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James Patterson's books I read 2005 and beyond ..

“Along Came A Spider” - James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 1)

Date Read: October 2003

Paperback : 435 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1994
ISBN: 0-00-647615-5

* Synopsis:
He had always wanted to be famous. When he kidnapped two well-known rich kids, it was headline news. Then one of them was found - dead - and the whole nation was in uproar.
For such a high-profile case, they needed the top people - Alex Cross, a black detective with a PhD in Psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious and beautiful Secret Service Agent - yet even they were no match for the killer.
He had the unnerving ability to switch from blood-crazed madness to clear-eyed sanity in an instant. But was he the helpless victim of a multiple-personality disorder - or a brilliant, cold-blooded manipulator?
As he and the rest of the country watched Flanagan and Cross falling into his every trap, he knew he had made it - he was controlling the deadly game, and he still had it made his most devastating move ...

* My Thoughts:
After starting to read Violets Are Blue, then discovering there were 6 books prior to it, I was not disappointed that I put that book down to read the first in the Alex Cross series. It was a very good novel with many of the normal twists and turns. I became hooked on James Patterson after reading this book. 10/10!

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“Kiss The Girls” - James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 2)

Date Read: December 2003

Paperback : 451 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1996
ISBN: 0-00-649315-7

* Synopsis:
This time there isn’t just one killer, there are two.
One collects beautiful, intelligent women on college campuses on the east coast of the USA.
The other is terrorising Los Angeles with a series of unspeakable murders.
But the truly chilling news is that the two brilliant and elusive killers are communicating, co-operating, competing.

* My thoughts:
Another brilliant novel; by a wonderful author. James Patterson managed again to keep my interest. A page turning thriller with twists and turns that I tried to figure out, but failed. I cannot wait until the next one.

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“Jack & Jill” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 3)

Date Read: June 2004

Paperback : 432 pages : £6.99
HarperCollins Publishers 1997
ISBN: 0-00-649312-2

* Synopsis:
A pair of ice-cold killers have been picking off Washington’s rich and famous with chilling professional efficiency.
As the nation awaits the identity of the next celebrity victim, Alex Cross takes over the high-profile investigation.
With his proven ability to get inside the minds of the most dangerous killers, he has the skills and the courage to crack the case – but will he discover the truth before ‘Jack and Jill’ set their sights on Washington’s ultimate celebrity target?

* My thoughts:
Fantastic story line (again), with situations that I became nervous over. James Patterson has a fantastic way of writing; short, rapid chapters full of thrilling action.

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“Cat & Mouse” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 4)

Date Read: June 2005

Paperback : 502 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 1998
ISBN: 0-7472-5788-4

* Synopsis:
Psychopathic Gary Soneji is back – filled with hatred and obsessed with gaining revenge on detective Alex Cross.
Soneji seems determined to go down in a blaze of glory and he wants Alex Cross to be there.
Will this be the final showdown?

* My thoughts:
I loved this book so much that in some places I actually found myself crying in a couple of places!! I could not put this book down, it was a page-turning thriller that kept me up for hours each night. Fantastic.

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“Pop Goes The Weasel” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 5)

Date Read: July 2005

Paperback : 500 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2000
ISBN: 0-7472-5790-6

* Synopsis:
“It’s all just a game, darling. I play with three other men. Their names are Famine, War and Conqueror. My name is Death. You’re a very lucky girl – I’m the best player of all”
As if to prove it, he stabbed her for the first time.
Geoffrey Shafer: a man who never loses, he is prepared to play the game of games for the highest stakes of all.
Alex Cross: senior homicide detective, he is determined, what ever the consequences, to unmask the man he was nicknamed the Weasel, the prime suspect for a spate of killings Cross has been forbidden to investigate.

* My thoughts:
Another ruthless killer, but the worst so far. A page-turning, surprise all-the-way-through, unforgettable thriller.

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“Roses Are Red” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 6)

Date Read: August 2005

Paperback : 414 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2001
ISBN: 0-7472-6699-9

* Synopsis:
A series of meticulously planned bank robberies ends in murder, and Alex Cross must put his wits against the bizarre and sadistic mastermind behind the crimes.
Although torn between dedication to his job and commitment to his family, Cross cannot ignore the case, despite the risks he knows will come with hunting down a killer – and the heart breaking cost.

* My thoughts:
Another well written, fantastic read, with such a twist to it. I’d have never guessed the ending of this story.

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“Violets Are Blue” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 7)

Date Read: September 2005

Paperback : 445 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2002
ISBN: 0-7472-6691-3

* Synopsis:
Around noon, I got a call on my cell phone. “Just checking in” the Mastermind said. “How is San Francisco, Alex? Lovely city. Will you leave your heart there? Do you think it’s a good place to die?”
The Mastermind of Roses Are Red is back – and he’s hot on Alex Cross’s trail. His cold, taunting threats leave Alex angry and deeply concerned for his family’s safety.
Meanwhile, Alex is drawn into his most bizarre investigation yet. Two San Francisco joggers are found dead – bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, of role players, or even modern-day Vampires?
Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI’s Kyle Craig. But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger.
In a shocking conclusion, he must survive a deadly confrontation – only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

* My thoughts:
Just as the synopsis reads – another breath taking thriller, full of suspense and horror. A great read, again from James Patterson.

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“Four Blind Mice” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 8)

Date Read: October 2005

Paperback : 387 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2003
ISBN: 0-7472-6692-1

* Synopsis:
Alex cross is a preparing to resign from the Washington Police Force. He’s enjoying the feeling; not least because the Mastermind is now in prison. Also, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes, and he is talking about the future.
Then John Sampson shows up at the house, desperate for Alex’s help. Three young military wives have been savagely killed during a ‘girls’ night out’ and Sampson’s friend, a master Sergeant at the army base, stands accused.
Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military. But what is the army trying to hide? And do the mysterious symbols daubed on the homes of the accused mean that there are more sinister forces at work?

* My thoughts:
Another excellent novel with many twists and turns throughout the storyline, full of suspense and horror. Breath-taking. - When is his next one coming out??

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“The Big Bad Wolf” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 9)

Date Read: November 2005

Paperback : 314 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2003
ISBN: 0-7553-0022-x

* Synopsis:
Who’s Afraid? Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered – a shadowy predator known only as The Wolf.
Alex Cross’s first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realises. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and is bringing a new reign of terror to organised crime.
You’re Afraid! Even as he admires the FBI’s vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau’s clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. Alone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track his new prey 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 Alex might have hoped.

* My thoughts:
Ahhh!!!!! I loved this book; couldn’t put it down! An excellent storyline again, with twists and turns, with slight tear-jerking moments throughout.

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“London Bridges” – James Patterson
(Alex Cross series No. 10)

Date Read: December 2005

Paperback : 427 pages : £6.99
Headline Book Publishing 2005
ISBN: 0-7553-0580-9

* Synopsis:
Alex Cross is back in his most explosive adventure yet. And so is the Wolf. And so is the Weasel.
Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets the call. A town in Nevada has been annihilated and the Russian super-criminal known as the Wolf is claiming responsibility.
Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction and the thought of such dark genius at work makes Alex’s blood run cold.
Now are you scared? Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger. Arriving in London, he fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators and foreign agents. Then, in the most unforgettable finale, Alex Cross confronts the truth of the Wolf’s identity – a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive,

* My thoughts:
Another excellent book with so many twists and turns that I even got confused!! A page-turner that took just two weeks to read. I think this one was a little too packed with action. It did slightly spoil the book; maybe JP could have spread this one out over two novels!? Nonetheless, it was a good storyline.
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