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Crossby James Patterson
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Alex Cross faces the deadliest psychopath of them all — his wife's killer!
Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.'s rough neighborhoods.
Years later, still haunted by his wife's death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he's set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love.
Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria's death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.
From the man USA Today has called the "master of the genre," Cross is the high-velocity thriller James Patterson and Alex Cross's fans have waited years to read — and the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades.
"Forensic psychologist Alex Cross's storied career in private practice, with the FBI and as a Washington, D.C., cop has brought him into contact with all kinds of seriously disturbed killers, but his 12th outing from bestseller Patterson (after 2005's Mary, Mary) may be the ultimate in lunatic deadliness. Beginning with a flashback to the murder of Cross's wife, Maria, Patterson quickly introduces Michael Sullivan (aka the Butcher of Sligo). What follows is a frenetically paced series of brutal rapes and killings by Sullivan, once employed by the mob as a freelancer and now at war with them. Cross juggles being a single parent and being involved in the dangerous game of tracking serial killers until he finally decides to give it up for his family. Needless to say, he's drawn back into the game when it promises a chance of finding Maria's killer. Cross's competence and vulnerability make a stark contrast with Sullivan's sadistic mutilations and psychological manipulations of his victims. Fans know that Cross will survive, but at what cost?" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Even as the story whips by with incredible speed, Patterson manages to pack it full of suspense, emotion, and a resolution that, while perfectly satisfying, carries the author's trademark teaser hinting at the 'more' that surely will come." Booklist
"This series is becoming tired, and Patterson seems to be trying to compensate by making each villain successively more repulsive....The best Patterson books, like Jack and Jill, are intricate and substantial, not just gore draped over a thin plot." Library Journal
"Although Patterson keeps the pot boiling with one darn felony after another, nothing really happens....The biggest disappointment, though, is an ending that makes you realize you should have skipped this installment and waited for the sequel." Kirkus Reviews
From the man USA Today calls the "master of the genre," Cross is the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades — a high-velocity thriller fans have waited years to read, in which Alex Cross at last has the chance to capture the psychopath who murdered his wife, Maria. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
About the Author
James Patterson's most recent #1 Alex Cross novel is Mary, Mary. He is the author of 36 novels and lives in Florida.
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