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Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross) Paperback – August 1, 2003
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"Patterson's storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn."―Library Journal
"Brilliantly terrifying! So exciting that I had to stay up all night to finish it! Packed with white-knuckle twists."―Daily Mail
"An incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind villain who is as terrifying as he is intriguing. One of the best thrillers of the year."―Clive Cussler
"Terror and suspense that grab the reader and won't let go. Just try running away from this one."―Ed McBain
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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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Synopsis: Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
I know there are a lot of people out there who absolutely love this book. I was not a big fan of it. It could come down to the fact that I did see the movie before I read the book, but that was also when the movie first came out oh-so-many years ago. But, I will try not to hold the movie against the book. The movie was horrible, by the way.
Another problem I had, and it seems that it’s going to keep going for all the books, is the jump back and forth between third person and first person views. I tried that with one of my books and it just turned out really bad. I couldn’t even consider revising that book. Patterson did do it in an okay manner, but I still don’t like the jumps
The story is quite good, though. About the only thing I didn’t like about the story was the way Patterson overindulged in the Cross played up the African American hatred. For someone who is supposed to be extremely smart, Cross acts really dumb when it comes to the way people treat him.
Basically, the story is an extravagant kidnapping. Cross and his partner were put on it because the DC police needed their best detective. Right from the start, Cross was shunned, but he soon made it known that he needed to be kept in the loop. Eventually, it is Cross who figures it out.
It is a good read. Patterson knows how to keep the suspense going. Other than the minor flaws I had with the layout of the story it is a good story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good suspense thriller read.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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Obvious time and research was put into this book. This screen-swiping story of a Doctor/Detective placed my mind inside a world I never knew existed. From forensics, to family, to utter desperation, this story of Alex Cross bounced my emotions left and right. When the words on my iPad screen bring more chills to my arm than the theatrics of Hollywood television, five stars are simply not enough.
If you're looking for an immersive story, look elsewhere. If you like mass produced thriller type novels that are turned out in a few weeks, then it might be for you.
I guess it was somewhat entertaining but the improbability of it all was bothersome. Especially to a 'fellow' psychologist like me. I am glad I had enough free shipping credits to get this book for free. For free it was good enough.