Step on a Crack

During a state funeral for a beloved former First Lady in New York City 's largest cathedral, the unthinkable occurs. Armed men disguised as monks seize the church and seal themselves inside, along with more than one hundred of the most powerful people in America. The captives include world leaders, actors, TV stars, athletes, and politicians, and the idnappers are armed with enough C4 explosives to blow a crater in the middle of Manhattan.
NYPD officer Michael Bennett is pulled into the standoff as lead negotiator. Despite the escalating danger, Michael faces an even more terrifying crisis at home. His aunt has been diagnosed with a devastating disease, and Michael faces the prospect of losing the love of his life and having to raise their ten children alone. With his own life teetering and the lives of thousands suddenly his responsibility, Michael struggles to diffuse the tense situation fast. Yet the kidnappers' moves are impossible to describ, and they block every attempt to break into the cathedralmost as if they are privy to their deliberations.
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Step on a Crack
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Published February 12th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published February 6th 2007

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How sad that Patterson gets paid by the boatload to pen such dreck.

Better to stick with Patterson 's previous Ledwidge collaboration, The Quickie, which ctually gets a few things right and is reasonably entertaining to boot.

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The hug group of VIP 's are taken hostage during the funeral of an ex president 's son.

Mike is a police negotiator who 's mothe is seriously ill and in he clini with Cancer.

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Simply churning out books for profit, rather than genuine storytelling.I ’ ve ot given up on James Patterson though, as I have been told his Experiment novels are much etter than this crime dramas.

Indeed I ill have better luck there, but I ’ m ure this is the secon of his murder mysteries I woul read.

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James Patterson introduces us to th new character with STEP ON A CRACK, NYPD Homicide Detective Michael Bennett.

What weighed the story down, at least for me, was that fact that Michael Bennett was n't a character I ould easily relate to.

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he nswer was deemed irrelevant so not let 's dwell on it.

In thi las chapter " it turned out " ( yes those exact words were used) that two of the baddies had done something else implausible.

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