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Cross the Line

(Alex Cross #24)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  18,607 ratings  ·  1,173 reviews
Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers.

Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can
Paperback, UK, 400 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Arrow
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Bruce No, it does not. Despite the book numbering, the events in "Cross the Line" happen prior to "Cross Kill." For example, Jannie's invitational and Nana …moreNo, it does not. Despite the book numbering, the events in "Cross the Line" happen prior to "Cross Kill." For example, Jannie's invitational and Nana Mama's lottery win - both of which are referenced in "Cross Kill" - are events in "Cross the Line."(less)
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Patterson returns with another Alex Cross thriller, leaving series fans curious what is to come, especially after the high-impact ending of the previous story, a BookShot. As if nothing had happened at all, the story opens with Cross investigating an apparent case of road rage, a man shot and killed in his car. However, just as Cross is getting a handle on the situation, a call comes in, reporting an officer has been shot. Rushing to the scene, Alex realises that this is not only his former boss ...more
Laura Rash
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Either I've read too many JP books that I'm losing focus on them or he's spewing out lemons. Maybe he should focus back on quality not quantity of books.
The motorbike hit top speed as he chased the offender – he knew the Maserati was no match for his bike and his skills, even in the dark hours of early morning. Across town two people were shopping in an upmarket organic supermarket after having been to an early yoga class – the gun fire was unexpected and brutal as they made their way to the car – they didn’t make it…

Detective Alex Cross was on the scene of an early morning crash with his partner, John Sampson when he received the call to head f
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
In this installment we have people trying to release a dangerous agent on DC. I have to be honest that when I read the description I thought it would be much more interesting than it was. I was actually a bit bored during a lot of this installment. It just didn’t capture my attention. I think some will find it to be way more intriguing than I did though because the premise is great. I just found the execution of the premise a bit lacking.

My quick and simple overall: time for the People vs Alex
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Book #24 in the Alex Cross series. Following probably his best one in a decade (Cross Justice), this one returns to the mundane, same old tired scripts: a daring, vigilante road rage killer on a powerful motorcycle, the D.C. chief of detective's and his girlfriend's drive-by murders, and a military-style terrorist group killing drug and human smugglers, but leaving the spoils behind. There is some interesting stuff about the Cross family, but I think Bree's insecurities about being the new chief ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Woo hoo - another winner in the series featuring police psychologist Dr. Alex Cross! It's the 24th, for the record, and it carries on the series tradition in fine style with almost nonstop action and a plot that touches on issues in today's news.

At the outset, readers learn that a psycho on a fast motorcycle is getting his (or her) kicks out of gunning down drivers on secluded highways near Washington, D.C. Then comes the unthinkable: The department's chief of detectives - Alex's friend and ment
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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I always look forward to a new Alex Cross book, this is the twenty fourth book in the series, yes the twenty fourth! Amazing, and I’ve read every single one but this is the first time I listened to one and I have to say, it was an awesome one to listen to. My husband and I went to Vegas last week and listened to this on the way there and back and it was perfect to occupy us and keep us entertained. I love that my husband, who is a total non re
Mike French
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A GREAT addition to my favorite series(Alex Cross) from of my favorite authors(James Patterson! I read this book in one day,because it impossible for me to put it down!
This was a difficult one, not in terms of reading it, that was quite easy and also quite enjoyable, no the difficulty is in how many stars to give it.
Well I shall come to that in a minute. The book itself, given to me along with about 60 others by a good friend, is fast flowing and enjoyable. I have not read any Alex Cross before so maybe I missed something by coming in at number 24, but I didn't seem to.
As I said I quite enjoyed it as a US modern detective book, but it wasn't Agatha Christie, n
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This entire story is not believable. I reckon that's why it's fiction. 4 of 10 stars
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
One of the few books I have read through and can't even remember what the book is about each time I pick it up. Not super gravitating not horrible. Just ok
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Read: Patterson returns with another Alex Cross thriller, leaving series fans curious what is to come, especially after the high-impact ending of the previous story. As if nothing had happened at all, the story opens with Cross investigating an apparent case of road rage, a man shot and killed in his car. However, just as Cross is getting a handle on the situation, a call comes in, reporting an officer has been shot. Rushing to the scene, Alex realises that this is not only his former boss ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of my walk-the-dog audio books. A very well written and plotted story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are fun and believable. Aside from Alex Cross (the protagonist), my favorite was nana-moma. I really am beginning to enjoy Patterson as an author and check out a few of his other books on CD from the library. I can understand why he is such as successful author.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cross The Line is the twenty-fourth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. Detectives Alex Cross, Bree Stone and John Sampson are being kept busy: there’s a fatal car crash that turns out to be neither an accident, nor a singular event; a fatal drive-by shooting takes out their Chief of Detectives and his latest squeeze; and a multiple homicide at an illicit drug lab that smacks of vigilantism. The same type of weapon, a Remington 1911 .45 pistol, is ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson is one of those authors everyone knows. I wait impatiently for my other favorite authors to churn out a book every year or sometimes two years lol Patterson with other co-authors, has several a year and at times I find it hard to keep up. But he has proven to me, time and time again his books are worth the read!! Cross the Line got my attention right off the bat! He's a master at weaving several exciting storylines, which eventually culminates into an Aha! moment. With this book ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
honestly , what the hell was this?! it's an ok book, but it really needs a little bit more "show" , little less "tell" .... it read like: "this happened, then this happened, then this happened... etc... the end"

Christi M
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
I’m pretty sure this is my first Alex Cross thriller to read. It’s definitely my first audio book from this series. I needed a new audio book to listen to and this one was available at the library without any holds on it so I grabbed it. What I found was that this series is quite thrilling.

