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I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #16)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  29,253 Ratings  ·  1,512 Reviews
Detective Alex Cross is celebrating his birthday when he receives an urgent call from work. There's been a homicide, nothing new there. But then comes news Alex wasn't expecting, this time the victim is his niece. Devastated and grief-stricken, Cross vows to track down the killer.
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Century
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Julie Carrico Good fast read. His earlier ones were better
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Emma Hontzeas
“It was called Operation Coitus Interruptus, which only goes to prove that there are some people in the FBI with a sense of humor.”

This is my first James Patterson novel, and yes i know what you're thinking 'Emma, what have you been doing with your life up until this point?' Honestly, i dont know.. reading other great books? I like how James Patterson presents this story to the reader, taking us through different character perspectives helps build up the suspense and climax in his novel. Ho
Dennis D.
Jan 06, 2010 Dennis D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 1 of my review of I, Alex Cross

It's been years since I've read any James Patterson. At one point I had gone back to the beginning of the Alex Cross series and read Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, but just never circled back around to the later entries.

Chapter 2
I liked those books well enough, quite a bit actually, in addition to a couple of JP's older non-series books. As a matter of personal preference I usually put some space between installments of a series, and before there
Barbara ★
I used to love the Alex Cross series but lately the books have been very loosely held together. Too many things are mentioned once and either not explained or never appear again. Case in point - what exactly was the mob connection in this book and why was Tucci returning Caroline's remains to Philadelphia when all the other victims were buried in the woods? These things were never explained so they seem to have been added into the story strictly for the sake of some added violence.

Alex Cross did
Oct 14, 2014 Joana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Alex Cross continua a ser o melhor detetive do mundo e James Patterson (na minha opinião) é um dos grandes nomes da literatura policial contemporânea.

Este 16º volume foi um dos meus favoritos, embora considere que o melhor de todos é o 1º - "A Conspiração da Aranha", o que deu origem ao filme com o Morgan Freeman no papel de Alex Cross, e o que causa maior impacto, pois é ele que nos põe em contacto pela primeira vez com esta personagem tão complexa e tridimensional.

Como em todos os livros de
Jan 24, 2012 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Right now I've only gotten to chapter 18, but it's pretty interesting. I know it's a murder case and there is a girl, Caroline involved. But the plot is thickening the longer I read. The main character is a man, Alex Cross, you'd guess. (Well his name is practically taking up the whole cover, if not all of it.) And from what I've read he's trying to get the bottom of her death. The first thing that disturbed me in the slightest in the book would probably be the state they found her body in. Pat ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is a typical James Patterson novel, which is definitely NOT a bad thing. I enjoyed the rapid-fire pace of the story and how he kept the action moving with short chapters.

And there sure was A LOT of action. Some parts were gross. I mean, really nauseatingly gross. I had to close my eyes and shake off the gruesome murder scenes more than once. In addition, as the story revolved around a sex club, some chapters contained explicit sex. It was essential to the plot and not just there for shock v
Jun 28, 2012 Jerome rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line: this book is terrible. The plot, which intrigues at first, quickly becomes tiresome. The additional "filler" as one reviewer put it, is exactly that: you could remove the entire Nana thread cutting the book by a third and still end up with the same character development and ending.

The end is (not a spoiler) just flat out worthless. I actually read the few remaining pages of the next book (advertised at the end of this book) hoping that I would receive something else - anything else
Jul 08, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2010
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (pp. 400)

One of the better Patterson offerings in the Alex Cross series. From the start a page turner, which is typical for Patterson’s writing style. Here we get, the brutal murder of his estranged niece. Cross takes on the case and runs into a government cover up that goes to the highest levels of the White House.

Of course, you get the gruesome serial killers, the attempts and threats of the Cross family, multiple players who are trying to cover their tracks an
Jul 12, 2010 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine, Marguerite, told me that if she’s me she will be running towards home instead of walking in the park while listening to this. I must have done just that if my husband was not walking with me.

The story was very unnerving. Alex Cross was personally involved in a murder case, wherein the victim’s remains were found in trash bags. The controversial part was that some Whitehouse nerves were ticked during his investigations.

I have to praise the plot of this one. It reminded me of “K
Aug 16, 2016 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made a bet with myself. Go into the library, into the audio books section and ONLY pick a book the librarians have already pulled out and put on display for someone to take. I couldn't go pre-select or pre-hold one I thought I'd like - but just pick through the table they had on display.

So I picked this one. I knew of the detective Alex Cross and I knew this would be a good series. But I was a little worried about starting at book 16 (lol). This is an amazing audio book. Another fabulous BBC r
2.5 stars - very average. JP is getting to be somewhat formulaic. I've commented on past co-authored books that he's oversaturated, putting out too many sub-par "ghost" books where he does a short outline and the co-author writes the rest, and it shows. This one was authored solo by JP, so I expected more, but it didn't have that "edge of your seat" feel to it, at least not for me.

I've enjoyed the standalone authored books by JP, especially the Cross series, but this one didn't introduce anythin
Ben Dutton
James Patterson’s enormously successful Alex Cross series of novels continues with this, his sixteenth. The formula is well known now – a criminal mastermind, usually a serial killer of some form, targets strangers, but once Alex Cross is on their case, the emphasis shifts. I, Alex Cross is no different.

Again, like a number of previous instalments, the involvement Alex has in the case is personal: his niece has been put through a meat grinder, and as Alex digs into her secret life in Washington
b00k r3vi3ws
Wohoo! Alex Cross is back with a bang! And I loved it!!

When Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration with a bad news, you know it is a BAD News. His niece has been murdered and her remains dumped. By hitting so close to home, the miscreant has now become a target of Alex’s personal vendetta. But this is no work of a small time criminal. So, welcome to the world of sex, politics and rule breaking. As expected, it turns out that his niece wasn’t the only victim. There had already been a nu
Cym Lowell
The famous detective, Dr. Alex Cross, faces a tsunami of combustible elements in this most recent adventure, including:

*A niece is brutally murdered
*White House involvement
*Alex’s grandmother (who raised him and is his confessor) is seriously ill in the hospital
*A sensual playground for the rich and famous
*Female President
*High-level cover-up swallowing everyone in sight
*An engagement ring in the pocket
*Our hero is a marked man of the best at elimination without trace

This long-running series is
Nina Perez
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Aug 14, 2013 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For me, an Alex Cross novel is like a bag of dill pickle potato chips. Yummy but oh so bad for you. A guilty pleasure. Tart... maybe a little sour. Takes the "hair" off your tongue because of the acidity. Just like it's hard to stop eating those tasty little chips, it's hard to stop turning the pages of an Alex Cross book. It's mindless munching. A fast, fun snack. Just what I needed during this crazy, busy, stressful time of year.
Oct 28, 2014 Helga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Adoro James Patterson, e sem duvida que a saga Alex Cross é a minha preferida.

Este livro é muito bom, e inesperado.

May 16, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kamara Johnson
Oct 14, 2012 Kamara Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I love the papas con chile at Abuelo's and was very excited when I found this recipe last week on the Abuelo's facebook page!
I cut this recipe in half and it made a ton. Papas are Tex-Mex mash potatoes and they make the perfect side dish for Tacos Al Pastor or Mexican Lasagna.

