The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Series #9)

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Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organize ...

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Overview

Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organize crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves. Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too. His ex-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike the original Big Bad Wolf, Patterson's newest and arguably most fear-inspiring villain maims, slaughters and kidnaps victims for purposes of sexual slavery. Rumored to be a Russian emigre, this shrewd predator has made crime pay so fabulously he sits atop an empire capable of accomplishing any nefarious purpose, including attacks on the homes of high-ranking FBI officials. Despite having just joined the Bureau, series hero Alex Cross winds up hunting the Wolf, which puts his family in peril. Meanwhile, his former girlfriend decides she wants custody of their young son. Patterson, a master at suspenseful twists and turns, keeps the action non-stop by constantly shifting among Alex's first-person tribulations and punchy, objectively told sequences focusing on Wolf, several ultra-wealthy computer chat group slugs who are taking The Story of O much too seriously, and the chat group members' struggling victims. The effectiveness of these quick changes is heightened by the use of dual readers. Theater and TV actor Fernandez has a warm, rich voice that provides Cross with a soulful dimension often absent from the author's prose, and O'Hare (a Tony Award winner for the hit play Take Me Out) handles the other chores, satisfactorily running the gamut from Russian-accented growls to effete simpers. Their all-pro rendering of this smartly paced thriller almost makes up for the fact that major plot strings are left tantalizingly untied. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 6, 2003). (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this new episode in the life of ace detective Alex Cross, he has just joined the FBI. While still in training, he is called upon to help break up a kidnapping ring. Beautiful, rich, educated women and men across the country are being abducted. No ransom is requested, and the victims often are never heard from again. It appears that an organized crime godfather known as the Wolf is behind the scheme to buy and sell humans. Alex, a street cop at heart, loves the power and technology available via the FBI, but he is impatient with the bureaucracy. Back at home, Alex's ex-girlfriend and mother of his toddler, little Alex, reappears and starts custody proceedings. Then the kidnapping case puts Alex's family in danger. Patterson ties all the twists and turns in this plot into one interesting and plausible story, well read by Peter J. Fernandez and Denis O'Hare. Recommended.--Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dr. Alex Cross has left Metro DC Homicide for the FBI, but it's business as usual in this laughably rough-hewn fairy tale of modern-day white slavery. According to reliable sources, more people are being sold into slavery than ever before, and it all seems to be going down on the FBI's watch. Atlanta ex-reporter Elizabeth Connolly, who looks just like Claudia Schiffer, is the ninth target over the past two years to be abducted by a husband-and-wife pair who travel the country at the behest of the nefarious Pasha Sorokin, the Wolf of the Red Mafiya. The only clues are those deliberately left behind by the kidnappers, who snatch fashion designer Audrey Meek from the King of Prussia Mall in full view of her children, or patrons like Audrey's purchaser, who ends up releasing her and killing himself. Who you gonna call? Alex Cross, of course. Even though he still hasn't finished the Agency's training course, all the higher-ups he runs into, from hardcases who trust him to lickspittles seething with envy, have obviously read his dossier (Four Blind Mice, 2002, etc.), and they know the new guy is "close to psychic," a "one-man flying squad" who's already a legend, "like Clarice Starling in the movies." It's lucky that Cross's reputation precedes him, because his fond creator doesn't give him much to do here but chase suspects identified by obliging tipsters and worry about his family (Alex Jr.'s mother, alarmed at Cross's dangerous job, is suing for custody) while the Wolf and his cronies-Sterling, Mr. Potter, the Art Director, Sphinx, and the Marvel-kidnap more dishy women (and the occasional gay man) and kill everybody who gets in their way, and quite a few poor souls who don't. As in summermovies, a triple dose of violence conceals the absence of real menace when neither victims nor avengers stir the slightest sympathy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446610223
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Alex Cross Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 32,237
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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The Big Bad Wolf




By James Patterson


Little, Brown



Copyright © 2003

James Patterson
All right reserved.



