Criss Cross



A Killer With All The Skills Of A Master Detective Has Made Alex Cross The Subject Of His Deranged Investigation In A Virginia Penitentiary, Alex Cross And His Partner, John Sampson, Witness The Execution Of A Killer They Helped Convict Hours Later, They Are Called To The Scene Of A Copycat Crime A Note Signed M Rests On The CorpseYou Messed Up Big Time, Dr CrossWas An Innocent Man Just Put To Death Alex Soon Realizes He May Have Much To Answer For, As M Lures The Detective Out Of The Capital To The Sites Of Multiple Homicides, All Marked With Distressingly Familiar Details Details That Conjure Up Decades Old Cases Details That Conjure Up Cross Family Secrets Details That Make Clear That M Is After A Prize So Dear That Were The Killer To Attain It Alex S Heart Would No Longer Have Reason To BeatCriss Cross

Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has createdenduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most 1 New York Times bestsellers In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate He is also the first author to have 1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children s bestseller lists The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College He was given a full ride scholarship to Vanderbilt University s graduate program in English He left Vanderbilt before getting his PhD due to complications involving the Vietnam War Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company In 1976, while still working for J Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company After being turned down by thirty one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel Patterson s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross A film adaptation of Patterson s middle grade novel Middle School The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016 James Patterson has donatedthan one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under resourced schools and youth programs in the country To date, he has donated 7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the United States, and 2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees Patterson has recently donated over 35 million to his and his wife s alma maters the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College and he has established over four hundred Teacher and Writer Education Scholarships at twenty one colleges and universities throughout the country Patterson has also donatedthan one million books to U.S soldiers at home and overseas In May 2015, Patterson launched a children s book imprint at Little, Brown JIMMY Patterson that is unwaveringly focused on one goal turning kids into lifelong readers This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro reading initiatives Patterson also founded ReadKiddoRead.com, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation s excitement for reading Awarded the National Book Foundation s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebook community, and contributions from other authors Patterson s awards for adult and children s literature include the Edgar Award, the International

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  • Hardcover
  • 389 pages
  • Criss Cross
  • James Patterson
  • English
  • 11 May 2019
  • 0316526886

10 thoughts on “Criss Cross

  1. says:

    James Patterson s long running Alex Cross series is one I have dipped in and out of through the years and enjoyed, this is the 27th in the series, set in Washington DC, which takes Cross back to traumatic cases in his past It opens with Cross at the Greensville Correction Centre, a high security prison in Virginia, to witness the execution of Michael Mikey Edgerton, a upsetting and unsettling experience as he chooses to die on the electric chair He continues to claim his innocence, his wealt James Patterson s long running Alex Cross series is one I have dipped in and out of through the years and enjoyed, this is the 27th in the series, set in Washington DC, which takes Cross back to traumatic cases in his past It opens with Cross at the Greensville Correction Centre, a high security prison in Virginia, to witness the execution of Michael Mikey Edgerton, a upsetting and unsettling experience as he chooses to die on the electric chair He continues to claim his innocence, his wealthy family are present, and vow vengeance on Cross Cross, whilst disturbed by the whole sorry affair, has no doubts of Mikey s guilt, certain he is responsible for many murders Barely a few hours later, Cross and John Sampson find themselves at a copycat murder scene, with a note on the corpse saying You messed up big time, Dr Cross signed by M.Could the Edgerton family be behind this However, it soon becomes clear that Cross is familiar with M, in fact he has been aware of him for twelve years Cross visits a former FBI agent in prison in his professional role as therapist, Martin Forbes is adamant that he is innocent and has been framed for the murders he is alleged to have been convicted of Cross and Sampson find themselves at numerous brutally gruesome murder crime scenes, all with echoes of well known killers from the past, including that of the dead FBI agent Kyle Craig Cross was present at Craig s death, surely there is no way Craig could still be alive As Cross and Sampson chase the elusive M, who is engaging in unpredictable actions, like a kidnapping and ransom demand, the danger edges ever closer to Cross s family.In this latest addition to the series, Patterson continues to write a fast paced, intense, compulsive and twisted story Cross s family play a central part in the book, with his wife, Detective Brianna Bree Stone of the Metro Police Department, Nanamama with her fabulous cooking, his 17 year old daughter, Jannie, and his precociously bright 10 year old son, Ali, who becomes obsessed with cycling This is an entertaining read, with much that feels familiar about it, but still a thrilling and exciting affair However, here and there the plotting felt a little on the creaky side and I was a tad disappointed in the characterisation of M at the final reveal, and the ambiguous ending felt a little too predictable This is probably just me though, as I can see die hard Patterson and Cross fans absolutely loving this to bits Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC

