Step on a crack / James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: During a state funeral for a former First Lady at a New York City cathedral, armed men disguised as monks seize the church and dozens of hostages, and NYPD officer Michael Bennett takes on the dangerous role of lead negotiator in the standoff.
    • ISBN:
      9780316013949 : HRD
      0316013943 : HRD
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    • ABNT:
      PATTERSON, J.; LEDWIDGE, M. Step on a crack. [s.l.] : Little, Brown, 2007. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Patterson J, Ledwidge M. Step on a Crack. Little, Brown; 2007. Accessed October 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      Patterson, J., & Ledwidge, M. (2007). Step on a crack. Little, Brown. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Patterson, James, and Michael Ledwidge. 2007. Step on a Crack. Little, Brown.
    • Harvard:
      Patterson, J. and Ledwidge, M. (2007) Step on a crack. Little, Brown. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Patterson, J & Ledwidge, M 2007, Step on a crack, Little, Brown, viewed 23 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Patterson, James, and Michael Ledwidge. Step on a Crack. Little, Brown, 2007. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Patterson, James, and Michael Ledwidge. Step on a Crack. Little, Brown, 2007.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Patterson J, Ledwidge M. Step on a crack [Internet]. Little, Brown; 2007 [cited 2019 Oct 23]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2007 February #1

Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller set in the heart of Manhattan. NYPD detective Michael Bennett is concentrating on getting his family through a particularly difficult Christmas: he and his 10 adopted children are facing the loss to cancer of his brave wife, Maeve. But a major crisis calls him away: the funeral of a former First Lady at St. Patrick's Cathedral goes horribly awry when men storm the church and take hundreds of attendees hostage. Michael is asked to try to reason with a sinister man named Jack. Jack releases all but the most famous people, and makes his demands: he wants several million dollars from each celebrity hostage, including the mayor, a popular comedic actor, a beloved talk show host, and a pop starlet. Once Jack starts killing, Michael realizes he's up against a truly diabolical foe. Patterson has a knack for creating genuinely likable heroes, and Michael fits the bill. As readers rapidly turn the pages to learn how the tense hostage drama plays out, they will also be sympathizing with Michael as he faces the agonizing loss of his wife. Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down, this is a promising start to a potential new series. ((Reviewed February 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2006 October #2

Vicious types disguised as monks take over at the funeral of a former First Lady, held at a New York cathedral, and make threats about blowing up the celebrities (from politicians to actors) trapped inside. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

PW Reviews 2007 January #4

Pop a bowl of popcorn, settle into a comfy chair and you might finish this combination thriller and tearjerker before the popcorn. Bestseller Patterson (Cross ) and Ledwidge (The Narrowback ) spin a fantastic tale of an audacious mass kidnapping and the unlikely detective thrust into the primary role of negotiator, sleuth and hero. Michael Bennett, a senior NYPD homicide detective, has a wife dying of cancer and 10 adopted children of various ethnic origins. When St. Patrick's Cathedral, site of the celebrity-packed funeral of a former first lady, is seized by a dozen ruthless men, Bennett ends up as point man for the hastily assembled negotiating team. From then on, the tale requires the reader to go with the flow as Bennett alternates visits to his wife's hospital bedside, brief trips to check on how his kids are managing and tense dealings with the well-prepared kidnappers. Short on credibility on the crime front, long on sentimentality on the home front, this book would be a good candidate for adaptation as a one-hour TV movie. (Feb.)

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