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James Patterson's Alex Cross series is the bestselling detective series of all time

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women s Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers. He has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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For Alex Cross's 12th descent into hell, Patterson (Mary, Mary) abandons the nursery-rhyme titles he has used for other books in the series. Tired of spending time away from his family tracking horrifying killers, Cross quits the FBI and returns to his psychology practice. When his former partner, John Sampson, asks for help, Cross can't stay away, especially when it looks as if the killer might also be responsible for the murder of Cross's wife years earlier. Patterson fans will find a lot that's recognizable here, as the story reads like everything he's done before. This series is becoming tired, and Patterson seems to be trying to compensate by making each villain successively more repulsive. The rushed and tacked-on ending will irritate readers instead of pleasing them. The best Patterson books, like Jack and Jill, are intricate and substantial, not just gore draped over a thin plot. Even though this book will debut in the top spot on the New York Times best sellers list, it is not recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Forensic psychologist Alex Cross's storied career in private practice, with the FBI and as a Washington, D.C., cop has brought him into contact with all kinds of seriously disturbed killers, but his 12th outing from bestseller Patterson (after 2005's Mary, Mary) may be the ultimate in lunatic deadliness. Beginning with a flashback to the murder of Cross's wife, Maria, Patterson quickly introduces Michael Sullivan (aka the Butcher of Sligo). What follows is a frenetically paced series of brutal rapes and killings by Sullivan, once employed by the mob as a freelancer and now at war with them. Cross juggles being a single parent and being involved in the dangerous game of tracking serial killers until he finally decides to give it up for his family. Needless to say, he's drawn back into the game when it promises a chance of finding Maria's killer. Cross's competence and vulnerability make a stark contrast with Sullivan's sadistic mutilations and psychological manipulations of his victims. Fans know that Cross will survive, but at what cost? (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror - Los Angeles TimesBrilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it - Daily MailIf there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable. - New York TimesJames Patterson is back in true form with his latest Alex Cross series thriller... This is his best work yet - Hobart Mercury

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