Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross Series #7)

Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross Series #7)

by James Patterson

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Detective Alex Cross must confront his most terrifying nemesis ever- and his own deepest fears- in this electrifying thriller from the world's #1 bestselling writer.

D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park-killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled.

Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles as his nemesis, the merciless criminal known as the Mastermind, stalks him, taunts him, and once again, threatens everything he holds dear...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446611213
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/30/2002
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Warner Books Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,496
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.12(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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Without Any Warning

Chapter 1

NOTHING EVER STARTS where we think it does. So of course this doesn't begin with the vicious and cowardly murder of an FBI agent and good friend named Betsey Cavalierre. I only thought that it did. My mistake, and a really big and painful one.

I arrived at Betsey's house in Woodbridge, Virginia, in the middle of the night. I'd never been there before, but I didn't have any trouble finding it. The FBI and EMS were already there. There were flashing red and yellow lights everywhere, seeming to paint the lawn and front porch with bright, dangerous streaks.

I took a deep breath and walked inside. My sense of balance was off. I was reeling. I acknowledged a tall blond FBI agent I knew named Sandy Hammonds. I could see that Sandy had been crying. She was a friend of Betsey's.

On a hallway table I saw Betsey's service revolver. Beside it was a printed reminder for her next shooting qualifier at the FBI range. The irony stung.

I forced myself to walk down a long hallway that led from the living room to the back of the house. The house looked to be close to a hundred years old and was filled with the kind of country clutter that she'd loved. The master bedroom was situated at the end of the hall.

I knew instantly that the murder had happened in there. The FBI techs and the local police were swarming around the open door like angry wasps near a threatened hive. The house was strangely, eerily quiet. This was as bad as it gets, worse than anything else. Ever.

Another one of my partners was dead.

The second one brutally murdered in two years. And Betsey had been much more than just a partner. How could this have happened? What did it mean? I saw Betsey's small body sprawled on the hardwood floor and I went cold. My hand flew to my face, a reflex I had no control over.

The killer had stripped off her nightclothes. I didn't see them anywhere in the bedroom. The lower body was coated with blood. He'd used a knife. He'd punished Betsey with it. I desperately wanted to cover her, but I knew I couldn't.

Betsey's brown eyes were staring up at me, but they saw nothing. I remembered kissing those eyes and that sweet face. I remembered Betsey's laugh, high-pitched and musical. I stood there for a long time, mourning Betsey, missing her terribly. I wanted to turn away, but I didn't. I just couldn't leave her like this.

As I stood there in the bedroom, trying to figure out something coherent about Betsey's murder, the cell phone in my jacket pocket went off. I jumped. I grabbed it, but then I hesitated. I didn't want to answer.

"Alex Cross," I finally spoke into the receiver.

I heard a machine-filtered voice and it cut right through me. I shuddered against my will.

"I know who this is and I even know where you are. At poor, dear, butchered Betsey's. Do you feel a little bit like a puppet on a string, Detective? You should," said the Mastermind. "Because that's what you are. You're my favorite puppet, in fact."

"Why did you kill her?" I asked the monster. "You didn't have to do this."

He laughed a mechanical laugh and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. "You ought to be able to figure that out, no? You're the famous Detective Alex Cross. You have all those big, important cases notched on your belt. You caught Gary Soneji, Casanova. You solved Jack and Jill. Christ, you're impressive."

I spoke in a low voice. "Why don't you come after me right now? How about tonight? As you say, you know where I am."

The Mastermind laughed again, quietly, almost under his breath. "How about I kill your grandmother and your three kids tonight? I know where they are too. You left your partner with them, didn't you? You think he can stop me? John Sampson doesn't have a chance against me."

I hung up and ran out of the house in Woodbridge. I called Sampson in Washington and he picked up on the second ring.

"Everything okay there?" I gasped. "Everything's fine, Alex. No problems here. You don't sound too good, though. What's up? What happened?"

"He said he's coming for you and Nana and the kids," I told John. "The Mastermind."

"Not going to happen, sugar. Nobody will get past me. I hope to hell he tries."

"Be careful, John. I'm on my way back to Washington right now. Please be careful. He's crazy. He didn't just kill Betsey, he defiled her."

I ended the call with Sampson and I sprinted full-out toward my old Porsche.

The cell phone rang again before I got to the car.

"Cross," I answered, still running as I spoke, trying to steady the phone against my chin and ear.

It was him again. He was laughing maniacally. "You can relax, Dr. Cross. I can hear your labored breathing. I'm not going to hurt them tonight. I was just fucking with you. Having some fun at your expense.

"You're running, aren't you? Keep running, Dr. Cross. But you won't be fast enough. You can't get away from me. It's you I want. You're next, Dr. Cross."...

