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Michael Bennett

Real-Life Heroes

Michael Bennett's character was inspired by the brave heroes of the NYPD. To celebrate the release of the latest Michael Bennett book, Tick Tock, the James Patterson Facebook community has been sharing stories about real-life, everyday heroes—and the stories have been amazing! The best are being featured right here, with new stories being added every week through the month of February.

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Bobbi Jo Clark: My hero is my Dad, a small town volunteer firefighter for 24 years. On the day of his funeral, people who he had impacted and saved throughout his years of service gathered to pay respect, and his brothers all stood honor guard at his funeral—he was a great man!

Tiffany Martin-Fields: While heroes come in every package imaginable, military, police, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, etc...someone must tell these heroes where the emergencies are. My heroes are hidden behind phones and computer screens...they listen to that first cry of a baby before help can get there, sometimes they hear death just the same. They are the true first responders...emergency dispatchers. Anyone who answers that call and sends help is a hero in my heart. I ❤ my fellow 911 dispatchers.

Susan Haper: My hero is my daughter-in-law Cat. She has been married to my soldier son for 12 long years. My son is currently deployed (3rd time), this time in Iraq. Cat not only keeps the home fires burning, the kids nurtured and going [in] the right direction, she is a FRG (Family Readiness Group) leader, which requires MUCH volunteer time helping other spouses however she can, plus, raising funds, hosting family events, and in general supporting her hubby's company however she can! Yeah Cat! My daughter-in-law who has become my daughter, who has become my hero!

Do you have a hero you want to tell the world about? Want to see more of these great stories? Join the conversation on Facebook!

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Michael Bennett is six foot three, weighs 200 pounds, and is Irish American. He lives in New York City with his 10 adopted kids who he cares for with the help of his au pair, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather Seamus. His wife, Maeve, died of cancer in December, 2007.

Education

Michael graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan, and studied philosophy at Manhattan College in the Bronx.

Michael Bennett became a detective to uncover the truth at all costs. He began his law enforcement career in the Bronx's 49th Precinct. He then transferred to the NYPD's Hostage Negotiation Team and remained there until he moved to the Manhattan North Homicide Squad.

Michael met his wife Maeve while they were working in the Bronx. She worked in the trauma ward at Jacobi Hospital, just around the corner from Bennett's first posting. Since her death in 2007, Michael is still single, but is slowly beginning to date again. He fears heights.

Bennett's 10 kids are Chrissy, Shawna, Trent, twins Fiona and Bridget, Eddie, Ricky, Jane, Brian, and Juliana.

Say hello to the Bennett kids...
For the first time ever, check out illustrations of Michael Bennett's ten kids!




Timeline of Cases Solved

Gone
Gone

Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that.

I, Michael Bennett
I, Michael Bennett

A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed—and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it.

Tick Tock
Tick Tock

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Worst Case
Worst Case

The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.

Run For Your Life
Run For Your Life

Run for Your Life is the electrifying sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Step on a Crack. Detective Michael Bennett gives Alex Cross a run for his money as the only cop who can stop a killer who calls himself the Teacher. Discovering a secret pattern in the Teacher's "lessons" for Manhattan's social elite, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest catastrophe in its history.

Step on a Crack
Step on a Crack

Detective Michael Bennett is about to face the greatest challenge of his career. After the death of a beloved 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.