Mary, Mary

Mary, Mary

A Novel

eBook - 2005
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FBI agent Alex Cross is after a serial murder who chooses as his victims women who've neglected their children for successful careers in the entertainment industry, he describes the murders in overheated e-mails he addresses to his victims but sends to hapless entertainment columnist Arnold Griner, signing them "Mary Smith."
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2005.
ISBN: 9780759514829
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (435 p.)


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Apr 30, 2019

Alex Cross is called back from his vacation with his family to investigate a murder. Someone is killing people and writing to the editor for the Los Angeles Times and describing the murder in detail. Alex Cross and the FBI have their work cut out for them. Another very good book in this series.

rb3221 Mar 27, 2018

A fast paced novel with the usual Patterson short easy to read chapters. The killer leaves puzzle clues with each murder. Is the killer male or female? A rather rushed ending where the motive of the killer is not in my opinion not adequately explained. Alex's family problems continue. An OK novel.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

What's this? Kris gives a James Patterson book a positive review? Yeah, I was as surprised as you were. Overall, the writing was tight, the ending was believable (though a bit anticlimactic), and unlike most of the other Cross books, there's an actual mystery. There were a few things I didn't like - the sex scenes and Cross's entire interaction with females in general, for instance. What was the point of having the LA detective come on so strong? It wasn't continued in the rest of the book, and it added nothing to the plot. Was it to show how ridiculously irresistible Cross is? And how long will the relationship with his new lady friend last? And please, what the heck is going on with Christine?

These issues (which all seem to relate to Cross's enormous ego) aside, this was a solid addition to the Alex Cross series - better, in my opinion, than most of the others.

Aug 07, 2016

I was seduced by five stars that some readers have put to this book. But reading it - was a waste of time.

Dec 15, 2015

excellent book patterson's best alex cross book so far more to read but love it

Feb 01, 2014

Excellent Book. Really kept my attention from beginning to end

sablegirl Mar 26, 2013

Spellbing from the beginning to the end. James Patterson is an excellent author and really knows how to tell a story. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this on.

marcotte Jan 09, 2013

Not as good as some of his others. Slow in places and sometimes confusing. Very repetitious.

JennyX Aug 12, 2012

This was one of the first Patterson books I read, and the reason I got into the author in the first place. There's a lot of suspense and red herrings in the plot, and the plot is slightly predictable because Mary is obviously not the killer, otherwise the book would be too obvious. I think it would have been better if there had been two convincing suspects all along, before the real one was introduced. Still, I would have never guess that [SPOILER ALERT] Bell was the one who killed the stars. I recommend this book to any Patterson fan and beyond.

Feb 23, 2012

Good book, enjoyed the listen. 7 of 10 for me.

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A Disneyland family vacation is interrupted when Alex Cross,working for the FBI, is called into a California murder case done by a woman named Mary Smith. All of her victims are women and mothers; and, as well as disfiguring her victims, the killer also leaves puzzling clues at the murder scenes.The "A-List" people of Hollywood are her targets, and all the "golden" people are terrified wondering who's next. Also, she has been relaying details of her gruesome murders via email to a columnist at the LA Times. In the midst of this horror, Alex is hit with problems in his personal life and a custody battle over his youngest son. He is also stalked by a reporter who doggedly trails him and his family. Alex becomes suspicious of the reporter whose presence is evident throughout the investigation. When the description of a vehicle leaving a murder scene is released to the press, the city panics. Mary Smith further baffles police when she kills two men and sends an email with details of a murder before it happens. Finally, an arrest is made, but Alex is not convinced the police have the true killer. In New England, he digs into a 20 year-old murder and has to fight for his own life when "Mary Smith" puts him on her death list.


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