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Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross, Book 4) (Alex Cross #4)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  41,757 ratings  ·  830 reviews
A Murderer named Gary Soneji patiently waits in the basement of Alex Cross's home in Washington. He has come to kill Cross and his family. But this cunnign hunter is not alone. Now two mind-numbing killers-one operating up and down the East Coast of America, one in Europe-believe Cross is their only worthy opponent. They dare to ask the ultimate question: Is Alex Cross abo ...more
Paperback, 451 pages
Published by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1997)
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Fiona
Why do I keep picking up Alex Cross novels when I am constantly dissapointed? Is it because I read Kiss the Girls when I was much younger and at that time found it enjoyable? Ah the blissful pleasures of ignorant youth. Maybe it is just because there happen to be so many in every airport bookstore that I just can't resist. This book was apparently thrown togeather with no regard for cohesive story line, no thought of how time passes, and no thought of how real people think and feel. Alex Cross w ...more
Matthew Esham
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Justin.f
Would you be an assassin?

When is being the bad guy ever good? Is being an assassin a good or a bad thing? Do killers have different problems then regular people? Cat and mouse by James Patterson is a suspenseful, exciting action book that will blow your mind. Two people fight to the death, who will be the cat and who will be the mouse.
Gary Sonejis is an assassin in the United States and he was a kidnapper. Mr. Smith is a person without a first name, and he is also an assassin but in Europe tha
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Sherri
Wow, I can't believe I used to like this book. All of the things I came to hate about the later books of the series are actually WORSE in this book. I have tried to keep spoilers to details to they won't ruin the plot. Also, fair warning, a lot of this review is a C&P of the first Cross book since a lot of my issues are the same.

1. The fact that Patterson spends half the book writing about how evil white people are drives me nuts. Keep in mind that Patterson was a 46 y.o., married, wealthy,
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Beth (Ducky)
Originally seen on my book blog!

Alex Cross’s (and mine) worst nightmare is back. Gary Soneji is back with a vengeance and will stop at nothing to get back at Alex Cross for “ruining his life.” Can he be stopped this time? While Alex is trying to stop Gary a second time, there is another killer on the loose, Mr. Smith.

I lied about Soneji being my worst nightmare. Mr. Smith is my worst nightmare. And it’s not particularly close.

I could talk for hours about how much I like Alex Cross. He’s has been
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Nathalie
GAG!! Maybe 2.25 stars. I'm usually a huge Alex Cross fan, the first two books - shit scary. Number 3... meh. But this one?? Seriously?!

It basically read like two books - the first half with Soneji was a flop, I didn't find that necessary, yes it was creepy but pretty disappointing. And (ok, maybe I'm a bitch) but not one member of Alex Cross' family died?? Not even the Grandma?? Come On!!!

The romance between Cross and Christine?? Gag, seriously, gag. Please don't ever write any sex scenes again
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Johanna Gail Tongco
"Death is the nature's way of saying 'howdy'" - Nana

Gary Soneji is on the loose again and he is out for a payback to Alex Cross. In James Patterson's first book of Alex Cross, this psychopath has kidnapped to kids. This time, Gary Soneji is on the game killing random strangers, making stations as his human shooting range. Killing in a methodical manner.

On the other hand, Thomas Agustine, with his uncanny ability to catch killers, has been chasing the man who brutally his fiancee, Mr. Smith.

Mean
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Madeleine
i stayed up all night reading. the only thing that stopped me from finishing it was when i looked out the window the sun was already up and i still have a 8 am class to attend, so i figured i got to catch at least an hour's sleep. really exciting, i couldn't put it down. gary soneji is simply sick... yet strangely fascinating.
Reed Hamilton
This book is perfect for someone looking for a completely predictable, awfully written, over played detective story. Patterson's writing style in "Cat and Mouse" is hideous. He constantly is switching from the first person views of one character to another, leaving the reader still trying to find the meaning in the pointless two page chapter before it. Not to mention Patterson divides the book into two sections, that are not even relatable. Halfway through the book, Patterson switches from the S ...more
John
Since the new ALEX CROSS movie just came out in my area, I decided to pick up CAT & MOUSE and make it an Alex Cross week all the way around. On the bright side, the movie was pretty good--much better than most critics and die-hard Patterson fans are giving it credit for. On the other hand, CAT & MOUSE was just awful. The writing was inept ("She looked slightly beyond great."), and the story was a mess. In this novel, Patterson writes in the first-person for three different characters and ...more
Chelsea Sapp
The book "Cat and Mouse" by James Patterson is about a detective named Alex Cross and his mission to put an end to Gary Soneji. Once Alex has done just that he (and his family) gets beaten to the point were he could die at any moment by a persone claiming to be Soneji. A new detective Tomas Pierce has left his Mr. Smith case to solve Crosses. As soon as Alex got better he discoverd that Tomas was the mass murder Mr. Smith.
James Patterson did a good job of discirbeing things during the book. For
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Phrynne
And this is why I continue to read James Patterson's books - this one was excellent. Alex Cross is at his masterful best chasing and catching the the bad guys and in this case they are really, really bad! A twist at the end ensures I have to chase up and read the next book in the series very soon.
Jesse Thompson
It was not very good, could have been two separate books, and they both would have been just OK.
Anna Koch
This book was good in my opinion. The character Gary Soneji from the first book came back to get Alex Cross. There was also another killer that they called Mr. Smith. The ending of the book was intense and very surprising. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the first three because James Patterson just makes them get better and better. I also think that this book was better than the third one, "Jack and Jill."
Cindy
Another good installment of the Alex Cross series - I really like these; they have held up well despite being nearly 20 years old.

