Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Series #4)

Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Series #4)

by James Patterson

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Patterson again delivers . . . a champ of the charts. -- Publishers Weekly

Alex Cross is back, and so is his nemesis, mass murderer Gary Soneji -- and he's out for revenge. But first, Gary wants to play, and it's up to Alex to figure out the game. The lives of thousands of innocent commuters hang in the balance. From D.C. to Delaware, New York to Paris, Cat & Mouse will take you on a heart-pounding adventure. It's James Patterson at the top of his game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446606189
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 6,640
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(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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Washington, D.C.

The Cross house was twenty paces away and the proximity and sight of it made Gary Soneji's skin prickle. It was Victorian-style, white-shingled, and extremely well kept. As Soneji stared across Fifth Street, he slowly bared his teeth in a sneer that could have passed for a smile. This was perfect. He had come here to murder Alex Cross and his family.

His eyes moved slowly from window to window, taking in everything from the crisp, white lace curtains to Cross's old piano on the sunporch, to a Batman and Robin kite stuck in the rain gutter of the roof. Damon's kite, he thought.

On two occasions he caught sight of Cross's elderly grandmother as she shuffled past one of the downstairs windows. Nana Mama's long, purposeless life would soon be at an end. That made him feel so much better. Enjoy every moment - stop and smell the roses, Soneji reminded himself. Taste the roses, eat Alex Cross's roses - flowers, stems, and thorns.

He finally moved across Fifth Street, being careful to stay in the shadows. Then he disappeared into the thick yews and forsythia bushes that ran like sentries alongside the front of the house.

He carefully made his way to a whitewashed cellar door, which was to one side of the porch, just off the kitchen. It had a Master padlock, but he had the door open in seconds.

He was inside the Cross house!

He was in the cellar: The cellar was a clue for those who collected them. The cellar was worth a thousand words. A thousand forensic pictures, too.

It was important to everything that would happen in the very near future. The Cross murders!

There were no large windows, but Soneji decided not to take any chances by turning on the lights. He used a Maglite flashlight. Just to look around, to learn a few more things about Cross and his family, to fuel his hatred, if that was possible.

The cellar was cleanly swept, as he had expected it would be. Cross's tools were haphazardly arranged on a pegged Masonite board. A stained Georgetown ball cap was hung on a hook. Soneji put it on his own head. He couldn't resist.

He ran his hands over folded laundry laid out on a long wooden table. He felt close to the doomed family now. He despised them more than ever. He felt around the hammocks of the old woman's bra. He touched the boy's small Jockey underwear. He felt like a total creep, and he loved it.

Soneji picked up a small red reindeer sweater. It would fit Cross's little girl, Jannie. He held it to his face and tried to smell the girl. He anticipated Jannie's murder and only wished that Cross would get to see it, too.

He saw a pair of Everlast gloves and black Pony shoes tied around a hook next to a weathered, old punching bag. They belonged to Cross's son, Damon, who must be nine years old now. Gary Soneji thought he would punch out the boy's heart.

Finally, he turned off the flashlight and sat all alone in the dark. Once upon a time, he had been a famous kidnapper and murderer. It was going to happen again. He was coming back with a vengeance that would blow everybody's mind. He folded his hands in his lap, and sighed. He had spun his web perfectly. Alex Cross would soon be dead, and so would everyone he loved.



The killer who was currently terrorizing Europe was named Mr. Smith, no surname. It was given to him by the Boston press, and then the police had obligingly picked it up all over the world. He accepted the name, as children accept the name given by their parents, no matter how gross or disturbing or pedestrian the name might be.

Mr. Smith - so be it.

Actually, he had a thing about names. He was obsessive about them. The names of his victims were burned into his mind and also into his heart.

First and foremost, there was Isabella Calais. Then came Stephanie Michaela Apt, Ursula Davies, Robert Michael Neel, and so many others.

He could recite the complete names backward and forward, as if they had been memorized for a history quiz or a bizarre round of Trivial Pursuit. That was the ticket - this chase was trivial pursuit, wasn't it?

So far, no one seemed to understand, no one got it. Not the fabled FBI. Not the storied Interpol, not Scotland Yard, or any of the local police forces in the cities where he had committed murders.

No one understood the secret pattern of the victims, starting with Isabella Calais in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 22, 1993, and continuing today in London.

The victim of the moment was Drew Cabot. He was a chief inspector - of all the hopelessly inane things to do with your life. He was "hot" in London, having recently apprehended an IRA killer. His murder would electrify the town, drive everyone mad. Civilized and sophisticated London loved a gory murder as well as the next burg.

