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Cross Fire

(Alex Cross #17)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  30,897 ratings  ·  1,427 reviews
Wedding bells ring

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vi

Hardcover, 356 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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Lauren Knapp I am reading the Alex Cross series in order and think it's so much better! I had previously read a few out of order, which was fine, but starting from…moreI am reading the Alex Cross series in order and think it's so much better! I had previously read a few out of order, which was fine, but starting from the beginning has made me way more invested in the series! (less)

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Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Alex Cross installment was good on both the personal front plot and the crime plots. Crazy good to have the Kyle Craig aspect to come front and center for the length of the book in and out. Sometimes he dropped in at the end of one of the installments and it was, “oh, come on!” I find his and Alex’s chase interesting and it this book took it to even higher heights. Awesome last few chapters! Read this one in one sitting.

My quick and simple overall: some happy moments and some thrilling mom
Daniel Audet
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I finished Cross Fire a couple of days ago and amid the storm of activity around the ranch here I tried to best organize my thoughts to a point where this review would not be too rambling. The thing that stands out the most for me with this newest edition in the Alex Cross saga series is this: No matter what you may read posted by book reviewers, book critics, literary purists(if there is such a thing), thriller genre fans and writer bloggers is this: James Patterson IS and has a style all his o
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 stars
Action and suspense make this a fast read. This is my first James Patterson and I really liked it. The first two instalments were made into movies, and both were great. So maybe I should just start the Alex Cross series from the beginning (this book was given to me...quite some time someone....). And I would, starting today even, if it weren't for all the other books I have on my TBR. The many, many instalments are holding me off a bit and my memory is so bad, that reading one
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cross Fire (Alex Cross, #17) by james Patterson.

Alex Cross comes face to face with his old nemesis...or does he??? Another fantastic, not to be missed, Alex Cross book. Just when I think J.P. couldn't possibly keep up another mind-boggling story-he does it again.

5 stars.
So my first novel by James Patterson which is surprising because even I know he has written a ton of novels..and I must check out more as his writing is crisp, engaging and easy to read, you find yourself tearing through pages and looking up to see half the book is gone and that is wonderful talent...In this seventeenth installment (I know I know I have to read more of the series) Detective Alex Cross is newly engaged and back in touch with his arch nemesis Kyle Craig who basically wants to dest ...more
Gareth Otton
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Preparations are underway for the wedding of Alex Cross and Bree Stone. Alex’s family is excited and happy about the wedding. Kyle Craig, Alex’s sworn enemy, is thinking about Alex’s wedding and determined to do whatever is necessary to make Alex’s life miserable. His plans to disrupt the wedding sound perfect.

Alex’s wedding is put on hold when a gunman begins a killing spree. The killer’s victims include people whose names are well known in Washington not only for their positions but also for t
Ms. Nikki
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Patterson's reads are engaging, which can be a bad thing when you're so caught up in the story you pick apart every scene of the book.

Cross, to me, is not a reliable character. One book he'll come up with all the ideas and be hot on the trail of his killer, the next and he's clueless. I still don't know who he works for full time.

This one was action packed and I loved the fact that Bree has all the qualities that Cross needs to keep him balanced. She fits in well.

The baby-momma issue needs to s
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot has happened in Cross Fire, like Alex Cross getting married. Oh, and don't forget that Kyle Craig is back. But of course Cross still somehow makes stupid mistakes within this book - which is just frustrating beyond relief.

I don't really know how I truly feel about this book and I'm kind of scared to rate this book based on my review because I'm just kind of all over the place. No, it wasn't boring to read at all. But yes, I did get annoyed with a bunch of things. I do like to see some old
Michael crage
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Patterson Alex Cross book. That is enough to tell you it is good. Alex has three different cases going on in this book. First the alphabet killer, second someone killing high profile people who are not exactly nice people and 3rd Kyle Craig has escaped and is back in Alex's life. And Alex and Bree get married near the end of the book. ...more
David Savage
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Detective Alex Cross is back in the 17th novel of this best selling series. In my opinion it is the best Alex Cross novel to date, James Patterson at his best.

It starts with a chilling murder committed by ‘The Mastermind’, readers of the previous novels will know who this is. From here on it just gets better and better.

A sniper is going around Washington killing “the bad guys from the newspapers”, high profile targets including politicians, judges and heads of companies. Is the killer working al
One of Det. Alex Cross's hated enemies is Kyle Craig. Craig has escaped from prison and
is seeking revenge against Cross. Craig kills FBI agent Max Siegel and then has plastic surgery to make himself look like Siegel then he learns everything he can about Siegle's life.

In Washington, D.C. Alex Cross has proposed to Brianna Stone. Shortly thereafter he's called to investgigate a sniper assassination of two of Washington's politicians who were under investigation for corruption.

