A killer’s trail leads Detective Alex Cross to Africa – and a whole new world of danger.
Called in to investigate a massacre, Alex Cross is shocked to discover an old friend among the victims. Furious and devastated, he sets out to get justice.
The lethal Washington D.C. underworld leads him to the Niger Delta, where the heroin and slave trades are rife, and to the terrifying, psychopathic perpetrator of the massacre: the Tiger.
But nothing is what it seems, and as Cross travels deeper into this dangerous world of corruption and conspiracy, his own survival is on the line…
Bestseller Patterson s 14th Alex Cross thriller doesn t follow up on the plot threads left dangling in 2007 s Double Cross concerning still-on-the-loose serial killer Kyle Craig. Instead, Cross, a Washington, D.C., police detective, takes on a very different quarry a human monster known as the Tiger with ties to the African underworld. When the Tiger and his teenage thugs butcher writer Ellie Cox, her husband and children in their Georgetown home, Cross is devastated because Ellie had been his girlfriend in college. The Cox family massacre proves to be just the first in a series. Cross pursues the Tiger to Nigeria, where the profiler finds himself at the mercy of corrupt government officials who may be working with the Tiger. Spending less time than usual exploring his villain s psychological backstory, Patterson delivers an atypical tale of James Bond style revenge. Craig s brief cameo toward the end suggests the series will resume its usual path in the next book.