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Cross Justice (Alex Cross) Hardcover – November 23, 2015
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James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies, and he has had more #1 bestsellers than any other author. In addition to his novels for adults, he has also written numerous books for young readers, and with initiatives that include ReadKiddoRead.com, he has dedicated himself to improving access to books that will keep kids reading for life. He lives in Florida with his family.
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Part One of the book is also an enlightening way to learn of the upbringing of one of the world’s most famous crime fighters. Alex Cross loved his family dearly (as all children do) but we see that Alex’s mother was in fact deeply flawed and traumatised by her own set of internal demons. One doesn't grow up wanting to capture the world’s sickest weirdo’s without a reason, and maybe this is one of them for our hero. The trip back home for the Washington-based Cross family to Starksville is bittersweet, and experiencing this part of the back story will only add more depth and emotional attachment to the Cross Legend and the books overall.
Having said all of that, the book is essentially about the fight to clear the name of the cousin of Alex Cross, charged with a truly heinous series of crimes. The same small town of Starksville, where the Cross family still live, is also the less than proud owner of its own violent culture of drugs and alcohol and this is where the cousin has been entrapped by the law. His family, of course, don’t doubt his innocence, and with Alex Cross on the scene the reader has to assume that it will all come good at the end. But the baddies have their role to play in this fine production as well, and the power players behind the scenes let their first hint drop at the end to part one with an implied threat to the existence of our hero, as well as what impact they, and their politics might have had on the arrest of Alex’s cousin.
The book is still written in the classic James Patterson style - short chapters, plenty of action, drama, love, danger and excellent baddies who bring to the party their own version of evil, but the recent Alex Cross books have heralded in a new age of writing style from the author, which gives the book, and its characters (naturally) added depth as well. Which means an enhanced reading experience.
Looking at the contents page, one can see the tale is comprised of five parts, with the book’s finale (part five) gifting the reader with fireworks to rival the best you can see anywhere. Part two ends of a humdinger of a cliffhanger. Before you begin, the reader can imagine how the story will ebb and flow as you make progress and this is exactly what happens. CROSS JUSTICE is a truly great volume of this amazing series. James Patterson will always have his fans, and his critics, but I am happy to throw my hat into the ring of the former group. This book may not win any literary awards but who cares? Fiction books are essentially a recreational experience and this one is packed to the brim with everything you love about them.
JP’s haters are still gonna hate, hate, hate, (thank you, Taylor Swift!) but as long as his fans stay true to themselves and not be swayed by negativity, we can always rest assured there will be a new Alex Cross book to look forward to. And that, fellow book lovers, is a very good thing.
Such a shame for a talented writer to lose the way. I probably won't buy any more, I'll just get them at the library and see if they improve.
Also, without giving away plot lines, I think aspects of the Cross character's life are getting stretched a little, becoming almost nonsensical.
Still, it's an Alex Cross novel and the mystery is usually decent...this one wasn't much of a mystery at all but it's a good beach read.