Cross (Alex Cross Series #12)

Cross (Alex Cross Series #12)

by James Patterson

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Alex Cross faces the most cunning, psychotic killer of his career in the blockbuster James Patterson novel that inspired a major motion picture.

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D. C. Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge: raising his children without their mother.

Years later, Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. Now Cross must go on the hunt for the most cunning, psychotic killer he has ever faced. . . and it pushes him dangerously close to the breaking point.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316017749
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/13/2006
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels , the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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By James Patterson

Little, Brown

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-15979-4

Chapter One


Everything about the night is so very clear to me. Still is, after all this time, all these years that have passed, everything that's happened, the horrible murderers, the homicides solved and sometimes not.

I stood in the darkened bedroom with my arms lightly circling my wife Maria's waist, my chin resting on her shoulder. I was thirty-one then, and had never been happier at any time of my life.

Nothing even came close to what we had together, Maria, Damon, Jannie, and me.

It was the fall of 1993, a million years ago it seems to me now.

It was also past two in the morning, and our baby Jannie had the croup something terrible. Poor sweet girl had been up for most of the night, most of the last few nights, most of her young life. Maria was gently rocking Jannie in her arms, humming "You Are So Beautiful," and I had my arms around Maria, rocking her.

I was the one who'd gotten up first, but I couldn't seem to get Jannie back to sleep no matter what tricks I tried. Maria had come in and taken the baby after an hour or so. We both had work early in the morning. I was on a murder case.

"You're pregnant?" I said against Maria's shoulder.

"Bad timing, huh, Alex? You see a lot more croup in your future? Binkies? More dirty diapers? Nights like this one?"

"I don't like this part so much. Being up late, or early, whatever this is. But I loveour life, Maria. And I love that we're going to have another baby."

I held on to Maria and turned on the music from the mobile dangling over Janelle's crib. We danced in place to "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Then she gave me that beautiful partly bashful, partly goofy smile of hers, the one I'd fallen for, maybe on the very first night I ever saw her. We had met in the emergency room at St. Anthony's, during an emergency. Maria had brought in a gangbanger, a gunshot victim, a client of hers. She was a dedicated social worker, and she was being protective-especially since I was a dreaded metro homicide detective, and she didn't exactly trust the police. Then again, neither did I.

I held Maria a little tighter. "I'm happy. You know that. I'm glad you're pregnant. Let's celebrate. I'll get some champagne."

"You like being the big daddy, huh?"

"I do. Don't know why exactly. I just do."

"You like screaming babies in the middle of the night?"

"This too shall pass. Isn't that right, Janelle? Young lady, I'm talking to you."

Maria turned her head away from the wailing baby and gave me a sweet kiss on the lips. Her mouth was soft, always inviting, always sexy. I loved her kisses-anytime, anywhere.

She finally wriggled out of my arms. "Go back to bed, Alex. No sense both of us being up. Get some sleep for me too."

Just then, I noticed something else in the bedroom, and I started to laugh, couldn't help myself.

"What's so funny?" Maria smiled.

I pointed, and she saw it too. Three apples-each one with a single childlike bite out of it. The apples were propped on the legs of three stuffed toys, different-colored Barney dinosaurs. Toddler Damon's fantasy play was revealed to us. Our little boy had been spending some time in his sister Jannie's room.

As I got to the doorway, Maria gave me that goofy smile of hers again. And a wink. She whispered-and I will never forget what she said-"I love you, Alex. No one will ever love you the way I do."


