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Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross #8)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  36,102 Ratings  ·  709 Reviews
Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C. Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days together in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send ...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by Little, Brown & Company (first published November 18th 2002)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
I'm not a big fan of detective novels but I read this book during the time when this was the only available novel at home, a time when ebooks have not been invented yet. The story was interesting enough to make me finish it.
Jan 01, 2013 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a James Patterson novel is akin to eating soggy cereal -- eatable but not necessarily the first choice for breakfast. With that being said, I gave this one four stars. Call me a hypocrite, if you like. But the rating is not so much on Patterson's skills as a writer (which he has few, in my opinion); rather the rating deals with his skills as a storyteller (which he excels at).

FOUR BLIND MICE stars Alex Cross, a homicide detective with too much education. (Morgan Freeman played the chara
Jan 19, 2010 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, listened to a Patterson murder mystery when driving to Virginia in the middle of the night. I need something that will keep me awake (although I'm glad this one didn't have gunshot sound effects, as that sent my dog into a tizzy last time) but that I don't need to pay close attention to. I mean, no matter what, Alex Cross is going to swear this is his last case (it won't be), he is going to fall madly in love with someone, he is going to wax poetic about how much he loves his children ...more
Henri Moreaux
I don't really hold any expectation of James Patterson novels beyond basic entertainment at the afternoon television sitcom level - it passes the time, but rarely is memorable.

Thankfully this novel wasn't so bland as many of his others; a pretty decent story line, somewhat based in reality (there were some serious massacres in Vietnam which once found out about were covered up and despite ample evidence were never prosecuted) and enough mystery and suspense to keep the pages turning.

Like his ove
Mar 10, 2012 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-firsttime, audio, 2012
Could be my favorite Alex Cross novel yet. The book moved along at a good place and was very complicated in terms of the actual murders and who was behind them. Cross is ready to retire, but Sampson recruits him to check out a murder in which his friend, Sergeant Ellis Cooper is accused. The murders are quite brutal and there's a patter going on, but the army appears to be covering something up. Things also start to heat up with Cross and Jamilla Hughes as well.

I definitely thought the book was
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is Patterson's eighth Alex Cross novel, and I have to admit, I've been a lot more impressed. The guy is prolific and popular, and his other books have been pretty good.

My biggest complaint is that around page 300, I discovered that Cross, the main character, is African American, not white like I'd assumed. And it was a fair assumption: Patterson is on the back cover of the book, and he sure looks like a white guy to me. My problem isn't with the character's race, it's with having to readjus
Jan 08, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 8th book with Alex Cross, but the first I read involving that character. Will have to read the others.
Alex and his good friend John Sampson look into the murder conviction of a man John served with in Vietnam. While looking into the case they find discrepancies and cover-ups in the military records.
Other similar cases are found as they seek the truth behind several military personnel, with previously clean records, being convicted of heinous crimes and sentenced to the death penalty
Ms. Nikki
4 war vets cover their crimes by intricately pinning them on fellow soldiers.
Mattelyn Pressly
Many people have never experienced what Alex Cross has, or came close to it. When Alex decides to retire from being a homocide detective, but an interference with a childhood friend of his, John Sampson, comes along with a case Cross knows he can not refuse. Cross agrees to take the case. This will be his last case. He doesn't realize how dangerous and complicated the case turns out to be until he has dug himself in so deep that there is no turning back for him or Sampson.

Sampson explains to A
In FOUR BLIND MICE, Patterson takes an intriguing premise (an investigation into a group of Vietnam vets being framed for murder) and turns it into a complete and utter waste of time. No scene stands out in this novel, nothing feels the least bit real or convincing. The romance, the family drama, and the dialog are almost unbearable in their cheesiness. Even the mystery-solving is boring. The only breaks in the case come from Cross browsing through old army files and conducting searches on Lexus ...more
May 25, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed James Patterson in the past, but can honestly say that this will be the last Patterson book I will read. I was truly disappointed in the lack of storytelling and writing ability. The book had no depth, and the story suffered for it. As I read the book I got the impression that Mr. Patterson was simply trying to crank out a book as quickly as possible, and could not be bothered with such things as descriptive detail or creative plotting. I did not find the characters or th ...more
There's not much new with this installment of the Alex Cross series. Cross is drawn into a case involving some Vietnam-era Rangers who've been setting up other Army soldiers in brutal murder cases. Alex is also trying to decide whether to continue as a detective or do something else. Patterson gives the reader his usual staccato chapters and twists. Recommended if you're looking for a quick, relatively mindless story.
Evan Grady
Jan 14, 2014 Evan Grady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's about Alex Cross and his hunt for the Three Blind Mice. This group is made up of three war veterans turned hitmen. Alex Cross is put on the case to stop the rampaging hitmen. This story is full of action and suspense. I loved how James Patterson developed the characters throughout the book and made you really root for Cross and really despise the bad guys, and these bad guys are no joke the worst.Just an overall great book and I'd highly recommend it.
Sep 26, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For being a first time James Patterson reader, I am now hooked!!!! This was an awesome book and I was hooked and caught in from page 1. I would recommend this book to everyone!! I do have to start from the first Alex Cross book to get the idea of what has been going on with this character and once I do that all will be good lol. Definite read!!!!!
Dec 25, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Great way to finish up my reading goal for the year! Love these books and seem to forget all about how exciting they are until I finally read another.
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. Very enjoyable... I liked the military aspect in this one.
Oct 13, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I <3 me some Alex Cross :D
Renee Hayes-Comage
Ready for The Big Bad Wolf. Can't wait to see how things work out doe Alex and Jamilla.
T Sunclades
Jul 30, 2015 T Sunclades rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Gary Foss
First and foremost, this is a quick and easy read. I forgot to bring a book of my own along with me for Christmas dinner, so picked it up at the Mom's house on Christmas afternoon while the bird was in the oven for three hours. I didn't read the whole book that day what with breaks to chat and mash the potatoes. It took about an hour this afternoon to finish it off.