  2. says:

    James Patterson returns with one of his foundations series, exploring the further adventures of Alex Cross in this intense crime thriller As the novel opens, Dr Alex Cross is on his way to the execution of a man he helped put away for some gruesome murders While the man s family professes this is a frame up, Cross is sure the evidence tells a different story After watching the electrocution, Cross and his partner are called to the scene of a crime, one that makes he wonder if he might have m James Patterson returns with one of his foundations series, exploring the further adventures of Alex Cross in this intense crime thriller As the novel opens, Dr Alex Cross is on his way to the execution of a man he helped put away for some gruesome murders While the man s family professes this is a frame up, Cross is sure the evidence tells a different story After watching the electrocution, Cross and his partner are called to the scene of a crime, one that makes he wonder if he might have made a major mistake A crime scene awaits him, similar to those the aforementioned killer appeared to have left, along with a mocking note signed M Cross scrambles to understand what s going on and how this will reflect on him As Cross thinks back to the case from years ago, he is forced to wonder if he got wrapped up in a quick solve, rather than weighing all the evidence As he tries to crack open the M case, Cross is faced with a fewcopycat killings from other notorious killers he s put away Nothing isdisturbing than a few sightings of his greatest nemesis, Kyle Craig, who apparently died right before Cross eyes a few years before As Cross seeks to uncover the great M , he is taunted repeatedly and is surely being watched from afar When terror strikes within the Cross household, M claims responsibility, but will stop at nothing until Alex Cross is permanently neutralized An interesting addition to the series, which has gone on for quite a while One must wonder if Cross might want to hang up his cuffs and enjoy a quieter life Recommended to those who enjoy Alex Cross and his various adventures, as well as those who find solace in James Patterson s work I admit that I have long been a critic of Patterson s work, as I find it is usually rushed and slapped together in haste, selling so well because of a name and not the quality of the story The Alex Cross series has usually been quite well written and the stories remain believable throughout the many novels that are pieces of this collection There is little room for backstory with Alex Cross, but Patterson os keen to show how he is always on the ball to catch a killer in new and interesting ways Cross is a family man to the core, balancing work, marriage, and his children as best he can Patterson offers up some added information about the youngest Cross, Ali, which likely parallels his decision to create a young adult collection featuring Ali going forward The reader gets a littleabout the middle child, daughter Jannie, who is set to make some major academic decisions, fully supported by her father Other characters find their spots in the narrative and keep the reader on their toes, while never distracting from the larger plot The use of M as a copycat cum new villain will have interesting impacts, should the series continue for the foreseeable future The story was well written and in line with much of the past novels in the series, with Patterson using his quick chapters to lure the reader to read a littleWhile not the best of the collection, it will keep me reading this series On that note, one must wonder if Cross is ending his run soon, as he has reached a large number of adventures If so, perhaps he, Michael Bennett, and Lindsay Boxer could work together, even once It has been my long time plea.Kudos, Mr Patterson, for another good read I hope series fans are satisfied and that you will focus your attention on these stronger series and keep the vapid writing for others to pen.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

  3. says:

