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I, Alex Cross

(Alex Cross #16)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  38,583 ratings  ·  1,879 reviews
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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Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 n
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 the
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
Aj Sterkel
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Likes: Can you believe I’d never read a James Patterson book before? They’re not my usual kind of read, but my library had this one, and it was on the Great American Read list, so I thought, Why not? Also, yes, I started with book #16 in a series. I’m a rebel. Goodreads said this book can work as a standalone, and it does. I never felt confused about the characters or their backstories.

This is a perfect novel to listen to while you’re distracted because it’s a fairly straightforward serial kille
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: completed
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Apoorva Ranade
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edge-of-my-seat
I expected more detective skills or atleast morw twists.
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
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
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
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 “
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
Natasha the Bibliophile
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
Paula  Phillips
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the release of the new Alex Cross novel out, I decided to go back and check to see if there had been any of the series I had missed and I discovered there was a couple I hadn't read or at least reviewed on The Phantom Paragrapher according to Goodreads. I wondered with this one as it sounded familiar if I had started it but since it was before I started my blog if I had heard of it and not read through parts were familiar as I started reading it. In I, Alex Cross it is his birthday and all ...more
Sally taylor
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Glad to have Alex back in this book!
Tonya Lucas
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite Alex Cross book I’ve read.
As Alex enjoys his birthday with his family a call comes in that sucks the breath out of Alex.
One of The Cross’s have been murdered.
Working on Adrenalin, Alex is bound and determine to find the killer.
As details are being uncovered more and more evidence points to a high class escort service and a man named Zeus.
Gripping book.
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
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
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
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
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
Nina Perez
Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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. ...more
♥ 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
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Detective Alex Cross has just received a call that one of his own family members has been brutally murdered. As he delves into the case he quickly discovers that there are other similar murders. As Alex follows the clues he comes across a lot of high profile people that do not want him to investigate this case so that their secrets are not discovered and they definitely don't want him to solve it. Alex uncovers a big money private escort service that caters to the wealthy and there seems to be n ...more
Shaun Crawford
Nov 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
The definition of disposable fiction. Lazy plotting (Cross doesn't actually do any police work. Every break in the case or lead is done by someone else, off-page, then handed to Cross in order for the plot to continue), cliched side-characters and a sub-plot involving Cross's family that is entirely irrelevant, pad out the 400-pages. My first Patterson and, if this is anything to go by, will probably be my last. ...more
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