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Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  42,123 ratings  ·  734 reviews
Detective Alex Cross is back-and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect, a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving he's the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As Shafer engages ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1999)
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Anna Koch
"Pop Goes the Weasel" is a very easy book to read. I got it done in two days. The story line sometimes made me mad, due to the fact that the killer kept getting away with everything. The ending was happy though. I recommend this book to people who like to read mysteries because the one in this book is very intense.
Bark's Book Nonsense
This dark & gritty unabridged audiobook was the perfect choice for a dreary, misty morning ride to work. This was my first glimpse into the world of Alex Cross and once I finished this book I realized I've been missing out on some potentially excellent reads. Most hardboiled mysteries are too dry for my tastes and my mind starts drifting away but this one hooked me from the beginning with its attention to characterization and the emotional affects of crime on the victims left behind.

The sto
I could not get past page 12 before I wanted to hurl this piece of drivel down a well then toss a rock after it to prevent it's accidental discovery.

I didn't know it was possible to create such horrible sterotypes and to write with this level of immaturity.

Maybe I should have read further, but after hearing the young black kid actually say, "Yo, yo, yo" I had to find better things to do with my time.

I'm embarrassed to give this book three stars. The writing is just so awful... But yet, I will grudgingly admit that I enjoyed POP GOES THE WEASEL, despite my opinion that Patterson wastes a lot of great opportunities here. I thought the RPG angle was cool, but horribly underutilized (all the guy ever does is just throw a friggin' dice! How lame is that?!) Ditto the murder trial angle. Ditto the kidnapping angle. Ditto "The Four Horsemen" angle.
Ditto just about everything.
But, still, it was a de
Beth (Ducky)
Originally on my book blog!

Can I just flail instead of write a review? This was a masterpiece and you should believe me because I don’t use that word often. Everything was fabulous in this book. The characters (that’s nothing new), the plot (also nothing new), the plot twists (go figure), and the ending (SHOCKER, THAT).

No really, this book was like fictional quicksand (as opposed to real quicksand that actually takes a really long time to swallow you up.) This book took a full two minutes, if th
I'll skip the synopsis. Honestly, James Patterson DOES what he's supposed to, and that's to craft a gripping, thrilling read and this story SOMEWHAT delivers. It's less than superior to other Alex Cross novels. I feel that (after reading a few Cross mysteries) most of these villains (The Wolf, The Mastermind, The Weasel, etc.) feel the same way. They're cardboard. Colonel Geoffrey Shafer (aka The Weasel) is somewhat developed, although he still (for some reason, in my opinion) moves stiffly. I f ...more
James Patterson- Pop Goes the Weasel (Warner Books 2000) 3.75 Stars

Alex Cross is finally engaged, and yes it is to Christine! Cross is after British diplomat Geoffrey Shafer, a serial killer having fun while playing a deadly game of dice. For the first time we see Cross in court trying to prove Shafer’s guilt, which may not be as easy as it seems. The two go back and forth moving and counter-moving, all in the effort to gain control of the situation.

Once again I enjoyed Alex Cross. He is a very
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Years ago, I gave up on Patterson after reading 1/5 of this book. I suppose seeing the author's name on the new release shelf 365 days a year makes it difficult to ignore him, and I decided to give this book another try. The first time was in audio form, which seems to highlight the worst traits of James Patterson - this being the inane dialog and the totally unbelievable villains. Seriously, I've read graphic novels and other comic books with more lifelike villains than Geoffrey Shaffer (AKA th ...more
David Roberts
The book I am reviewing in this post is Pop Goes The Weasel by James Patterson which is a very good book which I bought from a car boot sale. I think this is quite an interesting story that questions the morality of diplomatic immunity. The story kicks off with someone with diplomatic immunity ignoring red lights in his car and driving the wrong way up a freeway for a bit of a thrill and getting away with it. The story centres around an online role playing game that 4 people are involved in and ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Kristyanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/thriller/suspense readers
Detective Alex Cross investigates the murders of "Jane Does" which seem random to most investigators. Geoffry Shafer is a serial killer who picks his victims by playing a role playing game called The Four Horsemen. A simple role of the dice will determine if that person will live or die. Anyone can be a player in the game without realizing it including his own family.

As much as I do love the Alex Cross series so far, I am getting frustrated with how each serial killer that Cross faces has to inv
Janet Arbuckle
This is a great read...Patterson's usual excitment. The only thing that annoys me about his Alex Cross books is the space he insists on using to talk about his family and love life. Skip all that and get on with the crime story!!! The old Patterson books are all like this...the newer ones are simply junk...stuff he has put his name on but must be written by his co-authors, cause it's pretty bad in my eyes. Anyhow, it was entertaining to read the "old" Patterson who was a MASTER at this genre. I ...more
Hyderali Shaikh
I really think this is one of the best book of James Patterson I've ever read. The character of Geoffrey Shafer is rocking. Even Alex Cross was looking perfect in this book. It is one of those books where you'll sit all night to finish it asap just to know the climax. I wish James Patterson write book like this only from now on. One of the best I ever read. Recommended!!
Barbara Barth
One of the few series that gets better and better. I don't know why it took me so long to do this series from the beginning. I love Alex Cross...Patterson does not disappoint! And a huge thank you for...well, I don't want to spoil anything...I'll just reiterate that Patterson has never let me down.
M. Ashraf
:/ The 5th installment and it wasn't the best nor the worst :/ the premise of this story was very promising:The RPG game, The Four Horsemen... four killers among different continents, their backgrounds, the Jane Does... all was leads to a great story but it leave it to dice or to drag half the story through a court -_- and I didn't feel that
the most memorable nemesis Cross has ever faced.
because Shafer wasn't :/ a maniac O.K but not that big of a deal :/ compared to the previous ones.
I actually liked this book better than the other ones I have read by James Patterson.
Despite this being the first James Patterson/Alex Cross book I've ever read, I feel like I still got all the pieces I needed to understand how this detective works, thinks and feels. I'm usually not into mysteries and I kicked and screamed through a good third of it before it finally snagged my attention.

