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Criss Cross

(Alex Cross #27)

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A killer with all the skills of a master detective has made Alex Cross the subject of his deranged "investigation."

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed "M" rests on the corpse. "You messed up big time, Dr. Cross."

Was an innocent

"investigation."

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Paromjit
James Patterson's long running Alex Cross series is one I have dipped in and out of through the years and enjoyed, this is the 27th in the series, set in Washington DC, which takes Cross back to traumatic cases in his past. It opens with Cross at the Greensville Correction Centre, a high security prison in Virginia, to witness the execution of Michael 'Mikey' Edgerton, a upsetting and unsettling experience as he chooses to die on the electric chair. He continues to claim his innocence, his wealt ...more
Karen Barber
After a pretty gruesome start where Cross has to witness the electric chair execution of the man they convicted of a series of killings, another body is found with a message from M. Suddenly we’re back into a very dangerous scenario...
There’s no doubt that this M is involved in some unpleasant stuff. He is managing to manipulate events and it seems to be for one purpose only - to get Cross involved.
As expected, there’s a fair amount of graphic violence and some pretty tense misdirect
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Sue Plant
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

have to say i was a bit disappointed with this one...it felt like an overview of his life in his work and his family, every so often we would get a better glimpse but that would be all...skimmed over version

but i like cross the family man and this just wasnt enough time with anyone..even when the crisis happened i would think that all family members would be there and there wasnt...it just touche
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Sue Plant
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

have to say i was a bit disappointed with this one...it felt like an overview of his life in his work and his family, every so often we would get a better glimpse but that would be all...skimmed over version

but i like cross the family man and this just wasnt enough time with anyone..even when the crisis happened i would think that all family members would be there and there wasnt...it just touche
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Sharon
This is book #27 in the Alex Cross series. I have followed the series right from book #1 up to about book #22 when it felt like the series was getting a bit stale! I loved the early Alex Cross books but it did begin to feel that as the series went on the stories were becoming the same as the previous one! I saw this one and thought I’d revisit Alex and see if being away from this series for a while would make a difference!

I have to admit the story was very similar to other Alex Cross
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Nic
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐ this is an ok book. I think if I hadn’t read previous books by the author I would have enjoyed it more.

But for me it’s a bit of same old same old. Someone getting the better of Alex? His family at risk? How is nana mama still going?!

Anyway it was enjoyable enough but didn’t blow me away sorry.
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Joanne Cartwright
Alex Cross never disappoints!
As a long term fan I am always keen to read the latest Cross book and this one is fantastic!
Thought to have been executed for his crimes, witnessed by Cross, but hours later seeming to rise from the dead and kill again as a murder occurs with a note from M left on the corpse.
Ever elusive but always there, in the background and threatening Cross and his family, M continues to evade detection. Meanwhile old cases, previously solved (or were they?) cro
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Kath
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
This is the 27th book in this very successful series and, although I do admit that I haven't read them all, I have read enough of them that I understood the main background necessary to read this latest offering.
We open with Alex and John Sampson attending the execution of Mikey Edgerton for the crimes that they previously solved. On his deathbed (chair) he still protests his innocence and encourages his family to avenge him, but Cross and Sampson are convinced otherwise. But th
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Priya Shrinath
My full review is up on my blog: https://wp.me/pajm6f-vi

"You messed up big time, but don't sweat it, Dr.Cross", it read and signed my M.

Criss Cross features Dr. Alex Cross going through a really tough time as the killer who calls himself 'M' pushes Cross very hard into his past. Cross has to witness a gruesome electric chair execution of the killer he had put behind bars and face accusations from the family. Just when he assumes that the killer is gone for good, there occurs a series of murders wi
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Harmony Kent
Many thanks to NeGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.

