal chef.
YET! What I don’t like is the fact that one man was found in connection with the jewel heist and we never found out what happened to the other two (I hope I didn’t go past them during my reading because at one point, the story was a little dull and it was making me sleepy). The cannibal case ended too early for my liking and I haven’t been reading the MB series, but wow, Mary Catherine must be tired of his lack of amorous display. Put a ring on it already! The ending was also too abrupt for my liking.
Other than that, good junk food!
^ This was an adopted kid’s worst fear come true, I suddenly realized. The feeling that no place was secure no matter how much you were loved. That you were always just one knock on the door from being taken away.
This is one of the reasons why many people are afraid to adopt.
They call it author taboo and utter laziness, but James doesn’t care for writing taboos. He uses the word ‘very’ a lot in his work and although some people may find it irritating because it’s laziness, I think it’s appropriate whenever James uses it.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty