BOOK REVIEW: CROSS
Alex Cross, former Washington, DC detective and former FBI agent, is still in the hunt for the killer that ended his marriage with his beloved Maria and left his children without a mother. Almost every case he is called on to assist with, Alex hopes that case will be the one to lead him to his wife’s killer. Alex is now in the consulting business to assist anyone needing his expertise.
Michael Sullivan, alias The Butcher, and his buddy Jimmy “Hats” Galati, are fearless gangsters and they themselves fear no mafia or other gangland organizations. Either would kill without any qualms, would not hide from anyone, but instead instill the fear of opening their mouth to anyone in fear of their life. The Butcher loved Jimmies companionship because he knew he had him under control to do what he wished. The Butcher would cut you up and kill you without blinking an eye, Jimmy included.
One of the reasons Alex Cross was so determined to find Maria’s killer was that she had died in his arms, a fact he never told his family. The recent killings have brought Maria’s killing to his mind, as the circumstances were too similar. Eventually Alex’s old buddy and former partner on the force, John Sampson, asked him if he would come on board and assist in the horrible crimes that had been taking place. This gave Alex a good excuse to return to help his friends while hoping to find Maria’s killer. The problem was the complaining by “Nana” who had to lovingly take care of Alex’s children when Alex worked the long hours required tracking down evidence. Alex had earlier agreed to cut down on the time needed for his private work but soon after had to renege and beg to Nana that he had to work longer to assist the police in tracking down this brutal butcher. Nana, of course, had no idea that the present crimes were similar to the killing of Maria. She had to agree since Alex insisted so vehemently.
The story continues as the butcher becomes even more of a danger and a very major killer. He also knew Alex was hot on his trail so he played games with Alex and other law enforcement. The rest of the story continues very smoothly but with many twists and turns as The Butcher continues his evasion of police in plain sight with his many disguises and actions. You will not guess the ending until after you have read it. Patterson has again given a terrific story in his Alex Cross series. One would think that readers would tire of his stories but he keeps coming through with new angles that are not “run of the mill” nor do they have a predicted result.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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