James Patterson: Tick Tock

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Crime novel fans would be the first to admit that their beloved genre tends to stick to patterns and formulas. A crime occurs and then the lead detective starts chasing clues until the murderer is caught. The storyline often culminates in a physical confrontation between the good cop and the murderer; in which case, the cop always wins. Very few novels break away from that pattern to offer a different perspective on the crime world. Unfortunately, Patterson's Tick Tock sticks to the standard formula.

Tick Tock is the fourth book in the Michael Bennett series. Bennett has decided to retreat and take some time off. He's vacationing with his large family of ten kids, a grandfather and an Irish nanny when he gets a phone call from his boss. A mad bomber has left explosives at the main branch of the New York City Public Library.

But it really isn't just about the bombings. Weird crimes occur throughout the city, and it's up to Bennett to catch the person behind them. The mastermind seems to be imitating infamous crimes of the past. The victims appear to have nothing in common, and it seems like a dead-end to this worn-out detective.

As if things weren't complicated enough, Bennett struggles with the burden of being a single parent, and his love life spins out of control when he finds himself torn between his feelings for two beautiful women; Mary Katherine, the Irish nanny, and Emily Parker, an FBI agent who is called in to help with the complicated case.

It's not the plot that makes Tick Tock an enjoyable thrilling read; the trick lies in Patterson's writing. He has an incredible ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. As you flip from one page to the next, you find that it is virtually impossible to put down the novel until you have figured out who committed the crimes and why. Patterson continues to write in his style of short and gripping chapters, so you find yourself swearing that you're only going read one more chapter.

Patterson infiltrates psychotic minds and writes about them in true-to-life voices. He vividly describes how they think and how they view life. Readers actually get to understand how these twisted minds operate. It's also amazing how Patterson swiftly switches from the voices of the demented to those of the sane.

Contrary to what many fans of this genre prefer, Tick Tock doesn't have any surprising twists. It's just good old-fashioned storytelling.

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This article was published on 2011/09/27