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The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross #9)

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Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, beautiful women are being kidnapped-to be bought and sold as slaves. Behind this depraved scheme stands a shadowy figure known only as The Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime. With Alex's personal life in chaos because of his ex-fia ...more
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Published November 1st 2003 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2003)
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RJ
Here's an example of why I gave The Big Bad Wolf two stars. In one scene Alex Cross and his FBI boss track a man believed to be the most dangerous Red Mafiya criminal in the world, to his home in Miami, and arrest him during a party. Before slapping on the cuffs, someone yells, "Fire!" in the next room. Both Alex and his boss abandon the most dangerous criminal in the world, not knowing if there actually is a fire, enabling an escape. Is Alex drummed out of the FBI for gross incompetence? No. In ...more
Mark Hebwood
I was planning to start this review with a phrase that was able to convey incredulity. Incredulity at the skill which James must have employed deliberately to deliver a novel so comprehensively lacking in quality that it manages to fail against any literary benchmark that I can think of. The development of characters is superficial throughout - not even clichéd, just insipid and uninteresting. Events don't make sense. Plot development is flawed. Attempts to give characters psychological depths a ...more
Ithlilian
I read this after I read London Bridges, which didn't really effect anything too much. I think I would have been more irritated if I read London Bridges after this because the characters acted clueless about the wolf the entire way through Bridges, yet they should have known who he was at that time. Anyway, the lack of any real detective work in these novels irritates me. Alex lets other people uncover things then goes after the bad guy and fails. Someone will turn up a piece of information, Ale ...more
Jerry
"Untidiness" spoils otherwise great Alex Cross thriller!

Patterson's latest is typical of his best work: furiously paced short chapters; an edgy plot that keeps the pages inexorably turning; and thrills and chills galore as the scary action rarely pauses for us to breathe. And for Alex Cross fans, it's good to have him back, even though this book marks the start of his FBI career, a start that wobbles a little bit. For good measure, some family stuff is worked in, especially a surprise visit fro
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Jun 29, 2010 (´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mystry novels
Shelves: own
A series of kidnappings with no ransoms perplexes Alex Cross and his fellow FBI agents. Both men and women have been kidnapped in places like shopping mall parking lots and have later turned up dead. The victims were all tortured before they died. Apparently, they are being kidnapped by a Mob-type network and given to psychopaths who pay a high price to have them as slaves for their own satisfaction. The monster believed to be behind the kidnappings is a criminal mastermind known as the Wolf, wh ...more
Laura
Dear Mr. Patterson

While this book was an easy read, I must say that it must have been easy to write because you have done this 19 or so times before. This book was predictable up until the end. I do not appreciate the ending hanging there so that people will buy the next book to find out what happens. Sorry but that ploy will not work with me. I will not buy the next book. This cheap ploy to get me to buy book number 20 will not work. It wasn't even that good. And talk about drama, seriously you
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Matt
Not his best effort here. Another Alex Cross book, but this one was not great.

First off, Alex Cross has become sooo obnoxious. Patterson tries way way way too hard to make him the perfect human being and perfect cop. Single dad, raising three kids, living with his grandmother, PHD from John's Hopkins, plays classical music on his piano to relax, reads poetry, athlete, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Come on, barf barf barf. Also, how does a cop from SE DC raise 3 kids in a Georgetown to
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Carl Alves
Big Bad Wolf had a sufficient amount of tension and moved along at a nice pace, but what it suffered is that neither the plot, the situation or the characters were remotely believable. The Wolf is an ultra shadowy Russian mafioso who is invisible, omniscient and omnipotent. He can do anything he wants, any time he wants, and has no limitation on reach or resources. He's not a credible character. If you look at the history of law enforcement, the law officers know who the bad guys are, but they o ...more
Tim
This series would be better served with less family drama and more detecting. It would also be better if bad guys didn't walk away scot free. 4 of 10 stars
Zozo
Why is this guy a renowned writer? Just changed my rating from 2 stars to 1.

What a mess?

