Burn (Michael Bennett Series #7)

Burn (Michael Bennett Series #7)

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by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City--and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career.

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.

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Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City--and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career.

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, the detective is forced to take the demented caller seriously-and becomes drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.

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It begins with a strange call: A group of well-dressed men are spotted in a condemned Harlem building, supposedly conducting some bizarre festivities. At first, detective Michael Bennett dismisses the vague report as inconsequential, but then a charred body turns up in the very same building, launching him on a probe into places where he would prefer not to go. Once again, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge reconfirm their reputation as standard-setting thriller writers. (P.S. Burn is superb as either a standalone or a series read.)

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Little, Brown and Company
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Michael Bennett Series, #7
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Large Print
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6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

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Burn 3.9 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 123 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burn may start with a not-so engaging beginning, but ultimately the impact of this thriller heightens, and so will the reader's interest. Michael Bennett series, Burn by James Patterson, and co-written with Michael Ledwidge, is vastly different from the many other books the master-storyteller has written during the past two years. Patterson has co-authored a number books with different authors, yet the Detective Michael Bennett series is the one and only series in which he has consistently teamed up with Michael Ledwidge, and it has never failed to throw up a few surprises. The latest installment, Burn, is no different and fans of the series are in for an exciting ride as Detective Michael Bennett is thrust into a topsy-turvy world trying to solve two difficult cases. What keeps me reading James Patterson is his relaxed writing style and short chapters which is not common and certainly easy to follow. As you dig deeper into the book the story begins to take a stranglehold on you, leaving you no choice but to keep going to the very end.  Detective Bennett's investigation leads him to a powerful political figure and his cronies, and the horrifyingly maddening world of immorality, corruption and wickedness in which they lived. This is a great read.      
Cheryl_Montgomery-Nolan More than 1 year ago
After months in witness protection, detective Michael Bennett returns to work and finds himself demoted by the vindictive actions of a rival for his passed wife's affection. Combined with a legal challenge to his rights as an adoptive father, a cadre of untouchably wealthy gourmet cannibals, an untraceable diamond heist team and a misfit new police team, Bennett's week starts off with a bang! At home, his love and concern for his adopted children and his fear of losing the family nanny, add to his troubles. Juggling home, work, love and politics, Bennett gambles his reputation and his affections in a determined bid to do the right thing, even if it costs him all that he cherishes most. Fast paced and convoluted, this book is a page-turner. Keep 'em coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like this story was written by several different people and none of the authors knew what anyone else had written. So many loose ends and questions left unanswered. How does a story this poorly written get published? The story was great until the last chapter when it abruptly ended. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Michael Bennett; have read them all and am always waiting for a new one. After reading the last book in the series I was beyond excited to read this one. Having said that, I couldt wait to finish it and be done ~ while secretly hoping it would get better. Unresolved story lines and poor taste in the main story.
ronaldine More than 1 year ago
This is one of the worst books that I have ever read. It seems like it was written by a thirteen year old boy! Too many trite sayings! The plot did not hold together. The subject was awful! (Cannibalism? Really?) In general, terrible!
TLC More than 1 year ago
Where is the Michael Bennet of the series. This book was a real disappointment. It went from pillar to post , Nothing of his family and did not focus on one thing. James Patterson is writing too many books and is selling them on his previous reputation leaving his fans wanting for his past successes,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JP keeps us entertained with his hard to put down Michael Bennet series. PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just an okay read. I'd like to see the love sick nanny character gone. This is becoming one of those cases where the guy has a love interest and it becomes about that. If I wanted a romance novel I'd pick one. If it is suppose to be fast pace action then that's what I want to read. The ending sucked and I will not seek out the next part of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the Michael Bennet series but this book 's ending was not satisfying. So many issues put out but not really addressed i.e the family's readjustment to life after witness protection, a subordinate police officer murdered yet there is no fight to change the initial ruling of suicide, no attempt to ease children's fear of being taken away, wrap up to cannibal story muddled. Why is book titled "Burn"? It was a good read until about halfway thru then I felt it was confusing and rushed.
Bxr4me More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this book.  While it is still a good read, I was left wanting more.  It seemed like he wrapped up some things too quickly and others not at all.  I am always a James Patterson fan, but this is the first time I was left wanting more from one of his books.
booksandwine More than 1 year ago
If you are fully vested in the Michael Bennett series (like I am) then you will partially enjoy this book. If you are thinking about picking up the series with this book; don't. I think this was by far the worst of the series. It took so long to develop into something other than mundane family and career story lines that it violated my personal policy when starting a new book. (I'll give you 100 pages max and if I'm not hooked, I'm out). When the plot line did finally evolve, there was no real sense of suspense or pulse pounding action that there typically is with this series. If that weren't enough to steer you away from this book, the ending is down right terrible. Abrupt, unsatisfying and disappointed with the ending. Only thing I was happy about was finishing the book so I can start Michael Connolly's The Burning Room.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could do with less gore and shorter chase scenes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awful!!! Cannot have been written by Patterson. 5 different story lines none of which are interesting. I know it's entertainment but cops acting like these guys is totally unrealistic. Should be advertised as not very good satire. Will be afraid to buy any more by this guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of Pattersons best. Slow moving. More time spent on relationship with Bennets housekeeper than with crume solving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best
katm35 More than 1 year ago
I have liked the Michael Bennett Series since the very beginning... this has not changed my mind
GLDTX More than 1 year ago
The book flowed nicely and was suspenseful. However, the ending was quick and anticlimactical. Not a good effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of his best of the michael bennett series. Why add his daughters real father problem was just a fill in to the book. No real story to it. Come on JP, you can do better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Felt like it was written in a day. Not familar with authors work, hope this isn't representative.
AvidReaderCheryl More than 1 year ago
Didn't love it - the plot twists and turns weren't fully developed
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great book can not wait for Alert.
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