- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books; Reissue edition (December 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446601245
- ISBN-13: 978-0446601245
- ASIN: 0446601241
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,072 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1995
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"Casanova" works the East Coast, "The Gentleman Caller" works the West Coast, and these two serial killers might just be working together. Washed-up Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross gets involved when his niece is abducted. Since this is a new work by the author of the best-selling Along Came a Spider (LJ 12/92), don't be surprised that Paramount has bought the film rights and that BOMC has made it a main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Feds and local authorities on both coasts are baffled by a pair of serial killers targeting beautiful young women: The Gentleman Caller works the scene in sunny L.A., where he brutally murders and dismembers his prey; his counterpart back East, who calls himself Casanova, trolls the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for sexy coeds to victimize. Their MOs provide plenty of fodder for an author trying to cook up a work of psychological terror: Both are powerful, handsome, brilliant (natch), commit perfect crimes, and, despite their busy schedules, manage to keep in touch with each other. To catch them, you obviously need a perfect crime fighter. Enter Alex Cross, the Washington, D.C., detective/psychologist hero of bestselling Along Came A Spider (1993), who gets dragged into all this after his niece Naomi, a student at Duke University, vanishes. Working with the authorities and a medical student named Kate McTiernan, who was lucky enough to escape Casanova's clutches, Cross begins to understand how the two dueling psychos operate. Just in the nick of time, too, because the Gentleman Caller, on the run from the law out West, decides that nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina with his old buddy Casanova. So, what does Cross, whose favorite niece is now in the clutches of two sickos, do? Fall in love with Kate McTiernan, of course, in an ill-placed romantic subplot intended to raise the stakes in the deadly cat-and-mouse game. Does Cross save Naomi? Are the two killers brought to justice or, at the very least, consigned to gory demises? Who cares? As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter. (First priting of 275,000; film rights to Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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It upgrades its characters and it continues the story like a good sequel should do! The villains are great and all of the sub-plots fit the story. This is the first time that I actually feel like I'm reading an Alex Cross/detective story. It takes on the usual detective themes and uses them to the novel's advantage. I love the new character, Kate McTiernan. She is really interesting and fun to read about in this story. In fact, I love the idea of having Kate and Alex get into a relationship, because there is tons of evidence of them having feelings for each other and Patterson does a great job making me want them to go that route. The chemistry between them is beautiful. The twist is very well done, not to mention the ending as well. While the ending to "Along Came A Spider" felt depressing, this novel corrects that mistake and gives us a true "Alex Cross" ending. It has that sadness, happiness, cliffhanger, and yet, satisfying feeling that makes it feel like "the end", along with "the adventure continues" as well.
But the best part about this novel is that I have no problems with it! None at all! It begins and ends with a strong note, the pacing and timing of everything works, the characters are all done so wonderfully, and the story is amazing. "Kiss the Girls" is not just worth buying. It is worth reading over and over and over again! It is a timeless story that shows Patterson at his best and also takes the Alex Cross series to a whole new level! Please buy it!
In Kiss the Girls, D.C's finest homicide detective and psychiatrist Alex Cross is given perhaps his toughest case to date with two serial killers who live in two completely different parts of the country. In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders by a man known as The Gentleman is killed. The Gentleman lures his victims in and then proceeds to brutally murder and dismember them. On the east coast in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a man known as Casanova trolls the Duke University area for young co-eds to have his way with in order to mentally break them and capitalize on them in their weakened state. The FBI and local authorities on both coasts are baffled and seek the services of Alex Cross for help. The plot thickens when Patterson introduces the possibility that not only are the two serial killers similar in the tactics they employ and the women they choose to target, but it would also appear that they are somehow collaborating, cooperating and even competing in a horrifying game of one-upsmanship.
The case quickly becomes personal for Alex Cross when his own niece is among the abducted/missing young women on the east coast. Some questions include will Cross be able to save his niece and the other women in time or will his emotions cloud his judgment, thereby jeopardizing the case? Will the authorities be able to put the pieces together before each of these men murders yet another woman?
One of the things I enjoyed about Kiss the Girls was that it was a very engaging read. Patterson writes his Alex Cross books in a way where the reader feels like they are knocking out one chapter after the other and before you know it you've read 50+ pages in a sitting. In addition, Cross is shown to be fallible in this book as well. It's good to see that the protagonist is capable of making mistakes from time to time and is human like the rest of us. Furthermore, Patterson throws in a few twists at the end as Cross misidentifies one of the killers more than once and I felt that was great that it wasn't just a typical X-Y-Z detective novel.
If you're looking for a good way to pass those summer days or need a good book to enjoy, I would certainly recommend this series!