This is the introductory Alex Cross book. Patterson certainly knows how to write a thriller that will keep you turning the pages, perhaps even keep you up late into the night. His charactors are real people. Alex is a very well-drawn personality and tells the story in the first person.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes thrilling mysteries.
I felt like this book was everywhere with the plot. The race issues felt overdone to me, but the book is sort of old, so it might have been appropriate for when the book first came out. Mainly, the book was so LONG, I felt like a lot of it was just filler. Hopefully the next book in the series is better. This one wasn't a page-turner, and it took me forever to finish it. I lost interest several times and read other books. I do really like James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, so I will read the 2nd book in this series before I decide to give up on this series.
Having read a few of James Patterson's newer works, I decided to go back to the beginning for Alex Cross. It was a thrilling and suspenseful story. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The end of the book completely threw me for a loop, as it was a great twist and unpredictable. It also gives some nice back story on Alex Cross for those that have read later books in the series. I would definitely recommend this book, and would consider it to be "classic" James Patterson in which everything new would be compared to.
Amy S. (studentofdeath) reviewed Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
Helpful Score: 4
My first Alex Cross book. I've read all the Women's Murder books, and enjoyed them a lot!
Alex is very different from Lindsay & her gang, --but I still enjoyed this one.
It kept me guessing who the 'bad guy' was & had a surprise about who was involved!
I'm reading the next one in the series now, Kiss the Girls, and I'm enjoying it just as much. I'll definitely keep going .. . .
An Alex Cross Mystery. This novel begins with a double kidnapping of the daugher of a famous actress and the son of the secretary of the treasury. A CIA female supervisor of the Secret Service works with Alex to solve this mystery of kidnappings and a serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.
1st book in the Alex Cross series. Wonderful book that really keeps you turning the pages and wanting more. If you have never read James Patterson you are definitely missing out! The movie is good too but as usual the book is much better!!
This was the first time I've read a James Patterson novel. After reading everything I could find on Nelson Demille I was looking for something new to read and decided to try this one. I am now a James Patterson fan for sure. This is a true tale of good versus evil, pitting a Washington detective (Cross) against an abused and inteligent psychopath (Soneji). However, this story is not nearly as straight forward as one might expects, as it is filled with plot twists. Many of these revelations left me in complete shock only as James Patterson can. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys the suspense/mystery genre of writing, and a high recommendation for anyone else. I watch the movie after reading the book and as usual the movie was no way near as good as the book.
What a long, dark, dreary novel. It was less of a page-turner than well-written true crime, not as well-written as either of the last two books I've finished, and I never felt as if I got to know Alex Cross, despite the first-person narration. I won't continue with this series, though the back-of-the-book excerpt from Patterson's 1st to Die was intriguing.
It begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the treasury. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzi Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thiller you have ever read. It is a must read.
Gary Soneji is a beloved teacher at an elite Washington private school. Soneji is also the murderous serial kidnapper who calls himself Son of Lindbergh, a human monster of such cunning that all of Washington's law enforcement armies can't outsmart him - even after he's been captured. Alex Cross is a black D.C. homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He has one obsession - a forbidden love affair with the white female supervisor of Washington's Secret Service. And he has one mission - find what powers Gary Soneji's madness before the elusive terror strikes all too close to home.
Alex Cross is a detective and a psychologist and he and his partner are investigating a triple homicide on Southside when they are pulled off the case to help locate two missing children. Alex and his partner are furious that the death of a black family is so easily disregarded and the kidnapping of 2 wealthy white children made the priority. The children were kidnapped from a private school for high profile families who had secret service protection. Alex Cross wants those children found safely but he can't get the image of the little black child that had been murdered out of his mind.
This book is fast-paced and has a lot of twists and turns. It is a great read.
Along Came a spider begins with the double kidnappingof thedaughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the Secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes on of the most unusual suspence triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
I love the entire Alex Cross series. It's a fun and easy read that keeps you entertained. After reading the first book I ran out and bought every book available in the series at the time and read them back to back.
This book flies. Along Came A Spider is a perfect "fun" read. It moves at a very rapid pace. It has pretty well developed characters considering its quick pace and more plot twists than you'll ever anticipate. Just when you think you know how the story is going to go Patterson turns it on its ear. Another thing that makes this book so good is that despite the surprising plot twists everything is fairly believable within the context of the story. It's consistent, quick and exciting! Read it!
I was disappointed in how difficult it was to find an unabridged version of this audiobook. However, the abridged version was still very exciting and fast paced. The two readers have very interesting voices which add to the story. Along Came a Spider is the first James Patterson book I have 'read,' and I know that I will be reading many more in the future.
