Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross Series #2)

Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross Series #2)

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by James Patterson

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This time it's personal for Cross. The most elusive of killers has abducted Cross's niece, Naomi, a talented law student. Only such a devastating blow could bring the detective back - this time to the Deep South, where old slave prisons are buried in the forests, and houses of horror can disappear as in your worst nightmare. Naomi's kidnapping rips Alex Cross away…  See more details below


This time it's personal for Cross. The most elusive of killers has abducted Cross's niece, Naomi, a talented law student. Only such a devastating blow could bring the detective back - this time to the Deep South, where old slave prisons are buried in the forests, and houses of horror can disappear as in your worst nightmare. Naomi's kidnapping rips Alex Cross away from his kids and his jazz piano and sends him south with several questions burning in his mind. Why did the police wait seventy-two hours before beginning their search? And what is the head of the FBI doing at the scene of a small-town crime? Meanwhile, somewhere out there Casanova is living a secret fantasy. In his private hideaway, the world's greatest lover has assembled seven of the South's most extraordinary young women for his personal use. It's an accomplishment he can share with only one other soulmate - and that's definitely not his wife back in suburbia. But Casanova doesn't count on the exceptional abilities of one of his harem - or having Alex Cross as a nemesis.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Casanova" works the East Coast, "The Gentleman Caller" works the West Coast, and these two serial killers might just be working together. Washed-up Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross gets involved when his niece is abducted. Since this is a new work by the author of the best-selling Along Came a Spider.
Dallas Morning News
"Patterson hit the ball out of the park with his last go-round, the bestselling Along Came a Spider. Kiss the Girls is even better."
Los Angeles Times
"Tough to put down...ticks like a time bomb, always full of threat and tension."
Larry King
"A ripsnorting, terrific read."
From the Publisher
"Patterson hit the ball out of the park with his last go-round, the bestselling Along Came a Spider. Kiss the Girls is even better."—Dallas Morning News"

Tough to put down...ticks like a time bomb, always full of threat and tension."—Los Angeles Times"

A ripsnorting, terrific read."—Larry King, USA Today

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Grand Central Publishing
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Alex Cross Series, #2
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4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Boca Raton, Florida, June 1975

FOR THREE weeks, the young killer actually lived inside the walls of an extraordinary fifteen-room beach house.

He could hear the whispery Atlantic surf outside, but he was never tempted to look out at the ocean or the private white-sand beach that stretched to three hundred feet or more along the shore. There was too much to explore, to study, to accomplish, from his hiding place inside the dazzling Mediterranean-revival-style house in Boca. His pulse hadn't stopped hammering for days.

Four people lived in the huge house: Michael and Hannah Pierce and their two daughters. The killer spied on the family in the most intimate ways, and at their most intimate moments. He loved all the little things about the Pierces, especially Hannah's delicate seashell collection and the fun fleet of teak sailboats that hung from the ceiling in one of the guest rooms.

He watched the elder daughter, Coty, day and night. She attended St. Andrews High School with him. She was stunning. No girl in school was as beautiful or as smart as Coty. He was also keeping his eye on Karrie Pierce. She was only thirteen, but already a budding fox.

Although he was more than six feet tall, he easily fit into the air-conditioning ducts of the house. He was wire thin and hadn't started to fill out yet. The killer was handsome in an Eastern preppy way.

Stashed in his hiding place were a handful of dirty novels, highly erotic books he had found during fevered shopping trips to Miami. He had become addicted to The Story of O, School Girls in Paris, and Voluptuous Initiations. He also kept a Smith and Wesson revolver in the walls with him.

He went in and out of the house through a casement window in the cellar that had a broken latch. Sometimes he even slept down there, behind an old, gently purring Westinghouse refrigerator, where the Pierces kept extra beer and soda pop for their gala parties, which often ended with a bonfire on the beach.

Truth be told, he was feeling a little extra weird that night in June, but nothing to worry about. No problems.

