> Skip to content

Article  •  12 May 2016

 

Who is Michael Bennett?

Get to know James Patterson’s New York detective.

Name: Michael Bennett
Height: 190.5 centimetres
Weighs: 90 kilograms
Nationality: Irish-American
Located: New York City

Personal:

Michael Bennett lives with his ten adopted kids whom he cares for with the help of a nanny, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather Seamus. Bennett’s wife, Maeve, died of cancer in December 2007. Since her death, he has remained single but recently started dating again, finding an attraction to FBI Agent Emily Parker.

Professional:

Bennett began his law enforcement career in the Bronx’s 49th precinct. He then transferred to the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team before moving to the Manhattan North Homicide Squad.  He’s currently a detective and goes by the mantra ‘discover the truth at all costs’.

Timeline of the first five cases in the series:

  • Step On A Crack: After the death of a beloved former First Lady, the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped in one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario.
  • Run for Your Life: A man, who calls himself ‘the Teacher’, intent on exacting revenge, embarks on the worst killing spree New York has ever seen. Detective Michael Bennett is put to the test as ‘the Teacher’ leads him on a terrifying chase that brings danger perilously close to home.
  • Worst Case: The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is being held hostage but this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner, and wrong answers are fatal. The FBI send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker, in to assist Bennett and his work and love life suddenly get even more complicated.
  • Tick Tock: Bennett is called in when an undetonated bomb in one of New York's busiest places turns out to be a warning of greater devastation to come. Another horrifying crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern – and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan.
  • I, Michael Bennett: A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. The danger isn't only coming from the crime lord's killers - FBI Agent Emily Parker is back, and Bennett's attraction to her endangers his relationship with Mary Catherine (his kids’ nanny). 

More features

See all
Article
Real readers review: Faraway Girl

What do NZ YA fans really think of Fleur Beale's latest book?

Article
QUIZ: Which Emily Henry book should you read?

If you're a fan of contemporary romance with humour and wit, you've probably heard of Emily Henry - find out which of her novels you should pick up with this handy quiz!

Article
The book that gets teenagers reading

International bestselling author Karen M. McManus is known for her high school thrillers

Article
3 tips to help flatten your glucose curves

For most of us, energy peaks and troughs throughout the day are something we accept as part of life – but what if it didn’t have to be that way?

Article
Meet the family at the centre of our must-have whodunnit

The Cunninghams don't really get along, and every one of them has killed someone. Meet the family to help you find the culprit.

Article
The Origin of Elizabeth Zott

Bonnie Garmus shares the Inspiration behind her uncompromising and unconventional character, Elizabeth Zott!

Article
How to start your own book club

Book clubs are a great way to get to talk about the books you’re reading with friends, they can also help you read across new genres. Here are a few tips from the Penguin New Zealand team about how to get started.

Article
Build better habits in 4 simple steps

Does changing a habit seem like a daunting task? Atomic Habits author James Clear has four simple steps for making it stick.

Article
Three practical tools for finding calm

Dr Sarb Johal, a leading New Zealand psychologist and author of Finding Calm, shares three practical tools for finding calm in your life.

Article
5 intermediate books we're looking forward to this year

Get your kids excited to get back into reading after the summer holidays with these fantastic adventures!

Article
Find your perfect summer read!

Need help finding your next great beach read? This collection has every kind of reader covered.

Article
Real readers review: You'll Be The Death of Me

What do NZ YA fans really think of Karen McManus' latest book?

Looking for more articles?

See all articles