Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I, Alex Cross - James Patterson


Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down her killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.


The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain--they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.


As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat excitement that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.

Title: I, Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
My Rating: 4/5

This book is the latest installment in the Alex Cross series. Lately I've been finding his books a little graphic and though well-written, I haven't liked them as much. I was hoping that this book wouldn't follow the pattern that I've seen emerging. This book broke the pattern... in a way. It still was graphic, and I agree that it's one of the worst cases that Alex has worked on. However, it's not as graphic/morbid as the last Cross novel, or the last stand alone novel. (It still had parts that were a bit much!) Parts of this book I found didn't segue together well, but over-all it was very cohesive and well-written. It was engaging, but I do enjoy Alex Cross's earlier stuff more. I enjoyed the dialogue with Alex's family, and am glad that things ended the way they did. (I can't say more than that without giving major spoilers!) It's a fast-paced read, and definitely throws a surprise or two your way! If you're a fan of James Patterson, it is one of his better novels and is well worth the read. If you're new to James Patterson, I'd start with his earlier stuff and work your way up to this novel. There are a lot of characters in this book that are introduced early on in the series.

As an addendum, I really enjoyed the stand alone Cross book titled Alex Cross's Trial.

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