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Alex Cross, Run

(Alex Cross #20)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  23,449 ratings  ·  1,534 reviews
If Alex Cross stops running, he will die. . . three serial killers are on the loose, and they want revenge.
Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him-by giving himself a new face.

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Vision (first published February 18th 2013)
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Colleen Yes, this is great as a standalone book. Nothing is lost or missed by not reading the previous Alex Cross books.
Lisa I finished listening to the audiobook on my android yesterday. I really enjoyed both the book and the readers. Made my drive time, and my daily walks…moreI finished listening to the audiobook on my android yesterday. I really enjoyed both the book and the readers. Made my drive time, and my daily walks and chores (yes even grocery shopping) much more enjoyable.(less)
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well that was an upsetting ending. I am hoping the next book in the series picks up with more information on the Ava topic. Overall, this was a really interesting installment with a lot of action and three very interesting plots. I still hope we learn more on the Ava front because I don’t feel like that was a solid ending to her story. The crime plots were ridiculously extreme but entertaining to say the least. This was a very good installment. Tired so don’t want to writing too
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another highly readable outing from James Patterson. I really like his Alex Cross series. They are always action packed with short choppy chapters that keep you reading long after it is time to put the book down and go to bed! It's also very nice to see Alex in a good place in his life with a wife who understands and supports him. This is unusual in this genre where the main character is usually a depressed alcoholic loner:) Altogether a nice, stress free, easy and enjoyable read.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars on this one. There were three cases going on at the same time....a bit overkill - no pun intended. I really found only one case even remotely interesting and that was the killer who was specifically targeting Alex Cross. There was a shocking conclusion to this particular case (not to reveal anything but I am not totally convinced this person is really gone - especially making a big deal of no dental records for ID.) Although we knew why Ron targeted Al ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson is at is best when he writes the Alex Cross series, is it because he writes these himself?
I wish Patterson would concentrate on this quality rather than the Production line quantity he insists on carrying out.
This was back to the quality of the early novels 'Kiss the girls' etc.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Detective Alex Cross was under pressure; the murders of beautiful young blonde girls, plus handsome young men had Alex and his good friend and colleague Detective John Sampson scrambling from one crime scene to the other. It seemed there was more than one killer out there – but were they serial killers?

Suddenly Alex found himself under fire from a most unexpected source – and he had no idea why. Plus there was trouble on the home front; the family’s foster child Ava who they loved de
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"But Cross was special. Alex was the one that Guidice wanted to kill"

NEWSFLASH: Patterson goes back to the aspects that made this series one of my all-time favorites!

Has has finally done it and given his fans the quality they were expecting. This book has all the elements we have come to love from the early and middle books in this series:

*Ruthless, clever and twisted killers, that you quickly come to hate
*Breakneck pace not only in terms of action, but
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Review of Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
A new Alex Cross thriller is always a long-awaited treat, and this one was no exception. I believe that the Alex Cross series are the only books Patterson continues to write without a co-author, and they remain my favorites. That said, his latest several have not thrilled me as much as his earlier works, Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, etc. I felt that he might be spreading himself too thin and thereby losing some of his edge. Alex Cross, Ru
Paula  Phillips
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know when you have read a series and there are quite a few books and you start to think that the author must be coming near the end of the series as they are beginning to feel tired ? I have to say that James Patterson's Alex Cross series does not fall into that category as each one still keeps the readers on their toes. I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Alex Cross Run as the last couple of books in his Alex Cross series have been a tad blah and a bit confusing with the whole multip ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Typical Alex Cross thriller. They are getting a bit predictable. Frankly I expected a slightly different ending, a little happier. Someone is killed who I expected to be found alive later, but it wasn't to be. And I fully expected Alex to figure out that his house was bugged. Alex, you are slipping a bit.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
James Patterson cannot go wrong when he pens his Alex Cross novels (perhaps proof that it is the co-authoring that makes some of the work attributed to him sub-standard). In this, the 20th installment of the Alex Cross series, the book takes our main character and stretches him out to deal with three main issues: a set of murderers on the loose, a reporter with an axe to grind, and some major issues at home that threaten to tear the family apart. Cross must juggle all these issues with his usual ...more
Linda Munro
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When bodies start mounting in D.C., Alex Cross sees a link that can only mean one thing, a serial killer. On closer examination, Cross realizes that there are at least two killers, maybe more. On top of all of this, it seems that children of murder victims have also disappeared. In the midst of a hastening murder spree, Cross is confronted by a blogger who seems to have taken an interest in more than Alex’s professional life.

While this blogger virtually attacks Cross, setting him up
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I heard this book was in NY #1 best seller list, and I thought to myself... well, why not? It's the 2nd installment of alex cross' series that I read and it's not like the first one is horrible.... (i read alex cross trial a few months ago, and although it is remotely about alex cross himself, i quite liked it)

Alex cross is a legendary detective and psychologist himself, was trapped between a case of Elijah Creem, a madhead plastic surgeon and a hotshot exposure battle between him and a blog
Carol Heiss
The last several Patterson books I've read,I've told myself it's the last one. This one had at least two or three mistakes where the place, character, or syntax was obviously wrong. It's very obvious that they are being turned out like any other product off the assembly line. Unfortunately I am thorougly hooked on the characters of Alex Cross and Michael Bennett. Great literature NO WAY, good fiction, maybe.
Larry Van Bibber
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-friends
I read it in 2 days. This one of the better Alex Cross books and the best in recent years. It is very fast paced with lots of action as 3 serial killers are tracked down by Cross. You can't skim this book without missing the stories.
Michael Turashoff
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say I love Cross and Patterson. Not the best Cross book I have read but very very enjoyable just the same. I would still recommend it to anyone who wants a good mystery.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Alex Cross story. James knows how to keep you captured. As I have seen Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls based on the book by James Patterson I could picture the characters. This book would make another thriller movie. From first page to last inhibiting. A real page Turner with lots of twists and turns and not all good.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By now, I've pretty much come to expect books by the prolific Patterson to be trite and superficial, but since this one is a solo effort - no co-authors with whom to bounce chapters back and forth - I thought perhaps it might be better. Happily, it is, although those descriptors (and the fact that most of the book is for the most part predictable) still apply, but to a lesser degree.

