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Cross (Alex Cross #12)

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The bestselling author returns with the pinnacle of all Alex Cross thrillers: the chance at last to capture the psychopath who murdered Alex's wife, Maria. Patterson also goes back in time to answer the questions fans have been asking since the first Alex Cross appearance in Along Came A Spider.
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published November 13th 2006 by Little Brown and Company (first published 2006)
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Christopher Jones
Dec 10, 2007 Christopher Jones rated it it was ok
Being a big Patterson fan and following the character of Alex Cross through all of the his books I am sad to say that I am really beginning to get tired of him. It really pains me to say that because I have come to really like all of the characters that have been created within the Cross series but it just feels like there is very little life left in Alex Cross. The stories are beginning to sound the same and the endings are becoming very predictable. To be honest I only finished this book out o ...more
James Patterson owes Hollywood a debt of gratitude. If it wasn't for the movie version of this book, I would not be writing this review. In fact, if it wasn't for this movie, I would not have read the past three Cross novels, ever. I am not a fan of James Patterson. His writing is beyond abominable. (This will come as no surprise to those of you that have read my previous reviews of Patterson's Cross series.) But Patterson does have one redeeming quality: he has a storyteller's heart. The action ...more
Amanda Fashbaugh
Jan 07, 2008 Amanda Fashbaugh rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hard Core Patterson Fans ~ not fairweather ones.
I used to love James Patterson books. (I loved Alex Cross' badass persona complemented by his squishy in the center role as a family man.) But lately I've chosen to stay away from Patterson's books. The bloom is off the rose, so to speak. I honestly believe that the sheer volume of his work has caused the stories to be diluted somewhat. I read Big Bad Wolf in September, and was incredibly disappointed. However, because I have been with this character of Alex Cross for over a decade now, and I wa ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Judy rated it liked it
I like James Patterson's style and his method of story telling. The action moves along quickly and the characters, while not all that memorable, are suitably likable or villainous. It's a real page turner, as forensic psychologist Alex Cross tracks down the sadistic mafia killer known as The Butcher, the man who killed Cross's wife ten years earlier.

However,there's one thing about this book that drove me batty. Patterson has a series of Alex Cross books (most notably "Along Came A Spider", made
Filipe Dias
Quando vi o anúncio da publicação do livro fiquei curioso. Contudo, verifiquei que já era o 12º da série Alex Cross. Continuo a manifestar o meu total desagrado pelas editoras pegarem nas séries a meio e não publicarem depois em ordem. Mas vamos ao livro.
Conta-nos o percurso de opostos. Dum lado temos o próprio Alex Cross, e a sua vida normal, com a mulher que ama e os seus filhos. No outro oposto temos um assassino impiedoso que mata de uma forma agoniante, com um bisturi.
A vida dos dois está
Michelle (meshe)
Jul 30, 2012 Michelle (meshe) rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. The Cross books are certainly better than some of the others Patterson keeps churning out with his co-authors. That being said, they aren't as good as they used to be. I think I've come to the conclusion that all good series must come to an end and this one is another that is ready.
After many years, Alex and his friend Sampson are on the trail of the person Alex thinks killed his wife Maria, 'The Butcher of Sligo'. Alex quits the FBI and goes off on
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I have at some time or another, read most of the Alex Cross series.

This one simply does not measure up to other earlier books in the series which I enjoyed immensely.

It begins with a flashback to Alex's wife's murder, and really deteriorates from there. It wasn't bad enough to make me abandon it, but the thought did cross my mind once or twice.

Not recommended.
Jan 23, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I keep saying that I've read my last Patterson, it annoys me that his chapters are 2 pages long, it annoys me that the villains are more evil than is possible, it annoys me ..... but then I read another one because the thing I like about his books is Alex Cross, specifically, his ethics, his children, his friends, his grandmother, I want them to exist, I want someone that good to continue winning,

When the story opens, Alex and Maria are discussing a case she's working on as a social worker. She
Jonathan Nkangabwa
Nov 11, 2010 Jonathan Nkangabwa rated it it was amazing
James Patterson's novel, "Cross" was a great book overall. The fact that James was able to incorporate important information on all of the characters in a quick manor. You didn't seem to remember every character's story, but you were given just enough information to understand what ideas each character stands for. The fact that this book was an action packed thriller kept me even more interested into the book. I cannot stand it when authors ramble on about pointless details that do not serve a p ...more
Gareth Otton
May 04, 2013 Gareth Otton rated it really liked it
After finishing the last book I thought (and repeated that thought in my review of Mary Mary) that James Patterson was in need of shaking up the formula for Alex Cross. There had been a few too many similarities sneaking into his novels and it was starting to get in the way of the story.