That's pretty quick for 387 pages.

But it's not really 387 pages, of course. Really, it's probably around two thirds of that. Here's
Jan 04, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really back and forth on this book. So, I will explain both story lines.
Alex Cross and John Sampson:
This book gives more character development for John Sampson than any of the previous ones had. I really liked that. Usually he is only presented to us as Alex’s best friend/partner. But here we get to see a little bit into his personal life. It is a different side of John that we don’t normally get to see, and I would like to see more of.
Alex’s family life is evolving. Jamilla is becoming
Apr 08, 2013 Villager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm late to the Alex Cross party. I'm just now reading these novels by James Patterson about the African American homicide detective from Washington DC. In this story, Alex agrees to help out his best friend in proving the innocence of a death-row inmate who is scheduled to die in less than a month. The inmate is a career military officer. The case involves a 3-person military hit squad that has been operational since the Vietnam War era.

It appears that this is the last case that Alex Cross wil
Feb 17, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been working my way through the Alex Cross series by James Patterson and was finding them repetitive, so I took some time off after Violets Are Blue. In fact, I wasn't sure I'd return, but I find my interest renewed after reading Four Blind Mice. Obviously, the entire series is detective Cross solving nasty murders, but this one differed because it evolved from events (aka atrocities) committed during the Viet Nam war whose repercussions began decades later. Multiple military men are execut ...more
Kayla Townsend
Sep 17, 2015 Kayla Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this James Patterson book down when I started reading it! I have never read an Alex Cross book before; But I loved it! James Patterson wastes no time in telling what happens in this book. He immediately shows the murders points of view. He starts this book out with a murder rather than the main character. The story had so many twists and turns. It kept me on my feet the entire time! The main character Alex Cross is the detective in this story. He solves numerous murder cases. He ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next in the Alex Cross series. Fast read and the book goes at a breakneck speed.

Back Cover Blurb:
Alex Cross is preparing to resign from the Washington Police Force. He's enjoying the feeling; not least because the Mastermind is now in prison. Also, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes, and he is talking about the future.
Then John Sampson shows up at the house, desperate for Alex's help. Three young military wives have been savagely killed during a 'girls' night out' and Sampson's friend, a m
Dick Edwards
Jan 24, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I more or less agree with Stephen King: “…a dopey thriller.” But it was also a fun read. At the end, I felt like I had not improved myself by reading it. I don’t know how much Patterson actually knows about the Viet Nam war. I would like to believe that the “if it moves, it’s VC” philosophy didn’t exist, but what do I know, it probably did. I found the total approach to life and the war somewhat cynical. I found the interludes (concerning his grandmother and new girlfriend) not too compelling. O ...more
Sandra Ray
Aug 04, 2013 Sandra Ray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's rare for me to not like a book at all, but this is one of those time. James Patterson is a masterful writer, and I really felt like this book was written by someone reading over his outline.

The plot was too predictable, and showing all of the personal issues Alex Cross was working through slowed down the pace to a crawl. It was almost as if Patterson had to produce a 300+ book even at the expense of any real story. The gratuitous violence was likely added to keep his male reader base satis
Megan Sides
Mar 31, 2011 Megan Sides rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good I think the description was good too but the unrelated more mature stuff might need to be toned down a bit. I loved how the point of view in the story changed from person to person, and when they meet up it is a war game.I like how john comes up with the...... well you might have to find out. The family buisness might be a little much but nana gives good advice but the things that dont relate with the main story could be toned down abit.

Anna Koch
Like all of the Alex Cross books I thought "Four Blind Mice" was very good. The only thing that is bad is that all of the series is starting to blend together and repeat some things in some of the books. Besides that James Patterson once again wrote a very good book. It also has a surprise wedding at the end! I recommend this book to any one who likes mysteries and other Alex Cross books because I'm very sure that they will like this book too.
Mar 23, 2010 Andrew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not writing this to trash James Patterson. Clearly, the guy has a following and is pretty successful at his job. He's the one who writes the books. Perhaps this critique is more of self-loathing. I'm the idiot who picked up this piece of garbage. Patterson is the perfect writer for those with 30 second attention spans (his "chapters" are a page and a half - or less), questionable social adaptation and/or crack habits.
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