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Book 17 of 22 in the Alex Cross Series

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Editorial Reviews



"[Patterson's] books don't pussyfoot around when it comes to the villains. These are bad, bad people... [I, Alex Cross] is political, with a lot of intrigue in high places."―Al Roker, The Today Show

"I truly believe that James Patterson has an IV hooked up to his writing arm and Great Ideas, Great Plots, and Great Characters dribble constantly into his bloodstream...I, Alex Cross stuns."―

"The stakes are higher than ever before...More than a crime thriller, it's an absorbing family drama."―

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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Cross (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031603617X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316036177
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (782 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

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312 of 326 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Author James Patterson tells the reader something crucial early on, but it's not revealed to the key character, Detective Alex Cross. I found myself wondering exactly how and when Cross would find out for himself. Of course, I'm not going to give you any clues, but this mystery did keep me turning the pages.

The novel is largely about a series of murders in Washington, D.C., Cross's base. The victims include a corrupt politician, a crooked lobbyist, and a venal tycoon. These were people hated by many, but Cross is determined to solve the case. While investigating the murders, he finds a complex math formula in a most unusual place, gets a big lead from a submerged Suburban, and makes a life-long commitment.

Also in the picture is Kyle Craig, Cross's long-time nemesis. Patterson does a good job constructing Craig as a total monster.

This is the twelfth book written or co-written by James Patterson that I have reviewed for this site. It's near the top of the list. The prose is skillfully crafted. The pages fly by.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As one might readily guess by the title, CROSS FIRE is the latest installment in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. As often happens in a series once it reaches a certain point in its life span, this 17th book constitutes a perfect place for newcomers to jump on, while giving fans more reasons --- as if they needed any --- to continue on.

I should also say that, if you were an early fan of the series and haven't dropped in on it for a while, this is a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances. Patterson returns to old form here, and the novel is much better for it. The plot is deeper and more complex than those of his more recent predecessors, yet his stated goals in his writing --- to move the plot and the reader along quickly --- are still met, and admirably so. This is a book that should make everyone very happy indeed.

Quite a bit happens in CROSS FIRE. As the cover will tell you, Alex Cross gets married, and Kyle Craig returns. Craig is Cross's one-time friend turned bitter enemy. Having escaped from an imprisonment that Cross was instrumental in effecting, Craig has vowed revenge and pursues it with single-minded intent. Cross is involved in a high-priority case that threatens to literally blow Washington, D.C. away. A pair of highly skilled snipers are killing high-profile white criminals, seemingly at will and vanishing without a trace. Cross is unaware that Craig has infiltrated the investigation, and is not only working side by side with Cross but also inserting himself into his household.

In the meantime, Craig cannot resist taunting Cross over the telephone and going so far as to leave him cryptic messages at other crime scenes.
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141 of 161 people found the following review helpful By ShoreGuy on November 16, 2010
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I've been a big Patterson fan for years and the Cross series has always been my favorite. Unfortunately, the last few have been "mere shadows of their former selves". I suspect Mr Patterson's too busy with other projects to give this once great story the attention it deserves. In the end, a "not so great" Alex Cross story is certainly better than none, but the Kindle price ($14.95) is a bit high for the length (I finished in just a few hours) and quality of this one.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Krissy D on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to read this book. I loved 'I, Alex Cross' and after reading the previews of 'Cross Fire' I thought that this book couldn't miss especially with the return of Kyle Craig.

The story starts out interestingly enough. Kyle Craig is plotting and planning in elaborate ways to snake his way into Alex Cross's life. In the meantime there are sniper shootings going on all over Washington, D.C. The problem that I found with these concepts was the fact that they really didn't seem to be all that original. We've all heard about the sniper shootings that took place in Washington in 2002 and it seemed like Patterson simply played off of that concept in order to create this story.

The other issue with this storyline is it seems to be almost unfinished in many ways as well as very familiar in his other stories. It seems as though there is always a 'boss behind a boss' when it comes to murderers in Patterson's books and this book was no different. However, this storyline seems unfinished in the sense that the reader is lead to believe that there is another big bad wolf out there and then all of the sudden nothing more is mentioned of it.

By the same token, the characters were not particularly what you would come to expect from James Patterson. Kyle Craig is a cold, calculated psychopathic murderer and it seems as though in this book and with this story line he has lost some of his craziness. I was waiting for this big event to take place and although there is some drama toward the end of the book, it is not quite the showdown that I really accepted.

I enjoy reading Alex Cross books and I will continue to read them. However, after waiting a year for another Alex Cross book, I am slightly disappointed by this one.
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