Feb 182012
 

 


CROSS FIRE 
by James Patterson
Published by Little Brown and Company
ISBN-13: 9780316036177
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a HC book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

  Synopsis (borrowed from B&N):  Wedding bells ring
Detective Alex Cross and Bree’s wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.’s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories–is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

A murderer returns

The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims’ movements–information that only a Washington insider could possess.

Caught in a lethal cross fire

As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fireis James Patterson’s most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.

   My Thoughts and Opinion:  Who doesn’t like a classic James Patterson book with it’s 2-4 page chapters, especially his long running Alex Cross series?    I got hooked on his books many years ago, and Cross Fire was true to form.   Dr. Alex Cross, Nana and the kids are all a central part of the story line and his devotion to his family makes the character even more likable.    And in this book he finally gets married.   The action is fast paced and as stated above, because of the short chapters, it is very easy to say “just one more chapter” and you find that you have read ten.   A very quick read.    Even though I enjoyed this novel because it was an “Alex Cross book”, I found it to be predictable and lacking the high drama of investigation that one could find in his earlier books.    Will I read another Patterson book?    Yes….I still like his writing style.

DISCLAIMER
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold…they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.

(2012 Challenges:  TBR, Romantic Suspense, Bucket List, Mystery/Suspense, Off The Shelf, Serial Killers, Free Reads, Where Are You, A-Z, Merely Mystery, 52 in 52, Outdo Yourself, 100+)

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  4 Responses to “Review “Cross Fire” by James Patterson”

  1. They aren’t as good as they used to be, but I’ll probably continue with the Alex Cross books too.

  2. Unfortunately, many series become a bit stale as they continue. Still Patterson is a master storyteller. I will read him again too!

  3. 2-4 page chapters? Sounds like a book I’d like. I don’t like chapters that go on and on and… It makes it to hard to stop when you need to!

    I have this on CD!

  4. I read this one, and, you’re right … like many of the Alex Cross books, it runs fast and furious – very good escapist type of read.

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