Book Reviews of Cross (Alex Cross, Bk 12)

Cross (Alex Cross, Bk 12)
Cross - Alex Cross, Bk 12
Author: James Patterson
ISBN-13: 9780316159791
ISBN-10: 0316159794
Publication Date: 11/13/2006
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 694 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
At long last we find a solution to what happened to Alex's
wife. Her memory floats through many books, and now we can put it to rest. Great book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Having been a long-time fan of the Alex Cross series, I was eager to open up my copy of CROSS. A lot of what I love about the series and Patterson's writing were inside the pages of this book: short chapters, straight-to-the-point dialogue, a fast-moving plot. The only problem is that the plot, in general, left me wanting to yell at someone.

I can overlook the fact that Alex Cross's wife apparently didn't die the way he had originally stated. I can even overlook the fact that after fourteen years and several other relationships (one that even ended in producing a son), Alex now seems obsessed with "getting over" his long-dead wife.

What I couldn't overlook was the fact that with this book, besides being a detailed description of his wife's murder and Alex's new committment to finding her killer, there's not a whole lot else there. The Alex in this book is moody, melancholy, and totally anti-Alex Cross to the point that I wasn't even sure, halfway through the book, that I was reading about the same character.

He's not the only one, though. His children, his friends, and even dear old Nana Mama are all acting out of character--and not in good ways.

Sure, the "mystery and suspense" part of the story is a pretty good one. Patteron's writing style is always a welcome change to me.

CROSS, though, is one Alex Cross story I could have done without.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the book where Cross finally deals with his wife Maria's murder. I've been waiting for this book for years, and was NOT dissapointed!
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Helpful Score: 2
Fabulous! Characters you've grown to love at it again. Tight mystery; enjoyable all the way through. Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 1
excellent book! could not put it down
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Helpful Score: 1
Alex Cross was a rising star of the Washington, DC, police department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengence was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge -- raising his children without their mother.

