'No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it.' LEE CHILD
Detective Alex Cross is stretched to breaking point as two killers hit Washington, DC
A controversial senator is found murdered in his bed. On the other side of town, a young girl has been savagely killed. Under pressure to solve both cases, Cross is faced with an impossible choice.
No one in Washington is safe, but can Cross discover the truth before the killers set their sights on their ultimate target?
'Alex Cross is a legend' HARLAN COBEN
'Fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'Captivating . . . As always, Patterson provides a fast-paced thriller full of surprising but realistic plot twists . . . Cross is one of the best and most likable characters in the modern thriller genre' SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
'The master storyteller of our times' HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
'It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer . . . Simply put: nobody does it better.' JEFFERY DEAVER
'Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It's what fires off the movie projector in the reader's mind.' MICHAEL CONNELLY
'One of the greatest storytellers of all time' PATRICIA CORNWELL
'A writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting.' MARK LAWSON, GUARDIAN
'James Patterson is The Boss. End of.' IAN RANKIN
Patterson's most recent thriller, Hide and Seek, lacked his customary hero, Alex Cross, and didn't catch fire with readers. Here, Patterson brings back the black psychiatrist and Washington, D.C., homicide cop (Kiss the Girls, etc.) for a gripping game of death that will have fans flocking. Two simultaneous investigations bear down on Cross: the first concerns the killings perpetrated by a duo known as "Jack and Jill," who are murdering famous people (beginning with a U.S. senator) in Washington, taunting the police and "practicing for the big one"; the second involves the brutal slayings of young black children in Cross's own Southeast D.C. neighborhood. The Washington P.D. makes Cross its liaison with a frantic Secret Service, FBI and CIA while he sets up his own off-duty team to track the child-killer. Through crisp cross-cutting of multiple points of view, first-person and third, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes. He adds texture by devoting space to Cross's concern about his own motherless son and daughter (the first murdered child attended the same grammar school as Alex's boy), his growing interest in the school's attractive principal, his dealings with his octogenarian grandmother, Nana Mama (think of an acerbic Dilsey from The Sound and the Fury) and life in the largely black Southeast district. It's fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise from an earlier Cross nemesis promising at least one more Cross installment to come. Literary Guild main selection; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook.