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This is the Alex Cross book I have been waiting to read where he finds out who killed his wife years ago It did not disappoint Alex is now working as a full time psychologist in private practice but is right back into the investigation world when things warm up his wife s cold case This one was very fast paced and as a reader that is now a dozen books in on the series, I felt invested into Alex finding out who killed his wife I think that is the best part of series you get addicted and invested into the characters and their lives My quick and simple overall fast paced and personal for the reader then some of the other books in the series. I used to love James Patterson books I loved Alex Cross badass persona complemented by his squishy in the center role as a family man But lately I ve chosen to stay away from Patterson s books The bloom is off the rose, so to speak I honestly believe that the sheer volume of his work has caused the stories to be diluted somewhat I read Big Bad Wolf in September, and was incredibly disappointed However, because I have been with this character of Alex Cross for over a decade now, and I was curious to know what happened to Maria lo those many years ago Since that was the major selling point of this book, I got it It was a huge let down, not only to find out what happened to her, but to have to read the thinly plotted story that was barely related to the event. Being a big Patterson fan and following the character of Alex Cross through all of the his books I am sad to say that I am really beginning to get tired of him It really pains me to say that because I have come to really like all of the characters that have been created within the Cross series but it just feels like there is very little life left in Alex Cross The stories are beginning to sound the same and the endings are becoming very predictable To be honest I only finished this book out of dedication to Patterson and his characters I cannot say I really enjoyed this one It was alrightbecause it was Alex Cross, a character I have come to care about But I read for enjoyment and I love the twists and turns of a good storythis story was slow and very familiar, I found myself just not caring about the ending Hopefully this was just a miss in the line of Cross books and Patterson has some great new plots to throw at us If that is not the case he really should just retire Alex Cross. James Patterson owes Hollywood a debt of gratitude If it wasn t for the movie version of this book, I would not be writing this review In fact, if it wasn t for this movie, I would not have read the past three Cross novels, ever I am not a fan of James Patterson His writing is beyond abominable This will come as no surprise to those of you that have read my previous reviews of Patterson s Cross series But Patterson does have one redeeming quality he has a storyteller s heart The action was frenetic and fierce the set pieces continuously changed and the characters were only slightly annoying when it came to dialogue If I m being really honest, I would prefer no dialogue in Patterson s novels at all Okay I m done ragging on Patterson I should probably take it easy, the man does have 76 bestsellers to his name The plot of ALEX CROSS is twisted, to say the least Cross is determined to hunt down a man known as The Butcher view spoiler The Butcher killed Cross s wife hide spoiler An Alex cross book which he finds out who killed his wife back in 1993 must admit wasn t who I thought it was. I like James Patterson s style and his method of story telling The action moves along quickly and the characters, while not all that memorable, are suitably likable or villainous It s a real page turner, as forensic psychologist Alex Cross tracks down the sadistic mafia killer known as The Butcher, the man who killed Cross s wife ten years earlier.However,there s one thing about this book that drove me batty Patterson has a series of Alex Cross books most notably Along Came A Spider , made into a film with Morgan Freeman Cross is not the first in the series, although it is the first one I ve read Cross starts off in 1993 with the happy Cross family, Alex, Maria and their two small children with another one on the way Maria is murdered and Alex is left to raise their son and daughter with the help of his grandmother.But when Patterson jumps to 2006, Alex has a third child, a three or four year old boy named Ali and never once does he say how this child came to join the Cross family I m assuming he was adopted, and I bet that story is in one of the previous Cross books But I don t know and I wanted to know.Just a couple of sentences would have cleared it up for me Believe me, I went back than once to find them and never did I ll probably read in the Cross series, if only to find out where Ali came from. Second Read I just re read this book, and found the things that I didn t quite get the first time I really enjoyed it very much I thought it was one of the better Crosses, and if you like that kind of reading you probably enjoy Cross s and Sampson s friendship is one of my favorite parts It s been so good that I really enjoyed it Highly recommend.Part of the plot of this book has to do with Alex Cross wife Maria had been murdered about 10 years before He still grieves her loss He s burning out from all the work and difficult cases he is onwith the Police Department and The FBI To turn things around, he quits both of these, and goes back to Psychological Counseling as a free agent His family life feels stable Then Cross former partner, John Sampson, and childhood friend calls in a favor They start tracking in a Serial Rapist The case evolves to learning about Maria s death Good story Recommend. 3.5 stars.Buena, buena trama, lo voy a admitir aunque s me dan ciertas ganas de darle un peque ito jal n de orejas a la persona que lo recomend para leerlo en un club de lectura, porque si se dan cuenta, nos puso a leer el libro 12 de la saga de alex cross y no me gusta leer as en desordne la saga jaja aunque realmente si se entiende Parece que James patterson tiene un cierto desenvolvimiento natural en el g nero policiaco y el suspense el nico problema es que para desarrollar un libro de poco m s de 300 p ginas lo lleva a una excesiva cantidad de cap tulos en los que podr a alargarlos un poco y no hacerlos tan numerosos he visto libros que tienen 450 p ginas y apenas fueron 30 cap tulos, y la historia por tanto es un poco m s fluida, ya que aqu cambia constantemente de narraci n y salta de un personaje al otro A n as , el hecho de que haga eso permite que se entienda bajo de qu personaje se cuenta ahora la historia, y eso permite que no te pierdas Eso s , se lee de una sentada debido a lo sencillo que se mueve la trama.Por momentos se ve a involucrada m s la vida personal que profesional de Cross, pero bueno creo que algo de sentido tiene dado que el libro se titula cross , as que gira m s en torno a l Lo que s es cierto es que quiero leer los libros, ahora s gracias a mi amigo me hizo involucrarme en otra serie policiaca en vez de ser un libro suelto, buscarlos desde el primerito y llevarlos secuencialmente Es lo mismo que me sucedi cuando le a Brian freeman y su serie Jonathan Stride, empezando desde el quinto Pero que no quepa duda de que a n y con todo esto, me disfrut esta novela. (FREE PDF) ß Alex Cross ä 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 The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive bys in D.C s rough neighborhoods.Years later, still haunted by his wife s death, Cross is making a bold move in his life Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he s set up practice as a psychologist once again His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order He even has a chance at a new love.Then Cross s former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier When the case reveals a connection to Maria s death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.From the man USA TODAY has called the master of the genre, CROSS is the high velocity thriller James Patterson and Alex Cross s fans have waited years to read and the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades.This novel was originally published under the title Cross The movie tie in editions are published under the title Alex Cross less After finishing the last book I thought and repeated that thought in my review of Mary Mary that James Patterson was in need of shaking up the formula for Alex Cross There had been a few too many similarities sneaking into his novels and it was starting to get in the way of the story I am happy to report that the author must have thought the same thing after writing Mary Mary as this one begins to mix it up a bit Obviously there is still a murderer to be caught but for the first time Alex Cross s character is beginning to grow There was no staying out late and constantly regretting time missed with his family, no long lectures from Nana Mama about the life he had chosen for himself and no Alex Cross shining above the rest of law enforcement and having to go it on his own to prove that yet again he is the best This was simply the start of what I hope is a new direction for the Cross novels and a welcome change up to the routine What better way to start this change and personal growth than by solving the case that turned him into the Dragon Slayer in the first place Solving the murder of his wife felt like both a milestone for the character and a fresh start and I am now genuinely excited to read the next novel in this series I understand that Alex Cross will always be a hunter of killers, something that is brilliantly highlighted by the final line in this novel However, it will be very interesting to see how he acts upon that skill set from a different direction.