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The Godfather of Kathmandu (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, #4)
Ape House
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Operation Napoleon
Walking Dead
The Sentimentalists
The Heretic Queen
The Midnight House
Cross Fire
Peony in Love
Finding Nouf: A Novel
City of Veils: A Novel
First Daughter
A Place of Hiding
Peter Pan

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Friday, May 28, 2010

"I Alex Cross", by James Patterson

Book 16 in the Alex Cross series

Of all Patterson's novels the Alex Cross series is my favourite and I am glad that in this 16th instalment the author has returned to the core of what makes a thriller good and exciting. This novel does not disappoint.

Alex life is turned up side down after receiving a call that his niece Carolyn has been found murdered most likely perpetrated by a clandestine killer with the pseudonym of Zeus. Unlike other serial killers, capturing this murderer will have ramifications rarely seen and will require Alex to infiltrate and blend into the black side of Washington's elite. I was pulled immediately into the action and was intrigued by the development. I had trouble putting this novel down.

This story is one of the best in a long time. It may be a bit gruesome for some readers; the author has not held back when it came to describing the horrific acts of murder involving call girls. As the mystery deepens, scandals and extensive cover-ups hamper the investigation. But don't mess with Alex; he is unstoppable when it comes to family even if it involves top echelons of the US government.

There is also a subplot which revolves around other members Alex's family. Nana Mama is hospitalized; this side story draws the reader into Alex's personal life and helps to soften the tone. Lots of emotions come forward that will touch most readers deeply.

In whole, "I Alex Cross" is sharply written and flows in a manner fans will find quite entertaining.

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