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Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross #8)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  39,227 Ratings  ·  838 Reviews
Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 21st 2003 by Headline Book Publishing (first published November 18th 2002)
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Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is now my new favorite Alex Cross novel! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Everything just worked in this one. It was not as predictable as some and there was suspense and romance! I am reading these Alex Cross books in order so we will see if it stays my favorite. I loved the different sides of the military and government we see in this one. It added a lot to the storyline but some of it was really unsettling but you can’t be naïve to think this could not happen in real life, which ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I'm not a big fan of detective novels but I read this book during the time when this was the only available novel at home, a time when ebooks have not been invented yet. The story was interesting enough to make me finish it.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a James Patterson novel is akin to eating soggy cereal -- eatable but not necessarily the first choice for breakfast. With that being said, I gave this one four stars. Call me a hypocrite, if you like. But the rating is not so much on Patterson's skills as a writer (which he has few, in my opinion); rather the rating deals with his skills as a storyteller (which he excels at).

FOUR BLIND MICE stars Alex Cross, a homicide detective with too much education. (Morgan Freeman played the chara
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, listened to a Patterson murder mystery when driving to Virginia in the middle of the night. I need something that will keep me awake (although I'm glad this one didn't have gunshot sound effects, as that sent my dog into a tizzy last time) but that I don't need to pay close attention to. I mean, no matter what, Alex Cross is going to swear this is his last case (it won't be), he is going to fall madly in love with someone, he is going to wax poetic about how much he loves his children ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, audio, my-firsttime
Could be my favorite Alex Cross novel yet. The book moved along at a good place and was very complicated in terms of the actual murders and who was behind them. Cross is ready to retire, but Sampson recruits him to check out a murder in which his friend, Sergeant Ellis Cooper is accused. The murders are quite brutal and there's a patter going on, but the army appears to be covering something up. Things also start to heat up with Cross and Jamilla Hughes as well.

I definitely thought the book was
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military. But what is the army trying to hide? And do the mysterious symbols daubed on the house of the accused mean that there are more sinister forces at work?

John Sampson and Alex Cross have always been close (since they were 10 years old), when Sampson asks Alex for help investigating a case that led his friend to death row, Alex agrees. The duo are met with
Dec 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is Patterson's eighth Alex Cross novel, and I have to admit, I've been a lot more impressed. The guy is prolific and popular, and his other books have been pretty good.

My biggest complaint is that around page 300, I discovered that Cross, the main character, is African American, not white like I'd assumed. And it was a fair assumption: Patterson is on the back cover of the book, and he sure looks like a white guy to me. My problem isn't with the character's race, it's with having to readjus
Alaina Meserole
Warning: There are some spoilers within this review but I'm just way too lazy to just type out the whole formula thing to hide certain stuff. Read at your own risk and I'm sorry!

While reading Four Blind Mice has Cross dealing against a trio of killers. Oh, and since the Mastermind is in jail Alex is thinking about retiring from the Washington Police Force. Now of course one would realize that Alex isn't going to actually retire retire. Yeah, he might quit the force but I have a feeling that he's
Henri Moreaux
I don't really hold any expectation of James Patterson novels beyond basic entertainment at the afternoon television sitcom level - it passes the time, but rarely is memorable.

Thankfully this novel wasn't so bland as many of his others; a pretty decent story line, somewhat based in reality (there were some serious massacres in Vietnam which once found out about were covered up and despite ample evidence were never prosecuted) and enough mystery and suspense to keep the pages turning.

Like his ove
Mattelyn Pressly
Many people have never experienced what Alex Cross has, or came close to it. When Alex decides to retire from being a homocide detective, but an interference with a childhood friend of his, John Sampson, comes along with a case Cross knows he can not refuse. Cross agrees to take the case. This will be his last case. He doesn't realize how dangerous and complicated the case turns out to be until he has dug himself in so deep that there is no turning back for him or Sampson.

Sampson explains to A
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the 8th book with Alex Cross, but the first I read involving that character. Will have to read the others.
Alex and his good friend John Sampson look into the murder conviction of a man John served with in Vietnam. While looking into the case they find discrepancies and cover-ups in the military records.
Other similar cases are found as they seek the truth behind several military personnel, with previously clean records, being convicted of heinous crimes and sentenced to the death penalty
May 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have read and enjoyed James Patterson in the past, but can honestly say that this will be the last Patterson book I will read. I was truly disappointed in the lack of storytelling and writing ability. The book had no depth, and the story suffered for it. As I read the book I got the impression that Mr. Patterson was simply trying to crank out a book as quickly as possible, and could not be bothered with such things as descriptive detail or creative plotting. I did not find the characters or th ...more
Evan Grady
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's about Alex Cross and his hunt for the Three Blind Mice. This group is made up of three war veterans turned hitmen. Alex Cross is put on the case to stop the rampaging hitmen. This story is full of action and suspense. I loved how James Patterson developed the characters throughout the book and made you really root for Cross and really despise the bad guys, and these bad guys are no joke the worst.Just an overall great book and I'd highly recommend it.
Ms. Nikki
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
4 war vets cover their crimes by intricately pinning them on fellow soldiers.
Benjamin Thomas
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
After reading two lengthy, complex, and rather difficult novels, I decided to turn to a nice easy read to recharge my engines once again. I’ve read all of the Alex Cross series leading up to this one and enjoyed most of them even if they weren’t exactly well written. But this one fell short and I hope it isn’t a trend in the making.