The terrible formatting on this advanced review copy made reading incredibly difficult. So many paragraphs lacked spaces completely, so that all the words ran into one another for line after line, meaning IfirsthadtodecipherwhatthewordswerebeforeIcould read the actual story. (I'm sure my example shows the point!) Annoying, frustrating, and utterly ridiculous. What's the point of sending out advanced review copies if the
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Laura
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Edgerton has always maintained that he was innocent, framed by Dectective Alex Cross and the other investigators of his case. When Cross and his partner attend Edgerton’s execution they are hoping that they can finally put the case behind them. When a body turns up killed in the same way Edgerton killed his victims, and with a note signed by the mysterious M, Cross realises that this nightmare is only just beginning.

I’ve been following the Alex Cross novels for a long time, I
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Harmony Kent
Many thanks to NeGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.

The terrible formatting on this advanced review copy made reading incredibly difficult. So many paragraphs lacked spaces completely, so that all the words ran into one another for line after line, meaning IfirsthadtodecipherwhatthewordswerebeforeIcould read the actual story. (I'm sure my example shows the point!) Annoying, frustrating, and utterly ridiculous. What's the point of sending out advanced review copies if the
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Elaine Tomasso
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of Criss Cross, the twenty-seventh novel to feature psychologist Dr Alex Cross, consultant to the FBI and Washington DC Police Dept.

Hours after watching Mikey Edgerton executed for serial rape and murder Alex Coss is called out to a copycat murder. Has he made a mistake or is there more to it? A note from the mysterious M who has been contacting him for years would suggest so. As M ramps up his campa
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Lou
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Criss Cross is the twenty-seventh instalment to feature psychologist, police force and FBI consultant Dr Alex Cross, and I am amazed at how the series continues to go from strength to strength. The plotline is very much ripped from today's headlines: terrifyingly a convicted killer and serial rapist Mikey Edgerton who was handed the death penalty as punishment has just been executed when a murder using his very modus operandi occurs. Is someone taunting the police to make sure they know they got ...more
Laura
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Michael Edgerton has always maintained that he was innocent, framed by Dectective Alex Cross and the other investigators of his case.  When Cross and his partner attend Edgerton's execution they are hoping that they can finally put the case behind them.  When a body turns up killed in the same way Edgerton killed his victims, and with a note signed by the mysterious M, Cross realises that this nightmare is only just beginning.

I've been following the Alex Cross novels for a long time, I think I'
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Anne Szlachcic
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been a fan of the Author and his long running Alex Cross series and this book does not disappoint .

Alex watches the execution of a serial killer he helped convict ………. however a short time afterwards he is called upon to investigate a murder ……..... one that shares many similarities with the previous case .
Is this just a coincidence or is a copycat at work ………. has Alex helped convict an innocent man ?
As more and more links to old cases start to emerge Alex be
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Breakaway Reviewers
Cross is up to his eyes in danger - yet again.

Detectives Cross and John Sampson are in Virginia witnessing the execution of Michael Edgerton, a killer they helped convict. Edgerton’s family are there, screaming that he was innocent. Cross is equally convinced he was guilty and deserved to die.

Cross is then called to investigate another murder, and the modus operandi is similar to that of the killer just executed. Has he caused the wrong man to die?

A disgraced
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Joey
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Although this book is a part of the Alex Cross universe, I was able to read and enjoy the novel without having read all of the other books that came before this one.

I won't say too much about what happens because there are twists and turns and red
herrrings, and I don't want to spoil any of the book for anyone who reads this review.

This is because the book is so well written that the suspense of not knowing what's going to happen is so captivating, I wouldn't want to ruin that experience for a
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Susan Page
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much, it is very much a page turner, I read late into the night because I didn’t want to put it down. There are problems, Alex Cross does make assumptions and acts on them without being completely sure of his facts, and a few innocent people get hurt in the process. The assumptions appear to be correct, but are proved false very quickly. Cross’s son Ali proves to be a very astute and clever child!

The serial killer ‘M’ proves to be extremely elusive, he manage
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Anne
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
James Patterson is a great storyteller. This may not be prize winning literature but you will turn the pages to find out what happens next. This is the 27th Alex Cross novel and I confess I have not read them all. I dip in and out and I do enjoy the plots and Alex's family interactions, especially nana mama who is still ruling the roost. I think one of my issues with Patterson is that the characters don't always do what you expect - and that isn't a complement. Cross does something in the book a ...more
Nikki Brooks
Alex Cross travels to be a witness at the execution of a killer that he and a former partner convicted. However, before the death certificate is even dry another killer strikes, one with alarming similarities to that of the recently deceased killer. Are they looking at a copycat? Did they get the right guy first time around?