I am happy to report that the author must have thought the same thing after writing Mary Mary as this one begins to mix it up a bit. Obviously there is still a murderer to be caught but for the first time Alex C
De leitura fácil e muito agradável, este thriller está muito bem escrito e é um absoluto prazer lê-lo. Não é com qualquer leviandade que James Patterson é considerado um dos melhores escritores do mundo.

Mal o livro saiu fui de imediato comprá-lo. Em parte por ser Patterson. Em parte pela sinopse espetacular. Em parte pelo trailer do filme baseado neste livro que estreia a 3 de janeiro de 2013 e que eu tenho todas as intenções de ir ver.

Mas também tenho de referir o bom trabalho que esta nova edi
May 08, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não sou menina de policiais, muito pelo contrário, mas o maldito Patterson tem uma escrita e um modo de envolver as pessoas que é bastante cativante e não consegui ficar indiferente. O que me dá bastante raiva, pois este senhor não pára de escrever livros e como se isso não bastasse, os malditos livros são sempre de sagas gigantescas -.-''' angrey photo: DIE BUNNY lol.gif

Indo à história, gostei mais do Sullivan do que propriamente do Cross xD. O Cross é fixe e tal, mas foi o Sullivan que deu rumo à história e que nos faz que
Heather Kidder
Jan 03, 2015 Heather Kidder rated it did not like it
I picked this up at a yard sale. I had never read one of his books so I thought for a quarter why not, I'll try it out, I like crime books. The ideas are good, the characters are relatable but the writing is terrible. Instead of creating suspense he tells you 'I'm in suspense', he goes off on tangents to create the vision of what he wants you to see but again instead of actually making the story create the situation he just tells you "He looks like an athlete, but maybe like one who hasn't playe ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
Nov 09, 2015 ❆ Crystal ❆ rated it really liked it
4 stars. Great story. I'm happy (just like last book) that the story line was a bit different and not as predictable as some of the others in the series. A lot happened in this book and I look forward to reading more.
Nov 05, 2008 Andreana rated it it was amazing
1. A 5-7 sentence summary (beginning, middle & end) of the book, including an explanation of the motive of the main character and the conflicts encountered.
2. Your favorite line from the book and a 2-3 sentence explanation of what the line infers about the story, message OR main character.
3. Review of book: 3-4 sentences about your opinion of the book, backed up with details, AND a justification of why you gave the number of stars you gave.

1. The main character in the book is Alex Cross and
Nov 03, 2013 Martina rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, crime
I sometimes can't believe what gets published these days. Cross is like a hot-air balloon - a big volume of air contained in fabric which, comparatively, has a much smaller volume than the air. To make things more tragic, the whole thing floats, though I can't understand why.

There was little substance spread on all those pages. The story was so-so. But we all know that even premises done to death can yield great stories. Cross, however, is not an example of how that is done. The story could hav
Laura Ruetz
Jan 14, 2014 Laura Ruetz rated it liked it
A complaint that I often have of James Patterson's books is that his most recent books lack character development; it is as if James Patterson expects the reader to already know the characters from prior books and the result is the books are flat and lifeless. The first half of this book read like his older books, full of the little details that make the characters come to life, that show who they are and helps you identify with them. I was thrilled to be reading this because of that and I was d ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 27, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
I have to say that this is the best Alex Cross book I have read so far. I've never been a massive fan of this character, instead preferring the characters from the Women's Murder Club and the character of Michael Bennett. I just found Cross to be too perfect. He is portrayed as a Supercop. And he constantly abandons his kids whilst at the same time telling us how precious they are. And he loves his dead wife Maria, and says he wants to get over her yet in nearly every book he has a new love inte ...more
André Nuno
Mar 19, 2013 André Nuno rated it really liked it
Alex Cross é o personagem principal do livro com o mesmo título de James Patterson. Neste policial/thriller narra-se mais uma história deste personagem que é psicólogo de formação e trabalha para a polícia na resolução de crimes violentos, muitas vezes perpetrados por assassinos em série.
Cross deixa escapar um criminoso, um assassino a soldo que soma aos seus atributos, para além da frieza e astúcia, uma maldade e psicose incomparáveis e quase inqualificáveis. Para além de homicida, Michael Sull
Vanessa Jones
Feb 17, 2013 Vanessa Jones rated it liked it
Though this type of fiction has always been one of my favorites, I had not read a mystery/crime/detective story in awhile. Picked this up last year. From page one: Did not care for how the author brought me into the story. After reading a few more pages I was able to get into it. Overall it felt forced and simplified.

