Detective Michael Bennett is a widower, father of ten adopted children, and responsible for the arrest of infamous drug lord Manuel Perrine. After years of hard work to arrest Perrine, Bennett thinks he finally has him, until his bodyguard kills Bennett’s lifelong friend right in front of him. In an attempt to escape his chaotic life as a New York cop, he takes his family and their nanny to their holiday home. He soon realises that not even his haven is safe as two of his boys are shot in what turns out to be a hit ordered by Perrine from prison.
At every turn, a new violent, dramatic event occurs in multiple attempts to help Perrine escape. A janitor with boiling baby oil and a gun, a crane and what is essentially a SWAT team working for Perrine. Amidst all this, Michael has to deal with the intricacies of family life and dealing with two romances. I, Michael Bennett is the fifth instalment in James Patterson’s Michael Bennett series, working with Michael Ledgwidge.
The way Perrine manages to intertwine Michael’s personal and work lives to surround him with a life of terror and hate is truly skilful, leaving the reader feeling lost and desperate as tragic events continue to occur. Patterson manages to present a main character that the reader can get emotionally involved with, whilst continuing to stretch the limits of the crime-hungry imagination.
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