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Likened to a "young Muhammad Ali", Alex Cross, the Porsche-driving profiler, doctor, detective and father of two has seen his fair share of vicious killers. From a bloodthirsty butcher who came after his family (Cat and Mouse) to a devilish duo working cross-country (Kiss the Girls), Cross has managed to out-manoeuvre all of his enemies. Until he meets the Weasel.
A series of killings in the forgotten, crime-infested ghettos of southeastern DC has sent Cross and his 6'9" 250-pound-partner, John Sampson in search of the "Jane Doe" killer. However, their racist, tyrannical boss George Pitman orders them to stay out of the southeast and investigate the high-profile murder of a wealthy white man. Cross already has suspicions that the murders are linked, but when Sampson's ex turns up in an abandoned southeast warehouse kicked to death, the two detectives carry on with their original investigation.
Meanwhile, Cross's long-time love, Christine, (Cat and Mouse) has taken prominence in his life and it looks as if the two will finally get hitched--with one hitch: Cross leaves the force. Although Cross's instinct tells him to quit--to not put everything he loves in jeopardy again--he's compelled to catch the Weasel. Akin to a slick, Hollywood action flick, Pop Goes the Weasel doesn't have time for meaningful character development and thoughtful moral analysis. And it doesn't need to. Its winning formula is based in short scenes (chapters average about three pages), addictive plot progression and mean dialogue:
"Sampson sighed and said, "I think her tongue is stapled inside the other girl. I'm pretty sure that's it, Alex. The Weasel stapled them together." I looked at the two girls and shook my head. "I don't think so. A staple, even a surgical one, would come apart on the tongue's surface... Crazy glue would work."This review refers to the hardback edition of this title. --Rebekah Warren
'Another stunning tale from Patterson' Taupo Times
Patterson has a way with plot twists that freshens the material and keeps the adrenaline level high (Publishing News)
Cross, a brilliant homicide cop, is one of the great creations of thriller fiction (Dallas Morning News)
'Plenty of suspense and action' Wairarapa Times
Cross is one of the best and most likeable characters in the modern thriller genre (San Francisco Examiner)
Brilliantly terrifying... so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it (Daily Mail)
A fine writer with a good ear for dialogue and pacing. His books are always page turners (Washington Times)
Terror and suspense that grab the reader and won't let go. Just try running away from this one (Ed McBain)
A master of the suspense genre (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
This had me gripped , I find the twists and turns stir my senses !
It's an easy read and flows well , with the occasional u turn to throw the reader .
I read all of these Alex Cross books, funny but real American Crime, but I enjoy them so muchPublished 25 days ago by spam