Cross Fire-Free Preview: The First 30 Chapters [NOOK Book]

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Wedding bells ring

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked ...
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Overview

Wedding bells ring

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

A murderer returns

The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims' movements--information that only a Washington insider could possess.

Caught in a lethal cross fire

As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316183895
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Alex Cross Series , #17
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview: First 30 Chapters
  • Sales rank: 8,204
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

James Patterson
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 February 2, 2011

    Recommend-but it is not free

    Enjoyed the reading until I found out this preview was nothing more than a con. You have to buy this book in order to see how it ends. Thanks for nothing B&N.

    78 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    Not a free book

    Sorry, but this isn't a free book, so quit advertising it as a free book.

    75 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    this is a sample

    what a ripe off, this is not a free book. It is nothing more than a bait and switch.

    54 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    FREE????

    Dislike "FREE" when it isn't really free!! I agree with the other reviews; if it is in the free section you have the expectation of getting the WHOLE book for free not a sample.

    50 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    Don't get fooled again

    A lot to like about Barnes and Noble but a fair amount to dislike as well. It is a bait and switch about being a "free book" but not really. They do their customers a major diservice with advertising like they do. Other readers..don't fall for it, it's a scam.

    29 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

    Read before you buy

    People.....it says "Free PREVIEW"....and that's exactly what it is. Don't get upset if you can't read.

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Don't be fooled by the false ads of a free book.

    Starts out good and the first 30 chapters were interesting, but here is the switch. Nook says it is a free book but once you get to the end of the free sample, they want to sell you the rest of the story. I would rather Nook be up front and tell you it is not a free book but just a teaser. Please have someone in Nook be reading this and be honest in your ads; not decietful.

    Signed:
    A long time reader of James Patterson novels.

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    all of his books are good

    new to nook- very confusing on what is really a "free" book or just sample-agree with others if not truly a free complete book - then it should not be under this section- how about a free sample section??

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Free PREVIEW indeed

    The latest snarly review by "anonymous" on the ability of nookers to read is disingenuous at best. But fear not, faithful nookers - like most of Patterson's books, you will find it in the Bargain Books section at your nearest B&N fairly soon at around $5 bucks to catch the ending - or just refuse to buy into the worthless FREE BOOKS at all and wait for the bargain basement special like I do!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    READ THE TITLE

    I cant believe people are complaining that its a preview when it SAYS IT RIGHT IN THE TITLE PAGE. Its not misleading if you READ THE TITLE BEFORE BUYING. Sheesh.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    great read - check it out

    this is a great read if into james patterson cross series i loved it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    It's not a complete book

    This is a con game played by B&N. They list a lot of books as FREE when they are only a preview, or FREE SAMPLE, as they call them.

    Stop doing that!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Joe

    Save me...from reading stupid storiest and pointless reviews!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Interesting

    Maybe slow BUT VERY INTERESTING

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Cross fire

    Great book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Don't be Conned

    Another incomplete book. I have really lost faith in Barnes and Noble because of this practice of bait and switch, deceptive practices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    This is good so far

    This is intresting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Nice Preview

    Nice book, but its a preview so you only get to read 160 pages :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Minus stars

    I wish they would put these free preview selectiins in anothere place. They arent books and they take up space in the book section. Hate these bait and switch things. Either give us the books fir free or put them in the purchase sections and away from the free books sections.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    ok

    ok

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