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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge Narrator: Bobby Cannavale, John Glover, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Michael Bennett Novels Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781600247859
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One by one, the children of New York’s wealthiest citizens are being taken hostage. But the criminal doesn’t crave money or power. He only wants to ask the elite if they know the price others pay for their luxurious lifestyles. And, if they don't, he corrects their ignorance by killing his prisoner.

With ten kids of his own, Detective Michael Bennett can’t begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone’s children. What is clear is that these murders are linked and must be part of a greater, more public demonstration. As the city is thrown into chaos, Bennett teams up with an FBI abduction specialist, Agent Emily Parker, to capture the killer before he begins his most devastating demonstration yet. One that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bobby Cannavale returns as Detective Bennett, slipping into his best Brooklyn accent and giving a hard edge to the character. As the kidnapper, John Glover employs a nasal whining tone perfectly suited to the character, and the phone conversations between cop and criminal are rich with tension. Orlagh Cassidy gives Emily an appealing gentleness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Bobby Cannavale returns as Detective Bennett, slipping into his best Brooklyn accent and giving a hard edge to the character. As the kidnapper, John Glover employs a nasal whining tone perfectly suited to the character, and the phone conversations between cop and criminal are rich with tension. Orlagh Cassidy gives Emily an appealing gentleness... Publishers Weekly
  • “From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a non-stop thriller from America’s #1 storyteller.”

    Forbes

  • Worst Case…bristles with plot tension.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Readers will enjoy the fast paced, short chapters with their clipped sentences as tension builds...The narrators of the audio pull off...[various] accents as they read through the book.”

    Examiner.com

  • “This top-notch mystery with a first-class cast will rivet readers and whet their appetites for the next in the Bennett series.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Bobby Cannavale gives [Detective Mike Bennett] a deep, sandpapery voice that adds credibility to the search for the missing children. Bennett is aided by Special Agent Emily Parker, who is professionally portrayed by Orlagh Cassidy. John Glover handles a multiplicity of characters—all well done.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/20/2014

    " Not as enjoyable as the last book, but worthwhile as the series is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Lynn | 2/19/2014

    " I liked the first two better, but still a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyler Shelton | 2/15/2014

    " A good reminder that James Patterson is fun to read, but it also reminds me of his usual plot lines. Same ol, same ol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

    " I really liked this one. It captured me right away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Herzog | 2/6/2014

    " another quick read by Patterson. holds your interest...page turner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice Hogan | 1/28/2014

    " Typical James Patterson but very entertaining. Kept your interest. Loved the NY part of it. It was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Slater | 1/25/2014

    " Nice character but story too familiar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2014

    " Another good one! Again, the audio books are just as good as reading the novel, maybe even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cláudia | 1/12/2014

    " Not of of Patterson's best books, but it's not bad either. Sometimes I think why I still bother to buy his books, but at least they are quick reads where you don't have to think much ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 1/8/2014

    " Mm "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Cole | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoy James Patterson's books, for the most part. This was the 3rd for this series - fast-paced and action-packed with a little romance in the mix. It a quick and easy read - what I always enjoy about James Patterson. This was another one I listened to on CD during my commute to and from work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Jones | 12/13/2013

    " Love Mike Bennett. When is he going to realize MC is the girl for him? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael crage | 12/4/2013

    " Patterson does not write anything but good books. He has more books on the best seller lists than anyone and deservingly so. It had romance (no sex), adventure, and a good mystery. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mia | 11/10/2013

    " I don't expect very much from James Patterson anymore... I'd never buy one of his books, but this was at the library so I picked it up. An okay mystery but nothing more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/9/2013

    " Some things about the ending bother me, but overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 8/1/2013

    " I loved this book almost as much as the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/4/2013

    " So what is the relationship between the nanny and Bennett? The story beyond that was great, but the shot, or three, in the end, really...how many shapshooters can boast such an achievement? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 6/28/2013

    " Great Book. I love the idea and the fast pace, I hated getting out of the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 5/13/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Liking how the series is taking shape.Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Park | 1/24/2013

    " Yep, I've become a Patterson fan full time. He spins a tight story that keeps you interested right to the end, even with some neat little twists to keep you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 9/27/2012

    " I don't know why James Patterson likes single fathers so much, but Michael Bennett is just as interesting and likable as Alex Cross. He may not be single for long ... Good story - good suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Cross | 8/4/2012

    " Any book that takes me just says to read is one of the better books I have ever read! This book grips you from the 1st page and take you on one wild ride! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/21/2012

    " I really liked this book, I thought the story was fast faced and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/25/2012

    " Could hardly put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Weber | 4/16/2012

    " Fast paced, this book grabs you at the beginning and never slows down. That's my favorite part about Patterson's books - the pace and the action, plus the straightforward language. It also helps that I like the series about cop Mike Bennett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 4/9/2012

    " I much prefer the Michael Bennett series now as compared to the Alex Cross ones, which have gone in a bad direction - written too fast, too bloody and the worst! This novel has nice character development, or as good as the author gets. Very interesting story line and very fast paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curlyhair | 8/7/2011

    " Another easy read with Det Mike Bennett in charge. Plenty of action as usual with no let up - especially for poor old Mike. Yes you know the good guys are going to win, but you wouldn't be reading this otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 5/20/2011

    " I loved this book. I could barely put it down...but does that language have to be so foul? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/17/2011

    " I had a slow start but that was all me not the book, once I started 2 days ago I haven't been able to stop! James Patterson sure knows how to keep a person tuned in!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ksafford | 5/10/2011

    " Enjoyable, quick, read. Kept me interested until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 5/2/2011

    " Fast paced, this book grabs you at the beginning and never slows down. That's my favorite part about Patterson's books - the pace and the action, plus the straightforward language. It also helps that I like the series about cop Mike Bennett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minandro | 5/1/2011

    " Excellent pair James and Michael. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/1/2011

    " Kept your attention and was suspensfull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/30/2011

    " 3.5 stars -- a good thriller/murder mystery that you can't put down. It does have some plot weaknesses, but it's a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 4/29/2011

    " Typical Patterson. Fast paced, action packed mind candy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariefitriani | 4/25/2011

    " I've always loved how short the chapters are in Patterson's novels. This one is no exception. Page turner, and the rush from all the suspense is simply amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/22/2011

    " Fast paced police drama. Serial killer is taunting the police and FBI by kidnapping and killing children. But killing isn't the only motive. Excellent story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/19/2011

    " not his usual standard "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/17/2011

    " Detective Michael Bennett leads an investigation who snatched one of the NY wealthiest family's son. While he working on this case he discover love??? Read to find out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofia | 3/2/2011

    " I guess I am just partial to Det. Alex Cross... I find those books more entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrators

Bobby Cannavale is a film, stage, and television actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, but he is perhaps best known for his role as a reincarnated matchmaker on ABC's Cupid. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit show Will & Grace.

John Glover, most famous for his roles as villainous characters on television and in films, has performed many times on stage, winning a Tony Award for his role in Love! Valour! Compassion! He also appeared in the film version.

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.