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Four Blind Mice

(Alex Cross #8)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  43,863 ratings  ·  1,032 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross #8), James Patterson

Four Blind Mice is the eighth novel featuring the Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychologist Alex Cross written by James Patterson.

The novel features Washington D.C. Metro Police homicide detectives Alex Cross and John Sampson as protagonists.

While investigating the wrongful conviction and execution of US Army Sergeant Ellis Cooper, their investigation uncovers a series of Army personnel wrongfully convicted and executed for m
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Buzzword A Thon: Four

3.5 Stars

I really enjoy reading James Patterson novels. I know that they are not the best written novels but they're fun. And fun is maybe the most important reason I have for reading. That being said James Patterson novels are often hit or miss for me. I much prefer his older books to the newer ones.

Four Blind Mice is a hit for me. Four Blind Mice is apart of the Alex Cross series. Alex Cross is a D.C. detective and all around bad ass. He and his best friend fellow detect
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
Very entertaining with a lot of gritty action and suspense!!
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
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.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
#8 in the Alex Cross series.

James Patterson is one the best selling thriller writers ever. So why do I always feel let down by his books?

Three ex-Vietnam vets go on a killing spree of major proportions. They are not killing just for the sake of it. There is a purpose behind the killings and that purpose is to implicate innocent men in the killings. But why? This is the problem that faces Alex Cross.

This has all the hallmarks of a great read but in the end it fails to deliver.
Parts of the book a
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
I always love to travel with Alex Cross along his journey's and it was great to have a case with Sampson on hand the whole way. I like what the future holds for Cross and I think that he is better poisitioned for future serial killer hunting now. Overall the actual case was mediocre. There was a lack of military understanding and some loose ends that weren't really tied.
It just didn't drum up enough excitement even though it could have. Just a 3 star for me, but I will be back for more Cross in
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2012, 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
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
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
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
Ashley B.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment in the series. This time around, Alex Cross is dealing with murders involving the U.S. military and past events with ties to Vietnam. Once again, a quick and easier read from James Patterson. On to the next one. Happy reading! 😊
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
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.
I liked this one a whole lot better than the previous one in the series. This is supposed to be the "last" case Alex is planning on doing, a request from his friend John Sampson to help out an old friend of his. The story is fast paced, straight to the point and of course brutal murders, in true "Patterson style". I also really like the Cross´s family part that´s included throughout the series.
T Sunclades
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Zoe Walls
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four Blind Mice by James Patterson is a book that will make you beyond angry, but it’s a great story and will keep you hooked until you read the last word. The book was published in 2003 and was Patterson’s 8th book in the Alex Cross series. Patterson is known for his crime fiction, thrillers and mysteries. The author keeps each chapter short and to the point, which makes the story move fast. This makes it a quick and easy read.
This crime fiction novel is about the setup of several men in the
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
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!!!!!
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I <3 me some Alex Cross :D ...more
Ms. Nikki
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
4 war vets cover their crimes by intricately pinning them on fellow soldiers.
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.
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!
karen wescott
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Alex Cross and John Sampson. Great flow, action and suspense.
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
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