Audio Book Review:

I’ve listened to many audio books. Some have mood music at the beginning like Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Some have music in-between chapters, such as Nevermoor: The Trials of Mor
Paula  Phillips

First off I do have to confess, I am a James Patterson fan and love his books. Some I can get into, and others tend to fail by not capturing my attention. One of the series I have always seemed to enjoy is the Alex Cross books. However, after the amazing one Cross Justice, I wasn't sure how this would compare. One of the things that I don't really like about mystery and crime books is that sometimes the plot can become quite busy which leaves the reader feeling like they are wading through muddy
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, which is twenty fourth in the series. In usual Patterson form, Alex is faced with multiple murders. One is of a close friend, and cop that leaves a job opening, that Alex refuses. His wife took the job instead. This causes problems between Alex, and his wife. There is also other murders, by some who feel the that certain people, have escaped the law, and should be punished. I liked it , and I love his family, but felt that his wife showed in a bad light, and should have had mo ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Year after year Patterson book after Patterson book I still get excited when an Alex cross is released.. This was pretty darned good..
Talia Colley
Alex Cross is investigating two cases: a cop who was gunned down in a supermarket parking lot with a woman who was possibly his girlfriend and several car accidents caused by the drivers being shot on the road. The story is so-so, a typical Patterson thriller, but the ending where all the clues start coming together is exciting and kept me quickly turning pages until the end. Alex Cross novels are always good for if you want a fast-paced, exciting novel to speed through. It's like watching an ep ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alex Cross novels never fail to entertain, and Cross the Line is no different. I've read several other books and series that Patterson has written, but I don't enjoy any of them as much as Cross novels.

The plot details probably aren't important. If you like these novels, then you'll like this one. But here's a bit about it anyway:

A few things going on. A road rage vigilante killer, who preys on those that drive expensive, fancy cars. And another killer has killed a police officer. Then there's t
Katz Nancy from NJ
Same old, Same old
I am sitting in front of the television as the news is reporting the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and wondering why I and others read books about killers, etc. You would think we would have enough from watching the news or reading the papers.

Finished Cross the Line by James Patterson last night and thought the names were changed but not much else. This was,after all, Patterson's 24th book featuring the detective Alex Cross and since I began this series years ago with
JL Henderson
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've already been a big fan of James Patterson's books and writing style, and for me this book also did not disappoint! This book was full of so many surprises with the various separate storylines coming together nice and neatly to tie together. Alex Cross is definitely one of my favorite characters of all time, and now I'm a big fan of the Sampson and Bree Stone characters too. In my reviews, I don't give away any spoilers but I'll just say that I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this series periodically and this was certainly a good one. Alex is settled in Washington DC and is asked to help the police when the chief is murdered. The search includes the team with the FBI, the Navy and US Marshals office. There is a gang of serial killers knocking off the bad guys and they aren't about to let Alex stop them. Tons of action and updates from previous stories.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The usual good continuation of the Alex Cross story...I am, being a library guy, reading the series in this one Alex & Bree are hunting vigilantes targeting highway scofflaws & the deepest and darkest evils in the DC metro area...Good Stuff!!! ...more
Kat Dietrich

Cross the Line by James Patterson is the 24th in the Alex Cross Series.

Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books):
Alex Cross is a former FBI agent, and now a Detective working in Washington DC. He is also a psychologist. He gets involved in most high-profile cases. His family, which are usually an integral part of the books, include: Nana Mama (his 90-something Grandmother who raised him); Damon (his eldest son, away at College); Jannie (his daughter, in high school);
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite a diminishing quality in his plentiful output, James Patterson's Alex Cross series has remained an annual reminder of all the reasons I became a fan of his writing in the first place. With Cross the Line, the twenty-fourth installment in the series, I'm reminded again of why I keep coming back for more. Patterson's short chapters make for a quick pace, and his characters, when given the proper time to develop, are the relatable kind of people that you can't help but root for. All in all, ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Cross the Line by James Patterson, the twenty-fourth instalment in the Alex Cross series, is for die-hard fans of the series. As a long-time admirer of bestselling author James Patterson and a huge, huge fan of the Alex Cross series, I’m pretty excited about each new release and wanted each new chapter in the series to be a good one. I have been disappointed with some while most have kept me entertained, and satisfied. And this latest addition to the series i
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can never get enough of the Alex Cross series. Nice quick read for me.
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