Alex Cross: Also published as CROSS

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Little, Brown, Aug 28, 2012 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother.

Years later Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. Now Cross must go on the hunt for the most cunning, psychotic killer he has ever faced...and it pushes him dangerously close to the breaking point.

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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
Alex Cross was holding his beloved wife Maria as her life slipped away. She was murdered in front of him. Time moves forward thirteen years; Alex has given
up his career with the FBI and gone into private practice so that he can spend more time with his children. His former partner comes knocking on, requesting his help. They are searching for Sullivan, a vile rapist and murderer. Michael Sullivan is the suspect in Maria’s murder. Alex comes temporarily out of retirement seeking revenge.
"Alex Cross" by James Patterson lends some background to the main character. I admit I have not listened to the complete 'Alex Cross series', so there were bits and pieces of his background that I was not aware of. In "Alex Cross" James Patterson filled in several of the blank spaces for me. "Alex Cross" is an action-packed, fast-paced thriller. Patterson outdid himself in characterization; Cross exhibited a rather gloomy attitude. He seems to want to go on with his life but can’t quite get past Maria’s death. Readers will have little doubt that Sullivan is an evil person with no redeeming quality. Patterson throws in plenty of twists and turns; there are enough to keep the reader eagerly turning the pages. The ending is typical Patterson with a cliffhanger. I was and still am eager to learn what decision Cross makes at the end of the book. There are two narrators for this audio book: Peter J. Fernandez and Jay O. Sanders; they both do an excellent job of conveying the emotion of their character.

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James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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