The Russian, James Patterson & James O. Born

The Russian opening line: I checked the street in both directions in front of an upscale coffee house called Flat Bread and Butter on Amsterdam Avenue near 140th Street.

My blurb:

Michael Bennett has multiple issues he is trying to deal with. There is his upcoming wedding and he needs to write his vows. Then there is his son Brian who has recently been released from jail. Mary Catherine is concerned about his behaviour and Michael needs to control her worries, while being mindful of Brian’s needs. He has a new partner who needs to be trained, and what appears to be a serial killer. Will Brett Hollis hinder or help the investigation? And will they figure out who the killer is before he leaves New York?

The Russian
As Detective Michael Bennett’s wedding day approaches, a killer has a vow of his own to fulfil… Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his long-time love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces their presence in the city with a string of murders. All of the victims are young women. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome.
Tasked with working alongside the FBI, Bennett uncovers multiple cold-case homicides across the country that fit the same distinctive pattern. Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won’t affect their upcoming wedding. But, as he struggles to connect the killings, Bennett may be walking into a deadly trap.
My verdict:

Michael Bennet is one of my favourite detectives and I have not skipped a novel since I was first introduced to him. A great read from James Patterson and James O. Born.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781780899473
Format Trade Paperback
Published February 2021

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime April 11:


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