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Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  48,200 Ratings  ·  892 Reviews
Detective Alex Cross is in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted, it leaves investigators reeling. Cross's ingenious pursuit of the killer produces a suspect-a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As the diplom ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published October 19th 1999 by Little, Brown and Company
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Anna Koch
Oct 30, 2012 Anna Koch rated it really liked it
"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.
Jul 12, 2007 Jaguthin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Bill Khaemba
It had an exciting plot and was Interesting to some extent but being the forth book in a series, it fell flat for me.

The Killer was interesting and some parts of the book held my attention but my constant checking of how many pages I have left made me question if I am really invested in the story... Then the easy ending was just meh and felt a little to convenient.

I would suggest you read it as a series, instead of a stand alone.

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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
Jul 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2011 Tvguy347 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Janet Arbuckle
Sep 28, 2012 Janet Arbuckle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜

This book was not only a huge load of drivel, but Patterson thought writing about the most generic, cookie cutter, stereotypical characters would make his story worth reading. I'm not sure why this seems to be a big trend for these massive paperback horror/mystery authors (I've noticed this trend with Dean Koontz), but it's getting aggravating and it needs to die. It's worse than all these cheap, vampire romances I keep coming across.

The dialogue in this book is, pardon the French, S
Sep 11, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Roberts
May 18, 2013 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2009 Kristyanna rated it really liked it
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
Maureen DeLuca
This is the 5th book in the Alex Cross Series (for me, reading this series for the very first time) The only thing that I can say is that I did enjoy it- wasn't the worst - and by far not the best I've read. I do know that if I had picked this book up, without reading the first 4- not sure how I would feel- If I would even continue on with the next book. But, I did read the prior 4 and they were all excellent. Starting with the first one Along came a Spider. I will continue to read the series, i ...more
Barbara Barth
Feb 09, 2013 Barbara Barth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 11, 2014 Hyderali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Jul 07, 2016 NiNi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iskreno ja sam veliki obozavatelj ovakvih romana i Aleks Kros mi je jedan od omiljenih protagonista ali iz nekog razloga sam se jako nervirala citajuci ovu knjigu. Napeto je, zanimljivo, procitala sam je jako brzo jer nisam mogla da je ispustim iz ruku ali sve vreme sam razmisljala koliko me nerviraju tako proste recenice, radnja i likovi bez dubine, jednostavna objasnjenja i pokusaji metafore...
Sep 01, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I actually liked this book better than the other ones I have read by James Patterson.
Dec 05, 2015 Toni FGMAMTC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense, crime
This was super engrossing for the most part. I wasn't as crazy about the ending. It was too much like you would expect it to go.
Aug 03, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Ika
Jan 27, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2014 Jasmyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Aug 16, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Another immensely readable thriller featuring Detective Alex Cross. This one features an English diplomat in DC - he's playing an international game with a few of his warped friends. The game is The Four Horseman and the bad guy is appropriately enough Death. Patterson delivers his usual staccato chapters with plenty of twists and turns. Alex Cross is a likable character and the supporting cast are good, too - especially Sampson and Nana. The ending is (view spoiler) ...more
Alex Cross is investigating a string of unsolved murders in the Southeast area of D.C. That the rest of the police force seems to ignore. After a cop who had recently started looking into the murders is murdered while following a suspect, Alex takes over and arrests the suspect, Geoffrey Shaffer, a British diplomat. In a surprise twist, Shaffer waives his diplomatic immunity and wants to go to trial. This was a solid entry in the Alex Cross series. Alex's family and career do evolve over the cou ...more
Jessica Thomas
Jul 20, 2014 Jessica Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Raza Syed
Jun 05, 2014 Raza Syed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2010 Vicki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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