This one brings back an old nemesis - Gary Soneji - and introduces a new one - Mr Smith. And Mr Smith definitely has creepy sewn up. He has spread his particular brand of evil over not just the US, but also Europe as well. Alex is drawn into cases involving both of these killers and it's full of twists and turns. I did have a bit of whiplash with all the changes of P
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Satrajit Sanyal
Call me crazy but this is my favorite Alex Cross book thus far. This is the fourth in the series. I've already read the first three (all of which I enjoyed) but there was something about this one that just grabbed me right from the beginning.

I just love how Patterson weaves a tale. And, as much as I joke with my friends about his short chapters, I find them refreshing after some of the heavier things I've read this past summer. No more saying to myself, "I'll read one more chapter before I go to
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Catherine
I really liked this book! In this book two killers one operating in America, one in Europe believe Alex Cross is the only worthy opponent in the deadly game each has planned. And Alex may contend with something he hasn't known since the loss of his wife,he's falling deeply in love with the teacher at his children's school. This romance with make him and her more vulnerable. Gary Soneji is back. He vows his last act on earth will be taking the life of Alex Cross. But first he wants some fun, and ...more
Sarah
I read this book because a co-worker lent it to me since there is a reference to the diving horse at Atlantic City in it. This book was predictable. I figured out who the killer was before it was revealed. That was disappointing because I do not like it to be so obvious. Also, the parts with Alex Cross and Christine were way too sappy. I was irritated at how many times it was mentioned that their bodies fit so well together and how they danced so perfectly together. Not a very realistic depictio ...more
Sarah jpsn2429
The 4th novel in the Alex Cross series and the return of the very first serial killer Sonjei. There were quite a few twists in this novel I never though there would be an end to the brutal murderer. I also was totally floored by the ploy the FBI and Cross set for Pierce/Smith in order to catch him. I am not convinced yet that Pierce/Smith was necessarily psychotic I believe he really knew what we was doing when he committed the 20 plus murderers he didn't know how to stop. The one thing we are l ...more
Andrew Cripe
Pretty damn good page-turner. What I like here the most is that the story actually feels planned out, as opposed to the last book where it felt like Patterson was just making junk up as he went alone. He imagines some really twisted imagery (this might be the most violent book of the four I've read), revives a great villain, and introduces us to a second villain arguably more sinister, making the story more and more interesting and wild instead of losing steam. And I also respect how much time i ...more
Bianca
Really liked this book because it is set in areas of the country that I know well, it's fun reading about places you know. It was also made into a movie. That was fun too!
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I went through a bit of a James Patterson kick for a while back in the day so please excuse the sheer amount of his books that I've read.

I think anyone who has read his books will agree they are not difficult or challenging BUT they are entertaining and full of suspense and keep you turning pages. I've enjoyed ever
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Patricia
The first half of the book deserves a 4 star rating. The second half of the book had an interesting twist but it was too unbelievable, so it gets only a 3 star rating. It should be noted that several guest characters in this book were also guest characters in a previous book in the Alex Cross series titled Along Came a Spider. It would be best to read Along Came a Spider before reading Cat and Mouse.
Alishia
This is another great Alex Cross story. In Cat and Mouse you get two separate killers, so just when you think the story is over, it has really just begun. In Cat and Mouse Gary Soneegee is back to exact revenge against Alex and his family. While Soneegee has his story line, there is also a new killer who has the FBI and Alex Cross traveling all over the world to figure out his next move.

Get ready for a wild ride, this is a story that just keeps moving.
Carol Waters
Chapter 69:

"Fifth Street was blocked off and completely barricaded to traffic!"

So what is with the releated use of the exclamation point? Is there an editor on this book or not?

Chapter 99 has a completely new plot development, and then in the past 40 pages another spin that Alex Cross knew about but didn't share with any of us... nothing like reading a mystery where teh reader doesn't get to see any of the clues.

Aargh. I've had a perfectly good Chrisopher Moore sitting on my bedside table for tw
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Renee
Alex Cross is back in a novel with a cast of characters more sinister and deadlier than ever. Gary Soneji, a dying prison escapee, is looking for revenge on Cross, while another insane killer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce--a brilliant and relentless detective who may even be better than Cross. As the bodies pile up, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse leads to one final trap, and it's anyone's guess who will survive. It was Patterson style, which I lov ...more
Mike
As Alex Cross travels the east coast in pursuit of a maniacal serial killer, a similar murderer is on the loose in Europe.

At its core, the story is all about Alex Cross and his ability to catch the killer. Everything else in the book is definitely secondary. Perhaps part of the charm of these novels has something to do with the schadenfreude theory, in that we can read about these characters' mutilations and know we are safe from any risk to ourselves. I also think the reason these novels are be
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Alyessa Rideout
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Caity
I first picked up this book when I needed something to read on a 12-hour drive with my church youth group down to Tennessee. My friend lent it to me, and let's just say it didn't last long at all. By the time we got there, I was almost done with the book, and I hadn't started it until about 5 hours into the trip. I was completely captivated by the characters and world James Patterson had created and became an immediate fan.
Jlsimon
I started this book thinking it was going to be the tie breaker on if I was going to continue the series. I had 1 I loved, 1 I was bored of, and one that was middle of the road. So I figured book four would get a decision.

The beginning was exciting, but then it got boring. Then in the middle when Cross meets up with Soneji again the book got exciting again. At this point I'm thinking... Wait, we're only half way through the book. If the antagonist is dead, what's the rest of the book about? So w
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Samantha Fleming
Gary Soneji is back and so is more serial killers. It seems James Patterson has a gift for writing crime books. I loved how the killers had killed their victims and how Alex Cross is able to find the killers. There's a few twists and turns in this book which I really liked and you will once again be shocked by the outcome.
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Alex Cross (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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