Michael Bennett is six foot three, weighs 200 pounds, and is Irish American. He lives in New York City with his 10 adopted kids who he cares for with the help of his au pair, Mary Catherine, and his grandfather Seamus. His wife, Maeve, died of cancer in December, 2007.
Michael graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan, and studied philosophy at Manhattan College in the Bronx.
Michael Bennett became a detective to uncover the truth at all costs. He began his law enforcement career in the Bronx's 49th Precinct. He then transferred to the NYPD's Hostage Negotiation Team and remained there until he moved to the Manhattan North Homicide Squad.
Michael met his wife Maeve while they were working in the Bronx. She worked in the trauma ward at Jacobi Hospital, just around the corner from Bennett's first posting. Since her death in 2007, Michael is still single, but is slowly beginning to date again. He fears heights.
Bennett's 10 kids are Chrissy, Shawna, Trent, twins Fiona and Bridget, Eddie, Ricky, Jane, Brian, and Juliana.
Timeline of Cases Solved
New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly: why? After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, the city that never sleeps is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility.
Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that.
A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen. Police shot in the street. Judges murdered in the courtroom. Mayhem is unleashed—and the mayor demands that Detective Michael Bennett find a way to stop it.
The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.
Run for Your Life is the electrifying sequel to the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Step on a Crack. Detective Michael Bennett gives Alex Cross a run for his money as the only cop who can stop a killer who calls himself the Teacher. Discovering a secret pattern in the Teacher's "lessons" for Manhattan's social elite, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest catastrophe in its history.
Detective Michael Bennett is about to face the greatest challenge of his career. After the death of a beloved First Lady, the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped in one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario.
Delilah Jerman: My brother, Kevin Jerman. He has valianltly served our contry in battle, he served in both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqe Freedom. He was wounded in both wars but has NEVER said I quit, I won't, or I can't. He now suffers from terrible migrain headaches and no one can figure out why or what the cause this. He is proud to be an American and proud to serve this great country. For all the sacrafices he and every US soldier past, present, and future have made and will make, you are my hero. I love and SALUTE you.
Rebecca Wood: I have many heroes, but today a brave Toronto policeman was laid to rest for putting his life on the line to protect us. It was the saddest thing to see his young wife and 2-year-old son walk in the procession. I will forever be grateful for all of those who serve and protect us.
Kassie Collins: My late husband SFC Gary L. Collins (kia 11-8-03, Fallujah, Iraq). He was one of a kind and one of the most dedicated infantry men I have ever met! He was so ready to go to Iraq and help make a difference. In the few short weeks he was there, his unit was blazing a trail in combating insurgents...unfortunately his life was cut short when an IED detonated...his Bradley fighting vehicle engulfed in flames was shown on CNN that day for the world to see! He not only made an impact in mine and our girls' lives, but everyone he came in contact with...my life will NEVER be the same without him... he will ALWAYS be my hero!! LOVE and MISS YOU GARY!!
Sharon Day: My mother, Charlotte Day, was and is my hero. She raised 13 children, helped to found the Red School House and was a cook and counselor to many people at Juel Fairbanks Halfway House. We keep her memory alive today by telling and re-telling the stories she told us about our history as Ojibwe people and how we are to be in the world.
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