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes I am a younger reader ( a.k.a A teenager) when I first started reading this book I couldn't stop myself from diving right in. It is a very good book I think mature teens would love this book. The twists and turns in the book will keep you reading it til its last page. This is not the only James patterson book that will make you want to read more! He just comleted the Maximum ride series, and startinga new book cant wait to read more. I hope this comment will make you want to read more of these fascinating James Patterson books I know I will. And I also hope that if a adult is reading this comment that you think about what I am saying. Not all of us teens are inappropriate some are smart and mature enought to enjoy books that you yourself might like in an appropriate manner. Thats all I got to say, oh wait one last thing, READ THIS BOOK AND MORE CELERBRATE READING READ READ READ BYE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love James patterson never dissapoints with alex cross
abbiecat More than 1 year ago
I think James Patterson is the best author I have ever read. I have read every book he has ever written, except the younger genre. I hope he keeps writing for many years to come. I truly enjoy every page I read. keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book as I have of all of James Patteson's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Alex Cross!!! The storyline was great ~ bring in the character that who killed his wife years earlier and was still around was a great plot. Couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope this is good but its James Patterson we are talking about !!!!........ Is it really going to be a movie !?!?!?!? All James Patterson fans are going to kill ppl just to watch this movie !!!!And then Alex is going to investigate us !!!!!ohh uh ....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
G Good
Cmchampion More than 1 year ago
Intense! Keeping you on ur toes. Great book
xoxo_leigh More than 1 year ago
Good, fast, intense, quick moving plot that I wouldn't read through fast enough! I just wanted to keep turning pages to find out a little more about Alex's quest to catch the serial rapist and wife's killer! Needless to say I couldn't put the book down. Great cat and mouse characters, loved how two stories were told in one. Good twists and turns that kept me interested so that I wasn't trying to think ahead. I definitely recommend this book as a good, quick, lazy day read that will make the day fly by. Can't wait to read Double Cross! xoxo_leigh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't finish more than 50 pages of this one. Patterson used to make Alex and his family come to life, but he seems to have lost interest in all but the money he's making from continuing the series. I won't be reading any more of these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book to read. Read all the Alex Cross if you haven't. I just seen the movie it was excellent too.
ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great suspense and fast moving with good plot. Book on tape version well read by Peter Fernandez.
sandburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first Patterson's book I've read. A page-turner that I finished in two sittings. I fell for Alex Cross and buoght the whole series the next day.
jlouise77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book. Kept my attention and was a fairly quick read. I found it somewhat confusing at times, but that could be mainly because I have missed a couple of the Alex Cross series previous to this one. Good solid read.
es135 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is, thankfully, reminiscent of the early books (Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls) in the series. It is apparent that the success of an Alex Cross novel, in my mind, is dependent on Alex's personal stakes in the cases. Patterson, whether you like his style or not, is very good at writing simple human emotions. When his wife's killer resurfaces after so many years, Alex will stop at nothing to put the man behind bars. This novel packs the old school style that faithful Patterson readers have come to expect and enjoy.
tymfos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When in need of a good "page turner" novel, James Patterson's Alex Cross series is always a safe bet for me. The books may not be "Great Literature," but they are well-crafted and suspenseful, filled with effective plot twists and peopled with interesting, well-drawn, complex characters. This particular installment of the series finds Alex Cross back in private practice after resigning from the FBI. But just when it seems that his days of crime-fighting are over, he is faced with the possibility of finally catching his wife's killer. And, with the help of his old D.C. police partner, John Sampson, the hunt is on!Both Cross and his current nemesis are plagued by memories. Cross is lost in memories of Maria, who died in his arms over a decade prior. She was the woman who brought out the very best in Alex, and he cannot let go of her memory. His adversary, Michael Sullivan (AKA: the Butcher), is haunted and tormented by memories of his father -- the sadistic monster whose abuse made Michael the twisted, psychopathic killer that he is.As usual in the Alex Cross series, the story is fast-paced and suspenseful. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional. And there are always surprises in store for the reader.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in even quicker than typical Patterson fashion. Good, but not spectacular. Alex Cross series is very same-y but I feel the need to see it through. Whatever through is. I remember when this came out they said it would be the end but now Double Cross is coming out in November :/ I didn't find Sampson's revelation to be all that shocking, kind of anti climactic.
MeganAngela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Patterson's Cross was my introduction into the world of James Patterson novels. His books aren't my usual fare, but this book was given to me as a present so I figured I should at least try it.As far as style is concerned, I enjoyed the short chapters. I felt that having the chapters be that short made it easier to keep reading and helped the story keep a fast pace. There was also the alternating POVs. Some chapters were told from Alex Cross' point of view and others from Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan's. However, despite the short chapters and fast pace, I felt that the novel was lacking. James Patterson has made no dice about the fact that he is a storyteller first and foremost, not a great writer, so going into it I knew that the writing wouldn't be up to the same standard as other mystery writers. Yet, this story seemed to be kind of boring. I've learned that this is a continuation of an earlier plot line, so perhaps I'm missing something along the way. Still, while it was the very definition of a "page turner", I didn't feel like the suspense truly built and the end was miserably anticlimactic.I give this novel three stars because it did its job as a page turner, but it wasn't a book that I would reread or recommend to those seeking a book full of thrills and twists.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another satisfying Alex Cross novel. Nothing new.
DavidCrawford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more of this one. It was a page-turner, but it did not have the suspense I was expecting and therefore this disappointment. Excellent book, just not what I was expecting for the other Alex Cross novels I had read. This is not the Alex Cross that I have enjoyed at the beginning of the series. Cross must have had a head injury because the character just seems to babble along without any intelligible analysis or interpretation of what is happening around him. And then there was this plot twist between Cross and Sampson that I'm still having trouble understanding. I was expecting more from this novel. Still it was a page-turner, to a limited degree, because there was little suspense and this caused a big disappointment with me. It`s not a terrible book, it just didn't measure up to the other Cross stories that I have enjoyed.
joycec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
predictable - like so many of Patterson's novels
ericlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, I read this as an e-book on my Palm, and was delighted to do so. I was able to purchase the book and read it when I wanted to -- and finished it within 19 hours of buying it. I've read a lot of James Pattersons and don't always like them, but this was actually not bad, a return to form. Cute, the various in-jokes, including the mention of actor Morgan Freeman, who has played Alex Cross in the movies.
bashert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
suspenseful mafia centered serial killer rapist book. some cross family involvement sidelights or diversions. suspenseful but not one of his better books.
contessa20 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A waste of paper! I was SO psyched about finally finding out about the creep that killed Cross' wife so many years ago. In the end though, there was nothing special about it. I expected something FAR better to mark the end of this long awaited mystery but it just didn't deliver. Personally, I think Patterson's books have gone WAY downhill since he started working with co-authors and churning them out like Levi's.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother.THE MOST TERRIFYING CROSS EVER.Years later Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker.THE MOST EMOTIONAL CROSS EVER.When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?