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Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1998
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This book has a good balance of scenes between Cross' personal life (his loving grandmother, his huge best friend Samson, his two beautiful children, and their teacher whom he is falling in love with) and business life.
The book is very easy to follow and goes by at a very quick pace. The characters were realistic along with the plot.
The thing that I liked most about the book was the way Patterson told the story. I actually found myself feeling sorry for the bad guys as well as the good, which usually never happens.
I would recommend this book to anyone but be sure not to make the same mistake I made. I started the book late at night before I went to bed at about 11 o'clock. It was so good that I continued to read until three in the morning, which left me sleepy and irritable the next day at work. If you are going to read this book, be sure to start it when you have at least two hours of spare time.
P.S. Please read my other reviews.
With the exception of Cat & Mouse. This book is a complete waste of time. I don't even know where to begin in describing what is wrong with this book.
Cross fans had been patiently waiting through Kiss The Girls and Jack And Jill for the return of Gary Soneji. His presence (or lack thereof) was always in the back of the reader's mind. He was out there somewhere. Lurking. Waiting. Biding his time. Cross has lived in fear of Soneji, suspecting with every crime that Soneji might somehow be behind it. Finally, Soneji has emerged. And his reappearance is completely anti-climactic. Soneji runs around, killing his own family and innocent civilians, leading Cross on a merry chase, yet never directly challenging Cross himself. When they finally do have their final showdown, it is at the midway point through the book. After two novels of buildup, the payoff is an anti-climactic half of a novel.
The second half of the book is spent with Thomas Pierce, another FBI agent, who takes over the telling of the tale while Cross is laid up in the hospital. He's trying to uncover the identity of the person who attacked Cross, while he tracks another killer, Mr. Smith, a killer's whose identity is so painfully obvious that it might as well be printed on the back of the book. It's obvious because Patterson never, for one moment, gives you anyone else you could possibly suspect.
It is this second part of the novel that is rife with problems.Read more ›
Cat and Mouse follows the tend and ends up being a terrible novel and hence explains the poor rating this reviewer gave (1 measly star). Cat and Mouse follows the adventures of Alex Cross, the black detective/psychologist, who has a knack for bringing down incredibly stupid serial killers and go about their disturbing fetishes with the most absurd of motives.
Below I will list some of the mistakes with this novel:
- The character of 'Mr Smith' is totally unbeilable, and his motives are never fully explained
- When the Cross family is brutally attacked, why didn't Soneji's pal just kill them all
I can go on forever, but I just don't have the time. Two mistakes should be sufficient. Anyway, I sure hope Patterson writes better novels because I seriously can't be bothered writing more reviews.
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i enjoy all of james patterson's books,i love to read and he never disappoints.Published 4 days ago by iris swanson
Excellent series. Hard to stop reading them just because one book ends.Published 9 days ago by Patty
I continue to read the Alex Cross series, however, there is a lot of redundant (or similar) material in most of the books. Still I enjoy them.Published 10 days ago by Alan C.
Five stars for another well written novel. What happens when an FBI agent goes rogue. You'll have to read this book to find out.Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
A GRUESOME MURDER ELUDES THEM ALL...ALEX FINALLY UNRAVELS THE KEY AND THE TRAPPING OF THE MURDERER (19 IN ALL). .....REALLY DRAWS YOU IN....Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book was great but the last disk does not work so it can't be finished. This was a Christmas Gift and it was not listened to until recently. So the return window is closed. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amy