The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Series #9)

The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Series #9)

by James Patterson

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Overview

Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered: a predator known only as the Wolf.

Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues baffled. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf-a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime-is behind this business.

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it's time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too. His ex-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life-and not for the reasons he might have hoped.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446610223
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 16,208
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 375 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women's Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films.


Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.


Denis O'Hare is one of today's busiest actors in the film, television, and stage worlds. The Tony Award-winning actor is best known to television viewers for his recent work on True Blood as Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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The Big Bad Wolf




By James Patterson


Little, Brown



Copyright © 2003

James Patterson
All right reserved.



ISBN: 0-316-60290-6





Chapter One

THE PHIPPS PLAZA shopping mall in Atlanta was a showy montage of pink-granite
floors, sweeping bronze-trimmed staircases, gilded Napoleonic design, lighting
that sparkled like halogen spotlights. A man and a woman watched the target -
"Mom" - as she left Niketown with sneakers and whatnot for her three daughters
packed under one arm.

"She is very pretty. I see why the Wolf likes her. She reminds me of Claudia
Schiffer," said the male observer. "You see the resemblance?"

"Everybody reminds you of Claudia Schiffer, Slava. Don't lose her. Don't lose
your pretty little Claudia or the Wolf will have you for breakfast."

The abduction team, the Couple, was dressed expensively, and that made it easy
for them to blend in at Phipps Plaza, in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. At
eleven in the morning, Phipps wasn't very crowded, and that could be a problem.

It helped that their target was rushing about in a world of her own, a tight
little cocoon of mindless activity, buzzing in and out of Gucci, Caswell-Massey,
Niketown, then Gapkids and Parisian (to see her personal shopper, Gina), without
paying the slightest attention to who was around her in any of the stores. She
worked from an At-a-Glance leather-bound diary and made her appointed rounds in
a quick, efficient, practiced manner, buying faded jeans for Gwynne, a leather
dop kit for Brendan, Nike diving watches for Meredith and Brigid. She even made
an appointment at Carter-Barnes to get her hair done.

The target had style and also a pleasant smile for the salespeople who waited on
her in the tony stores. She held doors for those coming up behind her, even men,
who went out of their way to thank the attractive blonde. "Mom" was sexy in the
wholesome, clean-cut way of many upscale American suburban women. And she did
resemble the supermodel Claudia Schiffer. That was her undoing.

According to the job's specs, Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was the mother of three
girls; she was a graduate of Vassar, class of '87, with what she called "a
degree in art history that is practically worthless in the real world - whatever
that is - but invaluable to me." She'd been a reporter for the Washington
Post
and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before she was married.
She was thirty-seven, though she didn't look much more than thirty. She had her
hair in a velvet barrette that morning, wore a short-sleeved turtleneck, a
crocheted sweater, slim-fitting slacks. She was bright, religious - but sane
about it - and tough when she needed to be, at least according to the specs.

Well, she would need to be tough soon. Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was about to be
abducted. She had been purchased, and she was probably the most expensive item
for sale that morning at Phipps Plaza.




