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I, Alex Cross

(Alex Cross #16)

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Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling - and personal - case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.'s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim . . .

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Hardcover, First Edition, 400 pages
Published November 16th 2009 by Little Brown and Company
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Julie Carrico Good fast read. His earlier ones were better

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Loretta
I use to devour books by James Patterson until he started to write his books with every Tom, Dick and Harry (sorry Tom, Dick and Harry! Or Bill Clinton! Don't get me started on THAT book!) which showed me he only cared about the big payoff at the end, the almighty dollar, if you will. Plus the fact that his books weren't as exciting and thrilling as they once were. This book I, Alex Cross, falls into that category. Not exciting. Not thrilling, same old, same old. I specifically read this book as ...more
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
“It was called Operation Coitus Interruptus, which only goes to prove that there are some people in the FBI with a sense of humor.”

This is my first James Patterson novel, and yes i know what you're thinking 'Emma, what have you been doing with your life up until this point?' Honestly, i dont know.. reading other great books? I like how James Patterson presents this story to the reader, taking us through different character perspectives helps build up the suspense and climax in his novel. Ho
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Dennis D.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Chapter 1 of my review of I, Alex Cross

It's been years since I've read any James Patterson. At one point I had gone back to the beginning of the Alex Cross series and read Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, but just never circled back around to the later entries.

Chapter 2
I liked those books well enough, quite a bit actually, in addition to a couple of JP's older non-series books. As a matter of personal preference I usually put some space between installments of a series, and before there
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Suzanne
Not bad at all but I was more into the personal aspect of Alex’s life (Nana & Bree) than I was the crime plot. Kinda had a feeling the main criminal in this one would be a high power player in the White House. So the predictability did take away from this crime plot. Plus the happenings on the personal front for Alex Cross were more interesting than the crime plot.

My quick and simple overall: not bad at all and a good, quick installment to the series.
Barbara ★
I used to love the Alex Cross series but lately the books have been very loosely held together. Too many things are mentioned once and either not explained or never appear again. Case in point - what exactly was the mob connection in this book and why was Tucci returning Caroline's remains to Philadelphia when all the other victims were buried in the woods? These things were never explained so they seem to have been added into the story strictly for the sake of some added violence.

Alex Cross did
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Alaina Meserole
I swear I could just keep reading and reading James Patterson's books in a day because of these lovely short ass chapters. How could you not put the book down until you finished AND then start a new one?!? Or is it just me?

Well it also seems to be a theme that Alex Cross can't do anything fun in his life because there's always somebody getting murdered. This time it's a beloved relative that was brutally murdered. Right now I'm thinking that Alex Cross should do a background check on everyone he
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David
Jan 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: completed
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Hana
Mar 27, 2012 added it
Right now I've only gotten to chapter 18, but it's pretty interesting. I know it's a murder case and there is a girl, Caroline involved. But the plot is thickening the longer I read. The main character is a man, Alex Cross, you'd guess. (Well his name is practically taking up the whole cover, if not all of it.) And from what I've read he's trying to get the bottom of her death. The first thing that disturbed me in the slightest in the book would probably be the state they found her body in. Pat ...more
Andrea
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is a typical James Patterson novel, which is definitely NOT a bad thing. I enjoyed the rapid-fire pace of the story and how he kept the action moving with short chapters.

And there sure was A LOT of action. Some parts were gross. I mean, really nauseatingly gross. I had to close my eyes and shake off the gruesome murder scenes more than once. In addition, as the story revolved around a sex club, some chapters contained explicit sex. It was essential to the plot and not just there for shock v
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Glenn
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - very average. JP is getting to be somewhat formulaic. I've commented on past co-authored books that he's oversaturated, putting out too many sub-par "ghost" books where he does a short outline and the co-author writes the rest, and it shows. This one was authored solo by JP, so I expected more, but it didn't have that "edge of your seat" feel to it, at least not for me.

I've enjoyed the standalone authored books by JP, especially the Cross series, but this one didn't introduce anythin
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Jerome
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bottom line: this book is terrible. The plot, which intrigues at first, quickly becomes tiresome. The additional "filler" as one reviewer put it, is exactly that: you could remove the entire Nana thread cutting the book by a third and still end up with the same character development and ending.

The end is (not a spoiler) just flat out worthless. I actually read the few remaining pages of the next book (advertised at the end of this book) hoping that I would receive something else - anything else
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Joana
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Alex Cross continua a ser o melhor detetive do mundo e James Patterson (na minha opinião) é um dos grandes nomes da literatura policial contemporânea.

Este 16º volume foi um dos meus favoritos, embora considere que o melhor de todos é o 1º - "A Conspiração da Aranha", o que deu origem ao filme com o Morgan Freeman no papel de Alex Cross, e o que causa maior impacto, pois é ele que nos põe em contacto pela primeira vez com esta personagem tão complexa e tridimensional.

Como em todos os livros de
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Ben Dutton
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
James Patterson’s enormously successful Alex Cross series of novels continues with this, his sixteenth. The formula is well known now – a criminal mastermind, usually a serial killer of some form, targets strangers, but once Alex Cross is on their case, the emphasis shifts. I, Alex Cross is no different.

Again, like a number of previous instalments, the involvement Alex has in the case is personal: his niece has been put through a meat grinder, and as Alex digs into her secret life in Washington
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Louize
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine, Marguerite, told me that if she’s me she will be running towards home instead of walking in the park while listening to this. I must have done just that if my husband was not walking with me.

