When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.
From the author Time magazine has called "the man who can't miss," CROSS COUNTRY is the most heart-stopping, speed-charged, electrifying Alex Cross thriller yet.
Bestseller Patterson's 14th Alex Cross thriller doesn't follow up on the plot threads left dangling in 2007's Double Cross concerning still-on-the-loose serial killer Kyle Craig. Instead, Cross, a Washington, D.C., police detective, takes on a very different quarry-a human monster known as the Tiger with ties to the African underworld. When the Tiger and his teenage thugs butcher writer Ellie Cox, her husband and children in their Georgetown home, Cross is devastated because Ellie had been his girlfriend in college. The Cox family massacre proves to be just the first in a series. Cross pursues the Tiger to Nigeria, where the profiler finds himself at the mercy of corrupt government officials who may be working with the Tiger. Spending less time than usual exploring his villain's psychological backstory, Patterson delivers an atypical tale of James Bond-style revenge. Craig's brief cameo toward the end suggests the series will resume its usual path in the next book. (Nov. 17) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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1 . I Loved it!!! James Rocks Alex Cross!!
Posted June 08, 2011 by DMartin , NCI have never read more amazing books than James Pattersons Alex Cross!! And this one was great!!! It only took me 2 days reading it and the last 214 were unbelievable page flipping, I even was skipping sentences to get the end!! Awesome James!!!
2 . Great story!
Posted September 03, 2009 by Linda , IjamsvilleAction ,entertainment,a great read. Way to go Patterson!
3 . Cross Country
Posted April 26, 2009 by Dolores , MurphysboroLoved this book it kept me on the edge of my seat all the time, couldn't put it down.
4 . What happened to Alex Cross
Posted January 09, 2009 by Mike , LexingtonI was very disappointed in this book. Writing about the plight of Africa is a noble thing but does it truly belong in a action novel. I think that if you read the book you will see that it does not fit well with this character. I had always considered Alex Cross as a man with great intelligence and instinct. The main character in this book seemed to lack intelligence or instinct. Everyone around him seems to get killed. The book spent more time telling us of the plight of Africa and very little time on a good story line. Also the ending to the story seemed to be an afterthought. This book will make me leary of continuing to read Alex Cross.
5 . It was okay
Posted January 04, 2009 by Matt , TtownThought that this was an okay book. Plenty of action an excitement, which kept the pages turning for me. The picture of Africa that Patterson paints will stay with me for a while. I was a little disappointed at the end of the novel, but whatever. If your a fan of the Cross novels it's worth reading, but if your new to them you might want to start elsewhere..
6 . Just not up to par...
Posted December 16, 2008 by Pack Daddy , Portland, OregonI've been a huge fan of Patterson's Alex Cross series for years and count several of the books in the series among my absolute favorites. Cross Country however just isn't up to the standards I've grown accustom to.
The writing is fine, typical Patterson style - no problems there. The main problem here is that the story is both unbelievable and uninteresting - a killer combination to say the least. The "Tiger", the villain this time around, just isn't around enough to develop any sense of dislike. Rather than creating a villan that truly scares you, Patterson instead elects to describe murder after murder without any real sense of terror, dread or urgency whatsoever.
While Cross travels to various locales throughout Africa, I found myself embarking on a quick trip to sleep more often than not. Implausible at its best, downright dull at it's worst, Cross Country is easily the biggest disappointment in the Alex Cross series.
Little, Brown and Company
November 16, 2008
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