Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Series #6)

Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Series #6)

by James Patterson

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Alex Cross is racing against time as a series of crimes stuns Washington, D. C. — and he might be facing his most brilliant enemy yet.

In a series of terrifying crimes, bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building-and then killing the bank employees and their families if those instructions are not followed to the letter.

Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, certain that this is no ordinary bank robber at work; the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a personal crisis at home, but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446605489
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: REISSUe
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 12,521
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.10(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

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
BRIANNE PARKER didn’t look like a bank robber or a murderer – her pleasantly plump baby face fooled everyone. But she knew that she was ready to kill if she had to this morning. She would find out for sure at ten minutes past eight.

The twenty-four-year-old woman wore khakis, a powder blue University of Maryland windbreaker, and scuffed white Nike sneakers. None of the early-morning commuters noticed her as she walked from her dented white Acura to a thick stand of evergreen trees, where she hid.

She was outside the Citibank in Silver Spring, Maryland, just before eight. The branch was scheduled to open in ninety seconds. She knew from her talks with the Mastermind that it was a freestanding bank with two drive-through lanes. It was surrounded by what he called big-box stores: Target, PETsMART, Home Depot, Circuit City.

At eight o’clock on the dot, Brianne approached the bank from her hiding place in the evergreens under a colorful billboard obnoxiously offering McDonald’s breakfast to the public. From that angle she couldn’t be seen by the female teller who was just opening the glass front door and had momentarily stepped outside.

A few strides from the teller, she slipped on a rubbery President Clinton mask, one of the most popular masks in America and probably the one hardest to trace. She knew the bank teller’s name, and she spoke it clearly as she pulled out her gun and pressed it against the small of the woman’s back.

"Inside, Ms. Jeanne Galetta. Then turn around and lock the front door again. We’re going to see your boss, Mrs. Buccieri."

Her short speech at the entrance to the bank was scripted, word for word, even the pauses. The Mastermind said it was crucial that a bank robbery proceed in a specific order, almost by rote.

"I don’t want to kill you, Jeanne. But I will if you don’t do everything I say, when I say it. It’s your turn to talk now, darling. Do you understand what I’ve just told you so far?"

Jeanne Galetta nodded her head of short brown hair so vigorously that her wire-rimmed glasses nearly fell off. "Yes, I do. Please don’t hurt me," she gasped. She was in her late twenties, attractive in a suburban sort of way, but her blue polyester pantsuit and sensible stack-heeled shoes made her look older.

"The manager’s office. Now, Ms. Jeanne. If I’m not out of here in eight minutes, you will die. I’m serious. If I’m not out of here in eight minutes, you and Mrs. Buccieri die. Don’t think I won’t do it because I’m a woman. I will shoot you both like dogs."

Copyright © 2000 by James Patterson

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James Patterson does it again. His latest, Roses are Red is on top of his game. It's another terrific thriller based around his Washington, D.C., detectives. This one has twists and turns and an ending that will floor you. Patterson never, and I mean never disappoints...