The impediment I had trouble shrinking from, however, was the vision of Tyler Perry, who landed the ro
Jackie Lane
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep saying I am going to give up on the Alex Cross series and I am always drawn back to it. The reason why is because when Patterson writes books like this one, I can't wait for the next one to come out.

This book has a lot going on. There are all different kinds of killings going on and Alex Cross is right there in the middle of it all. He is going in different directions and has been considering adopting Ava into his family. Ava has not adjust well after being with Alex and Bree
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A pair of thrill-seeking killers are on the loose: one stabbing long legged blonde women to death and the other shooting and mutilating male prostitutes. A third killer is publicly humiliating Alex in his role as a blogger and stalking his family for his incidental role in the death of his girlfriend years ago. While his family, including his foster daughter Ava, play a larger role in this novel, both his cop wife Bree and cop best friend John Sampson seem to have become bit players in Patterson ...more
Michael Bell
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Alex Cross series. I hate how individuals who have suffered losses take it out personally on him. I am in tune with the plight of Ava in this novel. She is a foster child and the fact that this is fiction does not take away from the real challenges that foster kids face. Mr. Guidice is a loser who has some demons of his own. Creem and Bergman are sick, twisted individuals that made it hard to put this novel down. I read the series out of sequence in that one tragedy in the book is to ...more
Rob Twinem
I used to love James Patterson and his early fantastic outings..Alone came a spider..Cat and Moust...Roses are Red..etc and their were some great villains, the demented Gary Soneji comes to mind. But like many authors the churning out of formulaic reads means that soon the magic will disappear and we are left with a poor imitation of what was once great. Here we have books for the masses, books for those who don't really read and a story with little substance or value. The plotline is not even w ...more
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
This is the next in the Alex Cross installment. Was really good and back to where he started when James Patterson started writing all those years ago.

Alex Cross has 2 murderers on the loose, 1 is killing Barbie type women and the other is killing rent boys, plus a hanging woman who was pregnant and the baby is missing. Will he find the baby in time? Who is killing these Barbie women and who is killing these rent boys? Are they all connected? Alex Cross has another problem closer to h
WEll, this is the latest of the Alex Cross series, and if I had to give Alex any advice it would to do exactly what the title suggests, RUN! I have been a little disappointed in the past couple of books in this series, so was happy to see that a very select group of fruit cakes on Capitol Hill were called forth to give Cross trouble, big time. I have decided to give this a 3.8 mainly because I felt it was more like the earlier Alex Cross books. This is a quick read...although a little creepy.
Ms. Nikki
A great way to make the time pass by. I listened to the audiobook and the pacing and story-line were pretty darn good. I was expecting Cross to be dragging his heels doing no real police work, but he was actually keeping pace this time.

On to the next.
DeAnna Knippling
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book...right up to the end. At the end I was like, "What? What? That was the end? Where's the rest of the book?"
Randy Tramp
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with a fight against perversion. It doesn't stop with sexual ugliness. It pours out into the suer of filth and must be eradicated. Alex Cross is the enforcer. Does he go too far?

Ron Guidice blogs against Cross, and in the public eye becomes successful. Can Officer Alex Cross stay professional and not let the instigator get under his skin?

Ava Williams, a homeless 5th grader, stays with the Cross family. She has problems with drugs. I identified with the fami
Erika Hayes
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better Alex Cross books. While you aren't surprised by the bad guy being who you expect him to be there is a sad twist at the end of the book. Sadly, I have found the formula for Alex Cross is a bit predictable but it is enjoyable. It's like going to a romantic comedy movie, you know what is going to happen, the story is predictable but still, you watch because it is enjoyable. That is what these latter books are like. You just want to know what will happen with Alex's family ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
This is a standard, quick read Patterson, 3 page chapters and all. Alex Cross becomes involved in a case involving a plastic surgeon who uses his surgical skills in evil ways as he goes through an ugly divorce. He also pairs up with his college pal who is into many of the same kinky kicks. At the same time he and his family are dealing with a troubled teen they are fostering who has a secret drug problem. This is fast moving and not terribly challenging!!
I felt that this book was OK, and kept me entertained, however there certainly was a much darker element to this one, which meant that i didn't enjoy it as much. i still enjoyed the detective part and how the main character worked his way through the investigation, but i definitely wouldn't say this was one of Patterson`s finest works, and i would have liked it much better if he had altered some arts of it. ...more
Frances Vivienne
A very good read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The characters were all put in place very well. Some very likeable, some you hated. I always like James Patterson's way of how he writes short chapters, they are strangely full of information, and you always feel you need to read just one more chapter, even if you are tired, one more chapter is so easy to read, then maybe one more..
I highly recommended this read.
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