Monday, February 12, 2024

Review - Crosshairs

Title:  Crosshairs
Author:  James Patterson; James O. Born
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
Series:  Michael Bennet #16
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   400
Date of Publication:   February 12, 2024
My Rating:   5 Stars


New York City detective Michael Bennett faces his most terrifying killer ever. It could be anyone. They could be anywhere.

A sniper dubbed “The Long Shot Killer” is taking out impossible targets in New York City.

As the unknown shooter’s hit list mounts, Detective Michael Bennett calls for reinforcements.

Officer Rob Trilling doesn’t like to talk about himself. But he has an impressive resume as a former Army Ranger who’s won a Bronze Star and recognition as a sniper with NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit. 

​Bennett struggles to connect with the soldier, barely older than his own ten kids, especially when Trilling begins to log unexplained absences from duty. 

Trilling may be more comfortable with rifles than he is with people, but only Bennett can prove whether his partner is a lonely hunter or a hardened assassin. 


Detective Michael Bennett is in search of a dangerous sniper. With only so many with such an acute skill, Michael even has to confirm that the sniper is not one of his fellow officers. 

I enjoy the balance that this series has between Michael's home life and his work life. Father to ten adopted children, his still rather new marriage to their former nanny Mary Catherine brings him immense joy.

There is a sniper on the loose and they have been dubbed The Longshot Killer. Mike and his new partner Rob Trilling, with often reluctant help from the FBI, are trying to find the killer before more lives are taken.

What a thrilling read! I can't believe that we have made it to 16 books in this amazing series. Not only is Mike an exceptional detective, leaving no stone unturned, his compassion as well as his love for his large family is always evident. Mike's young new partner, Rob, an army vet, often gives Mike pause, but Mike's need to justice just might match that of young Rob. I love the direction that this series has maintained and can't wait for the next book in the series.

Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestseller lists.

The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen. In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College. He was given a full ride to Vanderbilt University’s graduate program in English but dropped out after a year, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to continue reading and writing for pleasure if he became a college professor.

Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.

In 1976, while still working for J. Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company. After being turned down by thirty-one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Patterson’s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first novel to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.

In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross. A film adaptation of Patterson’s middle-grade novel Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016.

For his initiatives to help kids become passionate readers and for his philanthropic efforts, Patterson was awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

James Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, emphasizing some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. In 2015, Patterson donated $1.75 million to public school libraries throughout the United States, $1 million to independent bookstores, and a further $250,000 in holiday bonuses to individual bookstore employees. He also gave $1 million to independent bookstores in 2014.

Patterson has recently donated over $26 million to his and his wife’s alma maters—the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College—and he has established over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four colleges and universities throughout the country. Patterson has also donated over 650,000 books to U.S. soldiers at home and overseas.

In May 2015, Patterson launched a new children’s book imprint at Little, Brown, called JIMMY Patterson, that is unwaveringly focused on one goal: turning kids into lifelong readers. This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers. Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

Patterson has also founded, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation’s excitement for reading. Awarded the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebook community, and contributions from other authors.

Mr. Patterson’s awards for adult and children’s literature include the Edgar Award, the International Thriller of the Year Award, and the Children’s Choice Award for Author of the Year.

He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Sue, and his son, Jack.

James O. Born is a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). He has been involved in investigations in such areas as organized crime, violent crimes, economic crimes, drug cartels, and public corruption. It has now been fourteen years since Born started writing, and ironically, he has the same editor as W E B Griffin and Tom Clancy - the very authors he spent his time reading during those long surveillances years ago. Born currently lives in suburban Palm Beach County with his wife Donna, and two children, John and Emily.

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