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Roses Are Red (Alex Cross Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 393 reviews.
Cmchampion More than 1 year ago
James Patterson threw a curve ball. I was not expecting how it ended. A must read.
missouriRB More than 1 year ago
I'm looking forward to reading violets are blue, and the rest of the alex Cross series. Love James Patterson! The best mystery writer I've come across in a long time.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Another home run for JP. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last sentence!
detective3 More than 1 year ago
The Alex Cross stories are always interesting and enjoyable reading. BUT, Mr. P. should find a new approach to the basic framework of his literary creations. I'm tired of finding the same Alew shadow in each plot.That is, Alex gets big case, Alex gets new girlfriend, girlfriend gets bumped off, alex solves case and goes back to Nana and the kids. Let Alex grow out of the slump he seems to in....
dkloman More than 1 year ago
I love the Cross series. These books are awesome. Will recommend to all my friends. I have one question though, are the Nook Books just as long as the paper books? They seem so much shorter page wise. Thanks for any answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read, good plot; keep one engaged to the end. ktMN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nvr a dull momment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. James patterson is a phenominal writer..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovedddd ittttt!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read in the Alex Cross series of books! I'm a big James Patterson Fan and truly enjoyed this one. Couldn't put this one down. If you like suspense and murder mysteries from beginning to end, this is the one to read and trust me, you may have to choose another title in order to find out if they catch up with the killer from this book!!!
GTCA More than 1 year ago
I have read six of the Alex Cross series and have loved them all. I only wish I stayed in order. If you like Alex Cross you'll like this book. I'm looking forward to starting the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a much better story with better twists than the last couple. Still a little predictable, but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am now hooked on Alex Cross
arawling More than 1 year ago
Roses are Red by James Patterson was an amazing mystery/thriller series. James has done an amazing job creating this book, with great details that don't leave you confused. He is also a great writer of nonfiction and romance novels. The character "Alex Cross" is what he is most known for in his stories and Roses are Red was by far the best book he is involved in. In the book Alex is a detective that is trying to find a mysterious master mind who committed three murders and bank robberies. I was shocked to figure out who the master mind was because I never saw it coming. I thought this book was very interesting and kept me guessing the whole through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am almost done reading this fabulous book... I love it!
Madi Parker More than 1 year ago
it was teerrribly awsome!!! you know when at some parts it was really good and other parts it was terrible!!! and what up with the last review?!
StoriWI More than 1 year ago
I started the Cross series in December and am reading them in order. Just finished Roses. I agree with most that it was a page-turner! I felt for the last few books that the person who is the Mastermind was going to be revealed as the bad guy (especially at the beach in Kiss the Girls) but since we already had a Mastermind I was really surprised. He has lots of money to get away and continue his villanous ways. Did he leave DNA when he raped Justine? Did he just snap? Can't wait to find out. The good thing about reading the series late is that I don't have to wait for Violets. To Taylor92: I think Betsey's race is not African American because at the Four Seasons Alex made the comment that they got some stares but not too many because it was a sophisticated crowd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross Series are a hit and the suspense and twists and turns will keep you loving his work.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the Alex Cross series in order and am FLYING through them. Can not believe it took me this long to start reading Patterson's books - this is just a great series. Roses are Red is the best of the bunch so far and the ending is WOW. Leads me right to Violets are Blue. I enjoyed this one so much I can't even think about taking a break to read another author for a book or two. Patterson has so many side plots going on in this book in Alex's life, but the main story is about as strong as a writer can get. The bad guy this time? There are actually a few - and they rank among the worst ever. Thankfully, we have not seen the last of the Mastermind!
Taylor92 More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I was a little upset with the ending of Pop Goes The Weasle, there was too much suspence so the short ending was a let down. But this book is nothing like the last. Very interesting and exciting throughout. The only question I had was the race of Agent Betsy Cavalierre, her description did not include this. Anyone know?
LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson. Although Jack and Jill was my favorite, this novel was excellent. As usual, there is excellent depth of character (Alex and Nana, for example) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot is original, somewhat off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with a few twists here and there. I also love his writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read. You will also want to read the sequel, Violets are Blue. Patterson has never disappointed me with this Women's Murder Club Series either. I highly recommend 1st to Die. The Quickie and Swimsuit were also excellent novels.
maymeMM More than 1 year ago
This novel really puts Alex Cross through a variety of emotional traumas, endearing his character to the reader even more than in previous books. The treachery and deception of people Alex trusts, puts his faith in mankind to the test. The reader cannot help but feel involved with Alex as so many of us have felt these same emotions while trying to keep our lives together. This is definitely a must read.
marieOJ More than 1 year ago
I really don't like to read, but James Patterson's books are really good. The mastermind loves to kill and he would kill for anything he wants. I think he has an obsession with death. How could you kill the people you hire to kill by poisoning them and then watch them choke to death? I could never imagine myself killing anyone.I wonder how I would live with myself. I pray everyday that I never come across a psychopath like him. I just wonder what goes through his sick little mind when he's killing innocent people.
Sharonica More than 1 year ago
I love James Patterson's book. It is the craziest book I've ever read. Can you believe that there's a mastermind out there that's actually killing families and even little babies? There's a detective named Kyle and he seems a little strange to me.I start to question myself is he the mastermind behind all of this? Whoever this mastermind is he doesn't seem to care about nobody but himself. He robs banks, kills people, poisons people, and even has raped a woman. This book is just insane. This is a fast-paced read.If you need a book that keeps flowing definitely read this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me, this James Patterson novel stands out--maybe because it was my first. I've since read four more of them, but as you know, they just keep coming. His writing is tight and suspenseful and full of twists and turns. Can't go wrong with any of his plots and his Alex Cross character is one of the best ever created.