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Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,811 Ratings  ·  1,316 Reviews
Kill Alex Cross was "Patterson at the top of his game" (Washington Post). Alex Cross, Run is even better. DON'T LOOK, ALEX CROSS Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published February 18th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published October 29th 2012)
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Jul 14, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Another highly readable outing from James Patterson. I really like his Alex Cross series. They are always action packed with short choppy chapters that keep you reading long after it is time to put the book down and go to bed! It's also very nice to see Alex in a good place in his life with a wife who understands and supports him. This is unusual in this genre where the main character is usually a depressed alcoholic loner:) Altogether a nice, stress free, easy and enjoyable read.
Feb 25, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars on this one. There were three cases going on at the same time....a bit overkill - no pun intended. I really found only one case even remotely interesting and that was the killer who was specifically targeting Alex Cross. There was a shocking conclusion to this particular case (not to reveal anything but I am not totally convinced this person is really gone - especially making a big deal of no dental records for ID.) Although we knew why Ron targeted Al ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Detective Alex Cross was under pressure; the murders of beautiful young blonde girls, plus handsome young men had Alex and his good friend and colleague Detective John Sampson scrambling from one crime scene to the other. It seemed there was more than one killer out there – but were they serial killers?

Suddenly Alex found himself under fire from a most unexpected source – and he had no idea why. Plus there was trouble on the home front; the family’s foster child Ava who they loved de
Dec 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
James Patterson is at is best when he writes the Alex Cross series, is it because he writes these himself?
I wish Patterson would concentrate on this quality rather than the Production line quantity he insists on carrying out.
This was back to the quality of the early novels 'Kiss the girls' etc.
Paula  Phillips
Feb 26, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
You know when you have read a series and there are quite a few books and you start to think that the author must be coming near the end of the series as they are beginning to feel tired ? I have to say that James Patterson's Alex Cross series does not fall into that category as each one still keeps the readers on their toes. I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Alex Cross Run as the last couple of books in his Alex Cross series have been a tad blah and a bit confusing with the whole multip ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Review of Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
A new Alex Cross thriller is always a long-awaited treat, and this one was no exception. I believe that the Alex Cross series are the only books Patterson continues to write without a co-author, and they remain my favorites. That said, his latest several have not thrilled me as much as his earlier works, Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, etc. I felt that he might be spreading himself too thin and thereby losing some of his edge. Alex Cross, Run, was
Feb 23, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was amazing
"But Cross was special. Alex was the one that Guidice wanted to kill"

NEWSFLASH: Patterson goes back to the aspects that made this series one of my all-time favorites!

Has has finally done it and given his fans the quality they were expecting. This book has all the elements we have come to love from the early and middle books in this series:

*Ruthless, clever and twisted killers, that you quickly come to hate
*Breakneck pace not only in terms of action, but also in story-line
*A nice dose of family p
May 18, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
James Patterson cannot go wrong when he pens his Alex Cross novels (perhaps proof that it is the co-authoring that makes some of the work attributed to him sub-standard). In this, the 20th installment of the Alex Cross series, the book takes our main character and stretches him out to deal with three main issues: a set of murderers on the loose, a reporter with an axe to grind, and some major issues at home that threaten to tear the family apart. Cross must juggle all these issues with his usual ...more
Carol Heiss
Feb 19, 2013 Carol Heiss rated it liked it
The last several Patterson books I've read,I've told myself it's the last one. This one had at least two or three mistakes where the place, character, or syntax was obviously wrong. It's very obvious that they are being turned out like any other product off the assembly line. Unfortunately I am thorougly hooked on the characters of Alex Cross and Michael Bennett. Great literature NO WAY, good fiction, maybe.
Larry Van Bibber
Jul 13, 2014 Larry Van Bibber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lib-friends
I read it in 2 days. This one of the better Alex Cross books and the best in recent years. It is very fast paced with lots of action as 3 serial killers are tracked down by Cross. You can't skim this book without missing the stories.
Michael Bell
Jan 27, 2016 Michael Bell rated it really liked it
I love the Alex Cross series. I hate how individuals who have suffered losses take it out personally on him. I am in tune with the plight of Ava in this novel. She is a foster child and the fact that this is fiction does not take away from the real challenges that foster kids face. Mr. Guidice is a loser who has some demons of his own. Creem and Bergman are sick, twisted individuals that made it hard to put this novel down. I read the series out of sequence in that one tragedy in the book is to ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jul-15
Loved it!
Jackie Lane
Mar 21, 2013 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing
I keep saying I am going to give up on the Alex Cross series and I am always drawn back to it. The reason why is because when Patterson writes books like this one, I can't wait for the next one to come out.