This afternoon Mr. Smith was operating in the toney, fashionable Knightsbridge section. He was there to study the human race - at least that was the way the newspapers described it. The press in London and across Europe also called him by another name - Alien. The prevailing theory was that Mr. Smith was an extraterrestrial. No human could do the things that he did. Or so they said.

Mr. Smith had to bend low to talk into Drew Cabot's ear, to be more intimate with his prey. He played music while he worked - all kinds of music. Today's selection was the overture to Don Giovanni. Opera buffa felt right to him.

Opera felt right for this live autopsy.

"Ten minutes or so after your death," Mr. Smith said, "flies will already have picked up the scent of gas accompanying the decomposition of your tissue. Green flies will lay the tiniest eggs within the orifices of your body. Ironically, the language reminds me of Dr. Seuss - 'green flies and ham.' What could that mean? I don't know. It's a curious association, though."

Drew Cabot had lost a lot of blood, but he wasn't giving up. He was a tall, rugged man with silver-blond hair. A never-say-never sort of chap. The inspector shook his head back and forth until Smith finally removed his gag.

"What is it, Drew?" he asked. "Speak."

"I have a wife and two children. Why are you doing this to me? Why me?" he whispered.

"Oh, let's say because you're Drew. Keep it simple and unsentimental. You, Drew, are a piece of the puzzle."

He tugged the inspector's gag back into place. No more chitchat from Drew.

Mr. Smith continued with his observations as he made his next surgical cuts and Don Giovanni played on.