The Edgerton family are wealthy beyond belief and they vow to ruin Alex and prove that he fromaed Michael. Can Alex prove the conviction was safe before the kille
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Homefullofbooks
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a massive fan of the Alex Cross series so I jumped at the chance to review the latest installment, and I'm so pleased it didn't disappoint.
When a potential copy cat killer calling himself "M" starts taunting Detective Alex Cross, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game that threatens those he loves. The story is full of twists, gruesome crime scenes and plenty of Cross family moments - everything you'd expect from an Alex Cross novel!
It's action packed right from the start and ha
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Catherine Hudson
I received this ARC from Net Galley to give an honest review.
James Patterson is a brilliant storyteller and once again he has written another page turner. Once I started reading the book I found it difficult to put down. You get carried away with the story but you also enjoy his family the brilliant Nanna Mama the glue that holds the family together, his children that we all have cheered along the way also felt their fears. They play such a large part of his life and this is written brilli
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LianaReads blog
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the Cross series by the most known author in the world for mystery thrillers stories.
I absolutely loved this book and once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a fast-paced read, no time to take a break or breath out as the situations and mysteries are on a roll and unstoppable.
There are turns and twists so that you can see coming but many that are very unpredictable and that’s what makes this story so good in my opinion. There are new characters in
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Cecilia
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is another mystery/thriller by Patterson in the Alex Cross series.

Dr. Alex Cross is instrumental in sending Michael "Mikey" Edgerton to prison for a series of murders. He is executed and his wealthy family accuses Cross of framing him and being responsible for their innocent son's death by electrocution. Then there's another murder with the same MO. Did Cross condemn an innocent man?

It's a well written story, as usual for Patterson, with lots of twists and turns and red herrings. It delve
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Rachel Myers
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex across watches the execution of a serial killer he helped convict. Shortly afterwards, he’s called into a new murder investigation which shares many similarities. Is it a copycat, or did Alex get an innocent man executed? As more links to old cases start to emerge, it’s clear that M has scores to settle with Alex and his family.

I’ve been a fan of James Patterson and Alex Cross since Along Came a Spider way back when, and Criss Cross didn’t disappoint. Fast paced and action packe
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Natalie
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sent to me to read and review in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Alex Cross goes through a really gruelling time in this book - from witnessing an execution to having to revisit past cases and events from the resurfacing of someone who has been taunting him for years - the mysterious M.
A fast paced story full of action, this book was fantastic from start to finish.
Everytime I thought I had M figured out the book twisted and I had to
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Anne
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Alex Cross books previously, although not for some years now. I enjoyed this book, found it started off well, and held my attention and quickly picked up pace. While there are references in the book to previous characters and cases in the Alex Cross series, this book can be read on it’s own. The twist at the end was a shock, and I expect the character M to appear in future books. This was a good read. There were many parts in the book where the words ran together without spaces and it ...more
D Jackson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written crime thriller in the latest of Dr Alex Cross' investigations. The death penalty for a killer should be the closing chapter on his crimes but Patterson ensures things are not that simple with 'Criss Cross'. Dr Cross and the readers find themselves in the middle of a confusing web of murders that are further complicated as the killer ensures Cross is personally involved.
Definitely one for fans of Patterson and those readers not yet familiar with his writing but who love Detec
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Gee
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross and John Sampson are back together again in this page turner. Some old cases come back to haunt Alex, causing him to doubt himself and his investigations after a powerful scene in prison. As always with this author, he had me from the first page, and kept the pace up to the last. There are enough twists and turns to keep everyone interested, and some you wouldn’t expect. We also get to see Alexs’ children growing up, with their own problems, as they affect all the family, especially n ...more
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