This book has a lot going on. There are all different kinds of killings going on and Alex Cross is right there in the middle of it all. He is going in different directions and has been considering adopting Ava into his family. Ava has not adjust well after being with Alex and Bree and Nana Mom
Jul 28, 2013 Aggy rated it liked it
So I heard this book was in NY #1 best seller list, and I thought to myself... well, why not? It's the 2nd installment of alex cross' series that I read and it's not like the first one is horrible.... (i read alex cross trial a few months ago, and although it is remotely about alex cross himself, i quite liked it)

Alex cross is a legendary detective and psychologist himself, was trapped between a case of Elijah Creem, a madhead plastic surgeon and a hotshot exposure battle between him and a blog
Linda Munro
Apr 01, 2013 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing
When bodies start mounting in D.C., Alex Cross sees a link that can only mean one thing, a serial killer. On closer examination, Cross realizes that there are at least two killers, maybe more. On top of all of this, it seems that children of murder victims have also disappeared. In the midst of a hastening murder spree, Cross is confronted by a blogger who seems to have taken an interest in more than Alex’s professional life.

While this blogger virtually attacks Cross, setting him up as a ‘dirty
Mar 03, 2013 Monnie rated it really liked it
By now, I've pretty much come to expect books by the prolific Patterson to be trite and superficial, but since this one is a solo effort - no co-authors with whom to bounce chapters back and forth - I thought perhaps it might be better. Happily, it is, although those descriptors (and the fact that most of the book is for the most part predictable) still apply, but to a lesser degree.

The impediment I had trouble shrinking from, however, was the vision of Tyler Perry, who landed the role of main c
Trev Twinem
I used to love James Patterson and his early fantastic outings..Alone came a spider..Cat and Moust...Roses are Red..etc and their were some great villains, the demented Gary Soneji comes to mind. But like many authors the churning out of formulaic reads means that soon the magic will disappear and we are left with a poor imitation of what was once great. Here we have books for the masses, books for those who don't really read and a story with little substance or value. The plotline is not even w ...more
Ms. Nikki
A great way to make the time pass by. I listened to the audiobook and the pacing and story-line were pretty darn good. I was expecting Cross to be dragging his heels doing no real police work, but he was actually keeping pace this time.

On to the next.
Jun 30, 2013 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A pair of thrill-seeking killers are on the loose: one stabbing long legged blonde women to death and the other shooting and mutilating male prostitutes. A third killer is publicly humiliating Alex in his role as a blogger and stalking his family for his incidental role in the death of his girlfriend years ago. While his family, including his foster daughter Ava, play a larger role in this novel, both his cop wife Bree and cop best friend John Sampson seem to have become bit players in Patterson ...more
WEll, this is the latest of the Alex Cross series, and if I had to give Alex any advice it would to do exactly what the title suggests, RUN! I have been a little disappointed in the past couple of books in this series, so was happy to see that a very select group of fruit cakes on Capitol Hill were called forth to give Cross trouble, big time. I have decided to give this a 3.8 mainly because I felt it was more like the earlier Alex Cross books. This is a quick read...although a little creepy.
Jun 12, 2014 David rated it it was ok
A typically easy-to-read James Patterson Alex Cross thriller. However there is nothing new here. Perhaps James Patterson has run out of ideas with this series, as he needed three almost unrelated plotlines to sustain this, the 20th book in the Alex Cross series.
Firstly we have the life and times of the Cross family's on-again, off-again foster child Ava. Throw in the usual serial thrill kills conducted by a couple of nutbags (who are a few Patterson novels short of a co-writer), and polish it o
Toni Osborne
Feb 01, 2014 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book # 20 in the Alex Cross series

