Ambush by James Patterson and James O. Born is the latest installment in the Detective Michael Bennett series.

From Amazon

An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down–and, despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett.

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 with a flair for disguise.

Bennett taps his best investigators and sources, and they fan out across the five boroughs. But the leads they’re chasing turn out to be phantoms. The assassin takes advantage of the chaos, enticing an officer into compromising Bennett, then luring another member of Bennett’s family into even graver danger.

Michael Bennett can’t tell what’s driving the assassin. But he can tell it’s personal, and that it’s part of something huge. Through twist after twist, he fights to understand exactly how he fits into the killer’s plan, before he becomes the ultimate victim.

Here’s what I think:

On the whole, I like the Michael Bennett series. This one keeps you turning the pages because the contract killer, Alex, is very good at her job. It’s a fast read and quite exciting. I gave it a four star, only because of the reasons below. Otherwise, it’s good and entertaining.

I have a hard time believing that Alex chose to be in this profession. But then, I don’t know anything about Colombia or the culture, lifestyle there. So, I’ll just accept that. She appears to be an assassin with some sort of work ethics–she only kills for money; doesn’t like to kill innocents or women or children unless it’s absolutely necessary.

One thing that really bugs me is that the Bennett children appear to be taught by nuns. I have nothing against nuns. In fact, I love them. I had sisters in my school. Unfortunately, my kids didn’t have any sister teaching them in our Parish school. Most Catholic schools I know are staffed by a majority of laypeople. If a school is fortunate to be run by an order, you might see a handful of sisters. Well, it’s just something that annoys me. It doesn’t really have any effect on the story.

If you recall, I’m taking a fiction writing class (as mentioned here). It’s interesting that I can discern the plot outlines. Guess I’m learning something.

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