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Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross #4)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  47,189 Ratings  ·  976 Reviews
Alex Cross is back-and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1997)
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Feb 18, 2009 Fiona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep picking up Alex Cross novels when I am constantly dissapointed? Is it because I read Kiss the Girls when I was much younger and at that time found it enjoyable? Ah the blissful pleasures of ignorant youth. Maybe it is just because there happen to be so many in every airport bookstore that I just can't resist. This book was apparently thrown togeather with no regard for cohesive story line, no thought of how time passes, and no thought of how real people think and feel. Alex Cross w ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Sherri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I can't believe I used to like this book. All of the things I came to hate about the later books of the series are actually WORSE in this book. I have tried to keep spoilers to details to they won't ruin the plot. Also, fair warning, a lot of this review is a C&P of the first Cross book since a lot of my issues are the same.

1. The fact that Patterson spends half the book writing about how evil white people are drives me nuts. Keep in mind that Patterson was a 46 y.o., married, wealthy,
Matthew Esham
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Nov 30, 2010 Justin.f rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you be an assassin?

When is being the bad guy ever good? Is being an assassin a good or a bad thing? Do killers have different problems then regular people? Cat and mouse by James Patterson is a suspenseful, exciting action book that will blow your mind. Two people fight to the death, who will be the cat and who will be the mouse.
Gary Sonejis is an assassin in the United States and he was a kidnapper. Mr. Smith is a person without a first name, and he is also an assassin but in Europe tha
Nathalie ~*Our Future Has Come*~
GAG!! Maybe 2.25 stars. I'm usually a huge Alex Cross fan, the first two books - shit scary. Number 3... meh. But this one?? Seriously?!

It basically read like two books - the first half with Soneji was a flop, I didn't find that necessary, yes it was creepy but pretty disappointing. And (ok, maybe I'm a bitch) but not one member of Alex Cross' family died?? Not even the Grandma?? Come On!!!

The romance between Cross and Christine?? Gag, seriously, gag. Please don't ever write any sex scenes again
Sep 11, 2015 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross is again on the trail of Gary Soneji. There is also a killer in England that the FBI is chasing and want Cross to help solve. The book kept me turning pages but it seemed the stories were totally unrelated, and I think they were. It was two books in one, but each of the killers wanted Alex to outsmart them. A bit of a change from his previous books.
i stayed up all night reading. the only thing that stopped me from finishing it was when i looked out the window the sun was already up and i still have a 8 am class to attend, so i figured i got to catch at least an hour's sleep. really exciting, i couldn't put it down. gary soneji is simply sick... yet strangely fascinating.
Reed Hamilton
Oct 07, 2014 Reed Hamilton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for someone looking for a completely predictable, awfully written, over played detective story. Patterson's writing style in "Cat and Mouse" is hideous. He constantly is switching from the first person views of one character to another, leaving the reader still trying to find the meaning in the pointless two page chapter before it. Not to mention Patterson divides the book into two sections, that are not even relatable. Halfway through the book, Patterson switches from the S ...more
Since the new ALEX CROSS movie just came out in my area, I decided to pick up CAT & MOUSE and make it an Alex Cross week all the way around. On the bright side, the movie was pretty good--much better than most critics and die-hard Patterson fans are giving it credit for. On the other hand, CAT & MOUSE was just awful. The writing was inept ("She looked slightly beyond great."), and the story was a mess. In this novel, Patterson writes in the first-person for three different characters and ...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
"Death is the nature's way of saying 'howdy'" - Nana

Gary Soneji is on the loose again and he is out for a payback to Alex Cross. In James Patterson's first book of Alex Cross, this psychopath has kidnapped to kids. This time, Gary Soneji is on the game killing random strangers, making stations as his human shooting range. Killing in a methodical manner.

On the other hand, Thomas Agustine, with his uncanny ability to catch killers, has been chasing the man who brutally his fiancee, Mr. Smith.

Mar 10, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And this is why I continue to read James Patterson's books - this one was excellent. Alex Cross is at his masterful best chasing and catching the the bad guys and in this case they are really, really bad! A twist at the end ensures I have to chase up and read the next book in the series very soon.
Beth (Ducky)
Originally seen on my book blog!

Alex Cross’s (and mine) worst nightmare is back. Gary Soneji is back with a vengeance and will stop at nothing to get back at Alex Cross for “ruining his life.” Can he be stopped this time? While Alex is trying to stop Gary a second time, there is another killer on the loose, Mr. Smith.

I lied about Soneji being my worst nightmare. Mr. Smith is my worst nightmare. And it’s not particularly close.

I could talk for hours about how much I like Alex Cross. He’s has been
Chelsea Sapp
The book "Cat and Mouse" by James Patterson is about a detective named Alex Cross and his mission to put an end to Gary Soneji. Once Alex has done just that he (and his family) gets beaten to the point were he could die at any moment by a persone claiming to be Soneji. A new detective Tomas Pierce has left his Mr. Smith case to solve Crosses. As soon as Alex got better he discoverd that Tomas was the mass murder Mr. Smith.
James Patterson did a good job of discirbeing things during the book. For
Jesse Thompson
It was not very good, could have been two separate books, and they both would have been just OK.
Sam Kinder
Oct 07, 2015 Sam Kinder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat and Mouse: by James Patterson

In Cat and Mouse, Alex Cross is a black man that has taken some time off of his detective career. Gary Soneji, Mr. Smith, John Sampson, Christine Johnson, Damon Cross, Jannie Cross, and Regina “Nana Mama” Cross are other characters. This Story takes place in two places, Washington D.C. and London. In this book, Gary Soneji is a murder in who has not had a victim in a while. Alex Cross has been tracking Soneji down for a long time and Gary Soneji is ready to get r
May 18, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good installment of the Alex Cross series - I really like these; they have held up well despite being nearly 20 years old.

