At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. 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 condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the demented caller seriously--and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.
I read some of the earlier books, but skipped some in the series, so Michael having an on and off relationship with Mary Catherine really threw me.
In this book, we see the Bennett family returning from California where they were in protective custody while Michael testified against a drug cartel. When he returns, he finds that one of his rivals has been promoted to his new boss and he is reassigned to a new project. He falls into a situation that involves one of his officers being killed, and then gets reassigned to the Major Crimes Division. How does he balance both divisions and his family when MaryCatherine goes back to Ireland to see her sick mother. An entertaining story that had me hooked from the first chapter.
This one starts off relatively slowly which is a bit of a disappointment considering the material that was available to work with - there's quite a few story lines in play, sadly of which most are just barely addressed or fall to the wayside. As for the major plot, once we finally get going it seems everything is just packed into the last part of the book with everything going on and nothing being resolved in detail. The main resolution is almost a mere footnote with no reasoning or background as to why things even turned out like that. Disappointing really.
Overall it was a pretty decent book for passing the time but wasn't up to the standards of the prior books in the series. I kind of wonder if Michael Ledwidge was unavailable and Patterson had to write most of this himself between the plethora of other commitments he has and that's why it's sub par.