The story was very unnerving. Alex Cross was personally involved in a murder case, wherein the victim’s remains were found in trash bags. The controversial part was that some Whitehouse nerves were ticked during his investigations.

I have to praise the plot of this one. It reminded me of “K
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Trisha
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I made a bet with myself. Go into the library, into the audio books section and ONLY pick a book the librarians have already pulled out and put on display for someone to take. I couldn't go pre-select or pre-hold one I thought I'd like - but just pick through the table they had on display.

So I picked this one. I knew of the detective Alex Cross and I knew this would be a good series. But I was a little worried about starting at book 16 (lol). This is an amazing audio book. Another fabulous BBC r
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Laura
May 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Terese
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Every now and then I want a book that's easy to read and easy to digest, I found this Patterson novel in a bargain bin and it fit the bill. Technically it was all I wanted it to be, but it was also... meh. There was simply too many cooks in this kitchen, and you know what they say, too many cooks spoil the broth.

There were simply too many angles, too many characters and perspectives, that I ended up not giving a toss about the whodunnit of it all. In context of the book I find the title oddly ra
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Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
Wohoo! Alex Cross is back with a bang! And I loved it!!

When Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration with a bad news, you know it is a BAD News. His niece has been murdered and her remains dumped. By hitting so close to home, the miscreant has now become a target of Alex’s personal vendetta. But this is no work of a small time criminal. So, welcome to the world of sex, politics and rule breaking. As expected, it turns out that his niece wasn’t the only victim. There had already been a nu
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Chanel Lindsay
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Another Alex Cross read that didn't entirely live up to the usual standards from James Patterson. Another one that I really struggled to get into at first.

"Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the devastating news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killers only victim. Alex is soon facing down some ver
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Elizabeth
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2010
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (pp. 400)

One of the better Patterson offerings in the Alex Cross series. From the start a page turner, which is typical for Patterson’s writing style. Here we get, the brutal murder of his estranged niece. Cross takes on the case and runs into a government cover up that goes to the highest levels of the White House.

Of course, you get the gruesome serial killers, the attempts and threats of the Cross family, multiple players who are trying to cover their tracks an
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Cym Lowell
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
The famous detective, Dr. Alex Cross, faces a tsunami of combustible elements in this most recent adventure, including:

*A niece is brutally murdered
*White House involvement
*Alex’s grandmother (who raised him and is his confessor) is seriously ill in the hospital
*A sensual playground for the rich and famous
*Female President
*High-level cover-up swallowing everyone in sight
*An engagement ring in the pocket
*Our hero is a marked man of the best at elimination without trace

This long-running series is
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Nina Perez
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Renee
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
For me, an Alex Cross novel is like a bag of dill pickle potato chips. Yummy but oh so bad for you. A guilty pleasure. Tart... maybe a little sour. Takes the "hair" off your tongue because of the acidity. Just like it's hard to stop eating those tasty little chips, it's hard to stop turning the pages of an Alex Cross book. It's mindless munching. A fast, fun snack. Just what I needed during this crazy, busy, stressful time of year.
Natasha the Bilbliophile
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I both liked and hated this book. Can't really get into it without spoiling the book. So I'll let you decide for yourself.


God I suck at book reviews... I'm too nice... lol... good. There's too much negativity in this world. "They're good books Brent!" LMAO
Helga
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Adoro James Patterson, e sem duvida que a saga Alex Cross é a minha preferida.

Este livro é muito bom, e inesperado.

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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
I believe this is the first Alex Cross book I've read - well technically I listened to it but you get the point.
I really enjoyed the overall story line of this book. The whole hush-hush dirty underworld aspect really intrigued me and it's something I think I've come across a lot in previous reads.

The narrator is... not what I expected. I found it hard to get a feel for how old Alex was based on the narrators voice. The character and the words made me sound younger, though he has a young family s
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Aaron Springman
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I, Alex Cross was a pretty good book. In the beginning the book jumps around between points of view a lot and it can be hard to follow. The novel is about a Detective Cross, who works for the DC police, and his journey solving the murder of his niece who was also a prostitute. Anyone who enjoys mystery novels will enjoy this book.
Penny Evenson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very intense book (should say book on CD). We listened to it on a short road trip on Friday and then sat in our car last night until the end! James Patterson writes great books! Alex's niece is found murdered - he vows to find her killer but finds she was mixed up in something he didn't know about!
Erika Hayes
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I really don't understand how James Patterson keeps writing these books and I keep reading them thinking they're going to be different. I figured out who the killer was in about the first 5 minutes of reading this book I was very disappointed to find out that I was correct it was very predictable. I did however enjoy the Nana Mama line and the development between he and his newest love Bree
Charles
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a typical Alex Cross mystery. There is violence, romance and murder revolving around the highest levels of government, as well as government cover up. I enjoyed the book, as I do most of the Alex Cross series.
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“I, Alex Cross do solemnly promise-to all those present at this birthday party- to do my best to balance my life at home with my work,life,and not to go over to the dark side ever again.” 5 likes
“She can hear me?” “She probably can. I think so.” I put his hand on Nana’s and my hand on top of his. “Go ahead.” “Hi, Nana!” he said as if Nana were hard of hearing, and it was difficult not to laugh. “Inside-the-house voice, buddy,” Bree said. “But good enthusiasm there. I’ll bet Nana heard you.” 0 likes
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