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"Just when Alex Cross's life is calming down, he is drawn back into the game to confront a criminal mastermind like no other. The elaborate murders that have stunned Wshington, DC., are the wildest that Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. This maniac adores an audience, and stages his killings as spectacles in public settings. Alex i ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Corky
Why oh why do I continue to do this to myself? Lots and lots of white space. Super dad, super cop, super doc Alex solves the mystery but only when he isn't chasing his new girlfriend and trying to find time to have sex with her. OK - I am not a prude (I really enjoy good sex scenes in fiction) but this is getting ridiculous.....When Patterson first conceived the Alex Cross character he is what drew readers in - he was an excellant cop, doc, and a good single dad. Now I think Patterson just keeps ...more
Shannon Arehart
I think I've finally realized that I've outgrown the Alex Cross series. That, or JP is getting lazy and sloppy as he keeps cranking out the novels. Predictable plot - yet another over-the-top genius criminal mastermind is committing terrible and sensational murders. Once again, Cross gets sucked in to helping and questions his life's direction. Once again, his love life is disgustingly described. I'm not offended at all by it, just grossed out. I hate how Patterson writes the "romantic interlude ...more
Kerry
Ok Mr. Patterson...you've figured out that the lot of us are dumb cattle and you could shit in a bag and slap mysterious cover art and a promise of suspense and mystery and the mass will buy it. Damn you...you're right. I literally opened this book and KNEW it was a Patterson turd and I read it anyways.

I'm only slightly positive that at this point in his illustrious career (and don't get me wrong, I do enjoy me some Patterson for a quick, mindless read here & there) he might be taking the t
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Elizabeth
Posted December 1, 2008, 1:48 PM EST: There's not much to say about this book. It is a very typical Alex Cross novel from the extremely prolific James Patterson. It follows the usual formula- Cross is trying to get out of the murder business only to get sucked in by a particularly twisted serial killer. In this case, the serial killer is the D.C. Audience Killer, who does just as his name implies: he kills dramatically before an audience. Added to the mix is the escape of Cross's nemesis, Kyle C ...more
Kerri Thomas
This is the first James Patterson book I have read because I saw that he is twice on the Amazon best seller list and I wanted a piece of the action. I wasn't a quarter of the way into it when I wondered why he was there. As I kept reading, that feeling grew but I persisted because I felt I must be missing something that thousands of other readers were getting. I was utterly unconvinced by his characters and the story line, the latter doing a very poor job, or no job at all, of explaining how the ...more
Michelle Shedd
This is a book in the Alex Cross Series! I loved this book and I love the way James Patterson writes. He writes like people normally talk, not formal and his grammar isn’t always correct. He’s extremely descriptive which helps create a good picture in your head. Though the novel is filled with very gruesome murders and some adult content, so squeamish readers be aware! The book includes a murderer that is obsessed with public murders that get him the most attention. While there’s also a murderer ...more
Cindy Vine
Once again an Alex Cross book that is gripping for the wrong reason. You keep reading to get answers to your questions, but you never get them answers. A book of loose ends. What was the connection between Kyle and the brother and sister team of serial killers? That was never properly explained. How does an escaped prisoner fly to France for a holiday? Although he commits a murder there it's never investigated so leaves you wondering about what the point was in Patterson even writing about Kyle ...more
Nikki
For some reason I enjoyed this one a lot. I think it was the cast of characters. It wasn't just Cross. Bree and John were a big part of the story too.

Sometimes I feel like his family holds him back from truly being as aggressive and hands-on as he needs to be. I understand that they come first, but I can imagine the Cross books without any emotional attachments.

On the flip side, Alex put his family in the backseat on this one and his son rebelled against it. Alex just got through fighting for t
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MsMica
I am about 1/2 way thru... I will withhold my final judgment until it’s over. But…

I fell in love with this series a few years ago when I started listening to 'London Bridges.' I was immediately taken by the two readers of the story and loved the fact that Alex had his own voice and the bad guy had his own (Peter Fernandez has brought Alex to life for most of this series. Maybe most splendidly in ‘Cross Country’)

I know most diehard fans of the series insist that books circa 'Kiss the Girls' and '
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Chris Matney
I needed a light read for the weekend, and Double Cross was a good selection. This is a very serviceable detective thriller. The plot wasn't as tight as other Patterson novels I've read, but the killers (one I suspect is a re-tread from a previous novel) were cagey and creepy.

