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I, Alex Cross

A book by James Patterson

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This is his best

  • Nov 29, 2009
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This book is undoubtedly James Patterson at his best. Patterson apparently wrote the Cross series by himself, in contrast to many of his other novels, and he creates in this mystery a tale filled with excitement, intrigue and pathos.

The volume has Patterson's characteristic short paragraphs, but the print is smaller, so readers will need about a third more time every hour to finish the book. But this is good, very good, since this book is very enjoyable.

Cross faces an unusual killer and his strange accomplices who commit bizarre murders, brutality by ex-federal cops, and weird methods of disposal of bodies. He encounters a sex cell where a single evening of sex cost as much as $20,000, and is well worth it.

Readers will enjoy reading the excitement surrounding Operation Coitus Interruptus that involved a host of federal, state and local police, and the consequences of the operation. Readers will wonder until the end about questions, such as: Who is the freakish murderer who bites his victims? Who are his accomplices? How is the White House tangled in the murders? Why is the FBI involved in local murders? What role does the US Secret Service play, the Vice President of the United States, and the President's Chief of Staff? Why does the federal government want Cross off the case? Is there a cover-up?

Patterson is superb at portraying Cross' interaction with his unusually close family, especially Nana, including the kisses, hugs and tears shed on occasions. If his usual depictions of this interaction deserve five stars, he should be awarded six stars for this volume.

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review by . November 16, 2009
I am a huge, huge Alex Cross/James Patterson fan! and I was thrilled beyond belief to read this newest "Alex Cross" book.    The story opens with Alex celebrating a birthday at home with his family and girlfriend Bree (this is something I never quite understood - the need for the author go ALWAYS give Cross a girlfriend). Unfortunately, Alex gets "one of those calls" during his party and finds out that his niece (daughter of a brother he had not be close to in adulthood) has …
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James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell: Author One-on-One
In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell and asked them to interview each other. Find out what two of the top authors of their genres have to say about their characters, writing process, and more.

Patricia Cornwell is the former Director of Applied Forensic Science at the National Forensic Academy, and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital's National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. She is the author of sixteen previous Kay Scarpetta mysteries, five non-Scarpetta novels (including At Risk), and Portrait of a Killer. Read on to see Patricia Cornwell's questions for James Patterson, or turn the tables to see what Patterson asked Cornwell.

Patricia Cornwell Cornwell: James, your questions were so good, I'm going to ask you similar ones. Let's start with why you write? Do you love it or love having done it? What motivates you?

Patterson: I truly love writing. I sometimes think about my grandfather when I reflect on this. When I was a boy, I lived in a town on the Hudson River. During the summers, my grandfather would take me once a week on his frozen food and ice cream delivery route. We'd be up at four in the morning packing up the truck, and by five we'd be on our way. Driving a delivery truck isn't the most glamorous job in the world, but every morning, my grandfather would drive over the Storm King Mountain toward West Point, and he'd be ...

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ISBN-10: 0316018783
ISBN-13: 978-0316018784
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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