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Just when Alex Cross's life is calming down, he is drawn back into the game to confront a criminal mastermind like no other. The elaborate murders that have stunned Washington, DC, are the wildest that Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. This maniac adores an audience, and stages his killings as spectacles in public settings. Alex is pursuing a genius of terror who has the whole city on edge as it waits for his next move. And the killer loves the attention, no doubt-he even sets up his own Web site and live video feed to trumpet his madness.
And in Colorado, another criminal mastermind is planning a triumphant return. From his supermaximum-security prison cell, Kyle Craig has plotted for years to have one chance at an impossible escape. If he has to join forces with DC's Audience Killer to get back at the man who put him in that cell--Alex Cross--all the better.
From the author Time magazine has called "the man who can't miss,"Double Cross has the pulse-racing momentum and electrifying thrills that have made James Patterson a #1 bestselling storyteller all over the world.
- Brand New Condition
The book is in brand new condition, arrived before I expected it to. All of James Patterson's books are great....more info
- james patterson double cross
I love to read James Patterson's book and Double Cross was a real good read. There were good twists and turns to keep your attention. I read this book in about a week. Craigs return was nice. And I really liked the Alex was working again with his old partner, John Sampson. But yet again Alex has yet another girlfriend. I'm not fond of the so called love side of his stories. They get rude when he explains the way he's turned on. Other than that when it got to the chase of the bad guys it was really good....more info
- The Real James Patterson Is Back!!
I was so excited to see this new novel by James Patterson. He is one of the rare authors whose books I buy without question. His books that are written with other authors are usually not very well written. It's almost as if he just gives them the plot and allow the other authors to run rampant with the story. When I saw this book, an Alex Cross book at that, I was hooked. It is a true page turner. The short chapters will have you saying to yourself, late into the night....I'll stop at the next chapter. Then....I'll stop at the next chapter, etc. Before you know it, your done and ready for the next installation. Great book, great storyline, loveable characters and nail biting suspense. ...more info
- Starts Slowly
This book starts painfully slowly, but starts to heat about half way into it. Has tons of action in the last half, but the ending was way too open ended. Like, there was sort of 2 endings, to the two stories being told. One was very dissapointing considering the build up to it, while the other could have been removed all together. The Kyle Craig story line is totally pointless in this book and could have been saved for another book that uses him as a focal point. But overall its worth a read and in not linked to Cross at all so not a mandatory preread. ...more info
- A gripper from the get-go!
I'm only on page 71 and can't put it down! Alex Cross is a great character and James Patterson writes him well. A must read for the Alex Cross or JP fan!...more info
- Perfect Patterson
I think all Patterson fans would agree: This is not great literature, nor is it meant to be. That having been said, what's better than settling down on a cold winter's night, fastening one's reading seatbelt and taking off on a fast and furious Alex Cross mystery?
Double Cross is one of the best in the long series. Here, we meet one of Cross's all-time nemeses, Kyle Craig, the Mastermind, who is locked down in a maximum security prison from which nobody has ever escaped. Ahem. Guess again. Not only is Craig planning the escape of a lifetime, but he has some sort of counterpart on the outside: a horrible psychopath dubbed the Audience Killer.
Between horrific murders by the Audience Killer and the dual threat of Kyle Craig (again!!!) Alex is of course lured from his cozy world of private practice and right back into the frey. Are you surprised?
Mama Nana, Sampson, the kids, and all our favorites are in this book, as well as Alex's newest love interest. All in all, it's fun, fast, and completely satisfying....more info
- liked it
i thought the book was good, i did not have to skip over a bunch of useless information like in so many books i read, but i did skip over some. it was just good..but i can not say it was bad as i read the whole book . ...more info
- I love Alex Cross
Alex Cross is a great character. However, Morgan Freeman is the only man I can see as Alex Cross. This is another in a good series of the Alex Cross saga....more info
- Left me begging for the next book in the series!
