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Double Cross (Alex Cross, Book 13) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2008

4 out of 5 stars 560 customer reviews
Book 13 of 22 in the Alex Cross Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Patterson's 13th Alex Cross thriller (after 2006's Cross) pits the legendary profiler, now retired from law enforcement and working as a psychiatrist in private practice, against two serial killers. Kyle Craig, Cross's former colleague in the FBI (who was revealed to be the Mastermind, a particularly vicious and resourceful murderer, in 2001's Violets Are Blue), has managed to escape from a Colorado maximum-security prison and is steadily working his way through his list of those he holds responsible for his capture and incarceration. Cross, who heads the list, is drawn back into police work by his love interest, Maryland homicide detective Brianna Stone, who's been assigned to the task force focusing on the D.C. Audience Killer (or DCAK), who stages high-profile and sadistic murders to get the most public attention possible. Even newcomers will find themselves turning the pages to see how everything turns out, but significant plot holes and implausibilities make this a far cry from the similar, but far more suspenseful, two-front war waged by Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs.
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"DOUBLE CROSS is one of Patterson's best works to date, full of action and excitement. One cannot read DOUBLE CROSS without feeling as if there are even bigger things yet to come from Cross and his creator."―Bookreporter.com

"This novel gives the reader double excitement with not one but two maniacs after Alex Cross...Even if you are not an Alex Cross fan, you will enjoy this thriller by James Patterson. Be sure to add Double Cross to your reading list."―BestsellersWorld.com

"Double Cross is a strong, addictive page turner. It is definitely worth the trip to the book store."―TheMysterySite.com

"Double Cross is vintage Patterson. It is fast moving and suspenseful and takes the occasional surprise twist. Life for a Patterson fans doesn't get much better than this."―1340MagBooks.com

"If, like me, you are an Alex Cross fan, run, don't walk, to your favorite book store and get up to date on the life of Alex Cross. If you enjoy fast paced, well written intrigue, you'll devour Double Cross, just as I did."―AllThingsGirl.net
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446198986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446198981
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.'" He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read so many JP books, so I come in expecting a vacation from reality. But this book? Come on...

How can Alex and his partner be thinking about making love (like two immature teenagers) every 15 minutes when there are two crazy killers out there WHO HAVE BOTH THREATENED HIM, HIS FAMILY AND HER??! They travel to Montana and are upset they don't have time to "do it", while back in DC there are TWO killers wreaking havoc?

How was big tough Samson "kidnapped"?

As soon as this guy escaped prison, (which in itself was so impossible...) why weren't the judge and Alex's family relocated? The judge is home sleeping -- with her family -- peacefully, while this mad man lurks the streets? (And tell me, please, how was he able to go to Paris? He had passports made prior to his conviction, just incase?)

And because Nana wouldn't WANT to leave the house Alex just leaves his whole family there unprotected?

The end, while in the alleyway with both of them, is so dumb!

I could go on for hours like this, but suffice it to say, you cannot/will not get scared, be in suspense or care about all the grisly deaths in this book! In fact, you will laugh at the absurdity of it!
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Format: Hardcover
The usual good, fast, reliably fun read from Mr. Patterson. "Double Cross" loses a few points compared to the last couple of Alex Cross thrillers ("Mary, Mary" and "Cross") due to its shifting back a little to the unrealistically relentless "Big Bad Wolf"/"London Bridges" days of a major disaster every chapter, endless running around, and over-the-top action taking precedence over genuine character moments. But at least "Double Cross" is about Alex Cross chasing serial killers, not James Bond-style villains, and there's still a fair amount of Alex's family and personal life on tap, if less than the last two books.

The book also pulls off an effective balancing act: it leaves a few plot elements unresolved to make you want to pick up the next book, but gives you enough satisfying resolution so that those as-yet-unresolved elements will tantalize instead of frustrate you.

Quibbles aside, I got my money's worth from "Double Cross"
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Format: Hardcover
(Note: this review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book by accident from BOMC, as I did not respond in time to my monthly selection. It had been a long time since I read one of James Patterson's novels, so I decided to go ahead and give this one a try. Initially, it was a rapid page-turner, with one dramatic scene following quickly on the heels of another. But about a third of the way through, I just stopped, no longer intrigued, as I discovered that these bite-size chapters - 126 in a 300-page book - were just that, authorial cop-outs which allowed him to spoon-feed drama to the reader without actually earning suspense, intrigue, or suspension of disbelief.

If you ran the text together, removing the half-page graphic that begins, and the empty space that ends, each chapter, this story would take up probably no more than 150 pages. In those few pages, Patterson introduces us to 35 speaking characters identified by their first and last names, three killers and their ten alternate identities, and one copycat killer. Fifteen adults (and one foetus) are killed, their murders described in moderate detail (as much as a one-to-two page chapter allows, anyway). Patterson also follows a number of characters as they fly to such far-flung locations as Washington, DC, Florence, Colorado, Kalispell, Montana, and even Paris, France, traversing the globe as quickly and easily as if they were hopping on BART or the MTA.

What Patterson DOESN'T describe is how his various killers gain access to a number of the victims, some of whom are FBI agents highly trained in the art of self defense. Or how they get away from the scene of such crimes, especially when they are committed for maximum spectatorship.
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Format: Hardcover
An Alex Cross mystery used to be something to look forward to, but suddenly the last two ("Cross") both miss by too much.

This one starts off like gangbusters and then crashes and burns too soon. Too many plot devices are overused and underdeveloped and stale characters - besides Alex - just didn't work.

A Jail break just too ludicrous to be believable, and disguises that ae just pulled out of nowhere just to get from one scene to another all add to a sad effort in the end.

I've said it before about Patterson's books, but it bares repeating - there are just too many too fast to be well thought out and well written to the standards that the first dozen or more were.

Sorry, but even though it can be read in a single sitting, it just may not be worth the time.
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Format: Paperback
The quality of Patterson's work has dropped dramatically over the last couple of years, and with this one I think he's jumped the shark.
I could not believe this was the work of a professional author. It seems more like the first effort of a junior high student.
The plot is trite, the characters cartoonish and the prose is amateurish.
I am sorry to say that this is the first time I had to put down a book in disgust, unfinished.
Frankly, I don't care how this book ends- I've already lost an hour of my life that I will never get back while reading the first 100-odd pages.
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