Next, I read STEP ON A CRACK by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Co., c2007, ISBN 978-0-316-01394-9).
Set in New York City, the story revolves around Detective Michael Bennett who has 10 - YIKES! - kids and a wife who is dying of cancer.
When the first lady dies, hundreds turn out for her memorial service and the mourners at the church are taken hostage by some unknowns. Michael Bennett, with experience as a hostage negotiator, is on the job.
Like most of Patterson's books, this one was a real page turner and nice break from his serials. I could see this turning into a series as Detective Bennett was a real, down-to-earth guy, just trying to do right by his family and getting sucked into the rat race that we call life.
An enjoyable read.
The back of the table captain's cream-colored evening jacket had just turned away when Stephen Hopkins leaned acrosss the secluded corner booth and kissed his wife.