Loved this book! I am a huge fan of the Alex Cross series and this book was no exception! The villain Kyle Craig is back and Alex has a new girlfriend. There appear to be two different people out to get Alex in this book. Fast paced and constantly changing direction. It is a really quick read and has me eager to read the next one in the series!...more info
- Not the Best Alex Cross
I usually love this series, but this book definitely wasn't one of the best.
Too much of the book was spent focusing on Alex's new girlfriend, Wonder Woman. By the end, I was hoping one of the bad guys would throw her off a bridge. She was portrayed as some kind of supercop, but yet she was very unprofessional -- massaging Alex's shoulders during strategy meetings and always managing to find a moment to whisper some suggestive come-on to him. I just couldn't stand her and hope she doesn't last long.
I also found Alex to be very irresponsible in this book. Normally his family comes first. Yet with two different lunatics threatening his family, he did nothing to protect them and thought nothing of jetting off to Montana or a romantic weekend with Wonder Woman, leaving them alone and vulnerable. That's not the Alex I've come to know in previous books.
I also wish we'd get some closure on these same perps over and over and over. How many times can you read about Kyle Craig threatening Alex and his family before you start to realize that nothing is ever going to happen to any of them? That whole story arc was ridiculous, from the great escape to Alex figuring out the Hallmark clue (talk about obscure!) to the ending. How about some fresh crazies for Alex to chase? It would be a welcome change....more info
- Double yawn!
It's all there--the matching of wits with diabolical villains, the glimpses of Alex's family, the twists and turns in the plot, and a bit of romance thrown in. Somehow, for anyone who has read a lot of James Patterson's books, it all seems somewhat stale this time. For those who feel that "the best surprise is no surprise at all", keep reading each Patterson book that is cranked out, but for those, such as I, who are up to their eyebrows with his formula writing, you might want to give this one a miss. Somehow I was never caught up in the plot, nor did I feel that there was much suspense. The ending kind of fell flat and, of course, gave a small teaser about a future Patterson book....more info
- A Winner!
Another good one by James Patterson. I knocked this one off during a business trip to Cleveland. Perfect airport/hotel reading. Fast paced with solid plots & story lines. Double Cross is clearly a winner....more info
- Not his best
This is not James Patterson's best effort. The jail break is just ludicrous. Considering Alex Cross is so bright, why didn't he realize who the killer was in the first 50 pages like I did? I will however continue to read books by James Patterson, they're always fast reads so even if they're not that great you haven't invested a whole lot of time....more info
- Same old, same old
Patterson is getting lazy. This book was just the same stuff over and over again. I knew what was going to happen and how it was going to end by the 20th page, because Patterson keeps doing the same thing. For real. How many times is he going to let the same villain get away again so he can use him in his next book. Don't waste your time on this one. ...more info
- Ho Hum
Like many othergood authors, James Patterson has proved with this book that his imagination has fizzled out....more info
- A little disappointed
After the "hype" about James Patterson's novels, I expected a bit more depth in the story. I think this plot was a little far-fetched. Not one of my best reads....more info
- Severe lack of plot and twists to keep you going...
Let me first say that I am usually a big James Patterson fan. Judge & Jury, Lifeguard, and The Quickie were much, much better than this, simply because of the plot developments and unexpected twists. This novel can essentially be summed up by the following outline.
Detectives are clueless
Detectives continue to be clueless
Detectives still have absolutely no leads and keep talking about how they have no leads
Detectives get an obscure lead that turns out to essentially be crap
Detectives are captured themselves
Detectives escape, capture one bad guy, allow the other bad guy to escape.
What turned me off about this book that usually keeps me going in the other novels is the lack of plot and suspense. The fact that the detectives have no leads or clues at all for about 90% of the book just leaves me bored! For something like that, Judge & Jury is definitely the way to go, a 5-Star!
Thanks for reading my review!...more info
- Alex Cross at his best!
