I hadn't read an Alex Cross novel for some time and now I really need to go back and read the ones I have missed. I thought Cross Justice was one of the best novels by Patterson that I have read and I would have to say that the Cross novels are the best of his series. Not sure if that is because Patterson actually wrote most of these books and did not rely on a co-author or just because Alex Cross is such a great character.
In this one, Cross and his family travel to Starksville, North Carolina, the small town where Alex was born. He is there to help defend his cousin who is accused of a brutal murder and rape of a young boy. The town seems to be under some cloud and no one in the town is happy to see Alex there to help defend his cousin. But Alex and his wife Bree, are there to find out the truth about the murder and what hidden factors may be involved in the killing and the likely framing of his cousin.
Alex also finds out some information he didn't know about his father who had supposedly died 35 years before after he had purportedly killed Alex's mother. He found out that his father had survived and traveled to Florida. Based on this information, Alex travels to Florida to seek out what really happened to his father. While there, he also gets involved with some killings of several socialites and helps the local police resolve those murders. Returning to North Carolina, he helps get to the bottom of who killed the young boy and why.
There were some twists at the end of the novel that I didn't see coming and I thought the ending was very powerful and helped Alex and his grandmother make peace with their past. High recommendation for this one!
If I could I would give this book 10 stars. I love it when James Patterson is at the top of his game and this is the best Alex Cross book in a long while. The storylines are superbly written and the tension is palpable through the pages. I can't wait for the next Alex Cross to come out and see the new adventures the Cross family has.
FINALLY!!! He's back!
This installment of the Alex Cross series deserves the entire 5 stars. Patterson wrote a very moving story in the life of Alex Cross, as long as he writes this series himself it might stay a 'keeper' but if he puts a co-writer on it then it will probably fail like some of his other books have done in the past couple years.
There were a couple things in the book I didn't feel was necessary but it wasn't anything to deter from the story and they didn't last long enough to get boring.
Good Job James! Finally!
Another addictive book from Patterson. This one had some real wild twists & turns at the end, and Patterson fans will not be disappointed.