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BOOK REVIEW: DOUBLE CROSS
BY JAMES PATTERSON
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Alex Cross, psychologist/detective, listens while the judge sentences Kyle Craig to life in a super maximum-security prison tucked away in Colorado. Cross thinks and hopes that the judge is right in her belief that it will be a sentence to last a lifetime. However he also knows that Craig, known as the Mastermind, is more than able to perform Houdini like works. Only time will tell.
Double Cross opens with that scene/premise and then develops into another great Alex Cross detective story. James Patterson can build more twists and turns into a story than any other writer today. And the twists and turns in this one are not only believable (mostly, anyway) but they keep the reader’s interest all the way to the end.
Four years after the sentencing of Craig, Cross has officially left the Washington, D.C. police force and gone full time into his profession as a trained psychologist. However, he manages to keep contacts with the force because he is now enamored with Brianna Stone, who is one of the lead detectives and a very good one.
Due to a horrendous murder that takes place on an overpass over one of the roads in D.C. Cross and Stone are thrown into the mix of finding and catching this horrific murderer. They are mainly chasing multiple suspects as this fellow uses masks when he commits his crimes. And each mask is a different well-known individual and each crime is “staged” to get full notoriety from the media.
As the number of crimes climb the murderer is dubbed the DCAK. The name or acronym is actually coined by Cross and stands for D.C. Audience Killer. It appears that the killer wants to have a live audience watching his actions. He always performs in a place where there is a large audience and the members are so awe struck that he easily gets away in his disguise.
While this is happening word comes back to D.C. that Kyle Craig has escaped from the supposed “safe” prison. There is little doubt in Cross’ mind that Craig will be headed to D.C. to harm either Cross, his family, or friends.
In typical Patterson fashion, it turns out that DCAK is a protégé of Craig’s and he also has Cross on his list because of Cross’ notoriety and work against Craig.
It is a only a matter of time before the pair of killers get together and head for Craig.
To wind down the story but yet perhaps continue of one or both of the villains Patterson has drafted a truly climatic finish to Double Cross! If you have not read any of Patterson’s books this is a good one to start with although Mary, Mary may give you a better intro into good detective reading.."Patterson style”.
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