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Cat and Mouse

(Alex Cross #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  55,327 ratings  ·  1,260 reviews
Alex Cross is back-and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by Little, Brown and Company
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JA Tivendale
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It was amazing to return to the corrupt and thrilling world where the policeman, psychologist and all around great family man, Alex Cross tries to solve insanely complex, homicide cases. Although often extremely violent and upsetting, dealing with the darkest sides of what crimes humans can commit, I love reading this series and the majority of the entries are highly addictive. Like the other books, this is a complete standalone novel although extra layers are added if they are visited consecuti ...more
I'm grateful to the Great American Read for enticing me to start reading the Alex Cross series. Cat and Mouse is the 4th book in the series, and I'm officially hooked. I like the characters, and the plots are suspenseful and engrossing.

Cross' nemesis, serial killer Gary Soneji, returns in Cat and Mouse. Soneji is bound and determined to kill Detective Alex Cross once and for all....but he's going to do it his way....the violent and crazy way. While Cross and his partner, John Sampson, are chasi
Feb 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep picking up Alex Cross novels when I am constantly dissapointed? Is it because I read Kiss the Girls when I was much younger and at that time found it enjoyable? Ah the blissful pleasures of ignorant youth. Maybe it is just because there happen to be so many in every airport bookstore that I just can't resist. This book was apparently thrown togeather with no regard for cohesive story line, no thought of how time passes, and no thought of how real people think and feel. Alex Cross w ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Wow, I can't believe I used to like this book. All of the things I came to hate about the later books of the series are actually WORSE in this book. I have tried to keep spoilers to details to they won't ruin the plot. Also, fair warning, a lot of this review is a C&P of the first Cross book since a lot of my issues are the same.

1. The fact that Patterson spends half the book writing about how evil white people are drives me nuts. Keep in mind that Patterson was a 46 y.o., married, wealthy,
Matthew Esham
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
I usually find James Patterson a bit ho hum but there is nothing ho hum about Cat and Mouse. Alex is, once again, faced with two psychopaths but this time round they are both masters of the macabre. The violence held within is pretty graphic so let your watch word be "take care".
The things the alpha villain, Mr Smith, does are particularly gross. Who'd want to be a medical examiner? Not me. There really is a lot going on so there is no time get bored let alone make a cup of coffee.
This time rou
Just like Jack and Jill, Cat and Mouse forces Alex to take on two murderers again. One killer is the Gary Soneji, who was introduced to us in the first book Along Came a Spider. He's dying from AIDS and wants to go out with a bang! Oh, and he most definitely wants his revenge on Alex Cross for putting him in jail.

Then there's Mr. Smith who is off kidnapping and killing people in France. He basically taunts the police because he calls them when there's a new victim and then later when he tells th
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked it but wasn’t as into as I was the previous three of the series. Still set up for a good continuous of the series. I liked the crime plots and I especially liked the twists in the Pierce case. The Cross crime plot was actually solved too easily in my opinion. There was no grand lead up to it so to speak and not too much to consider twists or turns. The characters are amusing to follow in this series. I have been told by so many that the Alex Cross series will become my favorite James
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you be an assassin?

When is being the bad guy ever good? Is being an assassin a good or a bad thing? Do killers have different problems then regular people? Cat and mouse by James Patterson is a suspenseful, exciting action book that will blow your mind. Two people fight to the death, who will be the cat and who will be the mouse.
Gary Sonejis is an assassin in the United States and he was a kidnapper. Mr. Smith is a person without a first name, and he is also an assassin but in Europe tha
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
GAG!! Maybe 2.25 stars. I'm usually a huge Alex Cross fan, the first two books - shit scary. Number 3... meh. But this one?? Seriously?!

It basically read like two books - the first half with Soneji was a flop, I didn't find that necessary, yes it was creepy but pretty disappointing. And (ok, maybe I'm a bitch) but not one member of Alex Cross' family died?? Not even the Grandma?? Come On!!!

The romance between Cross and Christine?? Gag, seriously, gag. Please don't ever write any sex scenes again
Reed Hamilton
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is perfect for someone looking for a completely predictable, awfully written, over played detective story. Patterson's writing style in "Cat and Mouse" is hideous. He constantly is switching from the first person views of one character to another, leaving the reader still trying to find the meaning in the pointless two page chapter before it. Not to mention Patterson divides the book into two sections, that are not even relatable. Halfway through the book, Patterson switches from the S ...more
Crime Addict Sifat
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Alex Cross is back-as is a furious and self-destructive Gary Soneji. Out of jail and kicking the bucket from the AIDS infection he contracted there, he will get exact retribution on Cross before he bites the dust. Moreover, we are acquainted with another match of adversaries whose ways cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been pursuing his evil spirit, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. Mr. Smith is an interesting creature, with activities toward his casualt ...more
i stayed up all night reading. the only thing that stopped me from finishing it was when i looked out the window the sun was already up and i still have a 8 am class to attend, so i figured i got to catch at least an hour's sleep. really exciting, i couldn't put it down. gary soneji is simply sick... yet strangely fascinating.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Alex Cross is again on the trail of Gary Soneji. There is also a killer in England that the FBI is chasing and want Cross to help solve. The book kept me turning pages but it seemed the stories were totally unrelated, and I think they were. It was two books in one, but each of the killers wanted Alex to outsmart them. A bit of a change from his previous books.
Cecily Kyle
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: towers-vi
I just finished reading one of the books from the Michael Bennett series and I would definitely say the Alex Cross series a lot more intense. I almost wasn't expecting the brutality like I forgot how well James Patterson speaks from the killer's perspective.
I definitely liked this one better than the last one and I look forward to continuing the series.
Great Read!
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
And this is why I continue to read James Patterson's books - this one was excellent. Alex Cross is at his masterful best chasing and catching the the bad guys and in this case they are really, really bad! A twist at the end ensures I have to chase up and read the next book in the series very soon.
Since the new ALEX CROSS movie just came out in my area, I decided to pick up CAT & MOUSE and make it an Alex Cross week all the way around. On the bright side, the movie was pretty good--much better than most critics and die-hard Patterson fans are giving it credit for. On the other hand, CAT & MOUSE was just awful. The writing was inept ("She looked slightly beyond great."), and the story was a mess. In this novel, Patterson writes in the first-person for three different characters and ...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Death is the nature's way of saying 'howdy'" - Nana

