Cross Country (Alex Cross Series #14)

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Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. After one death comes terrifyingly close to home, Alex realizes he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer.


Digging deeper into the case, Alex and his girlfriend, ...

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Overview

Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. After one death comes terrifyingly close to home, Alex realizes he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer.


Digging deeper into the case, Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, uncover a shocking Washington, D.C., underworld: a gang of teenage thugs headed by a warlord known only as the Tiger. When the Tiger's elusive trail turns up in Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Unprotected and alone, can Alex manage to both survive and catch the killer?

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Alex Cross had never before seen its gory equal. The home of his oldest friend has been transformed into a blood-drenched scene of carnage. Identifying the soulless culprit is relatively easy; neutralizing him proves to be next to impossible. The Nigerian warlord nicknamed Tiger possesses a magician-like ability to vanish into woodwork or, more likely, African bush lands, but his roving teams of teenage assassins perform his dirty deeds long distance. To stop this elusive remote-control killer, Cross and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, must enter his turf, but they do so at extreme risk. James Patterson's most compelling protagonist at the top of his thrilling game.
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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. (Nov. 17)

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"Tame holiday stress with [this] irresistible read!"
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PRAISE FOR DOUBLE CROSS:


"It was smart to hire two talented and very different readers for Patterson's latest blockbuster about now retired FBI psychiatrist and former ace profiler Alex Cross. Fernandez catches Alex's raspy wisdom with instant credibility (he's done Cross before, in London Bridges and Cross), and Stuhlbarg is full of lighter charm as the narrator and one of the two serial killers who are trying to spoil Cross's return to private practice. Stuhlbarg makes Alex's former FBI colleague Kyle Craig, who turned out to be a mass murderer nicknamed the Mastermind, as charismatic as he is deadly. Cross's other burden comes from a more conventional serial killer terrorizing the Washington area where Alex's lady is on the case. "—Publishers Weekly

"Peter J. Fernandez and Dion Graham deliver a clear, fast-paced performance..."—AudioFile

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446536301
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Series: Alex Cross Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 38,223
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 4.32 (h) x 1.19 (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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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Disappointing

    I have been reading the Alex Cross series from the begining. I am usually at the store the day of release. I did not purchase this book. I borrowed a copy. He lost me with this story line and I feel the exciting and original story line that is usually par for the course just was not there. I prefer to "leave the party with who brought me", so to speak and this series went in a direction that just does not interest me. Which is ashamed because Alex, Nana, the "Big Man" and all the rest are some of my favorite characters of all time. I buy books everyweek, read them enthusiastically and recomend these books to everyone. For some reason, I just decided to test the waters this time before buying and to be honest I don't know why. Like I said I'm there on the day of release. I do not regret my decision not to buy and will just have a hole in the "Alex Cross" section of my library. Maybe the next book will make up for the lack. Maybe deep down I was already feeling like the story line was turning in a direction that I just did not want to go. However, for any new readers looking for some fun stuff, go to the beginning of the Alex Cross series, starting with Along Came a Spider to Double Cross, and plan on having a real good time.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Cliff Hanger, partly set in Africa

    James Patterson's new novel, Cross Country, along with several of Clive Cussler's latest novels are prime examples of the thriller genre which I like to call 'every chapter a cliffhanger'. This is another in the series featuring Detective Alex Cross and his crime fighting partner and girlfriend, Brianna Stone.<BR/> <BR/>To my tastes, Patterson has better characters. fewer stereotypes and deeper plots than Cussler, while still adhering to the basic formula that you can lay the book down after your train commute or at he beach and pick it up later and easily slam a few more chapters without loosing ground on an overly complex plot, such as you'd find in Ian Rankin or Ken Follette. That being said, Patterson keeps things chugging along nicely by hopping midway thru the novel into several chaotic African country, where life is cheap and hero's detective Alex Cross' continued existence is rapidly heading to the red light discount bin. Patterson actlually makes you despair at the turmoil and corruption that is embedded in some problems countries in Africal. I actually lost count of how many times he got beat up and betrayed by hopped up teenage killers, evil cops and rogue CIA operatives... as mentioned before, a cliffhanger per chapter. <BR/> <BR/>If you like fast plotted, punchy writing with better than average character depth and a solidly plotted thriller then this Fall offering may make it into your holiday reading plans.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    Horrible Book

    Have read all the Alex Cross novels - this one is an insult. Horrible book. Alex Cross doing stupid things in Africa. Don't even waste your time, just keep your fingers crossed that the next one is better.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

    PATTERSON HAS DONE BETTER!

