Synopses & Reviews
When two joggers are found brutally slain in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, Detective Alex Cross is called in to investigate. The bizarre murders are reminiscent of a Washington, D.C., case that Cross has been unable to solve. With the help of a female San Francisco detective, Cross' investigation takes him deep inside a menacing world where role playing explodes into bloodlust and frenzy. At the same time, a vicious super-criminal from Cross' past known as the Mastermind is stalking him. And in a shocking, deadly endgame, the detective will at last discover the awful secret of the Mastermind.
"Another page-turner . . . You won't be able to put 'Violets' down until you've reached the back cover."--New York Times
"Particularly juicy . . . Enjoyably spooky . . . Bottom line: bloody good creepfest."--People
Detective Alex Cross is back in this bestselling follow-up to "Roses Are Red." Two joggers are brutally slain in San Francisco in a macabre ritual reminiscent of a case in Washington, D.C. that Cross has been unable to solve. As the carnage leaves a trail of bodies across America, a vicious criminal from Cross's past known as the Mastermind once again taunts him.
D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles . . as his nemesis, the merciless criminal known as the Mastermind, stalks him, taunts him, and once again, threatens everything he holds dear...
About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times
bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records
. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels,
the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls
and Along Came a Spider
. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.