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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by Library Journal,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
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.
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