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Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3)

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In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.

Meanwhile, Washington
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Published January 1st 2003 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1996)
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Anna Koch
I thought this book was good, but not as good as the first two. It didn't draw me in like the other ones did. The ending though was intense and the only part of the book I really got into. It announced what the fourth book was going to be about by having Gary Soneji from "Along Came a Spider" reappear in the story again. I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first two of the Alex Cross series because this book leads into the story line of the fourth book which is very good.
James
One of the things that enriches the character of Alex Cross is his family. It makes him seem more real and shows a dimension of his humanity that goes beyond his work. This story is made more intense by the threat his work sometimes brings home to his family. When tracking a serial killer, it can become difficult to determine exactly who is the prey and who is the predator.

The two simultaneous cases that Alex works in this story serve up plenty of tension and excitement. A child killer strikes c
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Laura
This may have been the best Patterson novel I've ever read including all stand-alone's and other series of his, it was that good! It was full of action from the get-go especially that there wasn't just one killer, there wasn't even just two, there was three. Two working together as Jack and Jill who are murdering well known celebrities and then also the Truth School killer who's murdering little kids. Both are shocking cases but maybe for different reasons.

There is an element of racism in this
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Dierdra Byrd
This will contain a few minor spoilers but should not ruin the book for anyone.
I have to admit I did not read the first two books but I did see the movie and I tend to get bored reading books AFTER seeing the movies so I skipped them. It was not hard to "catch up" on this one tho.
While James Patterson is a good writer and a well known author I don't think this was one of his better books sadly. I think there were a lot of questions left unanswered and things just thrown in. I wanted to know mor
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Bill
While reading this one I couldn't help thinking, was Kiss the Girls really that good?

Patterson does have a terse writing style, but it didn't seem this bad before. It's bad here. All through reading it I was feeling like Patterson just hacked this one out of the word processor in one draft without a second glance. For a guy who writes so sparsely, he sure is repetitive throughout the story:

'Was Jack up ahead? Was Hawkins Jack? Was this Jack up ahead?
Could this be Jack up ahead? Had we just been
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Blake Bowen
Ah,the nostalgia. The book that started my reading frenzy. I had read James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, so I was looking to see if my mom and dad owned any of the books. I found a book labeled "Jack & Jill". The book had been a present from my aunt to my dad. I picked up the book and started reading from page 1.

You see, I was 13 years old at the time, so I did not know what kind of things were contained in this book, but nonetheless I enjoyed it. I got half way through it, and I LOVED t
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David
Alex Cross is back in this, the third installment from top-selling American author, James Patterson.
The action starts with the murder of a US Senator. Closer to home, a young girl is also found dead. The body-count soon starts to mount and Homicide Detective Alex Cross becomes the go-to man. Cross is torn between the two seemingly unrelated serial murder cases. The young children being murdered attend Cross's own sons school and therefore have personal significance for Cross. But the political
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Amy
This is an older Alex Cross novel. I just finished Postcard Killers (a newer novel) about a month ago, and there are a lot of similarities with the J&J killers. The biggest mystery of the book was trying to figure out why the killers did it, which is never answered completely. At the beginning J&J are playing with a game board of some kind, but that is completely forgotten after a few chapters & has nothing to do with the motive. There are too many red herrings to the point of sloppi ...more
Lord' Williams
Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3)

There isn't much I can say about the book or the author. I love the Alex Cross series. I was hooked with "A Long Came a Spider," and "Kiss the Girls."

Jack and Jill is a fast pace, riveting, suspense/thriller. This is a novel I would love to watch on the big screen!

James Patterson is an Master at character development, which is such an essential element in the craft of writing. Plot development received excellent support from its chapter development and suspenseful
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Courtney
Jack & Jill gives a creepy insight into the inter-workings of our government. Although, it is a fiction novel, Im sure the plans that took place in this novel have been attempted before.


Jack & Jill are two high profile killers in Washington D.C. They kill people that are held high in the public eye and are working their way towards their ultimate goal -- Killing the real Jack & Jill -- Mr. and Mrs. President of the United States.


Can Alex Cross catch them before it is too late?

At th
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Stacia
Reading this book is like reading a used undergraduate textbook, only it's got italics instead of highlighter. I don't think I've ever seen so many random italics to indicate words the author thinks we should focus on. Because apparently readers aren't smart enough to decide what's important and what's just ordinary narrative. And yes, it really is annoying enough that even I, a compulsive book-finisher, am considering just returning this one to the library.

Also, there's a pretty basic research
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Wanda Hartzenberg
James Patterson Jack and Jill
I listened to this book on audio and really enjoyed the experience.
Patterson is a master of his genre and his older work, like Jack and Jill is especially great. Patterson has a winner in the two main protagonists in this book Dr Alex Cross and man mountain…
The evil doers, Jack and Jill and the Truth School killer is written with enough humanity interwoven to make the reader somewhat conflicted. That is an excellent skill, making the bad guys, human enough for the re
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Connie
Enjoyable book, loved the twists in the middle and you were never quite given the whole picture. Would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy the crime genre.
Riley Johnson
The addition of Alex and his kids, Damon and Jannie, add a more in depth analysis of Alex as a character. The aspect of Alex's family life portrays him as a more caring person that contrasts with his work.

Another thing I personally like is the fact that James Patterson adds the antagonists thoughts just as much as the protagonists thoughts. This gives you a deeper grasp on the intentions and motives of all the characters involved.

