- Publisher: Doubleday Large Print; Large Copy edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739476378
- ISBN-13: 978-0739476376
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (689 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I can overlook the fact that Alex Cross's wife apparently didn't die the way he had originally stated. I can even overlook the fact that after fourteen years and several other relationships (one that even ended in producing a son), Alex now seems obsessed with "getting over" his long-dead wife.
What I couldn't overlook was the fact that with this book, besides being a detailed description of his wife's murder and Alex's new committment to finding her killer, there's not a whole lot else there. The Alex in this book is moody, melancholy, and totally anti-Alex Cross to the point that I wasn't even sure, halfway through the book, that I was reading about the same character.
He's not the only one, though. His children, his friends, and even dear old Nana Mama are all acting out of character--and not in good ways.
Sure, the "mystery and suspense" part of the story is a pretty good one. Patteron's writing style is always a welcome change to me.
CROSS, though, is one Alex Cross story I could have done without.
No feeling for any of the characters. Violence is used as a substitute for plot. It's awful stuff, really it is. Something an 18 year old fixated by rape and murder might have written. It says it all in the acknowledgments - 3 people helped with research - of what exactly? There was nothing factual other than lists of music. Chris Tebbetts wrote a section of the story. Faint praise. And who is Steve Bowen, 'slowly getting Hollywood to see the obvious'? Is 'the obvious' the answer to why this can never be a movie?
'Chap 55 - p.175 - 'The Butcher watched them as they stood in front of the tony Claridge's Hotel...'. What does that mean?
Or take Chapter 42 (pp 129-131) = one of the longer chapters because we're meant to see blossoming of something perhaps between Alex and Kayla. They say barely two words to each other, however and all we get is a description of what Kayla was wearing and what they ate and drank. Absolute drivel!!! There are so many more examples...
Is it not absurd that a supposed hot-shot Alex Cross is threatened by a known criminal 'The Butcher' in his home, that 'The Butcher' leaves without doing any butchering and that Cross's wife is killed in 1993, Cross works the case for a year and still doesn't find out anything. Duh!!!! Takes until 2005 to work out who it could be...hello?...there is a huge credibility gap here.
1. Length - how many words/pages/how long to read? I read the first ninety pages in 20 minutes which means I'll have finished the book in less than 2 hours...make that one hour fifty minutes. It's 393 pages beginning on page 7.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The back story... Well paced, fast paced action! This is the best Cross book I've read to date. On to the next!Published 7 days ago by Buddad1957
James Patterson never disappoints me. His books in this series gets better and better and harder to put down. This book had action every time you turned the page. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Scott
Alex is off the police force, no longer with the FBI, but this guy killed his wife. Cross is back on the hunt.Published 22 days ago by Dawn R. Lance
Great, Great. Enjoyed it so much. The thrill of suspense gets better as the book goes on. Great surprise ending. Typical Patterson writing.Published 1 month ago by Carol
Alex Cross mysteries are exciting and full of mystery as well as family values.Published 1 month ago by Linda Brown