Mary, Mary (Alex Cross Series #11)

Mary, Mary (Alex Cross Series #11)

by James Patterson
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Mary, Mary (Alex Cross Series #11) by James Patterson

Somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-list.

FBI agent Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets a call from the Director. An actress has been shot outside her home in Beverly Hills. Afterward, an editor for the Los Angeles Times receives an e-mail recounting the murder in shocking detail, signed Mary Smith. Her calling card:

"You've got mail."

The authorities fear this is only the beginning. Mary Smith is targeting Hollywood stars and power brokers, and she is getting better every time. This case is like nothing Alex has ever confronted before. Could this be the plan of an obsessed fan or a spurned actor, or is it part of something much more terrifying? And how could a woman be capable of these vicious crimes?

To track a merciless killer, Alex navigates a world where the stars sip San Pellegrino at the Ivy as hopefuls hover around studio gates armed with 8 X 10 glossies. Members of the A-list fear they're next on Mary's list, and Cross and the LAPD scramble to find a pattern before Mary can send one more chilling update.

Filled with the ruthless twists that make his fans hunger for more, Mary, Mary is James Patterson's most sophisticated thriller yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446619035
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 56,100
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


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

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Mary, Mary (Alex Cross Series #11) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 288 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great plot to following, with surprises all the way.
linnzinn More than 1 year ago
This book is another great story of the ALex Cross saga. James Patterson has the ability to draw you in from the first sentence into this dark world that the Dragon Slayer lives in. I am eager to continue reading the series to see what finally happens to Alex and his wonderful family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally one that moves around, but isnt cookie cutter like the last few in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a great addition to the series! loved it!
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
Patterson's Mary, Mary will not captivate audiences, but it will entertain readers at the least. Patterson is good in setting the plot, and giving a great portrait of the serial killer's point of view. The book is a page turner for half of it. Patterson's portrayal of the murders of Mary Smith is good, and keeps you guessing what will come next. Unfortunately, he fails when it comes time to wrap the story. Sadly the unfolding of the story doesn't do justice to what it could have been a great thriller. The story begins in Hollywood, California where celebrities are being murdered, the LAPD thinks is the work of a serial killer and Alex Cross is called upon to help. As the author starts to record all the murders of Mary Smith, and the story looks promising, he switches into the subplots, of Alex's personal affairs, however; these subplots are not necessary and add nothing to the main story. What's more Patterson doesn't have a strong closure of the events, and wraps things too fast. I would not call it a shocking ending. Unlike the storyteller, Patterson's Mary, Mary seems to end on Act One, Scene One.
allazone More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a lot of Patterson books yet (although I've seen the movies), so this was interesting for me. It was well written, the characters developed, and easy to follow. Yet it also kept you guessing, and truly not knowing the mystery until the end. Some mysteries tell you, but not the character. I liked not knowing, and having that suspense factor. I also like that the Alex Cross books can be read out of order, and are a complete story on their own, and you don't feel left out because you didn't read the others. I would definitely recommend this book, and I'm anxious to start reading more Patterson books and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another good book by Mr. Patterson. Fast reading with surprises along the way kept me wanting more. I recommend this to anyone who likes fast paced mysteries. --K--
JACKR More than 1 year ago
sexybajan More than 1 year ago
He did me in with this 1 i did not see this coming. I felt like I was right there as the story unfolded
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like all the others in the Alex Cross series, this one was great. I bought all of them and read them in order from Along Came a Spider. Just fantastic. James Patterson holds you in the plot and takes you back to previous books for another villian who has reared his ugly head in the current book. Just need Alex to find true love. Love the whole series and the Womens Murder Club series also.
Rose348 More than 1 year ago
Patterson is quite adapt at keeping the reader interested in the storyline while setting to stage to a shocking ending. Fascinating read.
Show-Me More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the Alex Cross series. Many times, characters and plots are carried through several of Patterson's Cross series books. In Mary, Mary, the new characters are introduced without a lot of sidebar with the old standbys. The plot is ingenious with a sudden climax and much more unpredictable than some of Patterson's other Cross readers. Patterson has you empathizing with the "pathetic killer" toward the end of the book before he pulls the rug from beneath you. Very well developed, pleasureable read that's hard to put down. I read it in about 6 hours, then opened and finished the next in the series, Cross, by late that night. Couldn't get enough. Can't recommend this book and series enough. Patterson's style keeps you invigorated and his research is impeccable. Buy it, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all Alex Cross novels up thru Mary, Mary (will read them all), and found yet another thriller. Maybe not as original as some of the earlier Cross series, but still pretty intense. I always enjoy the way Patterson connects everything together.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't find MARY, MARY as riveting as the first Alex Cross novels KISS THE GIRLS or ALONG CAME A SPIDER, I was still glad to see Mr. Cross back in action--in his private and professional life.

