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Cross

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Cross

Alex Cross Series, Book 12

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington D.C. Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved murders in D.C.'s rough neighborhoods. Years later, still haunted by his wife's death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he's set up practice as a psychologist. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels stable and he even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria's death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington D.C. Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved murders in D.C.'s rough neighborhoods. Years later, still haunted by his wife's death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he's set up practice as a psychologist. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels stable and he even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria's death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Detective Alex Cross has never stopped searching for his wife's killer. In CROSS, he becomes embroiled in the investigation of a vicious serial rapist and uncovers clues pointing toward his wife's case. Peter Jay Fernandez goes all-out in interpreting James Patterson's troubled hero. Fernandez wrenches emotion out of every scene, even when he's portraying Cross's tough-as-nails grandmother, an elderly black woman. He's made even better by the addition of narrator Jay O. Sanders in several roles, including the cold-as-ice villain, "The Butcher." The villain is a brutal sociopath who murdered his abusive father as a teenager and who himself pretends to be the perfect husband and father. Cross fans will appreciate the twists at the end. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 25, 2006
    Forensic psychologist Alex Cross's storied career in private practice, with the FBI and as a Washington, D.C., cop has brought him into contact with all kinds of seriously disturbed killers, but his 12th outing from bestseller Patterson (after 2005's Mary, Mary
    ) may be the ultimate in lunatic deadliness. Beginning with a flashback to the murder of Cross's wife, Maria, Patterson quickly introduces Michael Sullivan (aka the Butcher of Sligo). What follows is a frenetically paced series of brutal rapes and killings by Sullivan, once employed by the mob as a freelancer and now at war with them. Cross juggles being a single parent and being involved in the dangerous game of tracking serial killers until he finally decides to give it up for his family. Needless to say, he's drawn back into the game when it promises a chance of finding Maria's killer. Cross's competence and vulnerability make a stark contrast with Sullivan's sadistic mutilations and psychological manipulations of his victims. Fans know that Cross will survive, but at what cost?

  • AudioFile Magazine Dual narration heightens the conflict between Alex Cross, former FBI agent, and Michael Sullivan, "the Butcher of Sligo." Peter Jay Fernandez, the voice of Cross in almost all of Patterson's audios, shows understanding of Alex's humor and foibles, as well as his vulnerability in revisiting the painful death of his first wife and his inability to leave behind his life as a criminal tracker. Jay O. Sanders's cold, ruthless tones portray Sullivan's psychopathic zeal for threatening, killing, and torturing. He also conveys the villains' tensions as he battles childhood demons, urges to hunt new prey, and Mob figures who threaten his family. The appeal of this book comes from the fascinating parallels between these two characters. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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