Alex Cross, Run

Alex Cross, Run

Large Print - 2013
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Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him--by giving himself a new face. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy. Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him--and will stop at nothing until he's dead.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Co., 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316224239
0316224235
Characteristics: 499 p. (large print) ; 25 cm
Call Number: LT PATTERSON, J

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Loge99
Aug 12, 2018

This book is a 101 course in "how not to write a thriller". The characters lack any sympathetic response from the reader. They are cardboard cutouts. Flat. Every chapter is formulaic: intro sentence, brief paragraph description of situation, and then plot. Crosses detective work is almost lacking. He spends most of his time running from one murder scene to another.

Patterson's attempt to hold reader interest is to have another murder victim every 3rd chapter. Only Titus Andronicus has more rapes and murders.

Cross never discovers the "bug" that Guidice put in his house.
Patterson's handling of the foster child Ava is boring. There is lots of words, but no real emotional content. Reader does not even like Ava the way Patterson has described her.

Patterson breaks an important writer's rule: Show, don't tell. Patterson spends most of the book telling.

The language level is about at the fourth grade.

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rahmmie
Nov 19, 2015

While better than his latest efforts, this book felt like a cut and paste from early books. Two serial killers competing against each other, Detective Cross being set up by a villain, taking the law in his own hands, the grandmother (is she ever going to die?) always having the last word, etc.

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Nrozumiak
Dec 14, 2014

Very good book! Probably the best alex cross book!

dogluver Oct 10, 2014

Fast paced intrigue with an ending you could never guess.

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skywalker
Apr 10, 2014

I listened to the audio book on my way to work and home and it was gripping to listen to the story. The readers who were telling the story were very entertaining, loved the Alex Cross voice. I really enjoy this book and I will be reading this book on vacation.

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tedrich2921
Apr 02, 2014

There is no doubt that the Alex Cross books are entertaining and page turners. This was a well written book, but perhaps I've read too many Alex Cross novels. There is a sameness that bleeds out some of the excitement. The book is good, but just not great. Very formulatic. I'd rate it a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5.

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seanster1
Mar 09, 2014

Enjoyed "Run Alex Cross" by James Patterson. Multiple Serial killers, a troubled drug addicted foster daughter and exciting ending

CLLinda Oct 28, 2013

Another great book. A real page turner.

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Trevin123
Sep 04, 2013

Quick read. Another great book by James Patterson!!!

A1001100135190 Jul 28, 2013

Had book and audio

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