ISBN: 0-316-60290-6





Chapter One

THE PHIPPS PLAZA shopping mall in Atlanta was a showy montage of pink-granite
floors, sweeping bronze-trimmed staircases, gilded Napoleonic design, lighting
that sparkled like halogen spotlights. A man and a woman watched the target -
"Mom" - as she left Niketown with sneakers and whatnot for her three daughters
packed under one arm.

"She is very pretty. I see why the Wolf likes her. She reminds me of Claudia
Schiffer," said the male observer. "You see the resemblance?"

"Everybody reminds you of Claudia Schiffer, Slava. Don't lose her. Don't lose
your pretty little Claudia or the Wolf will have you for breakfast."

The abduction team, the Couple, was dressed expensively, and that made it easy
for them to blend in at Phipps Plaza, in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. At
eleven in the morning, Phipps wasn't very crowded, and that could be a problem.

It helped that their target was rushing about in a world of her own, a tight
little cocoon of mindless activity, buzzing in and out of Gucci, Caswell-Massey,
Niketown, then Gapkids and Parisian (to see her personal shopper, Gina), without
paying the slightest attention to who was around her in any of the stores. She
worked from an At-a-Glance leather-bound diary and made her appointed rounds in
a quick, efficient, practiced manner, buying faded jeans for Gwynne, a leather
dop kit for Brendan, Nike diving watches for Meredith and Brigid. She even made
an appointment at Carter-Barnes to get her hair done.

The target had style and also a pleasant smile for the salespeople who waited on
her in the tony stores. She held doors for those coming up behind her, even men,
who went out of their way to thank the attractive blonde. "Mom" was sexy in the
wholesome, clean-cut way of many upscale American suburban women. And she did
resemble the supermodel Claudia Schiffer. That was her undoing.

According to the job's specs, Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was the mother of three
girls; she was a graduate of Vassar, class of '87, with what she called "a
degree in art history that is practically worthless in the real world - whatever
that is - but invaluable to me." She'd been a reporter for the Washington
Post
and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before she was married.
She was thirty-seven, though she didn't look much more than thirty. She had her
hair in a velvet barrette that morning, wore a short-sleeved turtleneck, a
crocheted sweater, slim-fitting slacks. She was bright, religious - but sane
about it - and tough when she needed to be, at least according to the specs.

Well, she would need to be tough soon. Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was about to be
abducted. She had been purchased, and she was probably the most expensive item
for sale that morning at Phipps Plaza.




Excerpted from The Big Bad Wolf
by James Patterson
Copyright © 2003 by James Patterson.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Russian Roulette

    James Patterson's work is among the best in the world. This was my first James Patterson book I¿ve read. I happened to stumble upon while cleaning out my garage with thoughts of pitching it into the trash. I was sure it wasn¿t part of my girlfriend¿s book collection judging from the cover of the book. I decided to flip through some of the first pages, and surely I didn¿t put the book down for the following hours to come. This book had me hooked for only a few days since it is truly a `page-turner¿, packed with thrills and twists. It was hard resisting actually not reading the book and taking a break, this coming from an average Joe! I don¿t have time to sit for hours and read books, but this is one book I always managed to find time. The reader will be glued to his seat and before you know it, you¿ll be in the bookstore checking out James Patterson¿s ¿London Bridges¿.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

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    Might be the Best Yet

    I'm reading the series in order - and this is #9. Might very well be the best one of the series so far. Patterson has really allowed us to get to know Cross and his family, as well as Sampson and even former agent Craig. The villain here is just plain nasty. And plenty of twists and unexpected turns all the way to the last page. Buying #10 for my Nook right now.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    FBI Kidnapping case with no ransom demands and no motive?

