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James Patterson
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6 Sep 2007

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, Alex finally feels his life is in order... Until his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. John is 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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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755323173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755323173
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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


Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror (Los Angeles Times)

Brilliantly exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it (Daily Mail)

'If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable.' (New York Times)

'James Patterson is back in true form with his latest Alex Cross series thriller... This is his best work yet' (Hobart Mercury)

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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 Jan 2010
One of the most gripping books i have read. if you are looking for detective or crime books, this is definitely the book for you. the sequel 'Double Cross' is also a great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far from his best 26 Sep 2007
I read this book in a couple of days, which is fast for me, basically because I've come to love Dr Cross over the course of his books but otherwise i might have struggled. The story IS very messy and there's not the usual depth there. As a previous reviewer stated it's as if he is trying to cram far too much into the story and yet it can drag in parts too. Perhaps James Patterson is spreading himself too thin at the moment with all the co-writing efforts too. Still have high hopes for the next one though..... 'double cross'
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 27 Sep 2007
Like many I have followed the Alex Cross novels with enjoyment and interest. He is one of the top charactor creations in this genre in my opinion.

However James Patterson, I believe, needs to spend a little more time on the Alex Cross novels. He is an undoubtedly hot author but this book compares unfavourably against the initial books in the series.

A lot of readers were looking forward to this book, one of the key enjoyments of previous novels was the relationship content between Alex and his family and with Sampson which allowed the reader to get a greater profile of Alex Cross through this plot dynamic.

These relationships are underutilised in Cross and also the Butcher as a charictor is under drawn.

It is a good and enjoyable read and I would recommend it, just not as good as I was hoping for.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hang together for me at all...... 3 Sep 2007
By Jules
I normally love the Alex Cross books by James Patterson, however this one really didn't rock my boat.

I just can't see how it would be possible to be intimately involved in the investigation of a series of rapes that very well may involve the same person you believe may have killed your wife and at the same time continue to run your own professional practice and operate as a single father of three children. Really there just aren't that many hours in the day. It really just didn't ring true for me at all.

The symbolism, rituals and trademarks explored in some of the other killers that JP has written about were'nt really present with The Butcher and I thought that was a shame. He really just seemed to shoot a lot of people and then use his butchery skills post mortem.

For me this book lacked the real psychotic element and page turning urgency that JP does so well and the story seemed almost to exist as an explanation for Maria's shooting and as an enabler for JP to move Alex Cross on - perhaps to some kind of new serious relationship.

The final pages clearly are there to set up the next installment and I'll buy it. I love Alex Cross, Sampson, Nana and the whole cast of regular characters but I do hope I get something more akin to Cat and Mouse, Roses are Red or Four Blind Mice next time around
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fab Book 11 Sep 2006
I am an avid James Patterson/Alex Cross fan and I own everyone of his books. This book can rate right up amongst them. Patterson has kept us in suspense about Alex's wife, Maria's death through a number of books and finally the pieces of the puzzle come together in this book. It keeps you on edge throughout and delivers a few twists along the way.

Classic Patterson and one I can highly recommend !
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on track for Alex Cross.......... 10 Sep 2006
As all Patterson fans know, he can churn them out at an alarming rate. Personally I have found the last couple of Alex Cross novels a disappointment, but he seems back on track with this murder hunt. The story follows a slightly different path, where the narration by Alex Cross takes you back over 10 years and returns to the present day, hunting The Butcher, whose methods are as chilling as any other of Pattersons villains. The question with this novel though is, will Alex Cross survive again? Surely with a title like 'Cross', this is the end for the detective as we know him. How many more bullets can a man take? I'll let you find out............
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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more, to be honest 15 Nov 2010
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Patterson thriller
This is the twelfth book of the series about Alex Cross and many of the characters from previous books are here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect conditions
The books were all in perfect conditions and I am really enjoying them
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Published 1 month ago by Avideh Denereaz
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoy the alex cross series of books riveting read cant wait for the next novel to be published GREAT
Published 2 months ago by Syp Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross (Alex Cross 12)
WOW! Couldn't put this book down. Brilliant. Have been a bit distracted with other JP series and books, so haven't read any Alex Cross for quite a while and fallen way behind - big... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ljbrittz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross.
Great audio book and really enjoyed the story from this author, looking forward to more from this author.

I rate it 5/5
Published 4 months ago by VICTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.alex cross keeps you enthralled.can't wait to start the next in the series
Published 5 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Not a good person to ask for a review as I am an Alex Cross fan and this book does not disappoint.
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bood
This one was brilliant. I am working my way through all Alex Cross books now and wish I had started from no1. But it doesnt matter as each one is brilliant.
Published 10 months ago by raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent story line in the Alex Cross series
Consistently good reading and progress of Alex Cross and his immediate family and the involved story involved. I hope Alex's mother has a good few more years yet to be involved
Published 11 months ago by legal eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love his books
Love is books. Great read well recommended.

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