Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Series #4)

Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Series #4)

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by James Patterson

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Alex Cross is back-and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his

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Alex Cross is back-and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane-so unimaginable-that he is thought of as "not of the earth." Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross.When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing.The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?

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Library Journal
Fans of Patterson's Alex Cross series will be delighted with this latest installment. Reappearing is Christine Johnson, seen in an earlier Cross novel, Jack & Jill and the principal at his children's school, and Cross has fallen in love with her. Gary Soneji, the creepy kidnapper and murderer from another Cross book, has broken out of jail and embarked on a new killing spree, again taunting Cross that he can't stop him. And one of his intended targets is Cross and his family. If that isn't enough, there's a new serial killer whose murders are so inhuman that the news media are suggesting that he's an alien from another planet. All story lines connect in this thriller, whose driving plot will distract you from thinking about its implausibilities and keep you turning pages to the last, when you'll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next Cross novel. Recommended for public libraries. -- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Massachusetts

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Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Alex Cross Series, #4
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5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.25(d)

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Cat & Mouse

By James Patterson

Warner Books

Copyright © 1997 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-69264-6

Chapter One

Washington, D.C.

The cross house was twenty paces away and the proximity and sight of it made Gary Soneji's skin prickle. It was Victorian-style, white shingled, and extremely well kept. As Soneji stared across Fifth Street, he slowly bared his teeth in a sneer that could have passed for a smile. This was perfect. He had come here to murder Alex Cross and his family.

His eyes moved slowly from window to window, taking in everything from the crisp, white lace curtains to Cross's old piano on the sunporch, to a Batman and Robin kite stuck in the rain gutter of the roof Damon's kite, he thought.

On two occasions he caught sight of Cross's elderly grandmother as she shuffled past one of the downstairs windows. Nana Mama's long, purposeless life would soon be at an end. That made him feel so much better. Enjoy every moment-stop and smell the roses, Soneji reminded himself. Taste the roses, eat Alex Cross's roses-powers, stems, and thorns.

He finally moved across Fifth Street, being careful to stay in the shadows. Then he disappeared into the thick yews and forsythia bushes that ran like sentries alongside the front of the house.

He carefully made his way to a whitewashed cellar door, which was to one side of the porch, just off the kitchen. It had a Master padlock, but he had the door open in seconds.

He was inside the Cross house!

He was in the cellar: The cellar was a clue for those who collected them. The cellar was worth a thousand words. A thousand forensic pictures, too.

It was important to everything that would happen in the very near future. The Cross murders!

There were no large windows, but Soneji decided not to take any chances by turning on the lights. He used a Maglite flashlight. Just to look around, to learn a few more things about Cross and his family, to fuel his hatred, if that was possible.

The cellar was cleanly swept, as he had expected it would be. Cross's tools were haphazardly arranged on a pegged Masonite board. A stained Georgetown ball cap was hung on a hook. Soneji put it on his own head. He couldn't resist.

He ran his hands over folded laundry laid out on a long wooden table. He felt close to the doomed family now. He despised them more than ever. He felt around the hammocks of the old woman's bra. He touched the boy's small Jockey underwear. He felt like a total creep, and he loved it.

Soneji picked up a small red reindeer sweater. It would fit Cross's little girl, Jannie. He held it to his face and tried to smell the girl. He anticipated Jannie's murder and only wished that Cross would get to see it, too.

He saw a pair of Everlast gloves and black Pony shoes tied around a hook next to a weathered old punching bag. They belonged to Cross's son, Damon, who must be nine years old now. Gary Soneji thought he would punch out the boy's heart.

Finally, he turned off the flashlight and sat all alone in the dark. Once upon a time, he had been a famous kidnapper and murderer. It was going to happen again. He was coming back with a vengeance that would blow everybody's mind.

He folded his hands in his lap and sighed. He had spun his web perfectly.

Alex Cross would soon be dead, and so would everyone he loved.


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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 361 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Cat and Mouse to be very interesting, and it was pretty good considering that it was one of the first books of this genre that I had read. It is a very suspenseful mystery book that keeps the reader turning the pages. The style of writing that Patterson used was very understandable and it was easy to keep up with the story. When I first read this book I thought I already knew what was going to happen, but the story kept me sucked in with turning events and new characters. This book is good for readers who do not want the ordinary, predictable story it is for readers who cannot get enough of a little horror and a lot of suspense. I would suggest this book to everyone who loves to read. It contains all the elements of a good story: the imagery, the suspense, and the overall writing. I think the true mystery behind this book is why people don¿t read Cat and Mouse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading the Alex Cross series in order and this is my favorite one! I liked the twists and the love story. I would like to meet the characters...I think I would like the Cross family, Christine and Sampson. And I am very glad that villains like Gary Soneji are fictional. It's a very quick read and difficult to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Patterson¿s book, Cat and Mouse, lives up to its title. This book has many plot twists. Just when you think you know what is happening, something changes that is unbelievable. This book takes place manly in Washington DC, but journeys off to New York, California, and New Jersey. A central theme in this book is that nothing is what it seems. Cat and Mouse is about a black, DC homicide detective, Dr. Alex Cross, who has a Ph.D. in psychology. His nickname is the Dragon slayer. He works in the ghettos of DC; however he takes many large cases from the FBI that they can¿t handle. In Cat and Mouse, Alex is tracking an old nemesis that escaped from prison, Gary Soneji. Gary kidnapped a child from his class in a previous book. However, as he is chasing Gary, he realizes that Gary is actually pursuing him. He has to keep his guard up because Gary Soneji could be around the corner. Alex Cross has many people that are very close to him. Nana Cross his is grandmother. She is a loving and caring person that looks after Alex. Alex also has a daughter and a son. His sons name is Damon; he is very strong for his age. He has a big mind and takes after his father. The daughter is Jannie; she is even smarter though younger. She is also very affectionate. Another person Alex cares a lot about is John Sampson, his police partner. John is a very big black man, even bigger than Cross. He has known Alex since they were children, and have been the best of buds since. Alex also has a woman in his life, Christine. He loves her dearly. Alex had a wife but she was killed in a drive by shooting. This book was one of the best James Patterson books I have read. The plot is what fascinated me the most, because it had some many turns and twists. Also the way Patterson writes his books, you just don¿t want to put them down. Larry King even said ¿I¿ve just started James Patterson¿s Cat and Mouse and I can¿t stop turning pages.¿ However, no book is perfect, during the middle of the book it started to drag on. I lost my interest, but once I pushed myself to read past it, it became very deep, fascinating, and turned into a great book. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good police mystery/drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Alex Cross series is excellent! But if the publishers think that people who have time to read (like myself on limited Social Security income) can justify paying more than four ninety-nine for a low cost to publish ebook for heaven's sake, they are delusional! Will just have to follow the series from library books. Kitt
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The book that got me hooked on JP books. And still remains my favorite.
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Captivating & mysterious, the main character helps you to understand all the players, while leaving you full of questions!
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Great book, can't go wrong with James Patterson.
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What the heck are clans and what does tht have to withthis book?
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I'm enjoying this book very much. I've read "many" of James Patterson's books and will continue to do so. They are all "page turners" and that's the way I like to read.
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