    It s been a long time since I read an entire book in a single day, but as I think about it, I m pretty sure the last time it happened it was a book in this long running series featuring Washington, D.C., Metro Police detective and FBI behavioral specialist Dr Alex Cross this is the 27th It is also my favorite series from the prolific James Patterson, and this one was a bitspecial because some of the action takes place in northeastern Ohio not far from my home.I ve enjoyed reading about It s been a long time since I read an entire book in a single day, but as I think about it, I m pretty sure the last time it happened it was a book in this long running series featuring Washington, D.C., Metro Police detective and FBI behavioral specialist Dr Alex Cross this is the 27th It is also my favorite series from the prolific James Patterson, and this one was a bitspecial because some of the action takes place in northeastern Ohio not far from my home.I ve enjoyed reading about Alex, his elderly grandmother, Nana Mama, and his police partner, John Sampson, right from the start admittedly, it took me a little longer to warm up to his second wife, Police Commissioner Bree, and even Alex s kids But by now, they re like old friends And happily, they all get plenty of face time in this book, although much of what happens is pretty scary one reason I didn t want to put it down the other is that Patterson s usual short, bullet like chapters make it extremely easy to keep going The story begins as Alex and John are in Virginia to witness the execution of a murderer the two brought to justice They re not too happy about the prospect, and the situation is made worse by accusations by the soon to die prisoner s mother why she d want to watch her son die in the electric chair is beyond me, but it gets across a point that will be important later in the story.Worse, there s no rest for the wicked the minute they get home, Bree calls them to a murder scene at which a note, ostensibly from the killer, tells Alex that the guy who s execution he just witnessed was wrongly convicted The only clue The simple signature of M a moniker known to Alex for at least 12 years Shortly thereafter, a former cop now in jail who s been telling Alex he was framed claims to have been visited by an old nemesis of Alex a man whose death Alex witnessed four years earlier Whoa could it be that the man isn t really dead Not possible, both Alex and John insist, trying to put that possibility out of their heads.Other nasty acts happen and characters appear that may be tied to the mysterious M, but all avenues of investigative exploration lead to dead ends so to speak Throughout, chunks of the book are devoted to Alex s recollections of situations from years past that involve current developments And along the way, two of Alex s children Jannie and Ali find new interests that could lead to very successful futures That is, until M turns his or her attention to Alex s family and turns their happy home world upside down The ending doesn t resolve everything, alas, but it does provide fodder for upcoming books And as usual, I ll be in line when the next one comes off the presses Good job

  4. says:

    Oh how I love the Alex Cross series This one was crazy fast to job into with a great story that takes hold of most of the characters we have come to enjoy and attach ourselves to throughout Really good installment Now I need to catch a few hours of sleep since finishing the book kept me up

  5. says:

    Alex Cross goes up against a serial killer who has been toying with him for years He copy cats other killers Alex has arrested and then leaves notes to Alex at the scenes Patterson does seem to be repeating himself some here There are several elements that have been used in previous books like view spoiler his house being bugged, his family being kidnapped, a nemesis long thought dead seemingly returning Gary Soneji and his little cult that impersonated him hide spoiler I also didn t Alex Cross goes up against a serial killer who has been toying with him for years He copy cats other killers Alex has arrested and then leaves notes to Alex at the scenes Patterson does seem to be repeating himself some here There are several elements that have been used in previous books like view spoiler his house being bugged, his family being kidnapped, a nemesis long thought dead seemingly returning Gary Soneji and his little cult that impersonated him hide spoiler I also didn t care for how Alex Cross flaunts the law in this He plants evidence He breaks into a suspect s home It seems very out of character for a man with integrity like Alex, let alone a police detective in general Maybe Patterson should limit himself to releasing less than 6 books a year and focus on the writing of his established characters

  6. says:

    An Alex Cross book is always a good read and it was a great way to end the working week So much action

  7. says:

    Fun while I was reading it Then I saw how Patterson repeated himself Wasn t Alex s house bugged in a recent book Wasn t Ali, along with the rest of the family, kidnapped Hadn t Alex gone off the deep end, or pretended to Wasn t there a look alike to one one of Alex s past nemesis It s no wonder I liked it, I liked it the first time I read it.

  8. says:

    I ve been reading James Patterson books for over twenty years During that time, like most of his fans, my favorite character has always been Alex Cross He was Patterson s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of several bestselling series and stand alone novels For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and one of the world s greatest serial hunters I remember reading the Alex s first adventure, Along came a Spider and almost I ve been reading James Patterson books for over twenty years During that time, like most of his fans, my favorite character has always been Alex Cross He was Patterson s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of several bestselling series and stand alone novels For me, Alex has remained a fierce, intellectual knight of moral character and one of the world s greatest serial hunters I remember reading the Alex s first adventure, Along came a Spider and almost cried when Alex, then a widower, faced the loss of his new love in an ending twist I would never forget In the twenty seven years following, there have been some good and excellent adventures, including about four books back when Alex discovered and met his father, who was thought dead for many years There were also some less than stellar outings along the way, but I generally looked forward to the end of each year when another Alex Cross adventure was published Now, the 27th book in the series Criss Cross is in my hands and the reading completed The book opens with Alex and his longtime partner and best friend, John Sampson, witnessing the execution of a killer, Michael Edgerton, they helped get convicted Immediately following that emotional act, they are called to the scene of a crime back in their hometown where they find a murdered wife and a note personal y left for Alex that reads You messed up big time, Dr Cross and signed, simply M This is the fourth note over the last twelve years that Alex has found left for him, and the worst part is that he thought they had already removed this killer when Edgerton was executed Alex must figure out whether they get the wrong person or if is this a copy cat killer as M sends Cross on a roller coaster ride of multiple criminal activities, including kidnaping and multiple homicides, all set up to trick and humiliate him Each crime sends Alex down a false trail and leaving him frustrated, and his family at risk As M decides to come after Alex s family members and make him pay for the sins of his past As any avid fan would expect, Patterson runs multiple plots, jumping all over the place from Alex s professional life one moment to his family situations the next In this outing though, much of the novel is spent with Cross running from one criminal activity to another, leaving him and the reader little time to process what happened and how it fits into the bigger storyline picture Alex spends most of the book chasing and being manipulated by the elusive villain that is called M Like a typical Patterson thriller, the tempo is fastmoving with lots of action and drama, as well as violence and death The plotlines pretty much follow s Patterson s usual developments, including curveballs thrown in to make the outcomeinteresting However, things move along at such a breakneck speed that it created two problems for me The first is that the plot lost several layers of reality Yes, those plot choices made the storyentertaining, but it went too far at times That disjointed, breakneck speed of plotting took some of the heart out of the story and left it a bit too mechanical and predictable at key moments All of the running around took away from the human attachment that connects us with the strength and power of Alex Cross characterSecond, andimportantly, it seems that Patterson is having challenges with creating strong foes to challenge Cross Ever since Alex s greatest foe, Kyle Craig, was finally vanquished or was he , finding a worthy opponent has sometimes been lacking To be fair, it s probably not easy to come up with new and interesting serial killers that provide Alex a real test As much as the build up to who M is and what drives him or her to terrorize Cross and his family, the ending was a bit predictable, as well as a letdown Overall, this was an okay book for me, but not one of his stronger books Patterson tends to focus on large scale plotlines that end up going all over the place in a schizophrenic, shotgun approach that ends up being messy and disconnected In contrast, I find that I enjoy apersonalized Alex Cross story where his hunt for a serial killer is layered, builds steadily and consistently with quality clues, and his family members are fully involved in active roles The pace and villain detracted from the mystery and tension, and the story really felt like it could have been better developed and less predictable Here s hoping to better outing next time

  9. says:

    Criss Cross is the twenty seventh instalment to feature psychologist, police force and FBI consultant Dr Alex Cross, and I am amazed at how the series continues to go from strength to strength The plotline is very much ripped from today s headlines terrifyingly a convicted killer and serial rapist Mikey Edgerton who was handed the death penalty as punishment has just been executed when a murder using his very modus operandi occurs Is someone taunting the police to make sure they know they got Criss Cross is the twenty seventh instalment to feature psychologist, police force and FBI consultant Dr Alex Cross, and I am amazed at how the series continues to go from strength to strength The plotline is very much ripped from today s headlines terrifyingly a convicted killer and serial rapist Mikey Edgerton who was handed the death penalty as punishment has just been executed when a murder using his very modus operandi occurs Is someone taunting the police to make sure they know they got the wrong man and he is still free or is it merely a sick hoax and a copycat killer Alex finds a letter from the enigmatic person known only as M who has been dropping hints and guiding him in the right direction in terms of this case for years But who knows who can really be trusted in a game where everyone plays to win.As always with Patterson s books so long as you can suspend your disbelief and turn a blind eye to the believability factor then you re going to enjoy the ride Every chapter has action and thrills and this serves to keep you reading just oneeven when you really should be doing other stuff Patterson knows exactly how to grip you and not let you go and this book is no exception it s a page turner simply overflowing with wicked deeds, twists and surprises, exciting action and a fast moving narrative I always try to savour his books because they are so riveting and addictive but it s an impossibility This is an absorbing, high octane and compulsively readable thriller that will delight fans both old and new Many thanks to Century for an ARC

  10. says:

    I do love this series

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