The plot was intriguing but the ending seemed rushed, you know when you are writing an exam and they tell you, you have minutes left.
Perhaps his publisher was rushing him. Chapter division appear to be based on a minimum no of pages per chapter.

Some parts seemed unnecessary or maybe I just missed how the connect e.g The dog roaming not on a leash at night, what was that about? Sequel, does the dog belong to
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Stephen Johnson
The Big Bad Wolf is the ninth novel in James Patterson's Alex Cross series, which follows detective and psychologist Alex Cross and his high profile homicide cases. In this book, the same key elements found in each of Patterson's formulaic texts will drive the plot: Cross will investigate a complicated case, he will be overly qualified for whatever obstacles he faces, he will determine the identity of the murderer (who is typically working at the request of a more intelligent nemesis), he will f ...more
Michelle
“Who is afraid?” the inside jacket of Patterson’s novel The Big Bad Wolf asks and then answers, “You are,” and they were right. For most of the novel, I really was scared of the big bad wolf, and with his identity still being unknown by the end of the novel, he kept his mystery and his fear he instilled into others, even if it was frustrating to never find out who he really was. The Big Bad Wolf centers around one of, if not the most, famous James Patterson character, Alex Cross. He is training ...more
Sara
In the book The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson, Alex Cross is working on his first case with the FBI that puts him and his two children in danger. Making it easier for his ex-fiancée too gain full custody of their son. Alex is first brought onto this case after a judge’s wife in kidnapped. Afraid that this kidnapping might be related to other crimes across the country were beautiful men and women are kidnapped and sold for slavery. Alex is added to the team of FBI agents to find the judges wife ...more
Tom Barnes

Kidnapping is not unusual to top law enforcement and certainly not to the FBI.
However James Patterson has thrown a curve ball at the general kidnapping scenario. There are no threats or ransom demands of any kind. The several victims so far are gorgeous drop-dead model types that have no ties to the underworld; at least they had none before they were snatched off the street in broad daylight.
A man and woman are watching Mrs. Elizabeth, Lizzie, Connolly, gorgeous mother of three daughters, as she
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Nolan
Thirty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Connolly is in the midst of a busy day. There are errands to run, an appointment to keep with a hairdresser, and one of her children’s birthday parties to plan and conduct. She’s pretty in that Claudia Schiffer way, and she looks closer to 30 than 37. Her world changes forever in the parking lot of an Atlanta mall where she is kidnapped by a man and woman with heavy Russian accents, and, with her children looking on, she is forced into her own car, which is driven ...more
Chris
The Big Bad Wolf
By James Patterson

Amazing! Truly amazing. This book was absolutely puzzling and suspenseful in a way only James Patterson could achieve. James Patterson has succeeded in creating a remarkable, yet captivating novel in The Big Bad Wolf. This book was a five star book in my mind the moment I read the overview. In this novel, Alex Cross, a middle aged, new FBI agent who is also trying to decide if the FBI is the right choice for him or if he should go back to being a street cop, has
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Jasmine Diaz
This book is about a man who goes by the name the wolf. He would hire men to go and kidnape women because he has a websit were men could purchase women for a high amount of money. These men kidnapp these weman and brings them to the owner. The wolf is very famouse but no one knows or has ever seen what he looks like hes a very smart ghostly man. Alex cross was on the investigation case and started trying to figure out to see if there was a patter in the kidnappings. He found out that there all r ...more
Julie
This was my first James Patterson mystery. Alex Cross is a well written competent lead; however, he is a lousy team player. He has a judgemental, know-it-all attitude that would isolate him very quickly from any work environment. Patterson tries to add dimension to Cross' character through his parenting issues; and it feels forced. The plot of beautiful people(mostly women) being sold as sex slaves was effectively repugnant, although, I wondered why we had to have so many details of the masochis ...more
Claire Green
What went wrong?

the Cross series has always (well, almost always) gripped me, but this one failed to captivate me, the plot was shaky, with big dollops of incompetence (arresting Wolf then just letting the guy go cos someone shouted fire! - seriously?!) and the way that Patterson has Cross pained as this guy who not only lost the love of his life, and is an all round great guy who just wants marriage - to every single woman he sleeps with, claims to fall in love with, gets dumped and is sleepin
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Brett
The Big Bad wolf is a book by James Patterson that attempts to combine a crime mystery with a family drama. His family took away from the story to much, it caused the book to be drawn out and uninteresting. It was almost like I was reading to different books at the same time. The book is about Alex cross, who was formerly part of the Washington PD and in the book is an FBI agent. In his first few weeks Alex is put to the test, to see if he has what it takes to survive in the FBI. After he has a ...more
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
"The Big Bad Wolf ... Not so Big, Not So Bad!!!"

