I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #16)

I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #16)

by James Patterson

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When a beloved relative is murdered, Detective Alex Cross vows to hunt down the killer . . . and discovers a secret that could rock the entire world.

Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved niece was brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D. C.'s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to Washington's most infamous club-a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. The killer could be one of their patrons, one of Washington's elite who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

With astonishing plot twists and electrifying revelations that will keep readers on the edge of their seat, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446561969
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Alex Cross Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 28,195
Product dimensions: 7.66(w) x 11.14(h) x 1.04(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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I, Alex Cross

By Patterson, James


Copyright © 2010 Patterson, James
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446561969




HANNAH WILLIS WAS a second-year law student at Virginia, and everything that lay ahead of her seemed bright and promising—except, of course, that she was about to die in these dark, gloomy, dismal woods.

Go, Hannah, she told herself. Just go. Stop thinking. Whining and crying won’t help you now. Running just might.

Hannah stumbled and staggered forward until her hands found another tree trunk to hold on to. She leaned her aching body into it, waiting for the strength to take another breath. And then to move another burst of steps forward.

Keep going, or you’ll die right here in these woods. It’s that simple.

The bullet lodged somewhere in her lower back made every movement, every breath an agony, more pain than Hannah had ever known was possible. It was only the threat of a second bullet, or maybe worse, that kept her on her feet and going at all.

God, the woods were almost pitch-black back in here. A quarter moon drooping over the thick forest canopy did little to light the ground below. Trees were shadows. Thorns and brambles were invisible in the underbrush; they pierced and raked her legs bloody as she pushed through. What little she’d been wearing to begin with—just an expensive black lace teddy—now hung in shreds off her shoulders.

None of that mattered, though, or even registered with Hannah anymore. The only clear thought that cut through the pain, and the panic, was Go, girl. The rest was a wordless, directionless nightmare.

Finally, and very suddenly—had it been an hour? more?—the low canopy of trees opened up around her. “What the…” Dirt turned to gravel underfoot, and Hannah stumbled to her knees with nothing to hang on to.

In the hazy moonlight, she could make out the ghost of a double line, showing the curve of a country road. It was like a miracle to her. Half of one, anyway; she knew she wasn’t out of this mess yet.

When a motor sounded in the distance, Hannah leaned on her hands and pushed up off the gravel. Summoning strength she didn’t know she still had, she stood again, then staggered into the middle of the road. Her world blurred through sweat and fresh tears.

Please, dear God, don’t let this be them. This can’t be those two bastards.

You can’t be so cruel, can you?

A red truck careened around the bend then, coming at her fast. Too fast! Suddenly, she was just as blind as she’d been before, in the woods, but from the truck’s headlights.

“Stop! Please stop! Pleee-ase!” she screamed. “Stop, you sonofabitch!”

At the last possible second, the tires squealed on the pavement. The red pickup skidded into full view and stopped just short of flattening her right there into roadkill. She could feel heat coming off the engine through the grille.

“Hey, sweetheart, nice outfit! All you had to do was stick out your thumb.”

The voice was unfamiliar—which was good, really good. Loud country music was blasting from the cab too—Charlie Daniels Band, her mind vaguely registered, just before Hannah collapsed onto the pavement.

The driver was down there on the road a second later as she regained consciousness. “Oh, my God, I didn’t… What happened to you? Are you—what happened to you?

“Please.” She barely mustered the word. “If they find me here, they’ll kill us both.”

The man’s strong hands wrapped around her, grazing the dime-sized hole in her back as he picked her up. She only exhaled, too weak to scream now. A cluster of gray and indistinct moments later, they were inside the truck and moving really fast down the two-lane highway.

“Hang in there, darlin’.” The driver’s voice was shaky now. “Tell me who did this to you.”

Hannah could feel her consciousness slipping away again. “The men…”

“The men? What men, sweetheart? Who are you talking about?”

An answer floated vaguely through Hannah’s mind, and she wasn’t sure if she said it out loud or maybe just thought it before everything went away.

The men from the White House.


