Book Reviews of Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, Bk 8)

Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, Bk 8)
Four Blind Mice - Alex Cross, Bk 8
Author: James Patterson
ISBN-13: 9780446613262
ISBN-10: 0446613266
Publication Date: 9/2003
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 636 ratings
Publisher: Warner Vision
Book Type: Paperback
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A good Patterson book...a little gruesome for me when he goes into great detail about the murders that the Three Blind Mice commit. The fourth of the blind mice is an unknown leader and is not revealed until the very end.
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I enjoyed this book very much and I am becoming a Patterson fan more and more after each book I read. The story line of Four Blind Mice is about an Army cover up over murders in the Vietnam war and the murders that were done to continue the cover up 30 years later. John Sampson was more involved in this book more than all the other Alex Cross novels so far and I enjoyed that immensely. Sampson finally falls in love in this one as well. Good read and suspenseful to to the end.
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Another of Patterson's stories following his character, Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson. A great Detective story, without the superfulous and obvious over-characterization of police detectives. Patterson brings out the human side of his characters in all of his books.
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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.
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Patterson never lets you down. This book was great. Love this Alex Cross series. Always keeps you guessing.
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A great "Alex Cross" story
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I received this book in the mail and couldn't put it down till I finished it. It was great!
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Another fine thriller from Patterson. Recommend it for those who love the Alex Cross stories.
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Another good James Patterson story.
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A GREAT Alex Cross thriller - definitely one of his best.
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Another Alex Cross tale of suspense and thrills!
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this book is really a thriller with lots of twists and turns. James Patterson is tops.
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a page turner
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!
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Another James Patterson page-turner!
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Lots of twist and turns, very enjoyable book. Patterson does it again.
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Another great book in the Alex Cross series. The last half of this book you wont want to put down.
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Another Great James Patterson Book!!
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awesome book. couldn't put it down. kept me on the edge all through the book.
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This is another great book in the Alex Cross series!
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Blockbuster thriller by James Patterson, one of the best.
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I love James Patterson, especially the Alex Cross series. By far one of my favorite authors.
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Another great Alex Cross Mystery. One of James Patterson's best!
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Again another great book by this author!!
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One of my favorites from James Patterson. I couldn't put it down!
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excellent!
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Awesome Book
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I loved this book! I believe I read it faster than any other book I've ever read. I can't wait to see what else can happen to Alex Cross.
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A really good story by James Patterson, if you like the Alex Cross character, you'll love this book. Cross and his friend John Sampson go up against the US Army and their code of silence when they try to solve murders being commited by FOUR BLIND MICE. You won't want to put this book down.
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I enjoy all of his books and this was no exception.
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Excellent book - Cross is a rich character in rich stories in all Patterson's books
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"Everything clicks in this novel... the best Cross yet." - Publishers Weekly
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My husband read this, he loves all of Patterson's books.
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Good read
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Alex Cross is one of my favorite hero's, like a real person.
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Alex Cross Book
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This book was great and it arrived in the mail sooner then I expected it.
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Just the usual Patterson here, suspensful and keeps you on the edge of your seat! Great read.
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Detective Alex Cross goes to help a friend accused of murder. In the attempt, he discovers a bigger threat skillfully destroying top soldiers across the country one by one.
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Alex Cross investigates a former friend of John Sampson Ellis Cooper who has been framed and will be excecuted for murder.
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This book was really good. It was suspenseful and one of those books where you wanna scream at the characters haha. I've like all of James Patterson so far.
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On the verge of resigning form the D.C. police force, Alex knows he can't refuse this case.
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If you aren't familiar with James Patterson, you must read some of his works. He will hold you in his world, until the story unfolds.
Excellant!
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Great Alex Cross books. If you like his other Cross books...you'll love this one.
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As with all of the books by James Patterson, the characters are real to life, and it is almost impossible to put the book down.
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GREAT DETECTIVE THRILLER
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AWSOME BOOK ....GREAT AUTHOR!
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Great Read
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Very good Mystery.
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Excellent book!
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An Alex Cross mystery.
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as always great
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Alex Cross is ready to resign from the DC police force, when his partner asks him to take on one last case. His friend has been framed for murder and is facing a death sentence.

