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Detective Alex Cross busts a Elijah Creem, a plastic surgeon for drugs and wild parties. Dr. Creem does everything he can to taunt the police and is murdering women. Alex Cross does everything he can to prove Dr Creem is guilty. Another page turner in this series.
This book is a 101 course in "how not to write a thriller". The characters lack any sympathetic response from the reader. They are cardboard cutouts. Flat. Every chapter is formulaic: intro sentence, brief paragraph description of situation, and then plot. Crosses detective work is almost lacking. He spends most of his time running from one murder scene to another.
Patterson's attempt to hold reader interest is to have another murder victim every 3rd chapter. Only Titus Andronicus has more rapes and murders.
Cross never discovers the "bug" that Guidice put in his house.
Patterson's handling of the foster child Ava is boring. There is lots of words, but no real emotional content. Reader does not even like Ava the way Patterson has described her.
Patterson breaks an important writer's rule: Show, don't tell. Patterson spends most of the book telling.
The language level is about at the fourth grade.
While better than his latest efforts, this book felt like a cut and paste from early books. Two serial killers competing against each other, Detective Cross being set up by a villain, taking the law in his own hands, the grandmother (is she ever going to die?) always having the last word, etc.
I listened to the audio book on my way to work and home and it was gripping to listen to the story. The readers who were telling the story were very entertaining, loved the Alex Cross voice. I really enjoy this book and I will be reading this book on vacation.
There is no doubt that the Alex Cross books are entertaining and page turners. This was a well written book, but perhaps I've read too many Alex Cross novels. There is a sameness that bleeds out some of the excitement. The book is good, but just not great. Very formulatic. I'd rate it a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5.
Enjoyed "Run Alex Cross" by James Patterson. Multiple Serial killers, a troubled drug addicted foster daughter and exciting ending
Detective story about 3 serial killers at once. Easy read but was disappointed in the storytelling; not enough character or scenery descriptions to add color to the story. It lacked dimension. Would not recommend.
Another great book by James Patterson and holds your interest until the very end.
As a relatively new fan of Patterson, I guess I am not yet jaded. I enjoyed the book. It was easy reading out on the patio in the sun. I had no expectations and was therefore not as "disappointed" as the other readers who left comments.
I put it in the bottom five in the Cross series. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was of what happened to Ada, it took me by suprise.
I will preface this by saying that up until the last 2 books in the series, I have been an avid Alex Cross lover. When I couldn’t get into this book, as it appeared to be taking a similar path as the last 2, I read reviews by other former Alex Cross lovers. After reading those reviews, my suspicions that, again, I’d be sorely disappointed in another Alex Cross book were confirmed so I put the book down, rather than wasting time reading it that I’d never get back. In my opinion, it is time that Patterson retire the Alex Cross series rather than continue to churn out meaningless volumes.
With an unbelievable body count of 17, this book written, without help, by James Patterson, focuses both on the murderers and the detective. In alternating chapters, the reader knows exactly who committed the crimes and how they were done. These violent descriptions might be a turn off for some sensitive readers. There are no surprises at the very end about who the killer was nor enjoyment for the reader in trying to follow the clues to figure out who was the killer before being told. There are multiple story lines with main and secondary killers - all sociopaths - intertwined with Alex Cross's family. All ends are tied at the end of the story so there is no cliffhanger for the next book to pickup. The book is an easy, non-challenging read with 3 page chapters.