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Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross Series #7) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 317 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For great fast pace reading this is a terrific series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy getting to know Alex Cross's family as I read his books and also the way he mentions other cases that I have read in other books of his. Any body that like police mystery books would enjoy reading these books. I have read 11 of the Alex Cross/James Patterson Books.
Judith Vallieres More than 1 year ago
I was very dissapointed with this book. Tried several times to get into the story but eventually gave up. If you aren't in to VAMPIRES and that entire scene you will NOT LIKE this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a person that enjoys an old fashion page turner do not look any farther, you have found your next reading assignment.The Alex Cross series has a proven track record for excitement but the author creates a reading experience of pure pleasure in Violets Are Blue for both the novice as well as the veteran reader of this highly acclaimed series.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I recently began reading the Alex Cross series in order and was loving every minute of it. All of the previous books were very good to excellent or outstanding - deep characters, strong plots, truly evil bad guys, tremendous thrills, twists and fact Roses Are Red was SO good I jumped directly into Violets are Blue. This one just did not at all come close to Patterson's prior Cross efforts. The basic plot was far-fetched to say the least. Beyond that, what had originally built relative to the Mastermind became more and more contrived as this book progressed. While still strong compared to many other novels, this was simply not what I had come to expect from Patterson/Cross.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
James Patterson novels will always be fast popcorn novels. Here, Alex Cross is at his most hokey. The twist from the last novel is settled and its...lame. It was done poorly. The main murder mystery was all over the map, literally, and it was trying to be scary and came off as pathetic and soap opera villainy. Overall, the overall story moves in the right direction but its underwhelming to say the least.
es135 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the conclusion to the mystery in the previous novel, Roses are Red, Alex Cross finally must face the Mastermind. For some reason, Patterson decided to put in a vampire subplot, but it kind of works. His fast pacing lends itself well to story, and the twists are as good as ever. Thankfully, the pursuit of the Mastermind provides the excitement readers will crave after the fantastic previous novel.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violets is rather like a middle chapter of a trilogy where plot elements are second fiddle to character development, although here the development is really just repetition and redundance recaps. The plot itself is the weakest of the series so far, although Patterson's easy to read approach makes the chapters fly past. There are enough blind alleys to keep it interesting however the finale is too obvious to pack any punch. A weak entry in a great series.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 2 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Sunday, April 10, 2005Violets are Blue had me screaming "Lost Boys" even before they talked about Santa Cruz being the vampire capital of the US right to when Kyle asked "Are they down here in this tunnel? The Lost Boys?" Luckily for James Patterson, I ¿ cheesy 80 vampire movies. And as far who the Sire was, that reminded me of Lost Boys too, at least he wasn't the mother's boyfriend.I seem to have issues with reading the Alex Cross series in order, but at least this one followed from Roses are Red and I at least read these two in order. Parts of me realise it would have been a lot better if I not only read the whole series in order, but also if I'd read them at the time they came out--there'd be more suspense that way.I like the "visits" from other characters, especially Kate McTiernan and am sure I would have caught other connections if I'd read the rest of the Cross series. I liked how this played out, Cross, Hughes and Craig working on the new case of the vampire killers while also working on the Mastermind and for the Mastermind to tie-in with Patterson's previous work is a case of some amazing writing.As with Roses... I read this in one afternoon and I'm sure the same will happen with the other three James Patterson books (two of which are Alex Cross) I have to read--helps me whittle down Mt. TBR before I leave Brisbane.
fufuakaspeechless on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was kind of weird...something about vampires. Or people pretending to be vampires anyway. This was my first James Patterson book, and I guessed who the killer was. I suppose if I had read them in order I never would have guessed. Still, it's an odd storyline. Meh. Not one of the best. Roses are Red was better.
TinyDancer11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best Alex Cross novels! Different, to say the least.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like James Patterson and all, but Vampires...for real...Come on!!
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Detective Alex Cross must confront his most terrifying nemesis ever¿and his own deepest fears¿in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld of secret clubs and role-players, a world full of poseurs and playactors¿and someone demented enough to have crossed the line from dark ritual to real blood. At the same time, a lethal super-criminal from Cross's past known as the Mastermind is stalking him, taunting him, and threatening everything he holds dear. Cross has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. In a shocking conclusion, Alex Cross must survive a deadly confrontation¿only to discover at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the ending don’t like the weirdness
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Words just flow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, kept me on my toes, such a twist at the end!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was really good especially if you dig vampire stories. It was kinda predictable but it was still a good story!!
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I just finished reading Roses are red, and it leaves youTOTALLY HANGINH WITH NO CLOSURE! And this book is about vampires. I want to know what happens to the mastermind.
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