The best Alex Cross novels are those in which he goes up against a criminal mastermind of one stripe or another. In this one, though, the bad guys (revealed very near
Mar 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I read quite a few chapters but got to a point where I could not continue with this book - abandoned!
T Sunclades
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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In FOUR BLIND MICE, Patterson takes an intriguing premise (an investigation into a group of Vietnam vets being framed for murder) and turns it into a complete and utter waste of time. No scene stands out in this novel, nothing feels the least bit real or convincing. The romance, the family drama, and the dialog are almost unbearable in their cheesiness. Even the mystery-solving is boring. The only breaks in the case come from Cross browsing through old army files and conducting searches on Lexus ...more
There's not much new with this installment of the Alex Cross series. Cross is drawn into a case involving some Vietnam-era Rangers who've been setting up other Army soldiers in brutal murder cases. Alex is also trying to decide whether to continue as a detective or do something else. Patterson gives the reader his usual staccato chapters and twists. Recommended if you're looking for a quick, relatively mindless story.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For being a first time James Patterson reader, I am now hooked!!!! This was an awesome book and I was hooked and caught in from page 1. I would recommend this book to everyone!! I do have to start from the first Alex Cross book to get the idea of what has been going on with this character and once I do that all will be good lol. Definite read!!!!!
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Great way to finish up my reading goal for the year! Love these books and seem to forget all about how exciting they are until I finally read another.
❆ Crystal ❆
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars. Very enjoyable... I liked the military aspect in this one.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I <3 me some Alex Cross :D
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 2 days on and off

Pages - 416

Publisher - Headline

Source - Gift

Blurb from Amazon

Alex Cross is preparing to resign from the Washington Police Force. He's enjoying the feeling; not least because the Mastermind is now in prison. And Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes, and he is talking about the future. Then John Sampson shows up at the house, desperate for Alex's help. Three young military wives have been brutally killed during a 'girls' night out' and Sampson's friend, a mast
Gary Foss
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-i-hadn-t
First and foremost, this is a quick and easy read. I forgot to bring a book of my own along with me for Christmas dinner, so picked it up at the Mom's house on Christmas afternoon while the bird was in the oven for three hours. I didn't read the whole book that day what with breaks to chat and mash the potatoes. It took about an hour this afternoon to finish it off.

That's pretty quick for 387 pages.

But it's not really 387 pages, of course. Really, it's probably around two thirds of that. Here's
Rae Lake
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I’m filling in the blanks on the Cross saga, can’t remember reading this one before but then, what can I remember?

In this edition Cross is teamed with best buddy John Sampson once again. Though Cross has decided to leave the force, he gives in to Sampson’s pleas for help with a friend of his. This friend, Sgt Ellis Cooper has been found guilty for the murder of three women, a brutal and despicable crime. Cooper swears he’s innocent but he’s on the way to execution nonetheless. As hard as Alex an
Brendan Nicholls
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I guess reading these books now are a little beneath the talented writers that are invading my bookshelf. James Patterson was a fitting introduction to reading all those years ago, mainly after watching Kiss the Girls, Cat and Mouse was the very first novel I read. I'm clearing out my bookshelf and there are a few of these books that fell to the side, probably rightly so. James Patterson has very clunky exposition and the twists mainly arrive from the soap opera style he has developed over time, ...more
Pranay Venkatesh
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It's pretty good....I guess

So, I don't like writing negative reviews of books. Mainly because there's no point. I read books because I enjoy them and sometimes for the literary genius (but the latter obviously does not apply to books by James Patterson).

Hence, I want to like this book.'s sort of boring in some ways and a tiny bit anti-climatic. The action is unnecessary and feels forced. But, it's still thrilling! So, no problem.

What I really liked about the book was the amount of ef
Holly Haze
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No telling why I liked this one so much but I did. This was definitely one of his top thrillers. A cat and mouse chase till the very end. Titled appropriately. Patterson tends to go a bit "out there" with some of his crime patterns, so much so that I was beginning to wonder if I was going to finish the series. But this one has reeled me back in. Innocent ex military men being convicted of murders and killed on death row. Cross can't save them all, but he definitely puts a stop to the pattern. I ...more
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“He’d noticed that his grandson was working too hard, and he was the one who told him about the marbles. He told it this way. He said that the average life span for men was around seventy-five years. That meant thirty-nine hundred Saturdays—to play when you were a kid and to be with your family when you got older and wiser.” “I see,” I said. “Or to play once you got older. Or even to give lectures to anyone who’ll listen.” “Shush, Alex. Now, listen. So the grandfather figured out that his grandson, who was forty-three, had about sixteen hundred and sixty Saturdays left in his life. Statistically speaking. So what he did was he bought two large jars and filled them with beautiful cat’s-eye marbles. He gave them to his grandson. And he told him that every Saturday, he should take one marble out of the jar. Just one, and just as a reminder that he had only so many Saturdays left, and that they were precious” 1 likes
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