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Alex Cross, Run: (Alex Cross 20)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 17 April 2013
Alex Cross must be as aged as his readers. The Ex-FBI detective with a life-time experience of sensing and analysing the underlying motives and methods of the murderers he encounters continues. The more sinister and sadistic the crimes, the more he is embroiled. His family are long-suffering. This time, Alex is involved with controlling plastic surgeon, Elijah Creem who trades cosmetic surgery for sexual favours from teenage girls. He is apprehended and imprisoned but his bitterness on release is unleashed on Cross and partner Sampson. Changing his appearance lets him loose. Alongside this, a seemingly suicide of a woman and disappearance of her baby along with deaths of teenagers keep Cross active to the detriment of his family. Dr Creem has his own agenda with his accomplice Joshua.

The action of this novel belts along at a pace that keeps the attention and interest. It is typical Alex Cross and Patterson. The threat to Cross's life and the potential horrors to his family add immensely to the tension as he drives to unveil the culprits and motives. The twists and suspense are ever present. The hound-dog detective profile of Alex Cross with his drive to nail the criminals at the expense of dangers to himself and loved-ones are at the core of this book.

Long-standing readers of Alex Cross novels may say they have read it all before. Give it to a young unexposed fan of this genre (I have) and the reaction is one of total enthrallment and a desire to grab my old stockpile. Keep going Alex Cross. The stories are still first rate on the market.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I chose this rating as I feel the "alex cross" books have lost originality. The stories are much the same, with bodies piling up and Alex Cross pulling it all together at the end. they do not "grab me" as the earlier ones did. I am not so eager to turn the page!
I still like the characters, they are old friends but I wish James Patterrson would return to his earler stle of writing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
James Patterson delivers with this latest novel as he always does. The story continues to develop all the characters and allows you to immerse yourself in the plot. Not easy to put down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I've been a fan of James Patterson for a number of years - with `Along Came A Spider' (1994) lodged on my now restricted bookcase space. Some past outings for Alex Cross have proved disappointing but `Alex Cross Run' certainly does not. Of course, the Cross household is much in evidence but, unlike elsewhere, doesn't get in the way of why people read thrillers - excitement.
I won't provide any real detail because this is not intended to be a `spoiler'. Basically there are three killers loose in Washington(all serial, of course - where would crime fiction be without that species of the children of Original Sin?) Two are linked and here there are echoes of `Kiss The Girls'; I say no more. The third is a more complex character and for me far more interesting. How much the reader discovers, or thinks they discover, about him I leave to the reader. The book is fast-paced with short chapters - often presaged by an ominous comment such as `I just hoped nobody else wound up dead in the meantime'.
This book failed to displace `Along Came A Spider' because it lacked that element of `Cat and Mouse' (to borrow another Patterson title), which might have been there with more concentration on the identity and background of the `Third Murderer' (homage to one controversy re' Shakespeare's `Macbeth'). Murders come and go with little relevance to a pattern which would exercise a DETECTIVE, so poor Alex is left chasing around about to disappear up his own.....
Even so I'd still give it five stars and recommend it as a good FAST read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
Couldn't put the book down...Read it in 1 day thrilling...James Patterson at his best...can't wait for next Alex Cross adventure
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2013
Another brilliant book by James Patterson. Predictable in places but when you have read all his books they do fall into some similar patterns. But well worth a read. As usual couldnt put it down once started
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
Another great cross book
Sad and touching well worth a read! Never change it to a film as they ruin it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another excellent book by James Patterson, could not put it down, couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Can't wait for the next Alex Cross book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
I have been a big fan of the Alex Cross books from the beginning and have always enjoyed them. However, the last couple of Alex Cross books (this one in particular) haven't thrilled me - they haven't been the page turners that I hoped for. I found this book quite predictable and was disappointed at the lack of excitement, lack of a twist and absolutely no surprise - I personally like to be kept guessing a little.

My personal opinion is that if you've been an Alex Cross fan from the start then you may find this book a little boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2013
I used to love the Patterson books, the stories were interesting and well told. My only objection was to the Cross family. They were so boringly perfect, wise old grandma, 2 perfect clever children who never argued let alone fought. From the age of 5 Jannie was speaking with the maturity of a 30 year old, but the stories were so good most of that could be blocked out. I was surprised this book had been written solely by Patterson. So many of his books now are co written with other writers and they have suffered from this. I always felt with those books that the plot was Patterson's but he had got less good writers to do all the writing and unfortunately this book came across the same way. Plenty of killings but there was no shock or excitement. It was written like a shopping list and didn't involve me in any way
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