Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Double Cross - James Patterson

Double Cross
James Patterson
Little, Brown and Company


Life seems good for Alex Cross these days. He’s settling into a routine as a private psychologist, away from the dangers and unpredictability of police life. His kids are all thriving. And he’s seeing Bree Stone, a detective with the MPD in DC. For once, when a beeper goes off at an inopportune moment, it’s hers, not his. That beeper interrupts a camping trip and calls Bree back to the city to investigate the murder of a crime writer who was thrown off the terrace of her apartment. Alex goes along for the ride, and very quickly gets caught up in the investigation. It would have happened sooner or later; the killer left a tape for the police to find, specifically taunting Alex.

Nearly four years ago, Kyle Craig, an FBI agent and good friend of Alex, was convicted of several murders and sent to a super-maximum security prison. Kyle called himself the Mastermind, and has spent the past four years planning his revenge. As the killings in DC continue to escalate in brutality and publicity, Alex has no idea that the Audience Killer is connected to Kyle Craig. And it won’t be long until he has to confront two of the most remorseless and vicious killers he’s ever faced.

Some aspects of this novel require a bit of suspension of disbelief. And that’s ok with me. By the time the Mastermind’s plan goes into effect, I was fully invested in the story and character (last seen in MARY, MARY) and willing to go along for the ride. And what a ride this is. Fast-paced, full of action, and populated with fascinating characters, both new and old. Some chapters are written from Alex’s point of view, others are told from that of the killer. This technique gives the reader immediate access to the thought process of the killer, without giving away too much information. There are some neat twists before final scenes, and it ends in a way that makes me hope we’ll see more of Alex Cross in the not-too-distant future.

Rating: 8
November 2007
ISBN# 978-0-316-01505-9 (hardcover)


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