**spoiler alert** This book has James Patterson's trademark short chapters and fast-paced story, but I found it to be less exciting than most of the o...more**spoiler alert** This book has James Patterson's trademark short chapters and fast-paced story, but I found it to be less exciting than most of the other books in the Alex Cross series, and ultimately disappointing. Patterson leads the reader to expect that the two high-stakes cases that Alex is working on are somehow related, but they aren't.
The terrorist plot is not resolved in any satisfactory way, and although Alex is on the team, he is not really hands-on. This part of the story feels more like background. And the poisoning of Washington's water supply, which is hyped on the jacket flap, is only mentioned briefly and then dropped.
The kidnapping case is solved, but in an almost perfunctory way. How Alex and his team actually find the President's kids when they abduct and drug the kidnapper isn't clear: all of a sudden they're in the woods and then they're at the farmhouse ... somehow. And the kidnapper's vow to "kill Alex Cross" seems to be an afterthought. First of all, he has little motivation to kill Alex. Second, if he has a plan to kill Alex, the reader isn't made privy to it. It's almost as if, now that Kyle Craig is gone, someone -- anyone -- needs to be determined to kill Alex.
Thankfully, at least Kyle Craig doesn't come back from the dead again in some ridiculously preposterous way as he did in the previous book. But at a couple of points in this one, I almost found myself wishing that he would.
I've loved most of the Alex Cross books, but several of the latest ones have been weaker. I hope very much that the series returns to its former stature.(less)
This is a good mystery with solid clue development and a couple of twists along the way. The main character, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, is appealing, a...moreThis is a good mystery with solid clue development and a couple of twists along the way. The main character, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, is appealing, as are her supporting cast, both in the Women's Murder Club and the San Francisco Police Department. The interweaving of several "2nd chances" ties the story together. And Patterson's fast-moving action, organized in his patented style with very short chapters, keeps the story moving and makes for a quick but satisfying read. (less)