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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. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker.

When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

Baker & Taylor
Years after his wife Maria is gunned down by an unknown shooter, a crime that has never been solved, psychologist Alex Cross is called in by his former partner, John Sampson, who wants his help on a case that reveals a connection to Maria's death.

& Taylor

Years after his wife Maria is gunned down by an unknown shooter, a crime that has never been solved and still haunts him, psychologist Alex Cross is called in by his former partner, John Sampson, who wants his help in tracking a serial rapist stalking Georgetown, a case that reveals a startling connection to Maria's death. (Suspense)

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780316017749
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Pat
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 25 cm


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I started reading this one and after a couple of chapters got turned off by the violence
and brutality. I have noticed before that some of Patterson's books go into too much
detail with regard to all the atrocities that some of the victims experienced. I am not faint
of heart but wonder if all that detail is necessary.Very disturbing sometimes.

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

This had the potential to be a really good book - finally, we were going to get the backstory on the death of Cross's wife, Maria, and finally, Cross was going to meet (and take down) the man who killed her.
Unfortunately, while these things do happen, the storytelling itself is lackluster. Cross leaves the FBI, and returns to his psychiatric practice, so there's not as much of the exciting action that we've seen in some of his other books. The serial killer in this volume (every Alex Cross book has at least one), the Butcher, is somewhat interesting, but not as interesting as some of the killers in the other books. We do get more of Cross's family life than usual, which is nice, but once again, Patterson brings up a potential love interest for Alex, only to take it away (as usual) toward the end of the book.
I did like the fact that we got to see more of John Sampson, and that he wasn't just trotted out to be Cross's sidekick when it was convenient. One of my biggest pet peeves in the books where Cross is on the DC police force, is that Sampson, his partner, is only involved in the action on a very limited basis.

Feb 18, 2016

excellent book great to see alex and sampson back in action again

Speedreader52 Nov 09, 2012

Really like all of James Patterson's adult books. The movie CROSS with Tyler Perry playing Alex Cross was great-if you are a fan of these books, you should go see the movie. The critics got it WRONG on this on!!!

Oct 11, 2012

The Alex Cross series is a great one. I've read pretty much all of them and i have found each one to me just as interesting and as entertaining as the one before.
i am looking forward to the movie "I Alex Cross".

Aug 13, 2012

My first James Patterson book after listening to the Postcard Killers. A decent read. Will look for the rest of the Cross novels.

Jun 13, 2012

Interesting feedback. It was, of the entire series, my least favorite, though I've not read anything at all by James Patterson I did not like yet. There were some good twists in this one, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

Oct 06, 2011

the best Alex Cross novels that I've read so far. Excellent.

May 20, 2009

The kids are growing and Nana's getting older. Then again so is Alex Cross (and the rest of us). In Patterson's 12th Cross novel, Alex makes another career move, hanging out his psychologist's shingle. But he can't sit still; a series of brutal rapes and murders puts Cross (teamed with former partner John Sampson) on the trail of a former hit man turned serial killer. Through a connection with his wife Marie's death, we learn more about Cross' past and about his wife. Another fast-paced, exciting book from James Patterson.


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