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A fair read
on 21 October 2007
I'd not read any of the "Alex Cross" books until this one. Reviewing books is a chancy thing. All I can give is my opinion. As with all art taste differs widely.
In my case this "Alex Cross" book was easy to put down and take a break from. That gives it a three. I think what I missed most was that "difficult to put down" sense. I think Alex's struggle between career and work was presented fairly. What I think was a bit overdone was the way his personal problems almost took over the criminal part of the story. James Truscott was weirdly placed in the book. If the author's intention was to make me wonder if he was the "Storyteller", he failed abysmally.
OK, that's the bad stuff. Now for the good (in my not so humble opinion). I did finish the book. That is always a good sign. I liked the "fights" between the FBI and the LAPD. That added a bit of tension to the book. I know I said that personal problems were a bit overdone. At the same time they made Alex more believable. I like people who are more than two-dimensional. Too many protagonists never achieve three-dimensionality. Alex didn't fall into that trap. The overall story was good and a fun read.
This is a book I recommend. While not a classic it is satisfactory.