This is my first Alex Cross book. I liked the action. For most part the pace of the book went pretty quickly. The only downfall was the relationship Alex had with his wife and kids. I just kept rolling my eyes through those parts. They were just a bit too perfect and seemed too far fetched for me. Since that wasn't a major part of the book I only docked it 1 star. Otherwise the action between Cross and the Butcher were pretty intense. Looking forward to reading others in this series.