Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross Series #20)

Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross Series #20)

by James Patterson

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Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him—by giving himself a new face.

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him—and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, ALEX CROSS, RUN is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316224239
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/18/2013
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 499
Sales rank: 633,726
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today. 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. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. 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 240 million copies. 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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Alex Cross, Run 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 597 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently some of jp novels have been below par,but this the old James we know and love.Please keep this quality going. For you chatters This Site is For Reviews !! If you want to CHAT USE FACEBOOK
Airforce35 More than 1 year ago
I was getting disappointed in James Patterson and thought he lost sight of the tenacious detective Alex Cross in his last few books. But I must say, this one is right on the mark as far as detective Cross is concerned. Alex Cross, Run is entertaining and easy to read. It's what I had hoped Patterson would bring back. Plus I love the back story about Alex's brother. Nice touch! Overall, this book still reads much like his last few books (which I didn’t really care for): different crimes being played out simultaneously, but what makes this one better is the fact that Alex Cross is getting back his MOJO. Alex doesn't have his wife Bree, a fellow cop showing up at a crime scenes on Christmas Eve expressing her disappointment in Alex. He also is NOT moaning through the whole book about how tired he is and how he should just put his family first. He's back trying to solve crimes, as only Alex can do. My problem with this book: I believe James Patterson is churning out mediocre books and inventing numerous storylines so he doesn't have to dig deep and invest in the characters. He's writing one- dimensional stories and characters while hoping the audience buys into it just enough to purchase another book. Stop it Mr. Patterson! Don't make me scream at the top of my lungs. Alex Cross is multi-dimensional so please invest time in his opponents and make them worthy of having him called out to the scene. Casanova and the Gentlemen Caller from Kiss the Girls, Gary Soneji from Along Came A Spider, and the Mastermind from Violets are Blue, Double Cross and Cross Fire all characters with depth. Although I didn’t buy into Ron Guidice’s character and his bigger-than-life grudge against Alex, I did enjoy the storyline involving Ava. I would have preferred the reappearance of Kyle Craig using Ava as a pawn instead of another silly character with no emotional depth. I gave this book four stars because I did enjoy reading it. There were good parts to the book that showed the same Alex Cross from early books. Additionally, once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. I think this is a good read for novice Patterson fans. Anyone invested in Mr. Patterson might still feel a twinge of disappointment
Literary_Marie More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross, Run the 20th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross arrests Dr. Elijah Creem, one of DC's in-demand plastic surgeons, and Josh Bergman, owner of a modeling agency, for illegal activity with underage girls. Now that Creem is out of jail, he reinvents himself with a new life...and a new face. In less than a week, three dead bodies are discovered around DC's least violent neighborhoods. Alex Cross is so preoccupied with the three investigations that he doesn't notice someone has been watching him and won't stop until Alex Cross is killed. Is Alex Cross, Run the most sensational thriller? Hmmm, no. Putting my bitterness over the movie casting aside, the book had a weak plot. The action fell flat and the detective is clearly slipping on his investigation skills. I hold James Patterson, as well as Alex Cross, to a high standard. Both have been around for years and should act more experienced. Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
T-sa More than 1 year ago
This is Patterson's best Alex Cross novel. I have read them all and this one is by far the best. The writing was fast paced and kept me hooked.I could not put this book down. The plot is the most interesting and well developed. Can't wait to read the next Alex Cross.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book had me hooked from the first chapter. It was a book i couldent put down thats why i finished it in a day lol. But a really good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another Alex Cross book that you can't put down. I started it one afternoon and finished it the next morning. James Patterson's books have short chapters and once you finish one you know that you must go to the next chapter just to see what is going to happen. He makes you feel like you know Alex Cross and his family. My husband and I can't wait for the next adventure of Alex Cross.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
