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James Patterson
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10 Dec 2009 Alex Cross (Book 7)
The seventh novel in the Alex Cross series



The Mastermind is back - and he's hot on detective Alex Cross's trail. His cold, taunting threats leave Alex angry and deeply concerned for his family's safety while he is away from home.



Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco - bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, or role players, or even of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI's Kyle Craig.



But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. He must survive a deadly confrontation - only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Dec 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0755349350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755349357
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,723 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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Fans of James Patterson's resourceful black cop Alex Cross will be relieved to find that he's back on familiar territory with Violets Are Blue--and (more importantly) it's one of the best Alex Cross thrillers in many a moon.

The malign criminal genius of Roses Are Red is back and fixing to give Alex a hard time once again. The FBI joins Patterson's dogged cop in a particularly unsettling investigation: two San Francisco joggers have been viciously murdered and are found suspended by their feet, with all the blood drained from their bodies. And when further brutal deaths follow in California and on the east coast, Alex is forced to contemplate the bizarre possibility of modern-day vampires, although his instincts point him to one of the many sinister religious cults that flourish on the West Coast. Aided by Jamilla Hughes, a streetwise young woman detective from San Francisco, Alex finds that he has to crack not one but two impenetrable mysteries to stop further bloodletting.

Readers of Patterson expect the extremely concise, page-turning chapters (116 of them), along with a reluctance to dawdle over details of his hero's personal life, and both characteristics are firmly back in place. If you can resist reading this one in just a few sittings, you deserve some kind of a thriller-reader's medal. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'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)

'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' (New York Times Book Review)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have read every one of Patterson's books and usually enjoy them to the very last page, however this one really disappointed me. To start with the vampire murders are shaping up to produce a great story line but this seems to fall by the wayside and the capture of the Sire seems totally unbelieveable to me.
We then move onto the Mastermind who has been bugging poor Alex Cross for some time now. Half way through the book I figured who the Mastermind was. So I spent the rest of the book waiting for the big showdown - which never came. The whole search for the Mastermind seemed like a waste of time to me and those were the chapters that I hated the most. It got to the point where I was so frustrated with Patterson wasting the chapter space for this meaningless search.
The whole romance thing with Jamilla Hughes and the lost-love feelings for Christine just didn't match with previous Alex Cross outings. And why is Sampson not being used as a charatcer as much anymore?
I did finish the book and have passed it onto some friends as they also like Patterson but I do think Patterson fans will be disappointed. Not up to the standard we were given in 'Kiss the Girls' or 'Along Came a Spider'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Is Spoiled if You Read Roses Are Red 2 July 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The last two pages of Roses Are Red, the prior Alex Cross novel, reveal the identity of one of the bad guys in Violets Are Blue. Your enjoyment of Violets Are Blue will be vastly reduced if you know who did it in advance. If you decide to read that book, stop at page 398 and cover page 399 with a sheet of paper so you don't accidentally see any material on it. Then read this book. After that, go back and read pages 399 and 400 of Roses Are Red. Also, be careful which reviews you read of both of these books. Some reviews reveal this information as an ultimate spoiler, harming your enjoyment of two books.
"You're next, Dr. Cross." The hunter becomes the hunted in this unusual novel about finding mass murderers. How would you feel if your cell phone caller told you that you were the next person to be mutilated and murdered? That's part of the suspense of this book.
The main story line in Violets Are Blue is locating and stopping a murder spree being conducted by people who kill others so that they die from loss of blood. The way they lose this blood is not for the squeamish. Variations on this grossness are developed to be sure you get the maximum shock value. I found the story contrived, unrealistic, and unappealing. On the other hand, if you like old vampire movies, you may see this as high camp and a lot of fun. Who knows?
What Mr. Patterson does best is write plots, so with a weak plot here, there's not much good I can say about the book. It has the usual hard-to-differentiate characters, uninspiring dialogue, lack of any police procedure worth mentioning, and description of crime in mostly amoral terms.
Now, if Mr. Patterson were to write locked room mysteries, he would really be something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the End of Roses Are Red! 4 April 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Caution: This book contains much gross violence of the sort that appeals to teenage boys. If such things upset you, definitely skip this book. Much of the violence is not essential to the story. The language is frequently vulgar, expressing Mr. Patterson's way of capturing colloquial American English.
The last two pages of Roses Are Red, the prior Alex Cross novel, reveal the identity of one of the bad guys in Violets Are Blue. Your enjoyment of Violets Are Blue will be vastly reduced if you know who did it in advance. If you decide to read that book, stop at page 398 and cover page 399 with a sheet of paper so you don't accidentally see any material on it. Then read this book. After that, go back and read pages 399 and 400 of Roses Are Red. Also, be careful which reviews you read of both of these books. Some reviews reveal this information as an ultimate spoiler, harming your enjoyment of two books.
"You're next, Dr. Cross." The hunter becomes the hunted in this unusual novel about finding mass murderers. How would you feel if your cell phone caller told you that you were the next person to be mutilated and murdered? That's part of the suspense of this book.
The main story line in Violets Are Blue is locating and stopping a murder spree being conducted by people who kill others so that they die from loss of blood. The way they lose this blood is not for the squeamish. Variations on this grossness are developed to be sure you get the maximum shock value. I found the story contrived, unrealistic, and unappealing. On the other hand, if you like old vampire movies, you may see this as high camp and a lot of fun. Who knows?
What Mr. Patterson does best is write plots, so with a weak plot here, there's not much good I can say about the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 21 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
For any aspiring authors out there who are prone to moments of self-doubt, I suggest they keep this book in easy reach, it'll do wonders for confidence.
The main character, Alex Cross, seems to be suffering from the same smug complacency exhibited by the author in his introduction to the abridged audio version of this title. Cross is plunged into a double investigation, on the one hand dealing with a bizarre series of killings suggestive of modern-day vampires, while on the other trying to track down his nemesis - The Mastermind - the identity of whom is telegraphed beyond belief. Can there be a connection between these two investigations? Do we care? The vampire element of the killings adds nothing to the book in my opinion, and it's all just a bit unreal. The suspense techniques are cheap and artificial, as well as The characterisation being poor, with the stereotypical female police detective, and with the cliche of whetehr Cross will fall for her or not. All in all, thoroughly uninspiring stuff. If you intend spending time on a desert island, think very carefully before packing this one.
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