The fact that Alex Cross is working on two cases simultaneously ad
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Heather
3.5 stars. This was the first James Patterson book I ever read, but I read it so long ago that I didn't remember how it ended. I found my attention wasn't held as much with this book as it was with the last one in the series, though I think that has more to do with my personal life than the book itself.

The story starts with the death of a 6 year old girl not far from the home of Alex Cross and his family; the body is found at the school his son attends. This murder is quickly overshadowed by th
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Cindy
Another Alex Cross book - this one centers on 2 dissimilar cases. The first involves the murder of school-aged children at the Sojourner Truth School where Cross's son attends. These are brutal murders and he and Sampson are fighting to bring the murderer to justice swiftly. The second case is much more high-profile and involves the celebrity murders of the rich and famous in the DC area - starting with a senator, an actor, the mistress of the president. It is quickly apparent that the true targ ...more
John
With JACK & JILL, the Alex Cross series--which began with the quite entertaining ALONG CAME A SPIDER--simply falls of a cliff. The writing is absolutely HORRENDOUS, even by James Patterson standards. Had I not known better, I might have thought it was written by a high school kid. The character of Alex Cross doesn't fare very well here, either. Like most people, I enjoy smart detective novels that feature smart detectives doing smart detecting. Unfortunately, there's precious little of that ...more
Martina
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Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the third installment in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. I have to say I like this series. I only read three books out of twenty. This book had me interested. Three killers and thirteen deaths, I think. Surprises around every corner. It had me guessing who the real killer was. You will never guess.
So a little summary, a child is killed near Alex Cross's son's school. In Washington D.C. a prodominant politican is killed. Doesn't seem to be a connection. Or is there? Both murders so
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Brewer Community School
The book I read was called Jack and Jill by James Patterson. It is part of the Alex Cross series. There are two killers named Jack and Jill that keep murdering important celebrities or people in the white house, along with another a child who is beating other kids to death. Alex Cross tries to figure out both cases, but Jack and Jill are from inside the White House, and it's too much for him to work on the child case as well.

I think if this book would continue, then Gary Soneji would keep making
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Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridor ...more
Gilliansreadingnook//J. Finley
I'm listening to Jack and Jill by James Patterson on Youtube. http://youtu.be/v6dBbGlPMPA Not crazy about the swears but the story is good. Turns out, though, I got ahead of myself. There are two ahead of the story I'm 'reading'. Will be buying the books (paper version). So sue me, I'm old school.

Two murder mysteries in one book! One monster is killing kids in Washington DC. Black kids, for the most part. Is this a race thing or is the creep simply making sure the kids look 'unprotected'? Hard
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Jennifer
I did not like this book at all, from the character to the... well, character. I was told by a family member after I was nearly done that this was not one of the better Alex Cross books, but I will not read another. The character is in every sense a "Gary Stu." This character borders on practically perfect, having no flaws that I was made aware of within the book. He has the tragic back history of losing his wife, but that's okay because he has the innate ability to be able to predict another wo ...more
Sandy
Patterson is my #1 writer - I just love his style - but of all of his books, this rates right up there tied for #1 (with me). Fantastic story line that keeps you guessing to the end - full of intrigue, murder, mystery, action, adventure, some romance... has it all. It it part of the Alex Cross series, but can be read individually w/o following the series. EXCELLENT read.
Richard G
Our hero is no super hero which keeps him just a little smarter than the average schmuck, which i think is how we like to think of ourselves. the author does this by keeping alex a half step behind our protagonists while the rest of the pack is a step behind. i liked the way paterson kept the book entertaining throughout with no heavy slam bangs from left field.
Catherine
I really liked this book but found that you have to really pay attention in this book or you will be confused. In the middle of the night a U.S. senator is found murdered in his bed. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed Jack & Jill promising that this is the beginning. Jack & Jill are out to get the rich and famous until their plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Dectective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene several blocks from his house, the victim is a beautiful l ...more
Satrajit Sanyal
If you like fast-paced, nonstop thrills in your mysteries, this is the book for you. I felt like I had to stop and breathe every now and then; the plot twists, suspense, surprises, and sheer horror of the plot had me so mesmerized, I almost forgot to do so!
Like other Patterson novels, this one, the third in the Alex Cross series, features two parallel horrors, both of which involve the detective in a very personal way. First, a crazed killer is murdering young black children in Cross's own neigh
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Adriana Fogaça
Jack and Jill
Jack & Jill: O Jogo da Morte
James Patterson
Best Seller
1997

Emocionante!!! Sem dúvida é o melhor termo para descrever a leitura deste terceiro livro da série Alex Cross.

Não só pela dramaticidade do contexto, mas principalmente pelo pé de realidade. Estava lendo e ao mesmo tempo pensado “ Meu Deus!!!! Isso já aconteceu de verdade, não é só coisa de romance policial”.

Intrigas e traições são levadas ao cubo, e o único pensamento lógico “o poder é completamente simbólico, totalmente
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Lesley
Great book had a hard time putting it down! A very good read if you like the Alex Cross series!
Jim Sanford
Another good Alex Cross..book ...it's a page turner so it gets a five
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The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patter
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Other Books in the Series

Alex Cross (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)
  • Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2)
  • Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross, #4)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross #5)
  • Roses are Red (Alex Cross, #6)
  • Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, #7)
  • Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, #8)
  • The Big Bad Wolf  (Alex Cross, #9)
  • London Bridges (Alex Cross, #10)
  • Mary, Mary (Alex Cross, #11)
Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2) Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1) 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1) The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1) Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

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