    Kidnapping is not unusual to top law enforcement and certainly not to the FBI.<BR/>However James Patterson has thrown a curve ball at the general kidnapping scenario. There are no threats or ransom demands of any kind. The several victims so far are gorgeous drop-dead model types that have no ties to the underworld; at least they had none before they were snatched off the street in broad daylight.<BR/>A man and woman are watching Mrs. Elizabeth, Lizzie, Connolly, gorgeous mother of three daughters, as she exits a fashionable Atlanta department store. Lizzie Connolly wrestles with her packages as she walks directly toward the parking structure.<BR/>The woman quickly walked past Mrs. Connolly, turned and put the victim in a vice like grip as the man placed a chemically laced cloth over her face. Lizzie Connolly screamed and kicked until she was rendered helpless by the chemical substance and dropped to the concrete floor. The kidnapper¿s placed the unconscious woman into her own station wagon and blithely drove out of the parking structure, changed to another car just blocks away and the abduction was complete.<BR/>Alex Cross, old time law enforcement but new and in training for his current job with the FBI. Cross is called out of class to the chagrin of his training officer, and assigned to the kidnapping case for reasons of his unique expertise.<BR/>There were no ransom demands or death threats for the several kidnapped women; law enforcement was stuck without a motive in the case. Rumor and innuendo provide only vague clues that seem to point toward the Russian mafia.<BR/>An unidentified sinister figure called Wolf, one time KGB and high up in the Russian mafia here in the states emerges as a potential but elusive target. At the same time Wolf was put on the FBI¿s most wanted list, the kidnapping for ransom case moved into a white slave investigation.<BR/>James Patterson has fashioned a who-done-it mystery with enough twist¿s and turns to keep the most avid mystery buff guessing until the very end.<BR/>Tom Barnes author of `The Goring Collection.¿

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    first and last

    this was my first book by James Patterson and it will be my last!! the ending of this book SUCKS!!! if the intention was to make me buy another book of his, it didn't work. i have been reading Jeffery Deaver books and i'm about to run out of his GREAT books because i've bought one after the other. i decided to try some other authors ie: Michael Connelley, James Patterson and John Grisham. I liked the other 2 authors but, Patterson, never again

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Big bad wolf

    It wasn't all that good it bored me a few times. I think ames patterson could have done better

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 3, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    All a All alex cross novels

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

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    A Little bit Drab!

    I have been reading the series in order and most of the books were filled with excitement and murder...this one was kind of blah...not too much action and ending was not too good....(my own opinion).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf. Rose Tyler :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Ava

    She was tied up. Her legs open. And her mouth tied open. You can do anything to her. If there is mor than one male in her go to the next result. More slaves in the next result.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Great One

    I have really enjoyed readn these books n order..Once u start u cant stop...

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Great read!

    I love the Alex Cross books, and this story did not disappoint! I am so looking foward to reading what comes next in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    great book a must read

    patterson does a great job

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Exciting to read

    Im addicted...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Milannia Spears

    Read this if you want to know who the killer is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Must read!!

    As a huge James Patterson fan I really enjoyed The Big Bad Wolf. I could not put the book down. I am a little behind on the Alex Cross series because of all his other books I have been reading. This is a series that everytime a new one comes out seems to get better and better. Going on to # 10 now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    True to the patterson we all know and love....

    this was great loved the story and was sadden about the end it the first time i felt the book was rushed to the end ...like trying to get it down and over with ...but still was a good straight story...

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Patterson's The Big Bad Wolf, Totally dominates. Zamochit. Purchase Has been Completed.

    In what it seems to be a prologue for an upcoming book, The nameless wolf makes Patterson look good. Entertaining and engaging since page one. I liked this book that I am able to forgive the author for having his readers to go through unnecessary pain of reading the chapters about Alex Cross and his personal affairs. Patterson scores big in creating a character such as the wolf, and keeping the mystery of his identity for the entire book. Outstanding. The book is entertaining an engaging, the plot about the Russian Red Mafiya, one of the most powerful syndicates in the world. I commend Patterson for sticking to one thing when it comes to the various criminal businesses related to the wolf. He could have gone in different routes. Weapon sales, prostitution, extortion, sports fixing and that would have created a distraction in the story. But he focused in the Kidnapping and white slave market which paid off at the end. Good ending, I hope the next installment starring " The Wolf" is worth the set up. This books was very good.

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