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Double Cross

(Alex Cross #13)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  40,935 ratings  ·  1,499 reviews
Just when Alex thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game--this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington D.C. have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. With ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 389 pages
Published June 23rd 2008 by Little Brown and Company (first published November 13th 2007)
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Sara You won't be lost. Patterson is great on giving you the gist of the events of the past to get you through the current book. But knowing what happened…moreYou won't be lost. Patterson is great on giving you the gist of the events of the past to get you through the current book. But knowing what happened prior does give a little more depth to the story. I've read Patterson books out of sequence plenty of times.(less)

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James Tivendale
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
"Keep on living, fuckers!"

I might do this review as if I was part of a rap battle:

Yo, yo - Alex and Bree are chilling one evening camping
But some young dude, unfortunately, has to be stamping
His authority in DC, he is an actor, a player and you can see
That he respects nobody from this place to NYC.
He holds his head up high, right to the top of the pillar
Keeps it cool, he flaunts around as the Audience Killer
Playing seven or so murdering created characters
The fact he is is a failed actor, is that
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining installment but really wish we had gotten more of backstory on Bree. I feel like other than being told they met at a retirement party that she was just kind of placed as a large part of Alex’s life sorta out of the blue. I like her character but wish we were able to read about their meeting instead of put right in an established relationship.

Any Alex across book with Kyle Craig back in the picture is entertaining because of Alex and his past friendship so I actually got into tha
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Why oh why do I continue to do this to myself? Lots and lots of white space. Super dad, super cop, super doc Alex solves the mystery but only when he isn't chasing his new girlfriend and trying to find time to have sex with her. OK - I am not a prude (I really enjoy good sex scenes in fiction) but this is getting ridiculous.....When Patterson first conceived the Alex Cross character he is what drew readers in - he was an excellant cop, doc, and a good single dad. Now I think Patterson just keeps ...more
Miriam Smith
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Double Cross' is the 13th in the Alex Cross series and in my opinion the best yet. In typical James Patterson style the chapters are short, intense and so easy to follow it makes you just want to keep on reading.
This was a rollercoaster ride of gruesome murders, the hunt for vicious serial killers and a spot on plot line that really had me hooked from the very first page. Having read many of the previous Alex Cross novels I always loved the stories but sometimes I was a bit bored with Alex's f
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A go to series. Always can count on these books to get me out of a reading slump!
Shannon Arehart
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
I think I've finally realized that I've outgrown the Alex Cross series. That, or JP is getting lazy and sloppy as he keeps cranking out the novels. Predictable plot - yet another over-the-top genius criminal mastermind is committing terrible and sensational murders. Once again, Cross gets sucked in to helping and questions his life's direction. Once again, his love life is disgustingly described. I'm not offended at all by it, just grossed out. I hate how Patterson writes the "romantic interlude ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was a time before the writing factory of James Patterson and his co-writers took his place in which the Patterson books expecially with Alex Cross were great fun to read. And to be honest this book does stick to the formula but somehow feels empty. It is a set of serial killers that are somehow have an issue that cross the border of suspense of disbelieve in my humble opinion.

Alex Cross is enjoying a romantic outing when his new beau gets called into duty. The rather attention seeking kill

Ugh, this book would have been super freaking amazing if Alex didn't always have to chase the "new romance" in every god damn book! I wanted to throw my book out of a window so many freaking times.

If there's another romance in the next book or the next next book I'm going to skim through it because I came for the murders and I will stay until there's justice. I don't need all of this romance shit. It wouldn't be so annoying if his romances didn't leave or die suddenly. Like why
Amy "the book-bat"
Oh the twists and turns in this one...
Kerri Thomas
Dec 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
This is the first James Patterson book I have read because I saw that he is twice on the Amazon best seller list and I wanted a piece of the action. I wasn't a quarter of the way into it when I wondered why he was there. As I kept reading, that feeling grew but I persisted because I felt I must be missing something that thousands of other readers were getting. I was utterly unconvinced by his characters and the story line, the latter doing a very poor job, or no job at all, of explaining how the ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ok Mr.'ve figured out that the lot of us are dumb cattle and you could shit in a bag and slap mysterious cover art and a promise of suspense and mystery and the mass will buy it. Damn're right. I literally opened this book and KNEW it was a Patterson turd and I read it anyways.

I'm only slightly positive that at this point in his illustrious career (and don't get me wrong, I do enjoy me some Patterson for a quick, mindless read here & there) he might be taking the t
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: recently-read
Posted December 1, 2008, 1:48 PM EST: There's not much to say about this book. It is a very typical Alex Cross novel from the extremely prolific James Patterson. It follows the usual formula- Cross is trying to get out of the murder business only to get sucked in by a particularly twisted serial killer. In this case, the serial killer is the D.C. Audience Killer, who does just as his name implies: he kills dramatically before an audience. Added to the mix is the escape of Cross's nemesis, Kyle C ...more
Cindy Vine
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Once again an Alex Cross book that is gripping for the wrong reason. You keep reading to get answers to your questions, but you never get them answers. A book of loose ends. What was the connection between Kyle and the brother and sister team of serial killers? That was never properly explained. How does an escaped prisoner fly to France for a holiday? Although he commits a murder there it's never investigated so leaves you wondering about what the point was in Patterson even writing about Kyle ...more
Ms. Nikki
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
For some reason I enjoyed this one a lot. I think it was the cast of characters. It wasn't just Cross. Bree and John were a big part of the story too.

Sometimes I feel like his family holds him back from truly being as aggressive and hands-on as he needs to be. I understand that they come first, but I can imagine the Cross books without any emotional attachments.

On the flip side, Alex put his family in the backseat on this one and his son rebelled against it. Alex just got through fighting for t
Enh, just enh.

There are so many things that I wish weren't a part of this book. I'm afraid this series isn't going in the right direction after 13 books.

Okay, so this won't be long. If you've ever read one of these Alex Cross books you know there's a formula; no matter what the plausibility. In this particular book of the series I just felt that I didn't need nor did I care about all the scenes with Alex and his girlfriend. That being said, this book just feels weak and relies a bit too much on
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with absolutely nothing else to do.
This is the last Patterson book I'm going to read. I'd already given up on all but the Alex Cross series but after "Double Cross", I'm finished with that series, also.

This story involves a serial killer named DCAK (D.C. Audience Killer) who is knocking people off in public situations at the rate of about one a day. How believable is that? In addition, the psychopath, Kyle Craig, manages to escape from his federal prison by somehow convincing his lawyer to impersonate Craig and then hang himself
Chris Matney
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I needed a light read for the weekend, and Double Cross was a good selection. This is a very serviceable detective thriller. The plot wasn't as tight as other Patterson novels I've read, but the killers (one I suspect is a re-tread from a previous novel) were cagey and creepy.

Since this is not my usual genre, I enjoy some of the trapping which might become cliche after reading a couple dozen more thrillers - but the book allowed me to escape for a few hours and the pages kept turning. A very en
Michelle Shedd
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a book in the Alex Cross Series! I loved this book and I love the way James Patterson writes. He writes like people normally talk, not formal and his grammar isn’t always correct. He’s extremely descriptive which helps create a good picture in your head. Though the novel is filled with very gruesome murders and some adult content, so squeamish readers be aware! The book includes a murderer that is obsessed with public murders that get him the most attention. While there’s also a murderer ...more
This is a good fast paced crime thriller that has Alex Cross hunting not one but two killers, one of whom he has already caught and put behind bars. The chase interrupts his attempts to lead a more normal, less killer-filled life and he does uhm and ah about it a little but you know he's going to get right back into it. I did get a little lost towards the start where the first person narrative switched between Cross and Craig but once I realised that Patterson was using that technique again it w ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it

Only 3 stars because the end wasn't very realistic. After all these years and Kyle Craig's escape out of prison it is hard for me to believe that two experienced detectives would not ensure they had their suspect under control after they finally caught him. They thought he was dying, didn't have their own guns up, and he surprises them with the fact that he (Ex FBI Agent) was wearing a bulletproof vest and just walks away?
Charlotte Smith
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
Really enjoyed this book and one I wasn't expecting the ending of.
Hope there is another book that James does with Kyle Craig and Alex in
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay. The killer is armed and wearing Kelvar; the police didn’t bring their guns and have no vests.
When the plot requires such as this, I get tired. It pushes me away. Tons of fake identities, too. Granted, that’s s staple of mysteries, but it gets like Clark and Lois, and more, the police in Patterson’s world never see it. It’s getting to be bad tv.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Geri by:
Love those short chapters.
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: patterson
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Jennifer Wardrip
Not as impressive as the first Alex Cross books like KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, but definitely better than CROSS, the last book.

Most of the characters are back to normal, acting more like themselves, and this book has a better mystery. In fact, it's a two-fold arc, with the devious and psychopathic Kyle Craig causing havoc from prison, and a new serial killer keeping Detective Brianna Stone, Cross's new love interest, busy with murders committed in the limelight.

It's a quick, okay r
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dan Brown, James patterson, Jeffery Archer, Tom Clancy.
What do all these authors have in common? Well until a few weeks ago I didn't have a name for it.
That is, until a goodread review on a Michael Connelly book said something along the lines of...

"This book is very Dan Brown-ish"

So from now on when an author writes a book with lot of cliches and problems, that just kinda ends up as being the equivalent of cotten candy for your brain, I will now use the term "Dan Brownish".

This book is the e
Rae Lake
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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DOUBLE CROSS isn't any better than previous mediocre Alex Cross installments, so I'm not sure why I feel more generous this time around. Maybe it's because Cross's kids are seldom in it, nor is there much in the way of romance. It's pretty much just Cross vs. two serial killers, one of whom is a returning character. And while the results are far from impressive, at least the book doesn't get bogged down in Patterson's brand of poorly-written family drama, apart from the chapter in which, out of ...more
Natasha the Bilbliophile
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't think James Patterson's books really need reviews. They're like episodes of CSI or SVU, you love em or you hate em, and once you've seen one, you've basically seen them all. But they're still wonderful books and it's interesting to follow the main character's life through the series. Love the Alex Cross character. Although I think Michael Bennett is still my favorite..... :)
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These are always good reads. A lot of mystery and drama — this one had a lot more crime drama (which I liked). His family wasn’t in this book as much as normal, which I was ok with. Can’t wait to see what’s next! ...more
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