This one brings back an old nemesis - Gary Soneji - and introduces a new one - Mr Smith. And Mr Smith definitely has creepy sewn up. He has spread his particular brand of evil over not just the US, but also Europe as well. Alex is drawn into cases involving both of these killers and it's full of twists and turns. I did have a bit of whiplash with all the changes of P
Satrajit Sanyal
Dec 11, 2014 Satrajit Sanyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call me crazy but this is my favorite Alex Cross book thus far. This is the fourth in the series. I've already read the first three (all of which I enjoyed) but there was something about this one that just grabbed me right from the beginning.

I just love how Patterson weaves a tale. And, as much as I joke with my friends about his short chapters, I find them refreshing after some of the heavier things I've read this past summer. No more saying to myself, "I'll read one more chapter before I go to
Dec 02, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! In this book two killers one operating in America, one in Europe believe Alex Cross is the only worthy opponent in the deadly game each has planned. And Alex may contend with something he hasn't known since the loss of his wife,he's falling deeply in love with the teacher at his children's school. This romance with make him and her more vulnerable. Gary Soneji is back. He vows his last act on earth will be taking the life of Alex Cross. But first he wants some fun, and ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes faced page thrillers
As is typical with James Patterson, this book was a fast paced page turner. Alex Cross is a single father, detective and profiler who solves cases that others can not. In this book Alex is out to catch his nemesis, a serial killer who has returned, this time to take out Alex Cross himself. As if that isn't enough, the book is actually two stories in one. In the second part of the book, Alex fights for his life when someone breaks into his house with the intent to kill. But how can that be? Hadn' ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because a co-worker lent it to me since there is a reference to the diving horse at Atlantic City in it. This book was predictable. I figured out who the killer was before it was revealed. That was disappointing because I do not like it to be so obvious. Also, the parts with Alex Cross and Christine were way too sappy. I was irritated at how many times it was mentioned that their bodies fit so well together and how they danced so perfectly together. Not a very realistic depictio ...more
Yet another awesome Alex Cross book, it had some pretty intense parts. I'm glad that Alex is happy in this book however, I am having a hard time liking Christine mainly because I think she is moving too fast after her husband was murdered. Alex also seems to fall for every woman he lays eyes on so far, that makes it a little hard to believe that he is REALLY in love with her. All that aside this was still a great book. Looking forward to the next one!
Sep 15, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 4th novel in the Alex Cross series and the return of the very first serial killer Sonjei. There were quite a few twists in this novel I never though there would be an end to the brutal murderer. I also was totally floored by the ploy the FBI and Cross set for Pierce/Smith in order to catch him. I am not convinced yet that Pierce/Smith was necessarily psychotic I believe he really knew what we was doing when he committed the 20 plus murderers he didn't know how to stop. The one thing we are l ...more
Andrew Cripe
Jul 28, 2014 Andrew Cripe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty damn good page-turner. What I like here the most is that the story actually feels planned out, as opposed to the last book where it felt like Patterson was just making junk up as he went alone. He imagines some really twisted imagery (this might be the most violent book of the four I've read), revives a great villain, and introduces us to a second villain arguably more sinister, making the story more and more interesting and wild instead of losing steam. And I also respect how much time i ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book because it is set in areas of the country that I know well, it's fun reading about places you know. It was also made into a movie. That was fun too!
I went through a bit of a James Patterson kick for a while back in the day so please excuse the sheer amount of his books that I've read.

I think anyone who has read his books will agree they are not difficult or challenging BUT they are entertaining and full of suspense and keep you turning pages. I've enjoyed ever
The first half of the book deserves a 4 star rating. The second half of the book had an interesting twist but it was too unbelievable, so it gets only a 3 star rating. It should be noted that several guest characters in this book were also guest characters in a previous book in the Alex Cross series titled Along Came a Spider. It would be best to read Along Came a Spider before reading Cat and Mouse.
Mar 03, 2015 Alishia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great Alex Cross story. In Cat and Mouse you get two separate killers, so just when you think the story is over, it has really just begun. In Cat and Mouse Gary Soneegee is back to exact revenge against Alex and his family. While Soneegee has his story line, there is also a new killer who has the FBI and Alex Cross traveling all over the world to figure out his next move.

Get ready for a wild ride, this is a story that just keeps moving.
Carol Waters
Chapter 69:

"Fifth Street was blocked off and completely barricaded to traffic!"

So what is with the releated use of the exclamation point? Is there an editor on this book or not?

Chapter 99 has a completely new plot development, and then in the past 40 pages another spin that Alex Cross knew about but didn't share with any of us... nothing like reading a mystery where teh reader doesn't get to see any of the clues.

Aargh. I've had a perfectly good Chrisopher Moore sitting on my bedside table for tw
Maddy Hassenpflug
Jun 07, 2014 Maddy Hassenpflug rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I began reading this book because in my house, there are somehow three copies of it, and I assumed that meant it was pretty good. I was wrong. I finished this book on principle only. I did not enjoy it at all. The writing style was weird, and the story was too disturbing for words. I fully understand the concept of a thriller, or as the cover promised, "the scariest Alex Cross of them all," but...I wasn't scared. I was annoyed throughout by how the narration changed back and forth from third to ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross is back in a novel with a cast of characters more sinister and deadlier than ever. Gary Soneji, a dying prison escapee, is looking for revenge on Cross, while another insane killer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce--a brilliant and relentless detective who may even be better than Cross. As the bodies pile up, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse leads to one final trap, and it's anyone's guess who will survive. It was Patterson style, which I lov ...more
Shannon Bernier
ahhh not bad 4 days thought it was longer that book is great
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