Patterson's, Michael Bennett novels are written with Michael Ledwidge. The main character is an Irish American copy inspired by the heroes of the NYPD. Bennett's wife died of cancer and he is raising their 10 adopted children with the help of an au pair and his grandfather.
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Step On A Crack
Detective Michael Bennett is about to face the greatest challenge of his career. After the death of a beloved First Lady, the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped in one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario.
Run For Your Life
Detective Michael Bennett gives Alex Cross a run for his money as the only cop who can stop a killer who calls himself the Teacher. Discovering a secret pattern in the Teacher's "lessons" for Manhattan's social elite, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest catastrophe in its history.
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.
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.
I, Michael Bennett
A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed—and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it.