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SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the series in order - and this is #9. Might very well be the best one of the series so far. Patterson has really allowed us to get to know Cross and his family, as well as Sampson and even former agent Craig. The villain here is just plain nasty. And plenty of twists and unexpected turns all the way to the last page. Buying #10 for my Nook right now.
TomBarnes39 More than 1 year ago
Kidnapping is not unusual to top law enforcement and certainly not to the FBI.
However James Patterson has thrown a curve ball at the general kidnapping scenario. There are no threats or ransom demands of any kind. The several victims so far are gorgeous drop-dead model types that have no ties to the underworld; at least they had none before they were snatched off the street in broad daylight.
A man and woman are watching Mrs. Elizabeth, Lizzie, Connolly, gorgeous mother of three daughters, as she exits a fashionable Atlanta department store. Lizzie Connolly wrestles with her packages as she walks directly toward the parking structure.
The woman quickly walked past Mrs. Connolly, turned and put the victim in a vice like grip as the man placed a chemically laced cloth over her face. Lizzie Connolly screamed and kicked until she was rendered helpless by the chemical substance and dropped to the concrete floor. The kidnapper¿s placed the unconscious woman into her own station wagon and blithely drove out of the parking structure, changed to another car just blocks away and the abduction was complete.
Alex Cross, old time law enforcement but new and in training for his current job with the FBI. Cross is called out of class to the chagrin of his training officer, and assigned to the kidnapping case for reasons of his unique expertise.
There were no ransom demands or death threats for the several kidnapped women; law enforcement was stuck without a motive in the case. Rumor and innuendo provide only vague clues that seem to point toward the Russian mafia.
An unidentified sinister figure called Wolf, one time KGB and high up in the Russian mafia here in the states emerges as a potential but elusive target. At the same time Wolf was put on the FBI¿s most wanted list, the kidnapping for ransom case moved into a white slave investigation.
James Patterson has fashioned a who-done-it mystery with enough twist¿s and turns to keep the most avid mystery buff guessing until the very end.
Tom Barnes author of `The Goring Collection.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was my first book by James Patterson and it will be my last!! the ending of this book SUCKS!!! if the intention was to make me buy another book of his, it didn't work. i have been reading Jeffery Deaver books and i'm about to run out of his GREAT books because i've bought one after the other. i decided to try some other authors ie: Michael Connelley, James Patterson and John Grisham. I liked the other 2 authors but, Patterson, never again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasn't all that good it bored me a few times. I think ames patterson could have done better
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Patterson's work is among the best in the world. This was my first James Patterson book I¿ve read. I happened to stumble upon while cleaning out my garage with thoughts of pitching it into the trash. I was sure it wasn¿t part of my girlfriend¿s book collection judging from the cover of the book. I decided to flip through some of the first pages, and surely I didn¿t put the book down for the following hours to come. This book had me hooked for only a few days since it is truly a `page-turner¿, packed with thrills and twists. It was hard resisting actually not reading the book and taking a break, this coming from an average Joe! I don¿t have time to sit for hours and read books, but this is one book I always managed to find time. The reader will be glued to his seat and before you know it, you¿ll be in the bookstore checking out James Patterson¿s ¿London Bridges¿.
Anonymous 3 hours ago
Very suspenseful and many twists and turns in this story. It makes you think hard. Mysterious I love James Patterson and the other authors who cowrote these stories. Have not been disappointed yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT++READ++
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Big and unbelievable changes for Alex Cross. As usual whenever Patterson introduces a new protagonist for Cross you don't learn who it is until 2 or more books later. Glad to see Cross move over to the FBI side of things, but so far that aspect has been very unbelievable.Here's hoping the next installment is better.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Antoher one of those Alex Cross books that I just love to tear through. Alex Cross has just joined the FBI, having left the DC police force, and is figuring his way around the FBI politics, as well as getting tossed into the middle of a huge national case as the FBI's new rising star. The case? People, mostly upscale white women, being kidnapped and nver seen again. Why? As playtoys who get killed off when their buyers get tired of them. The Wolf is an ex-Russian Mafyia/KGB type who is looking to make himself the next major American crime boss. from the kidnapping ans sale of women and gay men, to extortion, smuggling, etc, the Wolf has his fingers inot just about every criminal enterpise he can find. And the FBI wants him. BAD. But can Alex Cross catch him?
