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The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross #9)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  42,388 Ratings  ·  1,009 Reviews
Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and who is bringing a new reign of terror to organized crime.

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex gro
Published October 13th 2003 by Headline
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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James Patterson gets a lot of bad press for his books, and I can see they have quite a few faults. Nevertheless I still enjoy them so much I am willing to overlook a lot!
This was just so readable. Short chapters and lots of action always keeps those pages turning and I am pretty attached to Alex Cross and his family by now so that helps too. I lost track of how many people were supposed to be Wolf and then turned out not to be. In the end I gave up trying to follow all the intricacies and just l
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Not bad. Will be interesting to see where the little Alex situation goes long term. I found this crime plot only ok. I expected to like the plot a lot more than I did based on the description but honestly I only found it okay.

My quick and simple overall: an okay installment. Really getting into this series though.
Mark Hebwood
Dec 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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

Alex Cross had joined the FBI and was in his initial training period at Quantico (which he barely needed after the years as detective on the police force) when he was called into a high profile case. Attractive, young, blonde white women were being abducted – some in broad daylight. When it came to light that there was a pattern involved, they knew they had a problem.

Sexual slavery run by one of the top mobsters in the world – a Russian nicknamed the Wolf – was behind the whole terrible bu
Sam Spinner
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Good Patterson!
Alaina Meserole
The Big Bad Wolf had a lot of messes within this book. It constantly made me question what the hell Alex was doing. I get that he is in a new job at the FBI but he was a god damn detective before this .. so why the hell did he make so many mistakes in this book?? I have no idea but that's why I took a star away.

I also gave it four stars because Christine came back and I just didn't like her or what she did. I really hope she doesn't appear in the next book, like at all. Then there's the whole "W
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson was okay for me felt the storyline fell a bit short for this fabulous series it fell flat in the middle he has done a lot better 3 1/2 stars
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent read. Things look full of promise for Alex Cross. His new job with the FBI is prestigious and exciting. But no sooner has he gone in for orientation, when all heck breaks loose.

An all-women team of kidnappers has been snatching successful, upstanding man and women right before their families eyes--possibly to sell them into slavery. The Alex Cross Series has been overall a good one, but there are times that Patterson does better writing than others. This one is pretty good.

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Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross has left the Washington DC police office to join the FBI. He's still in preparing, however his notoriety goes before him thus he is tapped to lead a noteworthy examination concerning an abducting ring. The criminal driving force behind the seizing binge is a Russian Mafia boss called The Wolf. Splendid, merciless, clever, and staggeringly rich, he is constantly in front of the FBI who blunder along committing a great many mistakes. Just Alex Cross appears to have any brains among his ...more
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. The writing style seems different from the other books. I can't really put my finger on it, but just different. Maybe, the author is growing at this point. There was too much rushing at the end for me. I would have rather the book slowed down a bit with more details. But, still really liked it and give it 4 stars.

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Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Soo, I read the book even though I didn't read 8 prequels. Still it was readable. I like how James writes, it's thrilling and exciting and you can't wait to read another chapter.

This book was awesome, I'll try to get my hands on more Alex Cross.
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jammin Jenny
I enjoyed this installment in the Alex Cross series. The villain (known as the Wolf) was okay but it wasn't as thrilling as some of the other Cross books I've read. I'm still going to read them all though because I love that Alex Cross is from DC and is a stand up black man and a good role model for all.
Jerry B
"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
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! Always a good read.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chanel Lindsay
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of the better Alex Cross books but still an enjoyable read.

This book focuses around Alex's first case since joining the FBI that has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realises. They are being bought and sold. And it seems a predator known as The Wolf is the mastermind behind this terrible trade and is bringing a new reign of terror to organised c
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
jv poore
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alex-cross
I haphazardly discovered Patterson's, Alex Cross, when I grabbed a worn paperback, Violets Are Blue, off of an overstock rack in a used bookstore. I had no idea that I had chosen a book that was the 7th in a series of at least 17. After devouring my first Patterson novel, and falling head over heels in love with John Sampson, Cross' best friend and partner, as well as becoming quite smitten with Cross, I knew that I needed to start at Alex's beginning and go through the entire series.

The Big Bad
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Back a few years ago the Alex Cross books were my favorite series and I listened to the first 8 books almost back to back. I don't remember why I paused the series back then and only now picked it up again but it took me only a few minutes to bond again with Alex and his family and I even remembered the minor characters which almost never happens to me since my brain is a mess :D

As usual the case started almost immediately and while Alex Cross now works for the FBI and has a new environ
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Randy Tramp
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross transfers to the FBI. In training at Quantico, Virginia, Cross is pulled from classes to work on cases. It doesn't make him popular.

Someone is buying and selling people. His name is Wolf, and he's mean.

Short 500 word chapters and fast paced scenes, make Patterson's book enjoyable.

Nana, Damon, Jannie, little Alex and not to forget, Rosie the cat is Cross's family. He loves them very much.

Nana is the spitfire grandmother of Alex. Jannie is 14 going on 21. Damon is lovable and little Al
Alex Cross is back on top form with his first FBI case, in the hunt for Russian monster The Wolf. I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment in the Alex Cross series and after a minor lapse with books 7 & 9, I'm glad things picked up with book 9. Good plot, with a few twists and turns which saw this book ending with a cliffhanger. Poor Alex seems no further forward with the car crash this is his personal life but let's just say after the way book 9 ended, I "cross" my fingers that Alex's ex, Chris ...more
Erika Hayes
This one was good, but it wasn't my favorite. It took me longer to finish then I like. Mostly because it didn't hold my attention as well as the previous in the series. It was a little predictable about the Wolf. I know there are always books in a series that will not be as big a hit with a reader, this one was mine. I felt it went a little long and didn't find myself captured by the story. Still had a good story but not what I was expecting. The antagonist was a little overdone. I am on to the ...more
Jamie Rose
really liked the first few Alex Cross books, until they degenerated into weak, implausible plots, written blatantly for the money, not for the readers.

I carried on for a while because i hoped they'd pick up again. I lost the will to give him the benefit of doubt any more when there was a two page product placement for Mercedes and he was chasing off to Africa, because of yet another woman he loved and ended in an eyeball showdown with a crocodile.

Holly Haze
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another doozie from Patterson. This is Alex Cross' first case in the FBI and it doesn't disappoint. Cross has a few enemies already in the FBI, but that does not stop him from going head on with The Wolf. Women abducted and sold as sex slaves. A Russian mafia. The hunt. Cross' personal life takes a back seat to his. Re position. This one was a good ride.
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