Alex Cross, that lovable sleuth does it again. In this exiting edition, Alex has a new romance, but old enemies threaten to take her away. With many familiar characters and danger on every page, this is one of my favorite Cross books yet! A must read. Highly recommended. S.L. Chessor, author of Poodlums, Boogeymen and Booglers and My Tongue Fell Out. Poodlums, Boogeymen and Booglers: A Poetry Collection
- Not my favorite Alex Cross mystery
In my opinion, Double Cross left a lot to be desired.
I love Alex Cross, and my favorite will always be Kiss the Girls, but I still enjoy reading the series whenever a new book comes out.
This book just wasn't very exciting. The Cross family was really left out of this one, as they seemed to want to put a lot of the focus on the new love interest, Bree Stone, who I did not find to be likeable in the least.
It was worth reading, but not up to Mr. Patterson's usual standards when it comes to Alex Cross....more info
- Double Cross
Maybe I've read too many of James Patterson's books but I knew what was going to happen throughtout the book....more info
- How Much More Can Patterson and Cross Take?
Alex Cross has faced some of the most heinous murderers imaginable and this time around he must face two. A new monster has taken center stage as he has made killing a spectacle by murdering his victims in crowded, public places. As if the Audience Killer wasn't enough of a nightmare, it seems the deadly Mastermind (Kyle Craig) himself has escaped from prison and is on the hunt again. Alex Cross has hands full this time and it will take every ounce of skill and luck he can muster to stop these deadly killers.
Double Cross is certainly not the best Alex Cross novel James Patterson has written, but there is still plenty here to satisfy his rabid fans. Alex Cross himself is Patterson's most intriguing and beloved character and once again you can't help but find yourself immersed in his passion for justice. The tension Cross feels between family and duty always adds a dose of relevancy to the story drawing us even further in. The villains here are as nasty as ever, and the Audience Killer murder scenes are especially frightening and disturbing. Kyle Craig's return at first felt like a bit of a stretch to me, but I was surprised at how much I bought into this plot element as the story progressed.
As this series continues on I can't help but wonder how much more both Alex Cross and James Patterson can take. Admittedly, Patterson always finds a way to bring me back and I'm eager once again for the next installment. Let's just hope Patterson can continue to find ways to breathe new life into this fan favorite character.
- Disappointing book
Having read all of the Alex Cross series, this is the one book I was extremely disappointed in - especially the ending. Hope the next one is better. It's a good read but lacks the luster of his other books....more info
- Why is this guy so popular?
Why does this guy sell so many books??? Written at a third grade reading level, huge holes in the plot and absolutely moronic, unbelievable story lines ( a master criminal escapes from a max security prison by changing clothes with his lawyer and wearing a rubber mask, not to mention the lawyer's long ponytail that somehow is not a problem for the disguise that fools all the guards) Please, read a good writer like Lee Child,Michal Connelly, James Lee Burke ............. ...more info
- a far cry from days of old
I don't write reviews. But I just had to tell others much I disliked this book. Let's see, throw Cross in as many crazy situations as possible and then just have him walk away. I've read probably 20 Pahtterson books, I won't read another. Sent from my kindle....more info
- Another Patterson winner
Bought Cross and Double Cross at the same time and finished them both over a week of vacation time. Very easy reads and always a page turner....more info
- Cross keeps getting pulled back in
Alex Cross has been trying to live a more stable life for his children, and for his mental health. However, when a twisted killer - the Audience Killer - who lives for the attention granted by his killings starts to stalk the city, Alex is drawn back in. This killer stages his killings as a macabre form of public amusement both at the scene and on a website and taunts the police with his success.
In Colorado, Kyle Craig has plotted for years in order to set up a complex escape plan. Craig wants one thing - to get back at Alex Cross, the man who put him away. And if he needs to join forces with the Audience Killer to do this, that's just fine with him.
Can Alex solve the crimes in time to save himself, and his family? A thriller that will keep you turning the pages. Don't miss it!...more info
- Don't waste your time
I can't get the minutes back from my life everytime I read this book. Alex Cross use to be fun to read. I'm through with Patterson. In fact, now I know why he has other authors to write his books. I'm not going to waste my time reading the next book in the series. ...more info