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Is `three a crowd'?,
This review is from: Alex Cross, Run: (Alex Cross 20) (Paperback)
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.