Dwight B. (darthfoley) reviewed Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
I read this *after* seeing the movie. Quite amusing to see Morgan Freeman cast as Alex Cross after reading the book. Overall the book is good, and easy to read. However, the constant 'stupid white people' references really distract from the overall flow of the story.
The first of Patterson's now famous Alex Cross series. A good read!
Alex Cross -- a black Washington, D.C., police detective with a solid background in psychology -- finds love and a whole heap of trouble as a deadly psychopath holds two kidnapped children under his razor-sharp blade.
begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the Secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
I found this book rather one dimensional... I didn't like any of the characters- at all. I found myself getting tired of the shallow police banter, and the cheesy psychopath. I didn't feel like the antagonist lived up to the fear and trepidation that was struck in the protagonist character.
I found it boring and have no desire to read any more of the series.
Patterson in his early days is Patterson at his best. I've been reading again some of hi early books and once again become entranced. Sonji is a perfect bad guy causing terror. I could read this book again and again.
As usual his books are outstanding. He is one of my favorite authors and this is another book to confirm my conviction. Always has me by the seat of my pants...very good reading!!! If you like mysteries, you'll love this one.
This is the first Alex Cross novel. Wonderful thriller....
begins with a double kidnapping of famous people. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Unusual suspense triangles of any thriller you have ever read.
A bestselling thriller and movie, this begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous actress and the young son of the secretary of the treasury. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read. As always, James Patterson delivers!
From the back of the book: Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the Secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose. A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him-even after he's been captured.
Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He's so popular that the kids all call him "Mr. Chips." And he's very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them-he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He's done it before. Hundreds of times before.
Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality-one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?
Story begins with a double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous hollywood actress and the son of the secretary of the treasury. The kidnapper wants to be well known and to perform the kidnapping of the century.
Many plot twists that keep you guessing till the end. I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong!!
The first in the Alex Cross series, also my first Cross book. I was impressed. I'd seen the movie a while ago, but felt it really lacked depth in the Cross, Jezzie and Soneji characters. The book brought them out beautifully. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
it is about a serial killer and how he wants everyone to know that he is the one doing the murders. he wants his day.
Alex Cross is the dectective assigned to the case and he thinks that Gary might have a split personality. So he is out to find out what happened to the little girl.
really good - Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality-one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?
Alex Cross, a black Washington, D.C., police detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, a white motorcycling Secret Service agent, become lovers as they work together to apprehend a chilling psychopath who has kidnapped two children from a posh private school. The psychotic villain, who aspires to become more notorious than Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, is effectively nightmarish. Atypical characters, sex, sometimes shocking violence, and several surprising plot twists are all attention-grabbing, while short chapters with a shifting viewpoint add brisk pacing and genuine suspense. Patterson's storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn.
I love the Alex Cross novels. Some people claim the chapters are too short, but with my fast-paced lifestyle, sometimes that is good. This way I won't be in a middle of a chapter when I have to put my book down. This story is one of my favorite storylines. It pits Alex Cross against his nemesis Gary Soneji. They also made a movie on the book. They did a good job but it wasn't nearly as good as the book.
When i first seen this book about 23 years ago,as an avid reader and book collector,i found the title a little odd.Little did i know that this writer and this book would become my favorite writer and this book was the first book of my favorite book series .Twenty books later i have read and own the entire ALEX CROSS SERIES.This book is a first rate thriller.Once you start the book and meet ALEX CROSS,his family and friends you will become hooked on the series.I will also promise you that the books just keep getting better and better.The bad guys just get insaner and insaner , as the series progresses you will meet a lot of character that i promise you ,you will never forget.KYLE Craig is one example of the many characters that will make this series an unforgettable ride.TWENTY books later and i still can't get enough of this book series .I am waiting for the next book that is out soon.
[from Clive Cussler:]
"As engrossing as it is graphic...'Along Came a Spider' is an incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind villain who is as terrifying as he is intriguing. Has to be one of the best thrillers of the year."
--One of the early installments in the Alex Cross series. I agree completely with Cussler's remarks. (-Jim)
I have read a lot of Patterson's books, except the Alex Cross series, so I decided to start at #1....I was NOT disappointed!! This was a great read (like most of his books) and I am looking forward to all of the rest. THIS BOOK IS HARD TO PUT DOWN!!!!!!
Lisa P. reviewed Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, Bk 1) (Abridged Audio Cassette) on
James Patterson is just about the only non fiction writer whose books I read. I read mostly non fiction. The first book of his that I read was Kiss The Girls because it reminded me of some of the true crime books I read. Once I read it, I was hooked! I love the Alex Cross novels. They are my favorite of his works.
awesome book! I'm just starting the Alex Cross series and I love it. This book really gave me the creeps. I knew in the end he would catch the bad guy, but I just had to find out how. This book kept me turning pages to the very end!