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Cross (Alex Cross Book 12) [Kindle Edition]

James Patterson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the twelfth exciting novel in the Alex Cross series




Alex Cross was a rising star in Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter killed his wife, Maria, in front of him. Years later, having left the FBI and returned to practising psychology in Washington, DC, Alex finally feels his life is in order... Until his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. John's tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown and he needs Alex to help find this brutal predator. When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, could Alex have a chance to catch his wife's murderer? Will this be justice at long last? Or the endgame in his own deadly obsession? From the man the Sunday Telegraph called 'the master of the suspense genre', CROSS is the ultimate, high-velocity, high-emotion thriller, and the one Alex Cross's fans waited years to read.




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James Patterson has a position that is unassailable -- as one of America's most reliable crime and thriller writers, his best-selling status is assured. But it has to be said that he has tested the patience of his long-time readers by the series of books written in collaboration with other, lesser-known writers, in which it seemed that his own participation was the least important element. True Patterson fans will always welcome books such as Cross as the real deal: unadulterated James Patterson, sans collaborators.

Here we have Patterson's favourite protagonist, Alex Cross, in the days when he was making his mark in the Washington, DC Police Department. To his horror, he witnesses his wife being murdered in front of him by an unknown killer. Years pass, and Cross has left the FBI for his former profession as a psychologist. He feels he has come to terms with the events of the past, but then receives a call from his ex-partner John Sampson, requesting a favour in tracking down a serial rapist in Georgetown. Soon, the case presents connections to the death of Alex's wife -- is he finally being given the chance to catch her murderer?

This is James Patterson, doing what he does best: delivering a narrative in which there is not an ounce of wasted fat. Alex Cross is always, of course, a strong protagonist, and the personal element here energises an already kinetic storyline. James Patterson, we are reminded, needs no collaborators. --Barry Forshaw

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James Patterson has a position that is unassailable -- as one of America's most reliable crime and thriller writers, his best-selling status is assured. But it has to be said that he has tested the patience of his long-time readers by the series of books written in collaboration with other, lesser-known writers, in which it seemed that his own participation was the least important element. True Patterson fans will always welcome books such as Cross as the real deal: unadulterated James Patterson, sans collaborators.

Here we have Patterson's favourite protagonist, Alex Cross, in the days when he was making his mark in the Washington, DC Police Department. To his horror, he witnesses his wife being murdered in front of him by an unknown killer. Years pass, and Cross has left the FBI for his former profession as a psychologist. He feels he has come to terms with the events of the past, but then receives a call from his ex-partner John Sampson, requesting a favour in tracking down a serial rapist in Georgetown. Soon, the case presents connections to the death of Alex's wife -- is he finally being given the chance to catch her murderer?

This is James Patterson, doing what he does best: delivering a narrative in which there is not an ounce of wasted fat. Alex Cross is always, of course, a strong protagonist, and the personal element here energises an already kinetic storyline. James Patterson, we are reminded, needs no collaborators. --Barry Forshaw


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1958 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF628E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging both adults and children alike to read. This has led to him forming a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic but effective lightweight thriller 4 April 2008
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'Cross' is the latest episode in a long running series about Alex Cross, a psychologist who's been a police detective, FBI man and now is operating freelance. It's an entirely by-the-numbers thriller. Doesn't miss a beat. It clips along at a good pace, is written in easily accessible English, and builds up the level of threat and tension as the bad guy's vendetta takes shape -- and Alex Cross has to unravel the mystery and solve it.

The bad guy is irredeemably bad (sadist, rapist, murderer, hitman for the mob) while Alex Cross is impossibly heroic (loving father to his young family and loving grandson to his wise-but-spiky grandma). The supporting cast are all present and correct (police detective chum who has Alex's back at the vital moment; love interest where things don't go exactly to plan). Plus Alex Cross suffers the emotional baggage from a previous trauma (could this killer be the same man who killed Alex's wife all those years ago?)

The chapters are kept clipped and brief, and almost all of them end on a mini-cliffhanger so you're compelled to keep turning the pages. Even though I recognise the style and device and don't particularly like it, I found myself belting through the chapters, staying up later than expected; carried along by the drive of the plot.
And that pretty much sums up the effectiveness of Cross. It's not an intellectual or philosophical debate. It's a chase-the-bad-guy flat-out romp. Easy to read. The perfect book for an airplane or train ride. You don't need to have read any of the others in the series to enjoy it.
It's not literature, but it's entirely enjoyable pulp fiction.
6/10
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can Alex Get Justice at Last? 24 April 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
It may be a little known fact, but James Patterson has written more best selling titles in the past five years than Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy and John Grisham put together. He is one of a handful of authors whose sales have been growing over the past two years, even though best selling fiction sales in general have been declining.

This is another of Patterson's novels featuring the FBI Agent Alex Cross. A tried and tested formula on the part of the author and one that always goes down well with the reader.

Alex Cross was a shining star in the Washington Police Department when an unknown killer gunned down his wife in front of his eyes. But any thoughts of vengeance or justice had to be put on hold while he raised his kids. His wife Maria was never far from Alex's mind and his thoughts of tracking down her killer have haunted many a long night. Can Alex give himself some peace of mind. Has the trail gone cold after all this time. When a case comes up that triggers a connection to the death of Maria, Alex believes that at long last there is a chance of justice for his beloved wife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more, to be honest 15 Nov. 2010
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
As a long time Patterson reader, I have to say that whilst I was looking forward to another `Cross' novel, this one completely lacked the action and fast pace of the earlier ones in the series and left me feeling a bit disappointed.

A brief summary: after a spate of serial rapes and murders, it looks like Alex's past is about to catch up with him when the prime suspect's MO shows similarities linking him to the death of Cross' wife Maria, almost fifteen years earlier. Maria was gunned down in cold blood and Cross has never really gotten over it. Could he finally be about to lay some ghosts to rest?

Former highflying FBI Agent Alex Cross as a character is generally terrific, though in this book I feel he's trying to be Superman. How on earth can he have a new career as a psychologist, be a father of three *and* moonlight as a police detective in his spare time? Not entirely believable and it made the plot overall a bit silly. The plot itself had a lot of potential though, but I was hoping to learn a bit more about Maria and their relationship, which really didn't happen. Still, the secondary characters of Mama Nana, Sampson and the kids add a good dimension to the story and fans of Cross will be glad to see them back.

In my opinion this book shouldn't put people off trying James Patterson: it would be a shame for anyone to miss out on the brilliant earlier Alex Cross novels- I highly recommend starting with `Along came a Spider' (1st in the series) and continuing them in the order as intended, though my personal favourites are both `Kiss the Girls' and `Jack and Jill.' The earlier ones are much better than this, admittedly, though as a fan I'll undoubtedly end up continuing with the others!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can Alex Get Justice at Last? 24 April 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
It may be a little known fact, but James Patterson has written more best selling titles in the past five years than Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy and John Grisham put together. He is one of a handful of authors whose sales have been growing over the past two years, even though best selling fiction sales in general have been declining.

This is another of Patterson's novels featuring the FBI Agent Alex Cross. A tried and tested formula on the part of the author and one that always goes down well with the reader.

Alex Cross was a shining star in the Washington Police Department when an unknown killer gunned down his wife in front of his eyes. But any thoughts of vengeance or justice had to be put on hold while he raised his kids. His wife Maria was never far from Alex's mind and his thoughts of tracking down her killer have haunted many a long night. Can Alex give himself some peace of mind. Has the trail gone cold after all this time. When a case comes up that triggers a connection to the death of Maria, Alex believes that at long last there is a chance of justice for his beloved wife.
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