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Violets are Blue (Alex Cross 7) [Paperback]

James Patterson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

10 Dec 2009 Alex Cross 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.


Product details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,553 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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Amazon Review

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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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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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but still a page-turner 12 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Well, it was probably about time to wrap up the Alex Cross franchise. The man just couldn't take anymore, nor could we. "Violets are blue" definitely keeps the pages turning, but ths is more because you 'll want to find out how the two stories end, rather than being intrigued by some intelligent writing.
Patterson weaves a fairly-researched plot (mmmm...vampires. What would be next? Aliens? Alex Cross the X-filer?), though it gets a little obscure somewhere in the middle. The characters - as with all the other Cross novels - are straight out of TV, but at least the maudling level, much like every chapter, is kept to a minimum, and the author manages to keep the pace going. And yes, it is annoying that Cross falls in love again.

So, it's an average novel, but the whole thing has been turning average after "Kiss the girls". Worth reading if you 're a fan, more like a Sunday afternoon flick. Read, enjoy the ride, and then forget about it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing 11 Oct 2001
Format:Hardcover
Violets are Blue does not live up to earlier Patterson masterpieces such as Kiss the Girls, Along came a Spider, Jack & Jill and Hide & Seek. This book has move than 100 chapters and only 300 pages. I read this book in approximately three hours and can not say that I received value for money. The story line for Violets are Blue was even more disappointing than Rose are Red. The story went nowhere and Patterson seems to have run out of new ideas. This novel was almost comicstrip stuff and certainly not a thriller. Having bought and read all Patterson has published I would recommed his earlier novels and would not recommend his last three to anyone but die hard Patterson and Cross fans (2 of the last three). Don't buy this on hardback. You will feel short changed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
After the surprise twist at the end of Roses are Red, I like many others, was looking forward to the next book. What happened? Did he forget the ending of the previous book? What on earth made him use the vampire cult -- regardless of your beliefs, this was just ridiculous trashy nonsense.
In the end, Violets are Blue was almost two books - the vampires for the main part and then a quick few pages when that case was closed, when he obviously remembered his Roses are Red ending.
My regret? I didn't read any of the reviews on Amazon before buying this book - I won't make the same mistake again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love these books
I'm making my way through them all, and I haven't been disappointed yet. Great story lines and even better characters.
Published 13 days ago by Catdaw1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good read would reommend it to anyone well worth the effort but be careful once you pick it up you can't put it down
Published 13 days ago by Andy Johnson
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Again a well deserved 5star rating and a really good and exciting book which is part of the Alex Cross series
Published 1 month ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars once I started reading I couldn't stop. Thrilling!!!!
Peaks and troughs around every corner. it keeps you on your toes from start to finish, absolutely brilliant reading material.
Published 2 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Violets are blue
I liked this book and gave it this rating as it is very thought provoking. I would recommend this boo who likes murder books
Published 2 months ago by matthew loveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
look Alex Cross books - If I were him though I would stay away from all women because everyone he meets seems to get killed
Published 3 months ago by dawn
3.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Purchased as a birthday present for my partners mum at her request.
We chose the hardback version to make it more special but i wouldn't say that the quality of the book is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars great novel
Alex cross at his best here, very enjoyable book read it on a place as me and couldn't put it down
Published 3 months ago by teri m
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book
Liked the follow up to the previous book to understand the mystery of Kyle Craig. Good read and enjoyed it
Published 4 months ago by Sando
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
There is always a twist, a sting in the tail, this one I didn't see coming. Fantastic onto the next one.
Published 5 months ago by Angie
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