Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cross Fire - James Patterson

Sentence summary: Alex Cross is hunting down a serial killer, planning a wedding and his worst nightmare, Kyle Craig, is back in D.C.

My review: Every November, I anxiously wait for the release of the next installment of the Alex Cross series. I am happy to say, the year-long wait was worth it.

Alex is getting married to Bree. Nana Mama and the kids are more than thrilled to finally see Alex happy. And Bree makes him very happy. Unfortunately, crime doesn't stop for their wedding plans as Alex quickly finds himself consume in a sniper investigation. Someone is killing high-powered people in plain sight. The killings are baffling the D.C. police and soon the FBI is brought in for assistance.

Meanwhile, Sampson, Alex's best friend and partner, is hunting down a sadistic killer. The killer carves mathematical equations or numbers into his victims. Sampson asks Alex for help to stop this twisted killer before he strikes again.

And if things can't get any worse, Kyle Craig is back. Little does Alex knows, he's hiding in plain sight.

Cross Fire, is Alex Cross and Patterson at their best. I have to say I was thrilled to see Kyle make an appearance in Cross Fire. Patterson works his magic when he writes about the egoistical, Kyle and his delusional competition and obsession with Alex. Alex tries to not allow Kyle to get to him, but when Kyle threatens his family, Alex cannot help but to lose it.

True to Patterson's style, the story is fast-paced and will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat until the last page is turned. The ending came much too soon (as it always does for me when reading Alex Cross). Like the former books in the series, the ending left me wanting the next book NOW. Not to give away the ending, there's a little tease that perhaps Patterson will crossover his series. I hope this happens. I've been waiting for this for a very long time!

Lasting impression: Great addition to the Alex Cross series. After reading this book, it's quite clear why Kyle Craig is the Mastermind. If only he used his intellect for good instead of evil.

Reason for reading: It's the latest addition to the Alex Cross series (my favorite) and it's written by James Patterson (one of my favorite authors). Need I say more?

Recommend: Yes. Alex Cross fans will not be disappointed.

My rating: 4/5

Book details:
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Series: Alex Cross #17
Pub. Date: November 15, 2010
Pages: 356
Source: Publisher

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving a free copy did not influence my review in any way. It should be noted, I also purchased a finished copy from Barnes and Noble.


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