Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

I'm still trying to discover the "magic of Patterson" (since I really don't see it), so this standalone novel was recommended to me as another to try.

I really liked the premise of this one - hostages are taking during a state funeral for a beloved first lady, trapped in St. Patrick's in NYC by ruthless men...

Our main hero is Michael Bennett, cop and negotiator, and also father of ten and husband of Maeve, his dying wife. The "family stuff" in the novel became a wee bit schmaltzy for me (It's Christmas! All those children! Maeve is dying! Woe! Sob!), but I enjoyed the plotting and planning of the hostage situation.

I enjoyed this novel, more than some of Patterson's other works, so it was a good recommendation...

Note: I listened to the audio edition, narrated by John Slattery and Reg Rogers. I really liked the interplay between these two voices and the musical cues throughout really ramp up the suspense and set the mood. Plus it was a fast listen - only 7 discs.