Merry Christmas, Alex Cross -- Free Preview -- The First 18 Chapters [NOOK Book]

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It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and ...
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Overview

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316244800
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Alex Cross Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Free Preview
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 12,156
  • File size: 915 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    From what I read on the preview it appears to be another good James Patterson novel.

    After reading the first few chapters I brought the book and it appears to be another good James Patterson novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    I have read all of the Alex Cross series and the last few have b

    I have read all of the Alex Cross series and the last few have been awful. It's hard to believe that the same author who wrote Kiss the Girls, Roses are Red, etc has written the last few Cross novels.
    Patterson used to develop characters and storyline, now he seems to be going thru the motion. What a disappointment.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Ive read mi Ive read most of his book tha Ive red Ive reaf Ive read most of his books pretty good

    His books are all good just wish it was whole book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    For the person who coulld not d.l. you need to archive sample first

    To tje persons that could not d.l. this book you need to archive the sample book first tjan the full copy will auto d
    L.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Seems good

    Need to get whole book for a true review

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Great

    As always patterson does it again great read with alex cross

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Alex Cross

    I have got the free Chapters. Like this one. Hope to get the redt of Akex Cross.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    What I've read was great .Will be getting the rest of the book a

    What I've read was great .Will be getting the rest of the book after new years and will write a new review then.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    great just like all his books

    lets us know that you can have an understanding family and go on with your working duities

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    No

    This book is gay never read any books by jame patterson

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Wooooooooooow

    This book is awsome this is how a book should be

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    To james patterson books

    I think the kid books rhat you wrote were nice and good(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

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    Posted May 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Good book must finish.

    Read the free first 18 chapters. Before I knew it I was at a cliffhanger. Lol. About to purchase whole book gotta see what happens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    The nook

    I bought the book. Why cant i go beyond chapter 18

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    A definite must read!

    I would tell the world "if you like James Patterson" then you have to get this....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    To:James Patterson

    It is the best

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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