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Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3)

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In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washingto ...more
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Published November 1st 1997 by Turtleback Books (first published 1996)
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Anna Koch
I thought this book was good, but not as good as the first two. It didn't draw me in like the other ones did. The ending though was intense and the only part of the book I really got into. It announced what the fourth book was going to be about by having Gary Soneji from "Along Came a Spider" reappear in the story again. I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first two of the Alex Cross series because this book leads into the story line of the fourth book which is very good.
Bill
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
While reading this one I couldn't help thinking, was Kiss the Girls really that good?

Patterson does have a terse writing style, but it didn't seem this bad before. It's bad here. All through reading it I was feeling like Patterson just hacked this one out of the word processor in one draft without a second glance. For a guy who writes so sparsely, he sure is repetitive throughout the story:

'Was Jack up ahead? Was Hawkins Jack? Was this Jack up ahead?
Could this be Jack up ahead? Had we just been
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James
Jan 03, 2011 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that enriches the character of Alex Cross is his family. It makes him seem more real and shows a dimension of his humanity that goes beyond his work. This story is made more intense by the threat his work sometimes brings home to his family. When tracking a serial killer, it can become difficult to determine exactly who is the prey and who is the predator.

The two simultaneous cases that Alex works in this story serve up plenty of tension and excitement. A child killer strikes c
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Dierdra Byrd
This will contain a few minor spoilers but should not ruin the book for anyone.
I have to admit I did not read the first two books but I did see the movie and I tend to get bored reading books AFTER seeing the movies so I skipped them. It was not hard to "catch up" on this one tho.
While James Patterson is a good writer and a well known author I don't think this was one of his better books sadly. I think there were a lot of questions left unanswered and things just thrown in. I wanted to know mor
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Laura Crosse
Sep 13, 2011 Laura Crosse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may have been the best Patterson novel I've ever read including all stand-alone's and other series of his, it was that good! It was full of action from the get-go especially that there wasn't just one killer, there wasn't even just two, there was three. Two working together as Jack and Jill who are murdering well known celebrities and then also the Truth School killer who's murdering little kids. Both are shocking cases but maybe for different reasons.

There is an element of racism in this
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David
Alex Cross is back in this, the third installment from top-selling American author, James Patterson.
The action starts with the murder of a US Senator. Closer to home, a young girl is also found dead. The body-count soon starts to mount and Homicide Detective Alex Cross becomes the go-to man. Cross is torn between the two seemingly unrelated serial murder cases. The young children being murdered attend Cross's own sons school and therefore have personal significance for Cross. But the political
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Lord' Williams
Sep 28, 2013 Lord' Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3)

There isn't much I can say about the book or the author. I love the Alex Cross series. I was hooked with "A Long Came a Spider," and "Kiss the Girls."

Jack and Jill is a fast pace, riveting, suspense/thriller. This is a novel I would love to watch on the big screen!

James Patterson is an Master at character development, which is such an essential element in the craft of writing. Plot development received excellent support from its chapter development and suspenseful
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Courtney
Jul 08, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack & Jill gives a creepy insight into the inter-workings of our government. Although, it is a fiction novel, Im sure the plans that took place in this novel have been attempted before.


Jack & Jill are two high profile killers in Washington D.C. They kill people that are held high in the public eye and are working their way towards their ultimate goal -- Killing the real Jack & Jill -- Mr. and Mrs. President of the United States.


Can Alex Cross catch them before it is too late?

At th
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 11, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
James Patterson Jack and Jill
I listened to this book on audio and really enjoyed the experience.
Patterson is a master of his genre and his older work, like Jack and Jill is especially great. Patterson has a winner in the two main protagonists in this book Dr Alex Cross and man mountain…
The evil doers, Jack and Jill and the Truth School killer is written with enough humanity interwoven to make the reader somewhat conflicted. That is an excellent skill, making the bad guys, human enough for the re
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Blake Bowen
Ah,the nostalgia. The book that started my reading frenzy. I had read James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, so I was looking to see if my mom and dad owned any of the books. I found a book labeled "Jack & Jill". The book had been a present from my aunt to my dad. I picked up the book and started reading from page 1.

You see, I was 13 years old at the time, so I did not know what kind of things were contained in this book, but nonetheless I enjoyed it. I got half way through it, and I LOVED t
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Amy
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
This is an older Alex Cross novel. I just finished Postcard Killers (a newer novel) about a month ago, and there are a lot of similarities with the J&J killers. The biggest mystery of the book was trying to figure out why the killers did it, which is never answered completely. At the beginning J&J are playing with a game board of some kind, but that is completely forgotten after a few chapters & has nothing to do with the motive. There are too many red herrings to the point of sloppi ...more
Stacia
Jun 18, 2012 Stacia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2012
Reading this book is like reading a used undergraduate textbook, only it's got italics instead of highlighter. I don't think I've ever seen so many random italics to indicate words the author thinks we should focus on. Because apparently readers aren't smart enough to decide what's important and what's just ordinary narrative. And yes, it really is annoying enough that even I, a compulsive book-finisher, am considering just returning this one to the library.

Also, there's a pretty basic research
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Patricia
Once again I struggled between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. The continuing story of Alex Cross the cop is interesting, but not quite the type of mystery that I am used to!
Connie
Jul 22, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable book, loved the twists in the middle and you were never quite given the whole picture. Would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy the crime genre.
Riley Johnson
Dec 07, 2014 Riley Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The addition of Alex and his kids, Damon and Jannie, add a more in depth analysis of Alex as a character. The aspect of Alex's family life portrays him as a more caring person that contrasts with his work.