This is one of the best Alex Cross books! Couldn't put it down; wanted to keep reading until finished.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is definitely not one of Patterson's best. The plot is weak and the characters are over developed. There were no unexpected twists and turns which was very disappointing.
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Helpful Score: 1
***** I absolutely LOVED this book. It's now one of my very favs by J. Patterson. CROSS is a really good sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book!!! Very suspenseful. Must read if you love J. Patterson.
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Helpful Score: 1
Alex Cross faces the deadliest psychopath of them all - his wif'e killer. Great Story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another good James Patterson book. I thought however that finding out who is wifes killer was would be more...shocking. Still all in alll a great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a easy, good read; however, it was not as great as I expected from James Patterson. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and I will read all of his next books, this one just left me thinking that something else needed to happen.
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This is a great read, hard to put down. I like that there is resolution about Maria's murder.
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Brilliant Alex Cross- on the trail of his wife Maria's murderer. Gripping and high speed.
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THIS IS AN AWESOME work by Mr Patterson. My husband who normally doesn't read books by JP loved this as well. Which is why I am slow to post it.
ENJOY !!!
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best novel yet!
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Excellent! James Patterson at His best.
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I love the Alex Cross series! Great story.
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A fast, enjoyable read as Alex Cross searches for both a serial rapist/killer and his wife's killer. Of course, it wouldn't be Patterson if there weren't a couple surprises at the end.
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Good book, fast read.
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Finally, full circle and back to Alex's wife's killer!
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I love all the Alex Cross stories. Very quick read.
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An Alex Cross thriller, this time he's looking for his wife's killer from over 10 years ago. Fast paced, always a good read.
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A great book. I love all of James Patterson's books.
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Probably one of the best by James Patterson but then I've never read one that I didn't like! Fast moving and another author who makes the pages turn quickly!
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I love James Patterson. Got hooked on him in book 1 and everytime I finish a book in the Cross series, I am dying for the next one.
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Couldn't read the book fast enough. Great character development.
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Easy read. Another good Alex Cross novel.
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I wish I'd Crossed this one off my list of reads. I love James Patteson but I was so disappointed in this book. I know alot of folks think it was a fantastic read, I unfortunatly was not one of them. However, you must draw your own conclusion and order this book from me :)
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Learning more about the Cross family was great!!! Terrific read! Keep them coming. Do not want to see this series end.
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Fast-paced detective story with our favorite Alex Cross.
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One of the better books in the Alex Cross series. This book feels more personal, and it is a little less scattered than Patterson's other books. This book felt more whole and complete, compared with many of Patterson's books. It's definitely a fun read.
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I must say this is one of Patterson's best. Fast paced & Alex Cross at his best.. A must read for Patterson fans!
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I nreally enjoyed this book . It brings some of the unknown history to life if you have read all the cross novels
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awesome james patterson did it again just when he thought he quit the law enforcement business something new comes his way
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An excellent book, James Patterson surprises you at every turn of the page.
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It's summer and my favorite pastime is sitting on my screened-in porch on a warm afternoon, reading. I started this one this morning and read it in one sitting. Wow! Cross has drama, action, and best of all, a nice insight into several characters' minds. I loved it!!
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Another tension-filled Alex Cross winner... this time he's after the man who killed his wife more than ten years ago. Very fast-paced!
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Alex Cross faces the deadliest psychopath of them all--his wife's killer--High velocity thriller!!!
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A great Alex Cross novel.
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Yet another fantastic Alex Cross novel.
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Very good!
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I enjoyed the book very much. It was the only one I was missing from the series, and now I have been able to finish reading the series. James Patterson is a wonderful author. I encourage anyone who has not read this series to do so.
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One of my favorite authors. This books doesn't disappoint. It's great.
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Great, fast read. Hard to put down. Two thumbs up for Patterson's Alex Cross. ISBN number matches but my cover is different.
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great closeout on the death of Alex's wife. Very introspective.
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Another Alex Cross winner!
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again and good storytelling
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Evil, amoral villain goes up against Cross and Sampson. The story of Maria's murderer from all those years ago is revealed. Everyone needs a Nana Mama in their lives!
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I really enjoyed this book. kept my attention through the entire story.
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I always enjoy the Alex Cross thrillers!
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You won't be disappointed, it's another AWESOME Alex Cross thriller. He is seeking his wife's killer, who is a real WHACKO!
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Very, very good!
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A return to the old Patterson/Alex Cross books....5 stars!
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Fast read!
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Another Patterson great book featuring Alex Cross. This is the latest book in which Alex faces the deadliest psychopath of them all ... his wife's killer....This is the 12th book of the Alex Cross series...............
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Excellent reading .... took me only two evenings ...it was that good!
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Very good, very scary!!
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Very good book. My cover is different from the one pictured.
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Absolutely enthralling--Classic Alex Cross. Hard to put this one down.
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Among the villains Alex Cross has faced-Gary Soneji, Casanova, Kyle Craig, the Wolf-one psychopath tops them all. Alex knows him as his wife's killer.
The most emotional Cross ever.
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Excellent! Another good James Patterson Alex Cross quick-read! Loved it!
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James Patterson & Alex Cross - SUPER! Alex Cross faces his worst nightmare -- his wife's killer. This is an exceptionally good (GREAT!) book.
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An EXCELLENT Alex Cross novel!
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didnt find this one as interesting as the usual 'alex cross' series
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Another of James Pattersons greats. I love all his books, and this one had a particularly surprising twist. Enjoy!
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Really good read!
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Another one of Patterson's that grab you from the first page.
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James Patterson is among the best in mystery and suspense. Bravo!
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Patterson may not be a fancy writer, but he's great when it comes to telling a story. This one is interesting and exciting without getting ridiculous and unbelievable when it comes to side-stories involving someone's personal life.
Granted, Alex does have some drama with Nana though, because she hates that he puts himself in danger due to his job. Truthfully, her character has irritated me more often than not because of this. I highly doubt she would tell another person in the same job to not come to her rescue if he had a family at home. (Sadly, if her character ever does leave the series, I don't think I'd miss her.)

In this one we find out about the man believed to be responsible for killing Cross's late wife. It's definitely a page-turner and a fast read because it's hard to put down (plus it has really short chapters and average-sized print.)
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Keeps your attention very well. Exciting and a nice back history on alex cross's life.
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The one that started the series. Soon to be a movie.
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good book
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Can't wait for the next one!
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Alex Cross is great enjoy all his booke
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I love all of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson.
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Patterson as usual writes terrific books.He faces his wife's killer.
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Another excellent Alex Cross novel with another totally twisted murderer on the loose.
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Love this author- Love this book.
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It was exciting to finally have Maria's murder resolved. Should be interesting to see how it affects Cross in the future.
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Another great book by Patterson one you wont want to put down....
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It was a great Alex Cross novel once again. I thought this would be the last Cross book but after the ending, I believe we will see Alex Cross again soon!!
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A great Alex Cross thriller. High intensity
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One of the best yet, super-quick read.
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Awesome! A great James Patterson.
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Excellent
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A great addition to the Cross series, poor guy just can't seem to retire.
Scary villian. A must read for Patterson's fans!
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Awesome! Easy short chapters to read!
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Typical Patterson. Easy read.
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Another great read by Patterson. He never ceases to amaze me!!!
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The ISBN is correct but the cover is different, same book...like my cover better
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Great Alex Delaware book that ties up some lose ends. Enjoyable. Solid.
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great book,my covering is different tho.
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From Publishers Weekly
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?
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Different cover