James Patterson is such a well known, prolific writer and sought after international author, that his numerous books have been read and reviewed a myriad of times, by people all around the globe.

I generally try to read a fair percentage of other reviews about a title before I put my thoughts down in print, although I will always voice my own opinions about something which, after all, is very much about personal taste.

I was therefore a little discon
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Lorraine
Alex. Alex. Alex. I am in love with him. What a fearless man and good looking too. I imagine he's got a "body like Arnold with a Denzel base" to quote "Salt 'n Pepa". Enough droolin'!!

Such an action packed read to kick-start the year. Where do I begin?!?!

If you're familiar with the Alex Cross series, you already know that he's a crime solver of note. Rule breaking mean machine. Basically this thriller is about white slave trading. Not the labouring kind, but sex slaves controlled by a Russian kn
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Ms. Nikki
Mindless entertainment. Quickly paced. Some tension. On to the next.
Pat Fromm
First of all, I think Patterson has a special "Chapter" button on his keyboard that he spams every 30 seconds while writing. His chapters were tweets before tweets existed. It's like his publisher pays him by the chapter. In some ways, it's great; you feel like you are tearing through the book, and it is super digestible. However, there are frequent chapter breaks between the characters' thoughts. It's a cheap trick to ramp up some phoney suspense, and I found myself despising them.

Okay, so how
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Jacqueline
I finished this book a few days ago and I think it is about time I share with all of you my opinions on this book and where the Alex Cross series is going.

First things first, this was my least favorite book of the series so far. I just didn't feel the sense of mystery and excitement that I have come to enjoy and expect from Petterson's novels. The whole Russian Mafia plot just didn't draw me in and even worse the plot is left to seep over into the next novel.. I am just not feeling it. Another
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James
On the strength (and I use the term loosely) of this and the last Patterson book I read, the 6 remaining Patterson books I own are going straight to the charity shop unread. What makes me angry about this book is that I remember enjoying the first Alex Cross books, but this is just terrible. It reads like a first draft that needs fleshing out - the plot's all the there, ludicrous as it is, but the characters are flat, the bad guys are tasteless caricatures, and Alex Cross is a waste of space. We ...more
Harriet
Why is there no option for a zero star review? This book would make for unworthy toilet paper. Who is buying these books? How is James Patterso profiting from this incoherent, unoriginal, stupefyingly boring drivel?
It is supposed to be a crime thriller and I have never read anything so dull and lifeless.
I hated everyone in it. I loathed the way it was written. I felt patronized by the enduring implausibility of it al. It is an abomination of a `storyˊ and I am regretful that I invested any tim
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Courtney
If the last Alex Cross book failed to meet some of my expectations, this one met all of them plus some.
It seems that the more messed up the bad guys are, the better the book turns out to be.
One of the things I liked most about this one was that you are kept guessing about who the bad guys are, and one of them comes as a huge surprise.
Alex is making his transition from the Washington PD to the FBI. Of course, this does not come without some hardship. Alex is having a difficult time adjusting t
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Sammy Loves Books
This story was well written and may even get a 4 star from most readers, but not from me. I prefer stories where the good guys win in the end. Not when the bad guys get away and leave destruction in their wake. There was no happy ending. It took me forever to get thru this book, so long that it became a chore.
Rachel
it had no plot. not just a bad plot-- no plot. no matter how ridiculous or predictable a james patterson book is...i can always count on a never-put-it-down, page-turner. not this time, though. ugh. boring.
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