    I read some pretty negative and a few positive reviews and thought I would judge for myself. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED! I am a huge fan of the Cross Series, but this one, Patterson should have had second thoughts. As a fan, I could have waited another year or two for a better book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Very Disappointing

    I can't figure out how James Patterson can write a truly suspenseful novel one minute and then turn out such a bomb! This book was ridiculas, unbelieveable and just plain boring. Honestly, one man does not jump on a plane to Africa, ridden with killings, torture, starvation and poverty, to solve a murder from the US. I just don't buy it. And his two page chapters are just plain stupid. James Patterson is better than this book and he should take more time to write a truly good book rather than trying to turn a new book out every couple of months.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    A Waste of time and Money

    I was happy to get to the end of the book, and have it done. I agree with the Elwoods, totally unbelievable. Since when was Alex Cross so stupid? Off in another country acting like an idiot. This book ruins the Alex Cross series. An international assassin with a band of children as the "gang" able to travel in an out of countries without dectection, and the ability to appear at a moments notice at any given place. If there was a message in this plot that was supposed to tell the world about conditions in Africa, it's lost in the ridiculous handling of the situation by Alex. And here we go again with Kyle Craig also omnipotent, in the back ground, sounds like he's due to turn up in the next book. How come there are people no jail can hold, and the FBI and CIA are always involved? James Patterson may have very high goals as a writer, but quantity doesn't equal quality and he's going downhill. Really diasppointing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    Out of the Realm of Reality.

    I read this book from beginning to end and thought it was totally out of the realm of reality! I don't understand how the main villian and his young henchmen(boys, no more than 15 yrs old) could continue to fly in and out of the U.S. without detection. How Alex continues to get the crap beat out of him and never see a doctor or have those injuries deter him in any way. He continues to run and fight with only one arm functioning! Alex cared less about his family and more about getting revenge for an old friend's murder. How selfish! Why would we the readers believe this one man could change the rules in another country. I was rooting for the natives because of Alex's stupidity!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    A good surprise,

    James Paterson is a phenomenal writer. Yet, most of his books I feel get slightly monotonous. Cross Country however was a great surprise, I enjoyed it greatly. I had the amazing pleasure to read this book due to the Store Managers conference in Florida. I highly recommend buying it once it is released. It IS a book you need to own. <BR/><BR/>-Courtney Hall

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    JAMES PATTERSON ROCKS!

    I have read all the Cross stories and am excited for this next one to become available. ALL of Patterson's books are incredible - the Murder Club series, etc. It's like eating potato chips - you get started, you can't stop!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    Why I kept reading it I don't know

    This book may have totally turned me off on James Patterson, and that's something I thought I'd never say. Bad plot, bad characters, bad fight scenes, bad everything. <BR/><BR/>I was looking forward to an Alex Cross novel because most of Patterson's other books(mass produced with other writers)have gotten really bad. And now he's gone and taken Corss down to this level.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    James Patterson is my favorite author

    I can't seem to put his novels down, there very addicting. I'm always looking forward to the next one. Pick one up, you'll see what i mean!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

    James Patterson does not do it again with Cross Country

    I am a loyal fan of Mr. Patterson and his character, Alex Cross, however Cross Country is not one of the best Cross books. There is little to no development of characters; Cross has little personality in comparison to previous books. Also, the scenery changes far too rapidly. Barely introduction one image before being presented to the next, similar to that of a video game. I understand that it plot is "Cross Country" and that it is supposed to be a fast-paced, action pact novel that takes place in several places, however we should not be given a quick slide show on what is happening. We should be given a full presentation.

    The over-quick pace plot lost my attention and made the book a dreary to read at some points. Mr. Patterson is beginning to redeem himself in his newest addition to the Cross series, I, Alex Cross, but he has yet to reach the heights of his early accomplishments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2008

    not his best

    I love his books but I didn't care for this one. Just could not get into it like his other books. I collect his books but I don't think I'm keeping this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    Jumps The Shark

    Cross Country is the book equivalent of when a TV series Jumps The Shark. Once a year a pure James Patterson novel comes out without a cowriter and its always Alex Cross. Cross Country is a letdown due to the personal nature of the crime.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Had me up all night

    Couldn't sleep worrying WHAT was going to happen next! I'm worn out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    This was my first time reading one of James Patterson's novel. T

    This was my first time reading one of James Patterson's novel. This novel was very interesting. It is a book
    about a detective Named Alex Cross Finding a case where one of his ex-girlfriend is murdered by a gang and
    their leader that calls himself &quot;The Tiger&quot;. As he tries to figure out why she was murdered, other families are
    also murder by the same gang. He wants to terminate The Tigers doing. Detective Cross finds out he is lives in 
    Nigeria, Africa. He takes a flight to go bust this murderer. Cross ends up taking a bad journey. Many things
    happen to him good and bad. 

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Awesome

    Loved it kick ass book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    WORST BOOK BY PATTERSON E V E R

    The worst book by Patterson ever. The only interesting part was the awfull true stuff going on in Africa. This book and Alex's mind was simply STUPID. Also the characters are taking on "SUPER HUMAN POWERS" totally unbelievable. I used to read Patterson's books with such joy. He has totally changed his way of writting, and appears to be writting screen plays ready for a movie. He has definitely insulted me as a reader. I am not that stupid. Then to solve everything in the last chapter isjust as insulting. No longer weaving his stories, he seems to just throw stuff together. Also the chapters are a joke, 3 pages is what he is calling a chapter. He is apparently still "hungry" for the money, but no longer "hungry" to build a happy, respecting audience. Sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Page Page turner

    Read it in 3 hours, couldn't put it down

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Insight Into African Politics

    This was the first Alex Cross novel in a long time that stopped my breath time and time again. The mass genocide of Aftican proples and boy armies was enlightening beyond what the news has offered. Alex was thrust into environments foreign in geography and understanding. High impact, high drama, deeply felt.

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