The story itself does what it's supposed to; it makes me uncomfortable with the killer makes me hate him due to his insanity and his lack of feeling towards the others around him. This feeling i
Andrea Ika
Book Review : Pop Goes the Weasel

James Patterson

My rating 4 stars

Detective Alex Cross is back-and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect, a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving he's the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As Shafer engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, Alex
Kasia S.
The fifth installment of the amazing series doesn't disappoint, if anything it makes me want to get back into the complex lives of these strong characters the moment that last page is turned. These books have a tendency of sucking me in hard and fast and making my mind wander around the story line even when I'm not reading it. I think there are sixteen or so books now in this series and I am always trying my best not to peak at what they are about, spoilers galore can happen, so I try my best to ...more
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Raza Syed
This is one of the better books in the Alex Cross series. One of the major improvements was the fact that Patterson didn't follow his usual multiple parallel storyline format.

The story was definitely fast paced and exciting. I wish Patterson would have developed the RPG a bit more. He left it as a fairly basic and at times confusing part of the story. It is unpredictable and definitely keeps you guessing.

Patterson is easy to read; However I was begining to get sick and tired of His formulaic plo
Jessica Thomas
Loved this book! It did have a slower start at the beginning than the other Alex Cross books did, which is why I gave it a four. Once you got in to it though and discovered the killer's true motives and understood his past it was better. This book is the first to really go in to depth with Alex's feelings and I really enjoyed that. He doesn't solve the mystery of Christine until the very end of the book which killed me...I wasn't sure whether she would be alive or dead or if he would ever find h ...more
Michelle Hanson
One of those books I couldnt put down.. certainly helped while waiting in the hospital this week..
OMG, this was truly painful to read. The dialogue was horrible. The characters had no depth and, quite frankly, were not at all believable. The author inserted a lot of details that added nothing to the story. I found that I could skip several pages at a time and not miss any of the plot. If this was the author's first book with this character or his first book period, I might give him a second chance. Since it's the fifth Alex Cross book, I can't see them improving.
Dontay Lucas
In the novel, _Pop Goes The Weasel_ by James Patterson, Alex Cross, the main character was a detective in Washington, DC. He falls in love but his happiness is threatened by a series of murders. Cross pursues the killer, a British diplomat names Geofrey Shafer. Shafer engages in a brilliant counter moves, leaving Alex and his fiance hopeless. Through the character of Shafer, Patterson is able to show that humans can be full of evil or darkness.

For example Patterson, buts cross in a bad situatio
Norma Christensen
I picked this book up at my sister-in-laws while visiting in Colorado and finished it in two days. Its one of those page turners that you can't put down. Its always fun to read something that moves really fast and is exciting if not a little gory and graphic. I guess I'll have to stuff a couple of books in my suitcase. It doesn't look like I can stop reading.
I really liked this book a lot. Life was on the upswing for Alex Cross. He is a widowed Washington psychologist and homicide dectective. His newly engaged girlfriend Christine. The only hitch is the disturbing spate of Jane Doe murders in D.C.'s southeat section. Cross and his partner John Sampson are convinced its the work of a serial killer,and their investigating on their own time and risking the ire of chief and suspension. In another part of town life was growing more intensely for Geoffrey ...more
First of all, I like Alex Cross, and this was a good read. I'm not into computer fantasy games so I can't discuss whether or not that aspect of the story was fully developed. What caught my eye and caused me to go back and re-read several pages was when/where Alex tells his family that he's asked Christine to marry him.

In Ch27 Alex says, "You see, last night Christine said that she'd marry me."

In Ch40 he says, "..Christine & I are going to get married soon and then..."
"You asked her?" the
After picking this off the shelf at the cottage (the only book that wasn't a Harlequin romance novel) and giving it a quick read, my gut instinct has been proven right.

James Patterson books (at least this one) just don't do it for me. Shallow characters, predictable plot, "surpise" ending, blah, blah, blah.
Becky Johnson
So far this was my favorite Alex Cross book. Spoilers!!!

I liked the fact that he caught the killer, there was a trial, the killer was acquitted and then there is a final face off. I read a lot of mysteries so they can sometimes become predictable. This book was not predictable, and I really enjoyed it.
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: In POP GOES THE WEASEL, James Patterson has created a formidable villain every reader will see in the shadows when the lights are out, a tender love story, a plot powered by relentless suspense and psychological thrills kicked up to an all-time high 'It's all just a game, darling. I play with three other men. Their names are FAMINE, WAR and CONQUEROR. My name is DEATH. You're a very lucky girl ' I'm the best player of all.' Geoffrey Shafter: a man who never loses, he is prepared to play ...more
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