Another thing I personally like is the fact that James Patterson adds the antagonists thoughts just as much as the protagonists thoughts. This gives you a deeper grasp on the intentions and motives of all the characters involved.

The fact that Alex Cross is working on two cases simultaneously ad
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Heather
3.5 stars. This was the first James Patterson book I ever read, but I read it so long ago that I didn't remember how it ended. I found my attention wasn't held as much with this book as it was with the last one in the series, though I think that has more to do with my personal life than the book itself.

The story starts with the death of a 6 year old girl not far from the home of Alex Cross and his family; the body is found at the school his son attends. This murder is quickly overshadowed by th
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Cindy
Apr 19, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Alex Cross book - this one centers on 2 dissimilar cases. The first involves the murder of school-aged children at the Sojourner Truth School where Cross's son attends. These are brutal murders and he and Sampson are fighting to bring the murderer to justice swiftly. The second case is much more high-profile and involves the celebrity murders of the rich and famous in the DC area - starting with a senator, an actor, the mistress of the president. It is quickly apparent that the true targ ...more
John
With JACK & JILL, the Alex Cross series--which began with the quite entertaining ALONG CAME A SPIDER--simply falls of a cliff. The writing is absolutely HORRENDOUS, even by James Patterson standards. Had I not known better, I might have thought it was written by a high school kid. The character of Alex Cross doesn't fare very well here, either. Like most people, I enjoy smart detective novels that feature smart detectives doing smart detecting. Unfortunately, there's precious little of that ...more
Martina
Jun 10, 2011 Martina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-novels
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Dana Lynn
Jul 03, 2015 Dana Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lorena
Apr 28, 2016 Lorena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. It was recommended I read this by a friend who said this was a great series and this one was one of the best of this series. Wow, I can see we do not have the same taste. It was awfully written, implausible, and quite ridiculous. I will not read any more Alex Cross if the rest are like this.
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the third installment in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. I have to say I like this series. I only read three books out of twenty. This book had me interested. Three killers and thirteen deaths, I think. Surprises around every corner. It had me guessing who the real killer was. You will never guess.
So a little summary, a child is killed near Alex Cross's son's school. In Washington D.C. a prodominant politican is killed. Doesn't seem to be a connection. Or is there? Both murders so
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Brewer Community School
The book I read was called Jack and Jill by James Patterson. It is part of the Alex Cross series. There are two killers named Jack and Jill that keep murdering important celebrities or people in the white house, along with another a child who is beating other kids to death. Alex Cross tries to figure out both cases, but Jack and Jill are from inside the White House, and it's too much for him to work on the child case as well.

I think if this book would continue, then Gary Soneji would keep making
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Lynn
Read sometime back in the '90s when I read suspense thrillers.
Sandra
May 26, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, unimpressive effort, if there even was any effort. Patterson cranks out books like they are on an assembly line. I only listen the audiobooks and haven't read a Patterson since Kiss The Girls...not too much brain required to listen to thrillers while driving to work. The worst part of this book is Blair Underwood's over-the-top reading of Cross - he sounds like he's about to have a heart attack in every single scene. I wish audiobook producers would take the time to find the right reader fo ...more
grandMaR
Apr 17, 2016 grandMaR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within the first three sentences in the Prologue of Jack & Jill, Patterson names his character, describes his body condition, gives his geographical location and describes his silver blue Ford Aerostar.

Patterson can give more information in three sentences than Hemingway could in twenty pages (all one long sentence!).

The first two paragraphs in the Prologue are written as the characters thought. By paragraph three, what we know about the victim is their occupation, geographic location, and
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Chris
Nov 27, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Read this long before joining GR. 2.5

This will contain a few minor spoilers but should not ruin the book for anyone.
I have to admit I did not read the first two books but I did see the movie and I tend to get bored reading books AFTER seeing the movies so I skipped them. It was not hard to "catch up" on this one t
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Kathy Davie
Third in the Alex Cross thriller series and revolving around Dr./Deputy Chief Alex Cross.

My Take
Yeah, Jack & Jill is one of the few stories I did not finish. I like his characters — that Alex is an intriguing man, and I adore his kids and Nana Mama. Sampson sounds pretty good too, hubba hubba.

BUT Patterson is mostly tell with a great storyline and part of me would like to finish Jack & Jill, BUT Patterson is too repetitive. I GET it. I g-e-t it. Blacks are always at the lowest rung of an
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Angharad
Feb 10, 2016 Angharad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so many twists!!
Dyana
May 04, 2015 Dyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two parallel crime sprees in this 3rd book of the Alex Cross series. I liked it least of the three so far. What I did like was the character development of Alex Cross and his family, especially his grandmother Nana. The focus on his ability to use his family to ground himself from the horrors he experiences, his friends (especially Sampson), his piano playing to soothe his soul, and ability to see into the mind of the killers are examples. Through unfortunate circumstances, there is th ...more
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James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 milli
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Alex Cross (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)
  • Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2)
  • Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross, #4)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5)
  • Roses are Red (Alex Cross, #6)
  • Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, #7)
  • Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, #8)
  • The Big Bad Wolf  (Alex Cross, #9)
  • London Bridges (Alex Cross, #10)
  • Mary, Mary (Alex Cross, #11)

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