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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Cross' is the latest episode in a long running series about Alex Cross, a psychologist who's been a police detective, FBI man and now is operating freelance. It's an entirely by-the-numbers thriller. Doesn't miss a beat. It clips along at a good pace, is written in easily accessible English, and builds up the level of threat and tension as the bad guy's vendetta takes shape -- and Alex Cross has to unravel the mystery and solve it.

The bad guy is irredeemably bad (sadist, rapist, murderer, hitman for the mob) while Alex Cross is impossibly heroic (loving father to his young family and loving grandson to his wise-but-spiky grandma). The supporting cast are all present and correct (police detective chum who has Alex's back at the vital moment; love interest where things don't go exactly to plan). Plus Alex Cross suffers the emotional baggage from a previous trauma (could this killer be the same man who killed Alex's wife all those years ago?)

The chapters are kept clipped and brief, and almost all of them end on a mini-cliffhanger so you're compelled to keep turning the pages. Even though I recognise the style and device and don't particularly like it, I found myself belting through the chapters, staying up later than expected; carried along by the drive of the plot.
And that pretty much sums up the effectiveness of Cross. It's not an intellectual or philosophical debate. It's a chase-the-bad-guy flat-out romp. Easy to read. The perfect book for an airplane or train ride. You don't need to have read any of the others in the series to enjoy it.
It's not literature, but it's entirely enjoyable pulp fiction.
6/10
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 November 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2007
this was my first actual read of an alex cross novel although i watched the movies along came a spider and kiss the girls and loved them although this may have been because of morgan freeman who now does seem a little old for the alex cross with three small children ! and that brings me to my problem with this book that i COULD NOT get out of my head ! in the book when maria is shot - janelle is 6 months old having been born in the hospital 6 months previously - now it also mentioned she was pregnant when shot - BUT i cannot understand where did the third child ali appear from it has been racking my brains throughout the whole book - i cannot seem to do the numbers - can SOMEBODY explain how he can have a daughter 6 months old - wife shot - and another child appears later - I AM TOTALLY PERPLEXED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 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
on 27 September 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
The Alex Cross series is a hugely popular one, and has had several extremely entertaining novels. Particularly early on in the timeline, with books such as 'Along came a spider' and 'Kiss the girls', which are two examples of James Patterson's terrific suspense and story-telling. These books really define the term 'page-turning'.

But the last 3-4 books in the Alex Cross series have been poor: too pedestrian, lacking ambition, and told badly. I was glad to see that 'Cross' is an improvement from these. Patterson has made the story more interesting again. Specifically it is the first book to deal with the murder of Alex Cross' wife, which happens before the books even start. This new angle makes for an interesting story and a decent read.
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