Since this is not my usual genre, I enjoy some of the trapping which might become cliche after reading a couple dozen more thrillers - but the book allowed me to escape for a few hours and the pages kept turning. A very en
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Ed
Aug 01, 2010 Ed rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with absolutely nothing else to do.
This is the last Patterson book I'm going to read. I'd already given up on all but the Alex Cross series but after "Double Cross", I'm finished with that series, also.

This story involves a serial killer named DCAK (D.C. Audience Killer) who is knocking people off in public situations at the rate of about one a day. How believable is that? In addition, the psychopath, Kyle Craig, manages to escape from his federal prison by somehow convincing his lawyer to impersonate Craig and then hang himself
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Jaggar V.
The book, Double Cross, by James Patterson, was a nice flowing story about a psychopathic killer called DCAK, short for D.C. Audience Killer, on a killing spree, in hope to be like the famous killer Kyle Craig, and Alex cross is trying to catch him. I really liked this book because it was fast paced and very interesting. This book was a real page turner! This is one of many books in a series, but I’m not reading them in order. I would recommend this book to a fan of James Patterson or cop books.
Cameron
I like the narrators of the audio book version of this, and, as always, loved Kyle Craig. DCAK was a pretty interesting villain too. Typical Patterson.

However, I couldn't give the book more than three stars for the simple fact that Alex Cross's family is being threatened by not one but two dangerous killers, yet he doesn't seem to give it more than a second thought. He's much more worried about getting laid than looking after his family, or even spending time with them! Also, in other books in t
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Hannah Bradley
I'm not going to lie, I like a James Patterson every now and then. It's always a light, quick and entertaining read. This was exactly what I needed around finals week, but this Patterson book was somewhat of a disappointment. Yeah I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was still disappointed by the repetitive story lines and extremely disturbing and weird sex scenes which are forced into the plot. And then there's Alex Cross's love interest which was kind of awkward and random to read abou ...more
Cláudia
As usual, a fast paced read. I’ve been a fan of James Patterson for so long, but nowadays you never know what to expect when starting a new book, as he’s not constant in writing good books anymore.
I liked this one, many killings (muahahahahah! ;)) that keep us expecting for the next one, even though the bad guys aren’t a surprise. The ending was a bit an anti-climax, after all that happened it just seemed to end to easily and quickly. It’s a good read, but I can’t say the best of thrillers.

As
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mirna
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
As my first audio book experience, I have to give this book a good 4-star rating! Love James Patterson and I truly enjoyed the story! Filled with action, suspense, drama, and good sarcasm, this story had it all including Dr. Alex Cross. Loved the twists and turns, and I loved the readers of this book! Both kept me enthralled throughout the book to the point where I did not want to leave my vehicle! Definitely a recommendation for mystery-suspense buffs who commute decent distances regularly! Oth ...more
Matthew
Double Cross by James Patterson is the 13th book in the Alex Cross series and would be classified as either crime fiction or mystery & suspense. The story involves two detectives, Dr. Alex Cross, and Detective Brianna Stone who are charged with the difficult and stressful case of finding and arresting a serial killer in Washington D.C. nicknamed the Audience Killer.
The story starts out well with a fun way of meeting Alex and Brianna. The two of them are on a romantic camping trip as boyfrien
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Karen & Gerard
Double Cross by James Patterson is a fast-moving, action-packed detective novel about two extremely clever but cruel, psychopaths on a killing spree who both want former FBI agent turned psychiatrist, Alex Cross dead. The whole novel pretty much consists of DC Audience Killer (“DCAK”) trying to top his previous killing and outperform Kyle Craig, his serial killer role model. He likes to perform the murders in front of crowds and doesn’t even get caught! Kyle Craig, former FBI agent who Alex Cros ...more
Dontay Lucas
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The book I read was James Paterson “Double Cross” what I found out is that the main character Alex Cross is an detective who is being targeted by a man named Kyle Craig who was but away for years ago seeking revenge. A problem Alex cross has it that after he leave the force there were murders that gives his name “Alex Cross” making him return to detectivism what he couldn’t grasp is that when he left the force he was determined to stay away but that disturbed his
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Courtney
Kyle Craig is like an annoying gnat that will not go away. It is kind of nice to have the continuity of one of Alex’s enemies throughout the series, but he is just so annoying. So, I cannot really tell if keeping him around is a pro or a con, but he did make this book pretty interesting.

