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A serial killer crashes Detective Michael Bennett’s wedding.

Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome.

Tasked with working alongside the FBI, Bennett and his gung-ho new partner uncover multiple cold-case homicides across the country that fit the same distinctive pattern - proving the perpetrator they seek is as experienced at ending lives as he is at evading detection.

Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won't affect their upcoming wedding. But as Bennett prepares to make a lifetime commitment, the killer has a lethal vow of his own to fulfill.

©2021 James Patterson and James O. Born (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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Ok

I’ve read a lot of James Patterson, this one wasn’t my favourite. It felt unfinished and unsatisfying.

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Loved it but I wish it had been longer. Love all your books. Good job.

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Predictable, rushed and cliche. Character development and plot were lacking. That is all, need more words.

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  • Brenda Kerr
  • 2021-02-03

Aways enjoyed the Michael Bennett series, but

I don't even know where to start with this review. The plot was sadly lacking and the narrator was absolutely terrible. Why does an author take a great series and not stick with the same narrator? First, the narrators voice is much too immature to sound credible for someone Bennett age. Secondly, his Irish accent in his interruption of Mary Katherine is beyond sad. Now all of a sudden his grandfather must no longer be Irish? Lastly. there is no difference, what do ever amongst the ten Bennett children. Did you get a bargain rate for this new voice? Was it worth offending so many listeners?
The plot of the story was so lacking. I guess this is what happens when authors put money as a bigger priority over the quality of their writing. Sad beyond believe at what the Michael Bennett series has become. JAMES PATTERSON I HOPE YOU START TAKING HEED IN WHAT YOUR READERS SRE SAYING. Is money over quality so important to you?

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  • Marilyn Olson-Burns
  • 2021-01-28

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good book but I really missed so much Sheamus and particularly is brogue. really diminished the book experience

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  • Shermanreader
  • 2021-02-01

I always look forward to the Michael Bennet books

I felt like this story was thrown together. Not much build up to a disappointing climax. None of the comfort of reconnecting with old friend that I usually get from this series.

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  • dean goldberg, Associate Professor Media and Film studies, Mount Saint Mary College
  • 2021-01-31

Where’s the beef?

This one was really dialed in. If a student in my writing class threw in that Russian plot at the very end of the story, I’d make them go back and provide the thread that made that surprise worthwhile. Patterson’s gone from writing to retail . Through bad

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  • Daryll
  • 2021-01-28

Wonderful story ❤

I greatly enjoyed this. There hasn't been a bad Michael Bennett story yet! Good Job J.P.

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  • Gail Jester
  • 2021-02-02

Wry short novel

Seems to me that the author is getting very lazy. What could have been a worthwhile interesting read was just barely worth the time. The plot was very underdeveloped and uninspired. I won’t be buying anymore James Patterson books.

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  • Just_Tiffanie
  • 2021-01-31

Suspenseful

James Patterson did not disappoint with the Russian. It kept me on my toes wanting more until the very end.

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  • Lisa Holland
  • 2021-01-31

Fast Paced and Thrilling

The Michael Bennett books by James Patterson are easily my favorites. The Bennett family provides the warmth and sentiment that balance out the often macabre investigations that Detective Bennett routinely faces.
This book in true Patterson form offers both the excitement of an impending wedding, along with the exhaustion and sorrow that accompanies a serial killer case. I am able to become invested in the well being of the characters as they become as large as life through the authors description. The horror and sadness I feel when one is in danger makes me appreciate all of the effort put into creating and building even the supporting characters such as Detective Hollis.
Definitely recommend this book to any suspense loving reader.

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  • Rhonda Madison
  • 2021-02-07

Russian?

The title really didn't make any sense until the very end and then Russian didn't have anything to do with the main storyline. The title should have been different. The book on the whole was pretty good. I think the narrator was good but he should have been told that Bennett's grandfather was Irish and spoke with an Irish accent. Otherwise, it was a good story and a happy ending.

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  • Jennifer Eure
  • 2021-02-04

The Russian

I really enjoyed this book . James Patterson really brings his characters to life! Fast paced real enjoyable. I love the Michael Bennett series.

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