This is by far one of the better stories in this series. It focuses on Alex who has featured in countless of novels and puts him in the heat of the action once more trying to solve three hot puzzles of a crime at once. This novel is quite captivating and once I opened it, I was immediately hooked and I simply let myself go along with the adventure to see what would come of it. It has been a long time since I was so captivated in an Alex Cross escapade. I am not
Jacob Eaton
May 13, 2016 Jacob Eaton rated it really liked it
In the 20th book in the Alex Cross series, Alex is faced with the task of having to deal with 3 murder cases all at once. One is the case of Elijah Creems penthouse, and the two others being 2 girls murdered. After awhile Alex is framed for the murders by Ron Guidace. Alex also faces problems at home when Ava his soon to be adopted daughter has been coming home past her curfew,Alex suspecting drugs may be involved. So will Alex be able to handle all of the cases and deal with his issues at home? ...more
Bev Taylor
Feb 28, 2016 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
don't look. don't think. just run .....

murders r 2 a penny in la. u have the river murders of rent boys who r shot and then mutilated. the barbie killer who chooses blond women and viciously stabs them and crops their hair and then the one who targets prgnant women. r there 3 different killers or r they somehow related?

it is cross's job to find out but he himself is being targeted by a guy with a grudge who will do anything to put him down. also his foster daughter has started taking drugs

it i
DeAnna Knippling
Jul 07, 2016 DeAnna Knippling rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-masters
Excellent book...right up to the end. At the end I was like, "What? What? That was the end? Where's the rest of the book?"
Apr 26, 2014 Blu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I had read a James Patterson novel, and to be frank, it was only because I had nothing else to read at the time. I was away for the weekend and picked it up from a convenience-store bookstand in the hotel I was staying at; it seemed to be the most interesting of a very limited selection of paperbacks. Anyway, it ended up being a an entertaining read which served the purpose I had in mind.

It's a crime story where the main character - Alex Cross: a detective in Washington
*Audiobook*: This is maybe my second Alex Cross read ever. Some of Patterson stand-alone books I’ve read in the past were good, some barely ok. Actually I was never really tempted to read the Alex Cross books, now I know why. This one didn’t impress either. I picked this up via for a bargain and, in all honesty, here again I have to object to the many vile gratuitous acts of violence, and slimy minds of psychos. Three murderers are on the loose in this book, and that was a bit too mu ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
It is such a joy to read a Patterson book that is his alone; that is to say, no co-author. I understand that he wants to churn out a large number of books a year, and that he does review these manuscripts and put some of his own touches on them, but it's never quite the quality of writing that we get from Patterson alone, and the Alex Cross series is my absolute favorite of Patterson's solo writings.

In this book, Alex Cross is confronted with three separate killers. Two of them are serial killer
Morgan Mussell
In the 15 years since Morgan Freeman starred in the first Alex Cross movie, Kiss the Girls, I've enjoyed quite a few James Patterson thrillers in films, books, and audiobooks. He knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat, whatever the medium. Alex Cross, Run, the 20th tale in the series, is no exception.

When I'm doing a lot of driving, I often choose Patterson audiobooks - they make the miles fly, but once I started this one, I kept the earbuds plugged in while fixing breakfast, walking the
Dave B.
Mar 28, 2013 Dave B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok at best. I was disappointed with this book especially after "Merry Christmas Alex Cross" (Sold fall of 2012) I thought this book would make up for the shallow plotline in the last book but that is not the case. If I had a choice between one seriously intelligent serial killer or three very amature and egotistical killers, I'll take the a single villian everytime.
I was amazed at the simplicity of the plot. The bad guys were so two dimensional I couldn't help asking why the great
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