Cross must take on the US Army's legal team, and find the real killers.
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This is not my favorite Alex Cross entry, but it does keep you guessing until the end.
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On the verge of resigning form the D.C. police force, Dte. Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber
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Fast paced (like all James Patterson novels). A great Alex Cross book.
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Not Patterson's best, but a decent read and it follows the story line of Alex Cross.
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Another slam dunk from James Patterson! I can't get enough...
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And *another* great Alex Cross book! I love this series...
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Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days together in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber. Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked - or concealed - by the military authorities. Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless - and deadliest - killers they have ever encountered. Behind these three highly skilled killing machines there appears to be an even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross's most terrifying challenge ever. On his visits home, Alex must confront another, more disturbing mystery: what's the matter with Nana Mama? As he explores the possibility of a relationship with a woman who offers him new hope, Alex must also face the fact that his beloved grandmother is only human.
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Alex Cross novel.
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Cross is one of the best pritagonists of the modern era.
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All the Alex Cross books are great. They should be read in order.
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I can't wait to read the next book! The Alex Cross series is great!
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very good book
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An exciting story in the author's successful mystery series about DC Detective Alex Cross
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Excellent
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A twisty-turny suspense novel. Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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An Alex Cross Novel
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One of Patterson's better books, very hard to put down.
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Another thriller with Detective Alex Cross and pal John Sampson. Patterson as usual delivers believable characters with unbelievable twists and turns.
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In this latest thriller from perennial bestselling author James Patterson, Washington cop Alex Cross gets involved in his partner's effort to save the life of an old Army buddy who's facing execution for a horrendous and inexplicable murder spree in North Carolina. The Army's evidence against Sergeant Ellis Cooper, a decorated Vietnam vet, is overwhelming, which isn't surprising since it's all been planted by a quartet of killers whose reason for framing the erstwhile hero isn't revealed until long after they are. The big secret is who set the murderers loose, and in true cliffhanger fashion, Patterson keeps it under wraps until the very end. Meanwhile, his usual blend of action, violence, fast pacing and uninspired-though-serviceable prose prevail, and will probably do so all the way to the top of the bestseller lists. --Jane Adams
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Another great Patterson book in the Alex Cross series
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mes Patterson. One of his best. I couldn't put it down.
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Detective Alex Cross has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. The US Army is the accuser and Cross must face the threat of a lethal genious.
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solid Cross novel
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a new woman in Cross's life brings him hope in the face of a devastating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silence and three ruthless killers. But a bigger threat lies in wait: their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror...the last of the FOUR BLIND MICE.
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A Detective Alex Cross novel. This is a first class murder mystery as Allen Cross and his friend John Simpson try to clear the name of a friend in a murder mystery that will keep you reading into the night.
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Alex Cross thriller good read. Keeps you wondering. Alex helps friend John Sampson find who framed him for murder.
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a new woman in Cross' life brings him hope in the face of a devestating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silence and three ruthless killers. But a bigger threat lies in their wait: their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror...the last of the Four Blind Mice.
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On the verge of resigning from the police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army.
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An Alex Cross novel.
On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The U.S. Army. As a new woman in Cross' life brings him hope in the face of a devastating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silence and three ruthles killers. But a bigger threat lies in wait: Their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror . . . the last of the FOUR BLIND MICE . . .
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I have read at least one other Patterson book (don't recall which one) and it was years ago so I don't even remember the story. This particular book I got free from a thrift store. It's a quick read--took me 3-4 days. It kept me going as far as why the murderers were doing what they were doing (they were hired assassins). Others (I read all the one- and two-star Amazon reviews) noted a time discrepancy that this book took place in the early 2000s but Sampson, who is in his 40s, served in Viet Nam in 1969--interesting since he would probably be junior high age at that time. I knew the story took place after 9/11 because a reference had been made to it but I didn't connect the dots to realize Sampson should have been at least 10 years older if he had served in Nam in 1969. Also, I'm assuming the basis for the book (what happened in Nam) is the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Viet Nam. I'm a baby boomer so I remember learning about it way back when.

I was also confused as to when some of the framed people had been tried. Those who receive the death penalty have automatic appeals and it takes YEARS (i.e., 15-20) before the execution is carried out. Yet, all of a sudden Ellis Cooper was going to be executed in three weeks. I didn't go back to see if I could find when he'd been tried and the time period between trial and execution. However, I'm sure it wasn't 15-20 years and ditto for all the other military personnel who had been framed and sentenced to death.

The Three Blind Mice carried out hits ordered by a mysterious individual whose identity was unknown to even the head mouse. They were very well paid. When the person at the top is revealed, I wondered--giving the individual's circumstances--how this person had the money to pay the mice and also how payment was made (assuming electronically but have my doubts that the top person would have access to a computer). The identity of "Foot Soldier," who sent e-mails to Cross with hints about the murders, also seemed absurd. Again, doubtful that this person would have access to a computer. Also, how did "Foot Soldier" know what Cross' e-mail address was? If it was a business e-mail address, that could possibly be learned online at the business' website; if it was a personal e-mail, that would be more difficult.

Of course, there were a couple obligatory sex scenes in the book which had no relevance to the story.

As others have said, why not have the mice simply kill the people who were framed since the top person wanted revenge against them? Why have innocent people killed to frame someone with the ultimate goal of that person being executed by the government? And, there would always be the possibility that the person could be sentenced to life in prison instead of death.

Also, I wondered what happened to the woman (or women) who were the mother of Cross' three kids. The youngest, if I recall, was only one year's old. Maybe that was addressed in a previous book but if the books aren't read in order, a reader wouldn't know what happened to the mom. Perhaps it was very briefly mentioned in this book and it didn't register with me.

It was an okay read--glad I didn't pay for the book
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case, His partner John Sampson ahs a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a new woman in Cross's life brings him hope in the face of a devaastating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silenc and three ruthless killers. But a bigger threat lies in wait: their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror....the last of the FOUR BLIND MICE.
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a new woman in Cross's life brings him hope in the face of a devastating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silence and three ruthless killers. But a bigger threat lies in wait: their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror...the last of the FOUR BLIND MICE.
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Det. Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor and silence and three ruthless killers. But a biger threat lies in wait....
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On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a new woman in Cross's life brings him hope in the face of a devastating loss at home, Cross and Sampson go up against codes of honor ans silence and three ruthless killers. But a bigger threat lies in wait: their controller, a lethal genius who will introduce Cross to new depths of terror...the last of the FOUR BLIND MICE.