When another sniper
Paula  Phillips
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alex Cross is back and it's not a surprise that the case he has to solve involves a whole lot of drama and mystery. With Alex Cross , comes a lot of Family drama , work commitments and the life of serial killers and pyschos. In Cross Fire we see Alex Cross's ol' enemy and ex-best friend Kyle Craig - "Mastermind" escape from prison and read as he kills an Undercover FBI agent Max Siegel and takes his place as a field agent. Meanwhile Alex Cross and his good friend/partner John Sampson are working ...more
Kay Van Slyke
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Good one! Alex finally gets married and we see the last of Kyle Craig. Thank goodness. There are a couple of other killers running loose. Kyle Craig spends lots of money making himself looking like a former FBI agent named Max Siegel. He is still determined to kill Alex Cross but to do so he works hard to become Max and gets assigned to a couple of Alex's cases. A numbers killer named Stanislaw Wajda who is pretty much insane. Kyle even commits a few murders of his own to make them look like Waj ...more
Sarah Nessler
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 17th installment of the Alex Cross series and yet again another striking novel. I have yet to tire of this endless series. The elusive Kyle Craig is back haunting Alex Cross since his escape at the maximum security prison. Max Siegel aka Kyle Craig that's right Kyle Craig becomes someone else although I am not going to provide the detail behind because I really feel you should read the series but anyway it was quite the plot twist for the beginning of the book. So many ups and downs yet agai ...more
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have always been a fan of James Patterson, and of the Alex Cross series. This book was written in the same style, that makes for a very quick read. Unfortunately, this is the first book I have read in a very long time that I considered not finishing. The plot dragged along and was predictable. The only part of the book that ended too quickly was the seemed like James Patterson was writing to hit a prescribed number of words, and once reached, wrap up the book as quickly as possible. T ...more
As Alex Cross and Brie plan their wedding… two serial killers start working their way through DC… one a maths nut, the other a bit of a media sensation as he appears to be killing crooked people in power. If that isn't enough for Cross to handle, Cross Fire features the return of the Mastermind, Kyle Craig, who manages to get himself entangled in Cross's life without Cross knowing. I feel that this episode should have been a lot better than it is, featuring the return of Mastermind. 5 out of 12 ...more
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I feel a terrible burden when I pick up a James Patterson book these days. The man is a legend who has produced some fantastic work that has earned him the right to be called one of the bestselling authors of all time. A staggering figure is that in 2007 one in every fifteen hardback books sold was a James Patterson. I myself seem to have a love-hate relationship with his work. Lately I haven't been over enthused with any of his offerings and his best book in the last few months has been without ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed all of the Alex Cross books that I have read and I love Patterson's style. His crisp, short chapters are a trademark and he keeps you turning the pages until before you know it, the book is finished!

In most thrillers there is a hidden element and you wonder what it is. If the book is well written, you don't figure it out until the end. In this book, there is a twist and Patterson discloses an event right at the beginning of the story and you are wondering how Alex will figure this
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
What does it say about an author when you need three intersecting serial killers to keep the plot moving along? I guess you can make some observations comparing the detached and impersonal efficiency of a military sniper to the brutality and viciousness of a knife-wielding psycho, but to what end? The bodies still pile up.

A very formulaic escapade into the world of Alex Cross. For a Character that has been with us since the beginning the End of the Mastermind character was very Anti Climactic. S
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
I really enjoyed Cross Fire. It's an amazing fast-paced thriller. I flew through it.
Some references in this book were lost on me because it's part of a detective series I've never read before. However reading it as a standalone didn't obstruct my understanding of the book. Cross Fire can hold its own well. If anything, it only made me more curious to check out the rest of the series, to read more about these intriguing characters.
Overall, it's a great crime thriller. It's written well and it is
Charlotte Smith
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another 5star rating love reading Alex cross. This one was not what I expected at all.
Just a pity it ended like it did as another storey could have come between them
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
The book was fine, but I am very tired of the teasers at the end of each chapter, and worse yet: the end of the book. I don't need a cliffhanger to read another book by an author I like and it's going to be really annoying when I hit the end of the series and he's months away from resolving the story. ...more
Ebony Chambers
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Another great one by james Patterson. Looking forward to the next
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I did not enjoy this story nearly as much as I, Alex Cross, but still found Cross Fire entertaining enough. I learnt some new things about Alex that I previously didn't know which was cool.

My favourite part was probably reading from the bad guys POV. I love reading from a bad dudes POV, just their justifications and their reasonings I found absolutely fascinating. Plus I feel like it gives you a good look into the authors head from what they see as a 'good guys' versus a 'bad guys'. Especially
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Patterson brings back fan favorite Alex Cross for a 17th time with this volume, and this time it is an opportunity to come up with his former friend and nemesis, Kyle Craig, who has been lurking around in the background of the last few books. The novel starts with Craig getting the finishing touches on a round of plastic surgery that will allow him to work his way back into the FBI under the guise of another agent who had been working undercover on a case for the last few years. As a result, he ...more
Stephanie  G
Detective Alex Cross is back and this time on the trail of a gunman who is killing of some of Washington's corrupt politicians. Besides having to stop a killer who some are calling a hero, Alex's one time friend and now most dangerous enemy Kyle Craig is back in D.C.. Kyle has returned to take his revenge on Alex for sending him to prison and this time it's more personal than ever.

In this latest installment in the Alex Cross series, Alex is working homicide in Washington and getting ready to mar
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alex Cross has decided to settle down with Bree Stone for good - he's proposed marriage and she's accepted. However, there is a more pressing matter - a sniper is going for the one-shot kill on corruption by taking out dirty politicians and lobbyists. The killer is trained, deadly, and disappears with the wind. On top of dealing with a high-profile politically charged serial killing case, Alex has been receiving calls from Kyle Craig - the Mastermind - again and this time Kyle's going for the en ...more
William Bentrim
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cross Fire by James Patterson

Kyle Craig is back. If you have read any of the Alex Cross books, that four word sentence is enough for you to want to read this one. Multiple plots, multiple villains and an intense climax make this a speedy read.

Alex is in love again. This Time Bree Stone is the object of his affection. This guy has had more deep loves than Jacque Cousteau. A wedding is planned and surprisingly Nana is on board. The kids are also in favor of Bree. Sounds like a love story but the
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