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Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2007
James Paterson's narrative style has improved with this writting. We once again follow Alex Cross as he works on a homicide case. But this time, he is brought into the case by his best friend and partner John Sampson.

An old army budy of John's from Vietnam, a decorated veteran with a perfect record, is convicted of a brutal murder. And Alex can not accept this. He ask Alex to investigate this crime as a favor. As they delve into the murder, they find that there is more then one crime associated with the Army that have the same profile. The army does not cooperate with Cross, and we are left wondering if they are protecting their own, or hiding something.

There are a lot of distractions in this book, and some background. We learn why John feels like he was rasied by Alex's grandmother, Nana. The fact that John servered in Vietnam before going to the police academy. Both John and Alex have new budding relationships. And Nana is sick.

As usual, we know who the killers are toward the begining of the book. And we get to see things from the killers propsective as our hero, Alex Cross tries to catch them. Still, the book is a page turner and I read it in one day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2002
What am i going to do when the Alex Cross series finishes?!
James Patterson excels himself again.
Cleverly written and quick paced 'Four Blind Mice' gives you everything you expect from an Alex Cross story.
I like the fact that Sampson is more involved with this. For years he has supposed to have been Alex's partner and finally now he is acting like one!
I would have loved to give it 5 stars but have given it four as im not too sure where James Patterson is going with this book. Its Alex Cross through and through but its as if he has started all over again with this one. It does tie up a few loose ends but to me it has left a lot extremely wide open. Maybe its not the last! Come on JP give us more of the amazing stuff you write!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2003
The only reason I have awared 2 stars is out of loyality. If this was the first James Patterson book I had read, it would also be the last. Since 'Along came a spider' I have been a passionate reader on the Alex Cross novels, however after the deterioration of quality over the last few books, I'm going to experiment with some of his other novels, hoping that there is a good story left in him yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
I'm finding that it's a bad idea to read all of these books out of order. When it comes to the main character's personal life, Patterson doesn't leave a lot of room for re-caps.

Same complaints: not too captivating, awkwardly placed cultural references. Cross and Double Cross also never mentioned Alex Cross's physical appearance at all, so it was interesting to have it brought up or at least alluded to several times in this book. It surprised me, too, I'd had no idea that Detective Cross was African American.

Same positive points, too: a very entertaining read. I like the detective's family and partner, Sampson, very much. They're pretty much the only reason why I keep reading these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2010
I enjoyed the Alex Cross series until I read and reviewed Roses are Red, then Violets are Blue and was rather scathing about them. Justifiably I still feel. However, having purchased Four Blind Mice, in the same batch, decided to take a chance. I am glad I did! Welcome back James Patterson. This thriller has restored my faith! Thankfully a lot less of the annoying Cross brood, and more of the meaty plot. My advice to any Fan is to miss out Roses and Violets and go straight to the Mice! Incidentally I start on the Wolf tomorrow, so I must be won over. Keep watching!
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on 24 August 2011
I've read books by James Patterson in the past and decided it was about time I read another by him.

Alex Cross has told Nana and his family that he's going to resign from the Washington Police Force, but his friend and colleague suddenly turn up at his house asking for help as a friend of his has been wrongfully charged with the murders of three women who also had blue paint on them. Ellis Cooper was now facing execution, so Alex agrees to help.

Whilst Alex and John are investigating what's been going on they also find out about some other murders that have happen.

After Ellis Cooper is executed, the murderers think they've got away with it, so they start to plan again and more murders are committed, they too have paint on them.

Alex is finding it hard to understand, but when he digs deeper he begins to piece together the clues. But the army aren't for helping, Alex can't understand why not till he stumbles onto something that's even more sinister!

I don't want to say anything else as I don't want to spoil it for you.

From the first page the author grips your attention and takes you on a fast action packed journey. The characters have plenty of depth and personality. I found this to be a compulsive, interesting and enjoyable read. :-)

This is another excellent Alex Cross story by James Patterson. If you love criminal thriller novels then I'd highly recommend this to you. :-)
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on 5 April 2003
FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson
Not as good as Mr. Patterson’s previous books. His subject was good but his writing was not up to his past efforts. It was stiff in places and his characters where not three dimension. They were in some cases like cutouts of his past characters and not such good shadows. Even his writing about his children and Grandmother Nana did not have normal dimension. The book was forced. Well I said bad things about the book. I like Mr. Patterson and he has give me some very good books over the years so I will say a couple of good things, first, his dark characters in the military stood out because they seemed feasible and almost believable.
Second, James Patterson wrote a story about the military and their people. He wrote a very good story about the military taking care of their problems and not wanting anyone else to know any thing about military human problems. In fact, you will always hear, “we don’t have problems here,” or, “he is one of ours, we will take care of that.” He got that part right.
In a way I understand this. The military professional’s lifestyle and attitude are so different from a normal civilian’s that normal rules don’t always apply. In Mr. Patterson book they didn’t apply either. I will give him three stars for the effort.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2005
Having read a few of Patterson's books in the past, I was suitably unimpressed by this particular novel. The plot was somewhat lacking in action, and the author's style was distinctly lacking in appeal. It just about held my attention to the end, but it's highly unlikely that I'll be reading any more works by the same author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2006
Mr Patterson here has written a very good book. Alex Cross being the strongest of the characters he has created, I expected good things from this book, and I was not disappointed. A criticism that I have is that in some places the story doesn't seem to move, and in other parts it skips to fast. Regardless of this the story is easy to follow. There are a lot of charcaters in the plot so it can be quite difficult to remain 100% certain as to whom each character is. My own personal favourite detail of this book is the characater growth of Sampson. Before he has only been a side character with not too much of the emotional weight put upon him, but here we see more from his side. Impressed with the book, and the extra glow that is given here to other novels of his, such as 'Along Came A Spider' is that there are twists, and old characters thrown in from the past. A very good read.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2002
When I first started reading James Patterson I was gripped with hsi early work such as Along came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, but over the last few years his work has slowy become worse and worse.
Although 4 Blind Mice is better than his last few books, I still feel that Patterson has become lazy in his writing. Every book he has written concerning Alex Cross has has an excellent plot and premise behind it, its just that Patterson seems to be rushing the book along and not delving deep enough into the plot.
My problem with this book and the last few Alex Cross novels is not that Patterson has run out of ideas, like most crime writers sometimes do, just that he isn't taking enough time and care with the actual telling of the story, something I hope he will rectify.
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