James Patterson never fails to capture my attention. This is a can't put down book!
momma-bear More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed every one of his books that I have read, and would give them all a high rateing. He is with out a doubt my favorite writer.
ebbyh More than 1 year ago
I can't' t wait to get the rest...always fast paced and exciting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK love fallen angel by genie ems too !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex cross at the craziest. Book was awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
James Patterson is known as much for his fast paced, escapist thrillers as he is for his prolific output and controversial use of co-authors. The Alex Cross series, perhaps Patterson's most popular creation, is notable in that it is the only series that Patterson continues to author on his own. With Alex Cross, Run, the twentieth entry in the series, Patterson continues to give readers everything they have come to expect from this fantastic character. Plastic surgeon Elijah Creem's life is in a downward spiral. It began when detective Alex Cross busted him in an underage sex scheme. In an instant, he lost his career, wife, and children. Now he is determined to escape. He turns to an old college friend for help. Together they begin to revive a game that they played years ago. Using his expertise of the human body and ability to disguise his looks, Creem's game soon takes a deadly turn, leaving bodies across D.C for Cross to discover. But Alex has more pressing matters to deal with. Readers of the series will recall the way Patterson uses Cross's family as a means to manipulate his emotions and distract him from his job. He does this again, this time using the Cross Family's newest edition, Ava. Ava is a foster child who lost her mother the previous year. Despite her cautious personality, she seems to be adapting to her new family well. All of this changes when she does not make it into the prestigious private school that Jannie, Alex's daughter, is accepted to. Soon she becomes withdrawn and the Cross family fears she is using drugs. Unfortunate circumstances surrounding Alex's job soon force the state to remove Ava from the Cross home. Now Alex must try to solve the gruesome murders while dealing with an increasingly stressful personal life. Recently I've noticed a shift in focus within this series. Before, it seemed that Patterson's main intent was providing the most thrilling and original mysteries that he could. Recently, probably beginning with, Cross, he has shifted his focus to his main character, Alex Cross. Originally I praised this decision, as it brought a fresh perspective and much needed depth to the series. This is the first time, however, that I feel this focus on character development has actually made the mystery suffer. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy the book, but I feel that the crimes, and there were a lot of them, took a backseat to Alex's personal problems. Hopefully the next installment with get back to the kind of unique mystery that made me fall in love with this series from the first book. Still, this is a fine continuation of Alex Cross's story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as ever Keep them coming mr patterson
Ignite_the_Night More than 1 year ago
Just what you expect from an Alex Cross book. I started this series at the beginning many years ago. Nana Momma and the kids almost seem like distant relatives. I enjoyed this book, lots of twists and turns. If you've read others in the series, you know just what to expect. If you have never read an Alex Cross novel, it's a good crime/suspense novel with characters that hold up across time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book catches you from the beginning, classic Patterson Break neck pace
DestaNoelle More than 1 year ago
Only read the first 19 chapters but ready for the entire book. Alex Cross novels continue to be thrilling.
GeorgieMok More than 1 year ago
I love Alex Cross to bad the writing in the series keeps going down hill. I was so upset with the way Mr. Patterson seems to sum up the few last books so quickly that you aren't sure what happened. It seems like the story is going along and Mr. Patterson just realized he need to wrap it up to get the next book out. There is no suspense or thought to the end of this book it just made me upset with the quick summation. I am not sure I'll continue with this series. So sad but I would honestly think twice before spending your money on this book :(.
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ErikaCMT More than 1 year ago
James Patterson never disappoints, and "Alex Cross, Run" is another of his masterful works of fiction. The Alex Cross series is certainly a phenomenal compilation of storyline from Cross, but even if you've not read the series, in its entirety or a a few, you can read this book, get immersed in the drama, the crime, and the critical emotion for Alex Cross to deal with each event. This is definitely going to be a favorite. I can't wait for the next criminally amazing writings of Patterson's.
gbrett_5 More than 1 year ago
J.Patterson does it again. Keep the ALEX CROSS books coming!!!
fredsbaby More than 1 year ago
All of James Patterson books are good, but Alex Cross series the best. Enjoyed reading it. So will you.