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.
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.
An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a set-up, taking an officer down-and it's not Michael Bennett. The life of New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett's children sustains a mysterious injury. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennett to the presence of a professional killer.
Someone attacked the Thanksgiving Day Parade directly in front of Michael Bennett and his family. The television news called it "holiday terror"--Michael Bennett calls it personal. The hunt is on....
Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink. He settles on an idyllic, small town in the beautiful Maine woods, a recommendation from a former colleague. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing left and right with no explanation-until several bodies turn up in the woods.
A man plunges to his death from the roof of a Manhattan hotel. It looks like a suicide—except the victim has someone else's fingerprints and $10,000 in cash.
Tensions between America and Russia are the highest they've been since the Cold War. As the countries' Presidents travel to the United Nations to iron out their differences, a fashionable husband and wife team of lethal assassins prowls the streets of Manhattan hunting their prey—a professor hiding a scandalous secret. Their next target: the extremely popular President of the United States of America.
New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly: why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility.
Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.