ON A CRACK is a creative, well-crafted novel about a determined
group of kidnappers and an equally determined NYPD detective who
faces them down.
In James Patterson's latest book, a former first lady dies after
dining in an upscale New York restaurant, and thousands of mourners
turn out for her funeral. As her flag-draped coffin is carried up
the central aisle to the front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, shots
ring out. Mourners scramble for cover with the realization that
armed men dressed as monks have taken over the church.
With Christmas a few days