Saturday, October 24, 2009
"Cross Country", by James Patterson
Alex Cross, book 14
This is another novel true to the author's style, short chapters, a story tense in development and an over the edge ending. This time, Alex is taken onto the heart of Africa where there are little or no rules.
The story starts when Alex Cross and Brianna (fellow detective) are called to a disturbing scene in Georgetown. A family has been brutally murdered it hits close to home when Alex discovers that the wife was once his college sweetheart. Leads into the investigation uncover ties to a group of Nigerians operating around DC. When another family is slain, Alex pursuits his instincts and travels to Africa searching for the killers on their own turf...
This novel highlights the atrocities we hear about in places like Darfur and Sierra Leone at times in a graphic manner, describing the rampant corruption of some government officials and the use of orphaned children in murderess gangs to terrorize the population. It also describes the other side: the loving and caring people that suffer the consequences.
This is an enjoyable mystery and a real page turner, one that gives us an insight into the history of a troubled part of the world in a way only Mr Patterson can.