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Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross #18) by James Patterson

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Kill Alex Cross is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!

The President’s son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.

A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Cross discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes – one that may alter the fate of the entire country.

The View:

Alex Cross is one of my favorite characters created by James Patterson. I will have to give some of the credit for this to the darn good movies made on this series. “Kill Alex Cross” would probably rate among the best Alex Cross books till date. The book has everything that one would expect from a Patterson series – short chapters, exciting and fast-paced plot, interesting characters and a few investigations that run simultaneously.

I enjoyed reading this book and there were quite a few things that I liked – First and foremost the plot had a new dimension crime in the form of terrorism; Secondly there was less of Alex Cross’s personal life (and oh God!! did I love that); Thirdly the high visibility kidnapping of the President’s children was portrayed from a mother’s perspective and given a real life emotion and lastly the storyline felt well-researched. In all, the book felt complete. Alex Cross only gets involved in the kidnapping case and is asked to help by the President’s wife. In my mind, I kept saying.. Oh, the kidnapping and the terrorist attacks are related, so he in fact is assigned to both the cases. And you know I was wrong.

Alex Cross’s investigation path is pretty straight-forward and every time he does manage to hit the nail on the head. I tried playing the guessing game a few times and was happy that it went wrong. At least that means, that the plot was not rudely predictable. The introduction of Ava in Alex’s family was nice, kept to a minimal and yet impactful. Oh, if you don’t know it already, you could grab any James Patterson book from any series and feel like you know all the characters. No struggle of getting acquainted with the protagonist ever .. Don’t you just love that.

Rated a 4 on 5 for the sheer entertainment this book provided. When this movie releases I would probably watch it on Day 1.



One Response

  1. The Alex Cross series and the Women’s Murder Club series are my favorites of Patterson’s.

    I think the movies have made them both very appealing. I think there were some Murder Club movies (but they may have been TV movies); and, of course, the Alex Cross ones with Morgan Freeman.

    I am adding this one to my list. Thanks for the review.

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