The characters were interesting but I felt like I was watching a movie on TV because there was nothing better on the other stations.

It did have some great moments when I actually f
Lisa Fischbach
This latest installment in the Cross series may have you thinking it's the last as Alex turns in his resignation to the FBI and settles into private practice as a psychologist. However, instead of spending more time with his kids and Nana Mama, he's being recruited by the DC police and his long time friend John Sampson.
Sampson for his part, doesn't really want to involve Alex because the murderer might just be the man who killed Crosses own wife Maria, more than 10 years earlier. This rapist an
Sep 02, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
*sigh* James Patterson has been one of my favorite writers for a long long time. But this book just makes me sad. Sure I read the whole thing. I mean, it was an easy read. But that's really the best thing I can say about it. The Alex Cross series has also been my favorite of his to read on a regular basis, but it has just gotten to the point that he doesn't put any effort into his books anymore. Sometimes he has some good ones (You've Been Warned that came out a few months ago was good, definate ...more
Elesa Labanz
Aug 07, 2007 Elesa Labanz rated it did not like it
I'm giving this one star because...well...I guess someone sat down and wrote it although I'm not 100% convinced of that. I wish I knew how to make a shorthand symbol for a big fat raspberry. Boring. Without any substance whatsoever, but not in a guilty pleasure way. Almost like the author woke up one morning and thought "Hmm...guess it's time to crank out another Alex Cross novel." Alex Cross deserves so much better than that. I mean - he was portrayed by Morgan Freeman, for pete's sake!
Elliot Forest sr.
Sep 20, 2013 Elliot Forest sr. rated it it was amazing
It was an easy read and great murder mystery book.
Tanya Nekrasova
Oct 13, 2014 Tanya Nekrasova rated it really liked it
Круто пишет Паттерсон, как только я "вчиталась" в его стиль, все, попала, читала и не могла оторваться. Не скажу, чтобы мне понравились герои. Кросс слишком уж какой-та идеально хороший, его отношение к детям и его работе меня умиляла, а вот его зацикленость на умершей жене немного раздражало. Второй главный персонаж Мясник - жуткий человек. Странно, но читать про него было интереснее , чем про Кросса. Он мне НЕ нравился, но все его действия просто гипнотизировали меня. Что же что же он еще выки ...more
Adriana Fogaça
Feb 16, 2014 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing
Alex Cross 12
Um Desafio Para Cross
James Patterson

"Um Desafio Para Cross" é o segundo livro que leio da série Alex Cross. Apesar de não poder ler a série na seqüência estou amando. É claro que há coisinhas que ficam sem explicações, mas como estamos falando de uma série é normal deixar, propositalmente, algumas resposta para os próximos livros.

Alex Cross é um ex-agente do FBI e psicólogo em Washington DC, mas que também faz consultória para polícia, principalmente para o departamento de
Nancy Bandusky
Sep 06, 2012 Nancy Bandusky rated it did not like it
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Kasia S.
Jan 29, 2011 Kasia S. rated it really liked it
I'm rather fond of the series, it's a comfort to sink into so you won't find any harsh lashings about it not being perfect, it's another ride in the body of Alex Cross, reading these books takes me into his skin and makes me live his life through his character and book twelve is a snakes eating its own tail but in a good way. Alex is on the trail of a killer who has haunted him for the past eleven years, the man who took Maria's life, the one who extinguished the existence of the perfect wife an ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Having been a long-time fan of the Alex Cross series, I was eager to open up my copy of CROSS. A lot of what I love about the series and Patterson's writing were inside the pages of this book: short chapters, straight-to-the-point dialogue, a fast-moving plot. The only problem is that the plot, in general, left me wanting to yell at someone.

I can overlook the fact that Alex Cross's wife apparently didn't die the way he had originally stated. I can even overlook the fact that after fourteen year
Parker M.
Apr 21, 2008 Parker M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd Review (due 4/22/08)- Mrs. Turnbow
Alex Cross, a detective, is looking into murder/rape cases that coincide, when his wife (Maria) is shot and killed. He does everything that he can to find her killer but comes up short when the cases drop out of the area. 10 years later, after a career change, Cross is called up by a former partner. The murder/rape cases were back in the area. After long examination into the case and many days later, they find out who murdered Maria. In a twisted and unexpec
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