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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009951463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099514633
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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"... brilliant. It feels just like you're reading a Bruce Willis film ... a great holiday read" (News of the World)

"Its breakneck pace leaves you gasping for breath. Packed with typical Patterson panache ... it won't disappoint" (Daily Mail)

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Detective Michael Bennett is on the trail of a deadly killer who is terrorising New York in this Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller.

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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
In `Run For Your Life' Mike Bennett returns in the second book in the series (following on from Step on a Crack) and this time he is up against a ruthless killer known as The Teacher who is murdering rich and obnoxious people, seemingly at random, to teach them a lesson.

I'd pretty much given up on reading anything other than Patterson's Alex Cross series lately as nearly every book he has written (or at least put his name on!) has been nothing more than average, if that. A friend of mine lent me this book and so I gave it a read and I have since bought it to add to my collection as it is probably the best book he has written since the classics Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls!!

From the first word to the last it is literally non-stop action and thrills that had me glued to the page as it was just so exciting and suspenseful, with so many twists that you'd never seen coming and probably the best killer in a Patterson book since Gary Sonjei. Bennett is a fantastic new character that I think with a few more books behind him could turn out to actually be as good as Cross, which I feel has been dragged out a little too long now, to be honest.

Overall whether you're a fan of Patterson books or not, you simply have to read this book! It's without a doubt one of the best thrillers I've read for a long time and is definitely Patterson's best in years. Highly recommended if you need your faith in James Patterson being a top writer to be restored.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I must take some of the blame here. Just look at the cover where the "James Patterson" is splashed larger then the book title, and then, almost hidden within the colours of the cover, is the name of the real author, Michael Ledwidge. I can't imagine Patterson got anywhere near this book, and it is yet another lazy attempt by publishers to con readers into thinking A list asuthors have produced a new book. Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, they are all at it, and it is a rip off. And I was half expecting it to be poor and was sadly proved to be right. but like I said I must therefore take some of the blame.
This is a lightweight thriller where we have a detective caricature (widowed, kids, weary but dedicated etc etc) against a clever psycho who is on a killing spree. Easy and effortless reading that you will forget within five minutes of the final page with very little to lift it from the below average. Some relentless and irritating product placement also detracted from any potential enjoyment but it would have taken a lot to make this anything like an enjoyable thriller.
One to avoid. And shame on you Patterson for selling out your name association.
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I have been for many years a huge Patterson fan, particularly of the Alex Cross series so I was amazed at how awful this book was. While Patterson's "collaborations" have always been questionable, this one, aside from the famous short chapters seemed to have been written without any input from him at all.

This was the first Michael Bennett novel I have read and it will most certainly be the last. The plot had promise, the concept of a killer who'd become so irritated by the snobbish and ignorant behaviour of his fellow city-dwellers was one which I could easily buy into and could have been executed well but alas this wasn't to be. The plot was weak from beginning to end, with absolutely nothing being left to the reader's imagination. At each point you were told what was coming next and I found some of the conclusions the characters made just outlandish e.g. Why would Bennett automatically be the source the newspaper mentioned, is he the only person involved in the case? I found myself constantly thinking "it can't be" because I was so desperate to find a twist or unpredictable event in the plot but every last obvious thing came to be just as I'd knew it would.

To make matters worse the main character (Bennett) lacked any depth and his character wasn't developed at all throughout the novel. I found myself thinking of his as a whiney and self-pitying man who was completely reliant on others to take care of his unrealistically large brood of adopted children who I couldn't bring myself to believe he loved at all. This was all compounded by an attempt to create a sub-story about the family being terribly sick with flu which I found myself thinking was only included because the actual plot was so thin it needed a filler.
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All in all I really did enjoy this book and found it an easy read. It is the first James Patterson book that I have read and it has led me to go out and buy many more. This title from what I can tell is the second in the `Detective Michael Bennett' series, but without reading the first I had no problems understanding any of the storyline.

The book made me personally want to keep reading to find out not only the detectives next move in response to the crimes being committed, but also to keep reading about the characters family and how they were dealing with life. The character was shown nicely in two contrasting lights; the detective dealing with a violent case and a home family man with a large set of children to care for. The story was plausible, all be it exaggerated for story telling purposes and it was definitely a page turner. The book is also written using a language and style that makes it easily accessible to a large audience, especially those that are not avid, regular readers.

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