The continuous guessing game throughout the book keeps you guessing until the end. There are so many little pieces that go into the crimes that are being committed, that it becomes really interesting when it is
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Thom Swennes
“All the world’s a stage…” This quote from the play As You Like It, by William Shakespeare would serve well in introducing this, the thirteenth novel in the Alex Cross series. When a particularly deranged narcissist (with the unlikely name of David Hayneswiggle) that seeks larger and larger audiences to perform his murders for. The pull and temptation is too great and eventually pulls Cross out of his private practice and back into police work. When this latest homicidal monster turns out to be ...more
nicdavdi
A thoroughly entertaining account of how the British managed to fool the Germans into thinking that they had created a very successful spy network in Britain during WW2. In fact all the spies that Germany had tried to infiltrate had all been caught or gave themselves up. The British secret service realised that they could 'double' some of the agents in order to confuse the Germans. Gradually they managed to create a web of misinformation and misdirection around the plans for D-Day such that the ...more
Jane
I'm surprised I got as far as I did. I had maybe 25 pages to go before I decided that I just didn't care anymore. Either the author wrote a book about the dumbest cops I've ever heard or more likely knows absolutely nothing about law enforcement. Not that you would expected this person would know anything about committing crime, but you would have thought that he would have perhaps done some research before he started writing a book. How could a serial killer kill someone with an ice pick leavin ...more
Brian Jacobs
I found this book to be a pretty average book for Patterson, especially as of late. His most recent writing, I find, hasn't been as good as it once was. However, 'Double Cross' was still enjoyable to read. It was a very quick read, and it wasn't hard to slice through 100 pages or so in an hour and a half. I found that Patterson has always had a knack for writing with the same style, especially as the Alex Cross books have continued on.

'Double Cross,' as thrilling and intriguing as the plot was,
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Greg Tyler
My initial thoughts over the first few chapters of this book were "man, James Patterson can't write dialogue". And whilst it improved (away from the main romance dynamic it was fine), I don't think I ever shook that. However, he is a fantastic thriller writer. Never before have I felt so offended by the criminal subject, or so rooted for the good guys to get them.

The serial killer in this is abhorrent, and the grim descriptions of his crimes are mind-meddling. They're both horrible to read and i
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Vicki
The more Alex Cross books I read the more they are the same. He also is becoming quite the lady's man!. In the beginning there was his wife and the grief and guilt of her being killed, but I have since lost track of how many women he's been with. Every book has Nana berating him for not spending enough time with his family, for putting his family in danger, and for putting himself in danger (he does seem to get shot a lot). This story does have me wondering if the creators of The Following may h ...more
Steve
Is it me or did James Patterson miss the mark on this one? I know he's extremely popular and I've read his Alex Cross novels before, but this one just seemed padded and uninspired.

There is a high-profile killer working in the DC area. He always leaves the body or performs his killing in front of a large group of people, so the media dubs him the "Audience Killer". He considers his acts performances and he desires the attention and acclaim he feels these will give him. Meanwhile, Cross's former c
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Kamille
Former detective Alex cross is on a vacation with his girlfriend detective Brianna “Bree” Stone when a crime in Washington occurred. They had no choice but to cut short their camping in the woods and return to the city. Series of murders were conducted by this audience-craving killer, ‘DCAK’ (Washington DC Audience Killer). Cross was lured in the police work again, as DCAK wants him in his very own case (Yes, he did mentioned in his online posts). The more clues DCAK drops, the more the FBI turn ...more
Janet
There is a limited selection of downloadable audio books at my local library, so I find myself listening to books i probably would not otherwise have given the time of day...

I had heard Patterson's Postcard Killers and liked it well enough, but the others I have tried I found really disappointing. I would much rather listen to or read a real police procedural where there is one case of reasonable size that detectives or sleuths work hard to solve.

This latest Alex Cross book and the one precedin
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