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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more, to be honest, 15 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Cross (Paperback)
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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