Earlier in the evening, he had handpainted his body in bright streaks and splashes of cherry red, orange, and cadmium yellow. He was a warrior; a hunter.

He huddled with his chrome-plated .22-caliber revolver, flashlight, and grope-books in the ceiling over Coty's bedroom. Right on top of her, so to speak.

Tonight was the night of nights. The beginning of everything that really mattered in his life.

He settled in and began to reread favorite passages from School Girls in Paris. His pocket flashlight cast a dim light on the pages. The book was definitely a major turn-on, but also a big yuk. It was about a "respectable" French lawyer who paid a buxom headmistress to let him spend nights inside a hotsy-totsy boarding school for girls. The story was filled with the hokiest language: "his silver-tipped ferrule," "his faithless truncheon," "he gamahuched the ever-willing schoolgirls."

After a while he got tired of reading, and peeked at his wristwatch. It was time now, almost 3:00 a.m. His hands were shaking as he put the book aside and peered through the cross-hatching of the grill.

He could barely catch his breath as he watched Coty in bed. The very real adventure was now before him. Just as he had imagined it.

He savored a thought: My real life is about to begin. Am I really going to do this? Yes, I am!...

He was definitely living in the walls of the Pierce beach house. Soon that nightmarish, eerie fact would dominate the front page of every major newspaper throughout the United States. He could hardly wait to read the Boca Raton News.




Coty Pierce was sleeping like the most beautiful little girl. She had on an oversized University of Miami Hurricanes T-shirt, but it had moved up and he could see the pink silk bikini panties underneath.

She slept on her back, one sunbrowned leg crossed over the other. Her pouty mouth was just slightly open, forming the tiniest o, and she looked all innocence and light from his vantage point.

She was almost a full-grown woman now. He'd watched her preen in front of the wall mirror just a few hours before. Watched her take off her pink lacy push-up bra. Watched her as she stared at her perfect breasts.

Coty was unbearably haughty and untouchable. Tonight he was going to change all that. He was going to take her.

Carefully, silently, he removed the metal grill in the ceiling. Then he crawled out of the wall and down into Coty's sky-blue-and-pink bedroom. His chest felt constricted, and his breathing was quick and labored. One minute he felt hot, the next he was shivering and cold.

Two small plastic trash bags covered his feet and were secured around his ankles, and he wore the light blue rubber gloves that the Pierces' maid used for housecleaning.

He felt like a sleek Ninja warrior and looked like Terror itself with his naked handpainted body. The perfect crime. He loved the feeling.

Could this be a dream? No, he knew it wasn't a dream. This was the real deal. He was actually going to do this! He took a deep breath and felt a burning inside his lungs.

For a brief moment, he studied the peaceful young girl he'd admired so many times at St. Andrews. Then he quietly slipped into bed with the one-and-only Coty Pierce.

He took off a rubber glove and gently caressed her perfect, sun-bronzed skin. He pretended that he was smoothing coconut-scented suntan oil all over Coty. He was rock-hard already.

Her long blond hair was sunbleached and felt as soft as rabbit's fur. It was thick and beautiful and smelled forest-clean, like balsam. Yes, dreams do come true.

Coty suddenly popped open her eyes. They were shiny emerald green gems, and they looked like priceless jewels from Harry Winston's in Boca.

She breathlessly said his name -- the name she knew him by at school. But he had given himself a new name; he'd named himself, re-created himself.

"What are you doing here," she gasped. "How did you get in?"

"Surprise, surprise. I'm Casanova," he whispered against her ear. His pulse was racing off the charts. "I chose you from all the beautiful girls in Boca Raton, in all of Florida. Aren't you pleased?"

Coty started to scream. "Shush now," he said, and smothered her small lovely mouth with his own. With a loving kiss.

He also kissed Hannah Pierce on that unforgettable evening of mayhem and murder in Boca Raton.

Shortly after, he kissed thirteen-year-old Karrie.

Before he was finished for the night, he knew that he really was Casanova -- the world's greatest lover.