Gary Soneji is on the loose again and he is out for a payback to Alex Cross. In James Patterson's first book of Alex Cross, this psychopath has kidnapped to kids. This time, Gary Soneji is on the game killing random strangers, making stations as his human shooting range. Killing in a methodical manner.

On the other hand, Thomas Agustine, with his uncanny ability to catch killers, has been chasing the man who brutally his fiancee, Mr. Smith.

Jesse Thompson
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was not very good, could have been two separate books, and they both would have been just OK.
Daisya Spencer
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Πάνος Τουρλής
«Η γάτα και το ποντίκι» είναι το τέταρτο βιβλίο του James Patterson με πρωταγωνιστή τον Άλεξ Κρος και αφορά δύο ιστορίες: την οριστική αναμέτρηση του ντετέκτιβ και ψυχολόγου Κρος με τον Γκάρι Σόνετζι που είχε συλλάβει στο «Και ήρθε μια αράχνη» αλλά και την εμφάνιση ενός αδίστακτου δολοφόνου που ακούει στο όνομα Σμιθ. Πρόκειται για ένα μυθιστόρημα γεμάτο ανατροπές και μια σχετικά πολυδιάστατη ιστορία, μιας και δεν έχουμε μόνο τις δύο παράλληλες εξιστορήσεις αλλά και μια σειρά από μυστικά που έχου ...more
Mary Drayer
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my-The layers-plot, character development, plot, “who is the cat”, and “who is the mouse”? But our hero is broken to find the out, this book will not let you STOP reading!
Kostas Kanellopoulos
πρωτη φορα που με ξενερωσε ο Αλεξ Κρος... τεσσερα αστερακια στο πρωτο μισο, δυο στη συνεχεια και εξοργιστικο το κλιφχανγκερ στο τελος λες και βλεπουμε επεισοδιο αστυνομικης σειρας
Roger Gaboury
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good thriller. And now I love Alex Cross. This was a real page turner. Will have to read some of the other AC stories this summer.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of my favorite so far in this series.
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Alex Cross’s (and mine) worst nightmare is back. Gary Soneji is back with a vengeance and will stop at nothing to get back at Alex Cross for “ruining his life.” Can he be stopped this time? While Alex is trying to stop Gary a second time, there is another killer on the loose, Mr. Smith.

I lied about Soneji being my worst nightmare. Mr. Smith is my worst nightmare. And it’s not particularly close.

I could talk for hours about how much I like Alex Cross. He’s has been
Satrajit Sanyal
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Call me crazy but this is my favorite Alex Cross book thus far. This is the fourth in the series. I've already read the first three (all of which I enjoyed) but there was something about this one that just grabbed me right from the beginning.

I just love how Patterson weaves a tale. And, as much as I joke with my friends about his short chapters, I find them refreshing after some of the heavier things I've read this past summer. No more saying to myself, "I'll read one more chapter before I go to
Chelsea Sapp
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The book "Cat and Mouse" by James Patterson is about a detective named Alex Cross and his mission to put an end to Gary Soneji. Once Alex has done just that he (and his family) gets beaten to the point were he could die at any moment by a persone claiming to be Soneji. A new detective Tomas Pierce has left his Mr. Smith case to solve Crosses. As soon as Alex got better he discoverd that Tomas was the mass murder Mr. Smith.
James Patterson did a good job of discirbeing things during the book. For
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book because it is set in areas of the country that I know well, it's fun reading about places you know. It was also made into a movie. That was fun too!
I went through a bit of a James Patterson kick for a while back in the day so please excuse the sheer amount of his books that I've read.

I think anyone who has read his books will agree they are not difficult or challenging BUT they are entertaining and full of suspense and keep you turning pages. I've enjoyed ever
Erika Hayes
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. It got a little wild in the middle but it was indeed a cat and mouse game. Again I am reading through the Alex Cross book series and have enjoyed them thus far. The writing is good. I am a bit surprised at some of the word choices. I am not a fan of cursing in books but I get it, he's a tough detective/FBI/Psychologist - when I type it I think REALLY? --but the character is so well written it is totally legit and believable. I love the little snippets of Alex's family life. I w ...more
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