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Tick Tock

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NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem—the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick—a killer's countdown begins
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 ...

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Tick Tock (Michael Bennett Series #4)

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Overview

NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem—the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!

Tick—a killer's countdown begins
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.

Tick—Michael Bennett is on the chase
The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock—your time is up
Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455599806
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Michael Bennett Series , #4
  • Pages: 415
  • Sales rank: 42,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    NOOK frustration

    I too like to read some b4 buying but the marketing tactics being used have too much of the "come on" to suit me. Don't advertise the book as FREE when it's JUST the preview. Clearly state before download. My husband and I are new NOOK owners but thus far its been a frustrating experience...and the ebooks are more expensive than the paperbacks he's been buying.

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

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    Tick Tock

    Michael Bennett now has to deal with a serial killer that is recreated serial killers from New York's past. All in the name of Lawrence. Now who the hell is Lawrence? While this is going on, Bennett is also trying to enjoy a peaceful vacation with his children. And to add to that he may or may not be romancing two women. So much going on in this fourth Michael Bennett story that it kept me turning page after page. It was a fast paced novel and a quick read but it didn't grab me and hold on and was quickly forgotten when I opened my next book to read.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    WHO WANTS A FREE PREVIEW

    WHAT SENSE DOES A FREE PREVIEW MAKE. EITHER LIST THE BOOK FOR FREE OR LIST IT AT A PRICE. GET RID OF THIS FREE PREVIEW JUNK
    I'M JUST SAYING!!!!!

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    OK

    James --- your late two books (this and ...Blink) are simply OK - quick easy read --- Are you trying to be a mystery serial killer writter or a romance writer/// Figure it out before you waste any more of my time. -- used to be avid fan

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    Junk!

    What the hxxx? Get rid of stupid "free previews" when searching for free books. What a bunch of cxxx!!!!

    Had to select one "star". How about zero stars!

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly recommended

    Compelling, edgey, fast, loved it!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this book!

    I was soo escited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint at all, well worth the purchase. I could not put this book down, read it everywhere. It was his best one to date in my opinion, enjoyable for anyone.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    so far so good

    read the free preview last night. 88 pages. I think this is the 4th book with Detective Mike Bennett. He is one of my favorite Patterson characters, probably because he's the father of 10 kids, so he seems more "real" than some of the other detective characters. I just wish he would marry his nanny already! =)

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    Bridget's Review

    James Patterson is one of my favorite authors because he never lets me down. Tick Tock blew me away! I read it in one day because I could not put it down. Michael Bennett is the perfect hero and this book had one of the best plots ever. If you're a James Patterson fan or if you have never read any of his books, you need to! Five stars!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    PREVIEWS

    I LOVE TO BE ABLE TO PREVIEW A BOOK BEFORE PURCHASE. I WANT TO KNOW IF IT CATCHES MY INTEREST BEFORE I PUT MONEY OUT.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    Great Book. Bennett at his best.

    I can't wait for Patterson books to come out.
    This was not a disappointment. Very few are!
    This kept me coming back, until it was finished.
    Got it on Monday, finished on Wednesday. Exciting!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Edge of Your Seat Thrill Ride From The First Page!

    NYPD's # 1 Detective Michael Bennett has a huge problem. Someone is planning and masterminding a crime spree in New York like never before. They are conducting copy cat crimes of some of worst America has every seen, the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wysteria, Mad Bomber, just to name a few. Not only that but it's not some crazy terriorist act plaguing New York again, but an intelligent, rich and ex military that is calculating everything down to the last detail and filming it all.

    Caught in the midst of his vacation with his ten adopted kids in Breezy Point, Michael Bennett's love life is also caught in a web of confusion and chaos. Even while the crime spree in New York is spiraling out of control and terrorizing it's citizens, racial tension is running high against Michael's own adoptive children.

    Will he be able to catch the killer or will Michael Bennett, himself, become the star of his very own crime reenactment?

    I received James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's latest novel, Tick Tock, compliments of Hachette Book Groups and Little, Brown and Company for my honest review and once more, never disappointed. Caught up in the page by page action and wondering just who the killer is and what the next crime would be, I was held captive myself until I finished the final page holding my breath. This one is a 5 star thriller!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Great a real page turner

    In this the 4th book about Michael Bennett he goes more into his personal life while trying to solve some horiffic crimes. The ending will blow you away. Worth every penny

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    Good

    Good book must go through it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    enjoyable read

    I liked this book much better than the first book I read with Michael Bennett as the hero. It was a thrilling read with lots of action and characaters that kept you guessing and intertained. I began to understand more about Michael Bennett and his family in this book which made it a much better read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge team up for "Tick Tock". In my humble opinion "Tick Tock" is one of their best! This is the review of the unabridged audio book.

    Detective Michael Bennett returns to the thrill of his fans. Bennett is a widowed father to ten children. He, his children, the nanny, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather, Father Seamus, are on a much needed vacation, when Bennett is called back on a case. A horrendous evil villain is committing crimes and leaving letters for Bennett. The plot moves back and forth from attempting to deal with family matters and romance to finding a murderer. Detective Michael Bennett expressed love for his children. I found him to be an amazingly well-developed character. I loved the romantic scenes. Poor guy is kind of slow when it comes to romance. Someone needs to give him pointers on how to tell when a woman is interested. The scene with the family of bullies was wonderful. Wouldn’t we all like to do that at one time or another?

    Mary Catharine must be a wonder woman. She managed to work on her Master’s Degree, take care of a family with 10 children and still catch the eye of Bennett. I guess she was super organized. It was easy to picture her in my mind’s eye, an Irish redhead with green eyes. Father Seamus was humorous and lovable. The old goat loved his family and practiced the old fashioned methods of handling problems. I found myself smiling as I read some of his comments. He proves that Christians do not always have to be meek or wimpy.

    The plot is a short 28 chapters; I could have listened much longer. This book is well-written, fast paced, action packed and a real thriller. The ending is a bit surprising. The reader is great; he manages to capture just the right tone. Check this one out you; will be glad you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Finished November 2011 in hardback

    By far my favorite aurthor. Great story with good twists

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I've read all 4 books in the series. Vey quick/easy and enjoyable read. However you would need to read the other 3 before jumping into this one, else you'll miss a lot of the nuances. Worth checking out, can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Holds your attention!

    Must get the book. Very suspenseful couldn't put it down

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Patterson again develops the character of Det.Mike Bennett into a real person with fears, faith and feelings. Although the story runs a little slow in the first half of the book, Patterson gives the reader the opportunity to know better the character of Mike Bennett. This character development is important to those of us who enjoy book series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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