Sunday, August 28, 2011

Book Review: Four Blind Mice by James Patterson

Four Blind Mice by James Patterson
Genre: Suspense Thriller/Series
Paperback, 383 pages
Borrowed from NYPL 58th Street Branch

Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days together in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber.

Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities. Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most terrifying-and deadly-killers they have ever encountered. Behind these three highly skilled killing machines there appears to be an even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross's most terrifying challenge ever.

I'm chugging along through the Alex Cross series. I figured by book 9 I'd lose interest. Luckily this book doesn't entirely disappoint.

Four Blind Mice is a lot different from other Cross books. Mainly because there's a lot more action And we know the killers right away. Unlike previous serial killers in his novels, I didn't feel like I knew and understood the killers at any point. Theyre these alpha male dudes who BBQ and eat well. I was more interested in the T-bone steaks and jumbo shrimp they were eating in every other chapter.

The killings also didn't seem particularly gruesome to me either. I suppose once you've experienced one killing in a cross book, you've experienced them all.

There wasn't too too much romance which was nice for a change. Although I do feel like Cross deserves a lady now more than ever.

Lastly, the reveal of the reason behind the killers killing spree was disappointing and marginally confusing. But we find out so late in the story that it doesn't even make a difference. All in all I give Four Blind Mice 3 out 4 stars. If this were a movie, it would be rated R for violence, strong language and adult situations.


  1. You have to read The Big Bad Wolf in order to complete the story as The Big Bad Wolf follows very closely to the aftermath and explains Three Blind Mice much better than if you just finished with Three Blind mice as some of the characters cross into The Big Bad Wolf.

  2. I've read them all, I was just sort of back reviewing them. I'm on Mary Mary now and while I did enjoy The Wolf's story in The Big Bad Wolf, I didn't like the way it ended in London Bridges.


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