"Near the time of death, breathing will become strained, intermittent. It's exactly what you're feeling now, as if each breath could be your last. Cessation will occur within two or three minutes," whispered Mr. Smith, whispered the dreaded Alien. "Your life will end. May I be the first to congratulate you. I sincerely mean that, Drew. Believe it or not, I envy you. I wish I were Drew."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Cat and Mouse to be very interesting, and it was pretty good considering that it was one of the first books of this genre that I had read. It is a very suspenseful mystery book that keeps the reader turning the pages. The style of writing that Patterson used was very understandable and it was easy to keep up with the story. When I first read this book I thought I already knew what was going to happen, but the story kept me sucked in with turning events and new characters. This book is good for readers who do not want the ordinary, predictable story it is for readers who cannot get enough of a little horror and a lot of suspense. I would suggest this book to everyone who loves to read. It contains all the elements of a good story: the imagery, the suspense, and the overall writing. I think the true mystery behind this book is why people don¿t read Cat and Mouse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading the Alex Cross series in order and this is my favorite one! I liked the twists and the love story. I would like to meet the characters...I think I would like the Cross family, Christine and Sampson. And I am very glad that villains like Gary Soneji are fictional. It's a very quick read and difficult to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Patterson¿s book, Cat and Mouse, lives up to its title. This book has many plot twists. Just when you think you know what is happening, something changes that is unbelievable. This book takes place manly in Washington DC, but journeys off to New York, California, and New Jersey. A central theme in this book is that nothing is what it seems. Cat and Mouse is about a black, DC homicide detective, Dr. Alex Cross, who has a Ph.D. in psychology. His nickname is the Dragon slayer. He works in the ghettos of DC; however he takes many large cases from the FBI that they can¿t handle. In Cat and Mouse, Alex is tracking an old nemesis that escaped from prison, Gary Soneji. Gary kidnapped a child from his class in a previous book. However, as he is chasing Gary, he realizes that Gary is actually pursuing him. He has to keep his guard up because Gary Soneji could be around the corner. Alex Cross has many people that are very close to him. Nana Cross his is grandmother. She is a loving and caring person that looks after Alex. Alex also has a daughter and a son. His sons name is Damon; he is very strong for his age. He has a big mind and takes after his father. The daughter is Jannie; she is even smarter though younger. She is also very affectionate. Another person Alex cares a lot about is John Sampson, his police partner. John is a very big black man, even bigger than Cross. He has known Alex since they were children, and have been the best of buds since. Alex also has a woman in his life, Christine. He loves her dearly. Alex had a wife but she was killed in a drive by shooting. This book was one of the best James Patterson books I have read. The plot is what fascinated me the most, because it had some many turns and twists. Also the way Patterson writes his books, you just don¿t want to put them down. Larry King even said ¿I¿ve just started James Patterson¿s Cat and Mouse and I can¿t stop turning pages.¿ However, no book is perfect, during the middle of the book it started to drag on. I lost my interest, but once I pushed myself to read past it, it became very deep, fascinating, and turned into a great book. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good police mystery/drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Alex Cross series is excellent! But if the publishers think that people who have time to read (like myself on limited Social Security income) can justify paying more than four ninety-nine for a low cost to publish ebook for heaven's sake, they are delusional! Will just have to follow the series from library books. Kitt
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PghDragonMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat and Mouse is my first foray into the world of Alex Cross, a world written by James Patterson. While much better than the Iris Johansen novel I delved into last year, slightly above average is the best I can call this work. If this is an example of his style, I find myself wondering what all the fuss is about over Patterson¿s writing.Let¿s go with the good stuff first. While Alex Cross is an ongoing character, and I understand this book comes in late in the series, I had no trouble getting into the feel of the character. Good character development in a short time is not too common. Cross had my empathy after only a short time into the story. Cross has not one but two world-class bad guys to contend with and they were not operating as a team. A very nice plot device and it was used effectively. There is gore, this is a murder mystery after all, but no more than is needed to make the point. Good restraint on the author¿s part.With an opening like this, why did it end up being just over middle of the road? Because the big plot twist was not too much of a surprise after all. While not exactly spelled out, it became obvious too quickly. One of the killers appeared to be killing people randomly while the police and the FBI frantically tried to find the pattern. It was there if you read carefully long before it was revealed by Cross. That is not giving the plot away. Cross is the hero, that¿s what he¿s supposed to do: solve the pattern.Ironically, what elevated this story from sub-mediocrity was the romantic subplot. I¿m not into romance novels, but a well-done truly romantic interlude is difficult to find. One that is not over the top in detail is even more rare. Patterson does not write the erotic scenes Murakami has shown in some of his works, but for a potboiler author, Patterson is very refreshing.All told, Cat and Mouse made an interesting diversion during my daily commute. Good travel reading and suggested for best-seller / murder mystery lovers. If you prefer more thought in your reading, this book may leave something to be desired.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another good book in the series. An action-packed read that is a real page-turner.Back Cover Blurb:Psychopath Gary Soneji is back - filled with hatred and obsessed with gaining revenge of detective Alex Cross. Soneji seems determined to go down in a blaze of glory and he wants Alex Cross to be there. Will this be the final showdown?
JoAnnSmithAinsworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Confused during the first half or so of the novel about two serial killer stories. I thought they should have been separate books and fleshed out. Later I saw how the story lines merged.
calhorn1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I am embarrassed that I read this but the first step to getting help.......
nm.spring08.a.hayes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great, fast-paced novel. Its pages are filled with multiple killers, unsolved mysteries, mistaken identities, numerous characters, and more. Who is the cat and who is the mouse in this game these killers are playing? Will Alex cross die? Will the FBI figure out who is behind these killings? This thriller will have you asking questions throughout the whole book. If you are one that enjoys mystery and a lot of thrill, then this is the perfect book for you.
sloepoque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More "unspeakable acts" performed by unstoppable evil serial killers. Fortunately Alex Cross is on the case. Decent page turner, but nothing outstanding.
meags222 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining but as far as Patterson books go I wasn't super impressed. It is almost like reading two different short novels in one; like he ran out of things to say for the first plot line and began a whole different one half way through. I enjoyed reading the second half more than the first though. In the end I give this 2.5 stars out of 5.
TinyDancer11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as impressive as most of the Alex Cross books...It seemed a bit jumbled with the two serial killers stories going back and forth.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit improved from Jack and Jill, but a long way to go still.
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book!!! Definite page turner!!!I had the killer picked out tho before it was told in the book.However it didnt spoil it tho. Another great book in the Alex Cross series.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patterson mixes it up again with multiple (and international) psychopaths on the rampage. One of which is his old nemesis, Gary Soneji. There are some great action scenes in Cat and Mouse and Patterson captures the the tension well. As expected, the actual profiling of the criminal mind is shallow, and the main characters are somewhat superficial too, although existing readers will know what to expect - action and intrigue. Patterson fans will not be disappointed since Cat and Mouse has plenty of both. Longer than usual, Cat and Mouse is two stories interwoven and together they make an entertaining read.
blueeyedgoover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great great book, definitely recommend it to everybody...paticularly Nicole, nothing like a detective novel!!!
kmercer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A killer named Mr. Smith begins his murder spree in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then starts terrorizing Europe. Bodies are found "gutted." At the same time Gary Soneji taunts Cross with murders in train stations.
bgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely the best of the Alex Cross novels. It was so fast-paced that I was unable to put it down until I finished.
Fantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of James Patterson and have read most of his books (this one was not in the series order ;o) ), and definitly this wasn't one of his best, despite the other opinions :)I didn't like the 2 stories separation, it almost seemed 2 different books and I felt a lot of things were not cleared out.We can't always be totally pleased...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is his best so far ! I’m reading the Alex Cross series! Such great books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing till the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good .... true Dr Cross
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't set it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago