Criss Cross

Criss Cross

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"In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed 'M' rests on the corpse. 'You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.' Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as 'M' lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details--details that conjure up decades-old cases. Details that conjure up Cross family secrets. Details that make clear that M is after a prize so dear that--were the killer to attain it--Alex's heart would no longer have reason to beat"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316526883
Branch Call Number: PAT
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: QuickRead collection

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CL_kcls
Apr 12, 2020

I'm conflicted about James Patterson. I won't deny he writes a good story, weaving story lines together. The words he writes to the children in his books are tender and beautiful.

However, I also think he perpetuates the short attention span of the digital generation with "chapters" that span a mere two pages.

'Criss Cross' is a typical and predictable Alex Cross novel. If you are familiar with them, you know what I mean. If you aren't I will attempt not to spoil it. The Cross stories/books have such a familiar and too repetitive arc, that I think anyone of us can copy it. Granted, we don't write police procedurals, nor are many of us psychologists, but I could have a rough outline for a Cross novel written in under an hour: horrible crime, family, bad guys taunting and/or haunting Cross, family, acting outside his mandate, family, success, family, sequel.

I think it's time for Alex Cross to break out of his mold, to actually finish an interesting case that does not leave us waiting for a sequel. It's gotten stale.

When Alex Cross refers to past cases, as he often does, I find myself wondering if I've forgotten them from previous books or they are ones simply a part of Cross' memory.

James Patterson is a good writer but he settled for fame and saturating the book lists instead of being a great writer. How do we know? When a new book of his comes out there are hundreds of holds and requests for it at the library. Our library system tries to buy one copy for every six requests. A month after the book is released, there are no significant holds and no one waiting for a copy: fame vs greatness. He chose fame, fleeting as it is for each new offering.

A very rare memorable Patterson quote from 'Criss Cross':

"So when did you stop listening to your heart?" I asked.
"Don't know what you're talking about."
"Yes, you do. There had to be a time in your long-ago past when you knew right from wrong instinctively. Do you remember that time?". . .
. . . "Do you remember?" . . .
. . . "Of course you remember. Of course you do. It was there when you were born. It was there before you were born. Did you know that the heart has its own nervous system? It's true. The heart is alive and alert long before the brain develops. It's a deep organ of thinking, another way of knowing." . . .
. . . "When did you stop listening to your heart?"
He shook his head. "I don't know what you're --"
"Yes, you do," I said. "You stopped listening to your heart because you thought it was broken. . . ."

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pondgrl
Mar 11, 2020

I look forward to the next installment of the Alex Cross series, as they are the only ones Patterson is writing himself these days. I enjoyed this one very much - I was positive I had figured out "who done it", but was totally wrong. Keeps you guessing, and it's also a pretty fast read. Looking forward to what "M" does next.

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newdog
Jan 19, 2020

I've been an avid fan of the Alex Cross series, but they are definitely going downhill, again. This book wasn't horrible, but it feels like they are trying too hard to try to keep the storyline going, and it's not working. The book was so slow and it took me forever to read. I expect so much more from Patterson, which makes me wonder if he is actually the one who wrote this book, or if he had an assistant write it and just slapped his name on it.

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Ljparker5807
Jan 09, 2020

I love the Alex Cross character BUT this last novel has me questioning the author's plot lines. After having his entire family kidnapped before, wouldn't Alex be more savvy with his kids and their relationships with others? Wouldn't his kids be more wary?? Ali gets into a van of a stranger?? Come on! And how about getting his house bugged and broken into AGAIN?? How bad of a detective is he on the home front? If he's such a genius, then how does this keep happening? Come on, write the character as he should be written. This plot was also tired and already done. Another villain who is jealous of Cross and his abilities and has to prove he's better.

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jamesphd
Jan 07, 2020

True Patterson style. What bothered me were the time jumps to the past, then back. Good twists, some red herrings. So many characters to keep track of.

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USAF1969
Jan 02, 2020

James Patterson's latest Alex Cross book, CRISS CROSS, is a great read. Cross' past catches up with him via another super villain who gets inside Cross' head and attacks his family as well. Lost of twists and turns and plenty of action throughout. In the end he captures the bad guy, and then the bad guy makes a getaway from the hospital where he was being treated for wounds received while be arrested. No doubt this sets the stage for yet another run-in (and book) between the two. There is no evidence that Patterson is working with a co-author on the Cross series except for two of the 26 books in the series, and those were sometime back. Hope he keeps it that way.

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maryalicemetwally1
Dec 09, 2019

Need the AUDIO book, PLEASE

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