Copyright by James Patterson

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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the 1st page, I was hooked and I wanted to do nothing except READ THIS BOOK! I couldn't turn those pages fast enough and talk about suspense, I couldn't wait to get to the end so I could find out, once and for all, who Casanova was! The first book I've ever read that I seriously considered 'cheating' and going to the end to find out who the killer was! A fantastic book for any suspense/mystery fans and also fantastic for anyone wanting something different to read. Buy the book and enjoy!
MsTiptress More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the criminal situation( its so hard to give tips without giving spoilers) But the chase to catch the killers was fast-paced and exciting. My favorite parts are the gruesome killings. Patterson's story's can be so diabolical and menacing . This had all the great features of a good ole' rainy day thriller read. (make sure to read it when there is lots of thunder and lighting). But the part I don't like is Cross. He is so one-dimensional. Because of him I am afraid to continue reading the series. But I cant put this series down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I had 10 minutes to spare, I was reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first James Patterson book, and it is one of his best! It grabbred me from the first page, and didn't let me go until the last page! Wow! I do have to admit, I've enjoyed all Pattersons books until the last few books. But he has had some really good onrs up until the past couple years. He's one of my favorite authors, but he just needs to get back to where he once was. thompset
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a good twist and turn for a good portion of the journey. You think you have it figured out and something else goes wrong. The ending is frustrating but good and now I need to go buy the next book.
LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson but I started with Jack and Jill as I had seen Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls on TV. I've also read most of the Woman's Murder Club Series. 1st To Die was my favorite in that series. I've also read Swimsuit and The Quickie, as a "stand alone" and both were excellent novels. Kiss The Girls was a very good read. As usual, there was good depth of character (Kate) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot was original, off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with the usual twists and turns. I also love Patterson's writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely recommend this book it is probably one of my favorites from the series, but I must say James Patterson is truly great at capturing the readers attention from page 1 of all his books. READ IT!!!!! You will not regret it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldent put the book down
shepsmom More than 1 year ago
The second Alex Cross book keeps you on the edge of your set from the very start. I mistakenly read a couple of the books out of order. Although that didn't cause a major issue with understanding the theme of this book, it does flow better if you read them in order. Once I started this book I could hardly put it down. James Patterson gets better with each book that he writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second book read in the cross series. A real page turner. The problem is that the publisher and barnes and noble are content to sell product with missing pages, typos and bizarre symbols where there should be punctuation marks. If I boight a bound book with missing pages I would return it. No such remedy here. Shame on them for selling defective goods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im enjoying this series and these characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This for the 11 year old kid but also for anyone interested. This is an excellant book but it is also very intense amd voilent. The killer casanova is pretty evil and creepy and sometimes kills his victems savagely, same with the gentelman caller. But then again i dont know what you are allowed to read. Still a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished roses are red and kyle crsig is crazy i love kissed the girls and casaniba has such a swweeet voice and in aling came a spider these peoole are just crazy as can be i have always wanyed to be a ferenzic psychologist and Alex Cross has made it so wondefdulbsiundibg
rafaelmx More than 1 year ago
aprovecho para volver a informar que el libro MANTI, no lo pude leer, la persona que hizo la traduccion no sabe ,ni habla espanol, seguro uso solo un diccionario. Saludos rafaelmx
bessie1913 More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I have read "Kiss the Girls". It still kept me riveted!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for a ten year old too much sex. I will say this one kinda sucks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss The Girls by James Peatterson - Alex Cross Series is a great read.
MoKL More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about 9 days. Its amazing. Patterson has such a captivating style and you'll be guessing till the end. You really feel for the characters in this novel. Its like I know Alex Cross and the women. Purely genius.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Great intense, would recommend to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fast paced and intense from start to finish! Never wanted to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for readers who are not overwhelmed with violence and murder. I read this one and Along Came a Spider, and currently reading Jack and Jill. After Jack and Jill, I will take a break and read something a little "lighter", but intend to read all the Alex Cross books.