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MsTruck75 More than 1 year ago
Like some of the other reviews on this book I just read; I too am disappointed. I love the Alex Cross books and can't wait til another one is written but this one along with the last couple are not in the same pace and content that ran through the first Alex Cross books. This was a page turner as well but only for the fact of reaching out to see when something was finally going to happen and become inticing. I do read the Women's Murder Club series also but don't like them as well and this book seemed more along those story lines; just not grabing you by the back of the neck. I like more when James Patterson writes alone not with another author. Really liked the Alex Cross series when they first came out and hope that he gets back to that format.
Rhody_Ian More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I am not a reader, but I have bought each Alex Cross book and complete them rather quickly. Unfortunately, the quality of his last few books have been less than entertaining and resulting in a failure to provide any type of connection to his latest book "I, Alex Cross". Unlike the demented and insanely intelligent minds of the serial killers which James Patterson was able to brilliantly articulate, this leaves the reader feeling let down. In this book Patterson does not even write from the point of view of the killer. There are too many players and not enough development of any of them. The end of the book is a let down and I just hope James Patterson gets back to the mastermind killers of his early Alex Cross novels, or I probably won't be reading any books.
Silvia More than 1 year ago
I am a big James Patterson fan. He is one of my favorite writers and I was not disappointed in his newest novel. This novel is a great suspense which left me wanting to read the next book written by this author. I was not able to put down this book and had to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great suspense with lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you Patterson and Alex Cross fans need to go back and read one of the original books and stop being such butt kissers. This book is flat out horrible. From the first part where "a beloved Cross family member is killed" to the conclusion, this book was such a disappointment. Can you honestly remember in any other book hearing about his niece or even anything about his brother?! How "beloved" can someone be when they havent existed for 15 years? Zeus? What did he have, all of 10 pages of character development. Why doesnt he go into depth about why he does what he does? Oh yea because then he wouldnt have 100 pages to devote to 90 year old woman whos in and out of consciousness. Take the nonsense with Nana Mama out of the book and this this is about 125 pages long. Shrink the font and its under 100. Seriously, all you fans need to take a step back and realize that James Patterson is just going to keep pumping out these poorly written books if all you are going to do is praise them.
froggie65 More than 1 year ago
I thought that it was one of his best books. we went to the beach and i took it along, needless to say i didnt get a chance to get in the water, i read the whole book while there.
Eutychusbf More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of Patterson's books. The last two or three were only so-so, and I was afraid this would be another stereotypical Patterson. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this book is the best he has written. Alex Cross is hard to beat.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
What can I say, Patterson does it again, hits it out of the park. I love the short chapters, they make you want to just read one more before you go to bed, and pow!, you have read the whole book. I won't go into detail, anything I said would be a spoiler the story is so compact and dovetailed. Just go get it, you won't be sorry.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross is celebrating his birthday with family when he receives a disturbing phone call. His niece has been found brutally murdered. When Alex goes to identify her remains, he's shocked to learn what's left of her body. Alex takes this case personally as he tracks down a sadistic and ruthless killer. Alex Cross, without doubt, is my favorite series. I started reading this series in graduate school and continue to look forward to each November for the latest release. I really like Alex Cross, the man. He's intelligent, dedicated, attractive, a family man and professional. Like any other parent, he tries to balance his home life with his work life. Sometimes he succeeds and other times it hurts him to have to disappoint his family one more time. I, Alex Cross, for me, returned to the Alex Cross books of the past. Last year's Cross Country was a miss for me, so I hoped I would enjoy reading I, Alex Cross. And I was not disappointed. As Alex is hunting down a killer, that may be connected with The White House, he's also dealing with an unexpected crisis on home. I won't reveal the details of his personal crisis to avoid spoilers, but I will say the reader feels compassion for Alex as he tries to handle both stressful situations. Mr. Patterson did an excellent job with his latest villain. While reading several scenes, I literally squirmed as I pictured what was happening to the victims. And when the killer is finally revealed, I was shocked! I didn't see that coming at all. I, Alex Cross ended perfectly for me. One of my favorite characters has returned to let Alex know he's always watching. The sad part is I have to wait until next November to find out what happens next!
Rayd58 More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the Alex Cross books, my level of enjoyment and satisfaction is trending downward. It seems the past few A. Cross books take us thru the tale and then just wraps it up as if there is a limit on the number of the pages. I wasn't sure where the ending was going to go, it left me dissappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilove this book of course Alex Cross can do no Wrong in my book
CrossFan More than 1 year ago
This book was riveting, thrilling, but also brought out sadness when Nana Mama was so ill, and the thoughts of those women being murdered and then thrown into a wood chipper like so much garbage. James Patterson has a way of throwing one into the bizzare and then on the next page have one feeling so sorry for the live characters in his books. His TV ad, "You will love this book, or I will have to kill Alex Cross" was right on the money. I can't imagine anyone being able to put this book down until it is completely read.
BAG43 More than 1 year ago
Great book by Patterson. Have all his books and this did not disappoint. All Patterston readers will enjot this one.
waynowind More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross stories started out as a good reading series until James Patterson became a conglomerate instead of a writer. Formulaic and boring.He's been prolific but he's lost any creativity he's ever had.I've read all of Patterson's Alex Cross books and a lot of his other work. He's gone downhill in every respect except profit. He's especially poor when co-writing....some of it looks like grade school work. I'm done with Patterson.
mgaynorCA More than 1 year ago
which is typical Patterson. Gratuitous violence that really does not add to the story or character development. Otherwise a good read on a rainy day for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the comments about a slow start and a lot of characters, but once you get into the meat of this story, you won't put it down. Slowed me down before work, at work (I have BN e-books on my computer and my Nook), and after work...where I still am at 6:15 on a Friday night. Couldn't wait to get home to finish it. No disappointment here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid James Patterson fan and I simply love Alex Cross. This book was my least favorite to date. It was a quick read - finished in one day and the plot kept you interested, but the villain was not known as a character or as part of the story at all. I would have enjoyed this novel much better if parts of the story had delved into the mind of Zeus. His character was never delved into at all. Why was he doing the things that he did? Did those close to him know what he was doing? These questions were never answered. I was never left disappointed by any of the other Alex Cross books, but this one certainly left me wanting more. I felt let down by Mr. Patterson. I also was able to guess who Zeus was by midway through the book which never happens in a Cross novel. I felt that this book was rushed, written to just get written and done with. Please don't disappoint like that again Mr. Patterson. Your talent is too great for that.
mcatest More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True James Patterson page turner. Excellent plot. The entire book is filled with details, but the end is rushed and without details. It seemed like Mr. Patterson just wanted to end the book, so he did, without the same consideration to the reader he gave throughout the book.
Amah More than 1 year ago
I love, love,love this author & these characters. I hate horror movies but I can't wait to get my hands on an Alex Cross story. They are suspenseful and keep me turning the page long after I really want to go to sleep. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
CraigFL More than 1 year ago
Another stellar work by James Patterson...in the fine tradition of detective Dr. Alex Cross. I read it in just two sittings and wished I already had the next one in the series... It's all vintage Patterson...no disappointing co-authors to contend with. No disappointments here--just leaves you anxious for more!
justinsocal More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Alex Cross book out so far.
JPreader More than 1 year ago
In two words... Fantabulously Awesome!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was waiting a while for another GREAT Alex Cross novel. And here it is!
deadlyword453 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one.
elegance45hungry More than 1 year ago
Not the best novel he's written but as far as thrills and shocks its good.