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Double Cross by James Patterson
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Jul 22, 08

I think I've finally realized that I've outgrown the Alex Cross series. That, or JP is getting lazy and sloppy as he keeps cranking out the novels. Predictable plot - yet another over-the-top genius criminal mastermind is committing terrible and sensational murders. Once again, Cross gets sucked in to helping and questions his life's direction. Once again, his love life is disgustingly described. I'm not offended at all by it, just grossed out. I hate how Patterson writes the "romantic interludes". Skeevy. And I find it disturbing that Cross seems to find more time to sleep with his girlfriend du jour than spend with his family. Also, his family is constantly being threatened by horrible killers. Here, never once shows an ounce of concern or seems to feel the need to get them some protection or anything, even when he knows the danger is right there practically stalking he and the family.

I also figured out a couple of the mystery "twists" extremely early on (and usually I'm slow about it!) and the one twist I didn't see coming was just put in there for sheer shock value. I don't like reading books, the whole time waiting to find out whodunit, only to finish the novel knowing absolutely nothing about the killer or where they came from.
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Violetinkpen JP was equally lazy and sloppy with the Maximum Ride books. He isn't the super author everyone raves that he is

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