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Where did Ali come from??

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne How did Cross have a 3rd kid when his wife was preggers when she died? I missed something!


Christopher Jones Ali is Alex's son with Christine who was introduced earlier in the Alex Cross series. She was a school teacher who Alex fell in love with, she became pregnant and was kidnapped. She decided she could not live the life that Alex lived so she moved away with Little Alex and finally after some time and tribulations she decided to give Alex custody of the little boy.

Hope that helps you out.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

that kinda helps me out... only Ali came off as the baby of the family. and all the other kids were older in the book "Cross" so unless he cheated on his wife how did Ali end up younger than the rest of them?


Christopher Jones Jannie and Janel, the two older children of Alex are by Alex's first wife Maria. Ali (Alex Jr.) is by Christine, a woman Alex met later on who could not handle Alex's job as a cop so she moved away., I am not sure which book she was introduced in. Hope that clears it up for you.


message 5: by Judy (last edited Feb 13, 2008 09:24AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Judy Patterson could have written the two or three sentences to explain that. Something like "Little Alex is the happy result of a failed relationship. Christine couldn't deal with my job so she split but eventually gave me custody of our son." You'd think an editor would have pointed out that no mention is made of Ali's origins and a first time reader would be confused by that. I know I was.


Catherine His two children from wife Maria who was killed are Jannie and Daymon.


Sheri Ali was from his liason with Christine before she was kidnapped and taken to an island by one of his villans. You need to read more of the Alex Cross books Patterson has written. Christine was the principal of his kids' Jannie and Damon's school.


Kandice A lot of times, when an author writes a series of books about one character, the story itself can stand alone. It's the same for the Alex Cross books, except there are a few things you would pick up along the way. Sometimes, I would almost rather they not dwell on explaining everything that has happened. I hate when each book begins with a re-cap, and then interjects all these little explanations thoughout the story. It gets tedious.


Christine bonner he first shows up in Pop goes the weasel if that of any help


message 10: by Madelyn (new)

Madelyn Just reread Cross as I want to see the movie. I couldn't figure out where Ali came from.. I agree with Judy... little background could have been mentioned. I read Pop goes the Weasel but many years ago. Sometimes we just don't remember the little facts of Patterson's books.


message 11: by Ray (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ray Pettiford Madelyn wrote: "Just reread Cross as I want to see the movie. I couldn't figure out where Ali came from.. I agree with Judy... little background could have been mentioned. I read Pop goes the Weasel but many year..."

In many instances, it would be convenient to have background updates. However, at some point, this would be more distractive than helpful.


message 12: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Latulippe As a great Fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross novels, I am glad he does not recap everything in every book. I agree you really have to be a fan to know the story, but also strongly suggest to all of you who have not, to go back to the first book of the series and read them all.


Blaine Latham Can anyone post the cross books in order. Some have been republished under different names and it is hard to keep straight sometimes. Thanks


Renae Here is the order of books from beginning to most recent pending release
• Along Came a Spider,
• Kiss the Girls
• Jack & Jill,
• Cat and Mouse
• Pop Goes the Weasel
• Roses Are Red
• Violets Are Blue
• Four Blind Mice
• The Big Bad Wolf
• London Bridges,
• Mary, Mary,
• Cross,
• Double Cross,
• Cross Country
• Alex Cross's Trial,
• I, Alex Cross,
• Cross Fire,
• Kill Alex Cross, .
• Merry Christmas, Alex Cross,
• Alex Cross, Run


Anthony I find it ironic that Alex cross went from being portrayed by Morgan Freeman to Tyler Perry in just the last 12 years. He gets younger looking every day!


message 16: by Joy (new)

Joy Potter Tyler Perry is more like the Alex Cross i imagine than Morgan Freeman could be. He's a middle aged brick of a man that can chase his villains down. Can't see Morgan Freeman doing that.


message 17: by Judy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Judy All publishers should realize that with a series, people will read them out of order. This book starts off with Alex having two children, then skips ahead several years to a time when he has three and never explains where the third one came from. That was a major distraction for me, because I kept going back through the book, looking for something on Ali's origins. My enjoyment of the book suffered, as it did for many other readers who'd never read the previous books. Two sentences would have cleared that up.


message 18: by Jim (new)

Jim So Cross cheated on the Love of His life, in order to have a child younger than the 2 with Maria correct? That is the way it says on disc 2 of the book, Ali is the youngest, or it was simply poorly written and made it seem Ali was the youngest?


message 19: by Christine (last edited Nov 30, 2013 11:36AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Christine Jim wrote: "So Cross cheated on the Love of His life, in order to have a child younger than the 2 with Maria correct? That is the way it says on disc 2 of the book, Ali is the youngest, or it was simply poorl..."

No. Alex was married to Maria, they had two children Damon and Jannie. Maria was pregnant with their third child when she was murdered (drive by shooting). Alex was in his early 30's when this happened.

Move on 10 years and he fell in love with Christine, who was the principle of Damon and Jannie's school. However, due to his job, she was kidnapped and she was pregnant at the time with Ali. When she was finally rescued she had already given birth to Ali. She gave Alex baby Ali to look after because she couldn't cope after the kidnapping, she was too scared to be with Alex because of his work. After about a year she came back for Ali and kept him for over a year but eventually she gave him back to Alex and he ended up with custody of Ali.

I hope this makes sense.

In the novel Cross he reflects back on his relationship with Maria and also her death. This novel is about him finding her killer and bringing closure to his guilt about not finding her killer sooner. This reflecting back may have caused some confusion for someone who hasn't read any of the previous books in the series.


Georgia Lengyel If you read the books in order , it's not hard to find out who Ali is and how he ended up living with Alex and his family.


message 21: by Helene (new)

Helene What is your favorite James Patterson novel? A page turner that you couldn't page down.


Georgia Lengyel Once I start an Alex Cross book, I put it down only when I have to. That is why I haven't read the latest book. It is a "to be continued" book. I don't want to wait a year to find out what happened.


message 23: by Helene (new)

Helene I have read more of his newer ones, but want to go back to some earlier ones, wanted to know which earlier one was the best?


Georgia Lengyel They are all good, so I can't really pick any one to be the best. Start at the beginning, there is a list of them in this discussion. But "Kiss the Girls" and "Along came a Spider" are missing. Both or these were made into movies staring Morgan Freeman. Of these, I liked "Kiss the Girls" the best.


message 25: by Helene (new)

Helene Thank you!!! I did read those first two, so I will just go in order from there... Thanks again!


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