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Big Bad Wolf is the ultimate bad guy; Ruthless, anonymous and untouchable. What better a way to start off Alex Cross' FBI career than with the creation of a new arch-nemesis. Readers of the Alex Cross series will know what to expect by now and Patterson follows his usual formula at breakneck speed, with enough twists and turns to keep the hunt interesting until the final chapter. Wolf also contains enough coverage of Cross' personal life to ensure the character is rooted in reality, however the enemy is rather two-dimensional and very stereotypical. This one is too formulaic and although it's still easy to read it doesn't represent Patterson at his best.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the better Patterson books I've read lately. He seemed to be back in old form. I'm hoping the follow-up, London Bridges, is as good.
TinyDancer11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My least favorite of the Cross series so far. I was a bit bored!
RudyJohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Ending a Bit of a Let Down This was my first James Patterson book. Yes my first, and I did enjoyed this book. I had the feeling that I was out of sequence with Alex Cross's adventures, but this story kept on track and I wasn't lost with the characters. I enjoy being educated when I read a novel and Mr. Patterson did an excellent job of the Russian mob or whatever they are called. The Wolf fella was a bit over done. There were lots of plot twists and interweaving of story lines. The only real problem I had was the ending was a bit of let down. I got the feeling that the writer just ran out of steam.
ohdani on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy read, but easily forgettable.
superphoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that i have read of Patterson and i am impressed. Great style of writing, i found the book engaging, exciting and fast paced.It gets you hooked and the end leaves you frustrated and desperate for a closure just like the protagonist. Would recommend it to those who love a good thriller
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who is the wolf? You think you know, and then you are sure...but you are wrong and wrong and wrong again. This one keeps you guessing.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, beautiful women are being kidnapped-to be bought and sold as slaves. Behind this depraved scheme stands a shadowy figure known only as The Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime. With Alex's personal life in chaos because of his ex-fiancée's return and with the FBI's caution testing his patience, Alex has to go out on his own. For to stalk a ruthless predator without a name or a face, Alex Cross must become a lone wolf himself...
sussabmax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't bring enough books on my long weekend camping trip, so I ended up borrowing this from my friend. It's the only reason I would read a James Patterson book. I can't stand the way he is so cutesy about everything. I hate the "sensitive man" character that he reveres and populates all of his novels with. I read one of his romances years ago (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, I believe), and it was horrible. I can just barely stand his Alex Cross books because at least they have a gruesome crime to counteract the sickening sweetness. And, the crime puzzles are a bit intriguing. But still, the faults! Some that drive me particularly crazy:The 2-3 page chapters. All of them are short. This could create drama, used sparingly. Used for every chapter, it just makes the book seem extremely disjointed.The constant use of italics and exclamation points. Like the short chapters, these things lose their effect when every page makes use of them. They aren't really emphasizing anything if they are used constantly.****SPOILERS*****The endless "climaxes." Okay, we've solved the crime! No wait, it's not the right guy! But there he is! No, still the wrong guy! Hey, here's another really bad guy! Can you believe this guy that seemed like a good guy way back in Chapter 15 (approximately page 42), that we haven't heard from again, actually turns out to be a bad guy?!?!?! And, he's REALLY BAD! Oh, we think we found the bad guy over here! Nope, wrong again!I could go on, but really, I have used enough energy on this guy. I really don't understand why he has such a successful career.
theportal2002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best Patterson book I have read. Better than Along Came a Spider, so many twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, you won’t be able to put it down
RandyTramp More than 1 year ago
Alex Cross transfers to the FBI. In training at Quantico, Virginia, Cross is pulled from classes to work on cases. It doesn't make him popular. Someone is buying and selling people. His name is Wolf, and he's mean. Short 500 word chapters and fast paced scenes, make Patterson's book enjoyable. Nana, Damon, Jannie, little Alex and not to forget, Rosie the cat is Cross's family. He loves them very much. Nana is the spitfire grandmother of Alex. Jannie is 14 going on 21. Damon is lovable and little Alex is adorable. I enjoyed being in the Cross home. Lizzie Connolly, kidnapped victim, took the reader into her background. This made her more important, causing me to care about her even more. She had children and a husband. Didn't know if she'd live or die. I enjoyed this story. The change of Cross going from a police officer to an FBI agent leveled up the series. I look forward to more of Agent Cross.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My heart broke but the dragon slayer will be ok
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sick twisted nemesis with fast paced actiom