Cross by James Patterson

Cross by James Patterson

Genre: Mystery
Series: #12 in the Alex Cross series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 377
Source: purchased

The Short Version:
When a new case might have connections to the still unsolved murder of his wife, Alex Cross joins his friend and ex-partner to investigate.

Why I Read It:
I am unapologetic about the fact that I enjoy the occasional James Patterson book and this series and the Women’s Murder Club series are my go to choice when I need a palate cleanser between books.

The Book:
From the back cover:

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife. But his need for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. Years later, Alex leaves the FBI to work as a full-time psychologist. His life finally feels like it’s in order–until Cross’s former partner, John Sampson, gives him a chilling phone call. Sampson is tracking a serial rapist whose brutal MO includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Now Cross and Sampson need the help of the rape victims to stop the predator. When the case triggers a connection to his wife’s death, Alex may finally catch the murderer. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

My Thoughts:
This was pretty much exactly what I expect from an Alex Cross book by James Patterson. It was a quick read that didn’t require much attention or thought. It was the book version of channel surfing until I landed on a formulaic detective show to watch.

This time around the investigation leads to hints that the sick and twisted killer they’re tracking may be connected to the unsolved murder of Alex’s wife. Finally through some flashbacks the story of her death is told in more detail than in any of the previous 11 books in the series. All the other typical elements of an Alex Cross story are there. It’s all formulaic at this point and the only departure this time around is the focus on Alex and his family.

The ending of this one really annoyed me so it’ll be a while before I continue with this series.

2.5 stars Rating 2.5/5