Abuelo’s Papas con Chile™

3 lbs. red potatoes
3 oz cream cheese – cut into 2" squares
cup heavy cream
10 oz Velveeta – cut into 2 " squares
TBS salt
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Mar 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Alex Cross series has been all over the place in the last few books. Alex, as a character, has often strayed far from his core beliefs in order to solve cases. The cases themselves have been as twisted as always, but they've often lacked the thrills and dynamic force behind that the first books in the series possessed. I, Alex Cross gets Alex back to who he's always supposed to have been. While the mystery meanders at times, which is hard to do given Patterson's patented short chapters, the ...more
Sarah Elizabeth Nessler
It just goes to show that anyone can commit a horrendous crime no matter what caliber of human-being you are. This book was thrilling to the end. So excited that Alex has found love again not sure if she will match up to his first wife but I don't think that hole can ever be filled. And yet another familiar voice came into the picture Alex's kryptonite! Patterson does not disappointment to provide a never ended twisted story-line full of action packed drama. I am so anxious to being ordering the ...more
Apr 11, 2013 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read James Patterson novels very often (aside from anything else, I have this ongoing nag about, y'know, who actually wrote them, despite the name on the cover; call me old-fashioned and stuffy if you will, but . . .). The text runs to 374 numbered pages; because of the shortness of the chapters (there are 117 of them), the section breaks, etc., the book probably runs to about 70,000 words at best; back in the day, this was the kind of crime novel that houses like Gollancz felt they were ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Alex Cross is celebrating his birthday with family when he receives a disturbing phone call. His niece has been found brutally murdered. When Alex goes to identify her remains, he’s shocked to learn what’s left of her body. Alex takes this case personally as he tracks down a sadistic and ruthless killer.

Alex Cross, without doubt, is my favorite series. I started reading this series in graduate school and continue to look forward to each November for the latest release. I really like Alex Cross,
Bradley Gerber
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Feb 07, 2013 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"These are high-resource people, and I'm afraid they're going to push back hard"

It seems like I always end up in the same cycle. I get disappointed by one or two books by this author and his writing team, only to find out a couple of books that redeem him and place him in my good grace again. I am happy to report that this effort goes in the plus column, since Patterson, writing by himself, delivers a fast-paced and engaging thriller, intertwined with an absorbing plot connected to one of the m
Nov 29, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A birthday celebration is underway with all of the people that Alex Cross treasures. Alex’s Nana, his children, Damon, Jannie and Ali as well as his friend Sampson and his family. Detective Brianna Stone, Alex’s girl friend, was also present. It is a festive party where the participants feel that nothing could wrong. One phone call ended the festivities. Alex is told that a member of his family is dead.

Caroline Cross is Alex’s niece but has been out of touch with the family for quite sometime.
Dec 08, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Alex Cross books from the beginning when my husband's step-dad told us about Along Came a Spider. I have eagerly awaited each yearly installment and read it through. The first five or so were great and then they were just ok. I wasn't ready to give them up though because I enjoy Alex Cross and James Patterson can really come up with some demented bad guys. I am so glad I did not give them up because this installment reminds me of what got me reading these books to begin with.

If y
Apr 14, 2010 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson’s I, Alex Cross is the latest book in the Alex Cross series, and it will shock readers. Cross must face a death in the family, a health crisis with another family member, and a horrific series of murders that involve call girls, an exclusive gentleman’s club, and a wood chipper.

“I brought home the files I’d gathered and took them to my office in the attic after dinner. I cleared off one entire wall and started tacking up everything — pictures of the missing, index cards with case
Charlotte Wilson
So just a quick review from me before I get to buried into my next book.

I enjoy reading Patterson, I like his style of writing. Simple, to the point without the need for endless pointless detail. I've read some negative reviews about the shortness of each chapter, however I think this is ideal, for people who have reading difficulties. It makes reading g more accessible to them. I find on a personal level that short chapters help me with productivity. Having a large family and a hectic lifestyle
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“I, Alex Cross do solemnly promise-to all those present at this birthday party- to do my best to balance my life at home with my work,life,and not to go over to the dark side ever again.” 5 likes
“She can hear me?” “She probably can. I think so.” I put his hand on Nana’s and my hand on top of his. “Go ahead.” “Hi, Nana!” he said as if Nana were hard of hearing, and it was difficult not to laugh. “Inside-the-house voice, buddy,” Bree said. “But good enthusiasm there. I’ll bet Nana heard you.” 0 likes
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