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Double Cross (Alex Cross #13)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  36,634 Ratings  ·  1,363 Reviews
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 Washington, 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 is ...more
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company
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James Lafayette  Tivendale
"Keep on living, fuckers!"

I might do this review as if I was part of a rap battle:

Yo, yo - Alex and Bree are chilling one evening camping
But some young dude, unfortunately, has to be stamping
His authority in DC, he is an actor, a player and you can see
That he respects nobody from this place to NYC.
He holds his head up high, right to the top of the pillar
Keeps it cool, he flaunts around as the Audience Killer
Playing seven or so murdering created characters
The fact he is is a failed actor, is that
Dec 03, 2007 Corky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Miriam Smith
Dec 28, 2016 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Double Cross' is the 13th in the Alex Cross series and in my opinion the best yet. In typical James Patterson style the chapters are short, intense and so easy to follow it makes you just want to keep on reading.
This was a rollercoaster ride of gruesome murders, the hunt for vicious serial killers and a spot on plot line that really had me hooked from the very first page. Having read many of the previous Alex Cross novels I always loved the stories but sometimes I was a bit bored with Alex's f
Jun 19, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A go to series. Always can count on these books to get me out of a reading slump!
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
Jul 06, 2009 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok Mr.'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'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
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
Ms. 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
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
Kerri Thomas
Dec 15, 2009 Kerri Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Matney
Feb 13, 2013 Chris Matney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Shedd
Sep 02, 2010 Michelle Shedd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Enh, just enh.

There are so many things that I wish weren't a part of this book. I'm afraid this series isn't going in the right direction after 13 books.

Okay, so this won't be long. If you've ever read one of these Alex Cross books you know there's a formula; no matter what the plausibility. In this particular book of the series I just felt that I didn't need nor did I care about all the scenes with Alex and his girlfriend. That being said, this book just feels weak and relies a bit too much on
Alex Cross: Perigo Duplo foi o primeiro livro que li do famoso autor James Patterson.

Em primeiro lugar cometi um erro ao, sem querer, acabar por trazer o segundo livro da série em vez do primeiro (Alex Cross) por sorte a leitura não é muito prejudicada por este lapso.

A escrita é fluída e acessível e o ritmo que o autor emprega é constante. A opção dos capítulos curtos traz o benefício de estimular a leitura e quando damos por nós já lemos várias páginas.

Foi uma leitura muito agradável e gostei
Oct 03, 2015 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is a good fast paced crime thriller that has Alex Cross hunting not one but two killers, one of whom he has already caught and put behind bars. The chase interrupts his attempts to lead a more normal, less killer-filled life and he does uhm and ah about it a little but you know he's going to get right back into it. I did get a little lost towards the start where the first person narrative switched between Cross and Craig but once I realised that Patterson was using that technique again it w ...more
Charlotte Smith
Jan 07, 2017 Charlotte Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
Really enjoyed this book and one I wasn't expecting the ending of.
Hope there is another book that James does with Kyle Craig and Alex in
Dec 26, 2007 mirna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patterson
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Jennifer Wardrip
Not as impressive as the first Alex Cross books like KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, but definitely better than CROSS, the last book.

Most of the characters are back to normal, acting more like themselves, and this book has a better mystery. In fact, it's a two-fold arc, with the devious and psychopathic Kyle Craig causing havoc from prison, and a new serial killer keeping Detective Brianna Stone, Cross's new love interest, busy with murders committed in the limelight.

It's a quick, okay r
Mar 25, 2016 Phanit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Only 3 stars because the end wasn't very realistic. After all these years and Kyle Craig's escape out of prison it is hard for me to believe that two experienced detectives would not ensure they had their suspect under control after they finally caught him. They thought he was dying, didn't have their own guns up, and he surprises them with the fact that he (Ex FBI Agent) was wearing a bulletproof vest and just walks away?
May 11, 2015 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dan Brown, James patterson, Jeffery Archer, Tom Clancy.
What do all these authors have in common? Well until a few weeks ago I didn't have a name for it.
That is, until a goodread review on a Michael Connelly book said something along the lines of...

"This book is very Dan Brown-ish"

So from now on when an author writes a book with lot of cliches and problems, that just kinda ends up as being the equivalent of cotten candy for your brain, I will now use the term "Dan Brownish".

This book is the e
Oct 23, 2009 Ed rated it did not like it  ·  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
Matt aka
Nov 16, 2014 Matt aka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 08, 2011 MsMica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 '
Mar 18, 2014 nicdavdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Mar 14, 2012 Cameron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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.

Dec 13, 2010 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, thriller
I always look forward with anticipation to a new James Patterson book featuring Alex Cross and the author has not let me down yet.Short sharp chapters with gut wrenching excitementKyle Craig (the Mastermind) has escaped prison and hunting once again being Alex's nemesisbring Alex back from retirement and dealing with another killer known as The Audience killer at the same time.The book races along with no letup for the readerit's intense and the teaser at the end of the book makes sure that Jame ...more
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