Saturday, December 3, 2011

Book Review: Cross Fire by James Patterson

Cross Fire by James Patterson

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Hardcover, 384 pages
Borrowed from BPL

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

Alex Cross is back in the 17th, that's right I said 17th book in the series. I began reading all these as a challenge but now I want to know how it all ends. If it ever does.

The Good News:
Patterson has got all the ingredients for a well-rounded story here and the end result is like a perfectly baked cake. There is an old bad guy that even if you haven't followed the story, you remain interested. He also blends Alex's personal life well without giving us too much down time. There is also a side story going on that keeps involved at all angles.

The Bad News:
This is not a spoiler at all, but the last sentence in the book is "But that's a story for another time." Or something like that. He's done this before and then barely follows through. There are also a few loose ends involving whether or not certain characters are dead or alive. I won't give that away just in case you'd like to read this.

Bottom Line:
Patterson does it right this time. I think he's got his groove back in this one. Go read it!


  1. I like James Patterson, I didn't realize he had so many in this series though. I don't know how you've been able to stick with this series for so long, I feel like I'd get bored. I applaud you!


  2. I didn't read any JamesP this year, definitely will next year. I haven't decided if I will read the Cross series though.

  3. I mean I would only suggest some of these. Definitely not all 65 million that I've read. I have a major love hate relationship with the series!

  4. The consensus amongst those Patterson devotees in the bookshop is that they will continue to read him no matter it's good to know that at least with this one he seems to be back on track.


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