Dr. Alex Cross, a black psychologist and police detective, and his life-long friend, John Sampson, also a detective, are investigating another brutal homicide in the projects when word comes that two young students have been kidnapped at an up-scale Washington DC private school. Why should they leave this pressing case and join forces with the FBI and the Secret Service? It's not fair, but one of the fathers is US Secretary of the Treasury and Alex reluctantly gets drawn in. And later, pushed aside. This is the first time we meet Cross, one of the great new fictional personalities introduced in the mystery - thriller field in recent years. It's a page turner, perhaps it's because author James Patterson also brings us one of the most vile criminals ever encountered, Gary Soneji. Secret Service Supervising Agent Jezzie Flanagan is not just eye candy, but in that department her relationship with Cross steams. Can you read 500 pages in one sitting?