Gone by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
(Little, Brown and Company, 2013, 416 pages)
Detective Michael Bennett, a former NYC detective, led the capture of the notorious Perrine. As a result, a hit was put on Bennett. The FBI put Bennett’s family (ten adopted children, a nanny, and his grandfather) into a witness protection program that forced them to live in seclusion in rural California. The hard work of farm life made the kids rebellious, but their love for Bennett made it tolerable. The nanny, Mary Catherine worked wonders homeschooling, teaching the kids how to care for themselves, and causing them to develop self-respect. However, drug lord and underworld boss, Manuel Perrine escaped from prison and commissioned a killing spree, which causes the FBI to bring Bennett back into service.