While on a long-awaited, and definitely well-earned, vacation at Disneyland in California with his family--Nana Mama, daughter Jannie, teenaged son Damon, and three-year-old Alex Jr.--Alex wants nothing more than spend some quality time with those he loves. Yes, the fact that James Truscott, an investigative journalist who has been hounding Alex for months, shows up on their vacation is an annoyance, but nothing that can't be handled. He even gets to meet his current love interest, Jamilla Hughes, an officer with the San Francisco PD, for a little one-on-one R & R. But then his vacation is brought short, yet again, by a phone call from his boss, summoning him to a crime scene at the home of a famous actress right there in L.A.

Detective Cross is inevitably drawn deeper and deeper into a case that he was only supposed to have to give his initial impressions on. Someone is killing famous and wealthy mothers in the entertainment business--someone who claims to call herself Mary Smith, and who sends an email after each death detailing the crime to L.A. Times entertainment writer Arnold Griner.

As Alex gives chase to "Mary Smith", interviewing the victim's families and trying to find any clue as to the killer's identity, his personal life takes a downward spiral--his ex, Christine, little Alex's mother, is suing for full-custody, and Jamilla informs him that she's found someone new. As Alex tries to put his family first once again, he realizes that the job always seems to get in the way--and this case is no different.

In typical fast-paced James Patterson style, MARY, MARY is an engrossing thriller that will have you turning pages quickly to find out what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Patterson novel and I was really intrigued by the concept. I thought it started off great and kept building but then started to unravel towards the end. I can't elaborate too much without giving it away. I did however love the personal story behind the main charectar Alex Cross. I like how you really got to see his personal and really get a feeling for the charectar for him and his interactiosn with others. I would recommend this book for a lazy day read as i finished it in two nights after work, had I day to spend the book would have sailed by and delivers entertainment for the few hours of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The themes and sub-themes in this book are all classic Alex Cross themes (good v. evil. family v. work, etc.) and predictably they are well handled by James Patterson. The action occurs both physically and psychologically, making for a good read. The major issue I had with the book occured approximately 3/4 of the way through. The highly intelligent, super-experienced law-man Alex Cross goes in to an Interrogation Room, with a highly dangerous serial killer, ,,,with a gun holstered to his side!!!!! It was such an unbelievable scene, I thought perhaps Patterson had allowed a student or contest winner to write one of his chapters.Or maybe he was prepping the story for the big screen. What a letdown. It made the rest of the story that much less credible.
RandyTramp 18 days ago
Someone is killing celebrities and leaving emails. Alex Cross is on vacation at Disneyland and doesn't want to be disturbed. Yet, the job calls. Just something about Cross that I like. The man is good with his kids. (Too bad about little Alex being caught up in a custody struggle.) The simple writing, short chapters, and fast pace make Patterson's books very good. Switching back and forth from home to the case caused me to read faster. I didn't see the ending coming. It took me by surprise, then it again took me by surprise. I loved it.
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If u r into serial killer Books it is the one of the best ones out there. I would suggest it to everyone who is interested in this genre
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Mary, Mary ... Normally like his books - couldn't get into this one at all.