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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands - and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work. But before he gets near identifying a suspect, the Mastermind pulls off the most outrageous kidnapping scheme in U.S. history - and walks away with the largest ransom ever paid.But money is not enough. Alex Cross' investigation has gotten under the Mastermind's skin, and he makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross' entire team, one person at a time - before coming after Cross himself. Amid all this, Cross' relationship with his girlfriend Christine is falling apart because of her fears about his work, and his beloved daughter Jannie is hospitalized with unexplained seizures. The pressure rises on every front, until an explosive, shocking climax in which the Mastermind escalates his crimes to an unprecedented level, and Alex Cross risks everything to stop him in time.
©2000 by James Patterson, All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"While there's nothing subtle in this novel, every blatant element is packaged for maximum effect: roses may be red, but Patterson's newest is green all the way." (Publishers Weekly)
"Alex Cross, Patterson's detective hero, is back in a thriller that is guaranteed to hold his many fans spellbound...Patterson keeps the pages turning all the way up to the jaw-dropping conclusion." (Booklist)
"Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination." (New York Times Book Review)
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By Clara on 02-29-04

Excellent

This was my first James Patterson book unaware of the order. I found it bonding. I couldn't put it down. Right from the beggining the story was so captivating. I have since read almost all of his books and I am still quite fond of this one among others. Highly recommended.

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By Eileen on 03-25-03

A different perspective

I am a newer fan of the Alex Cross stories. It's quite possible that this influenced my opinion of this book. I thought it to be a decent suspense story, and I enjoyed the twists. Its companion "Violets are Blue" follows perfectly by picking up where this book leaves off. I happened to listen to them consecutively and thought them to be exciting enough that I'm now going back to listen to some of the other Alex Cross stories. I can't say for sure what the "best" Alex Cross saga is, but I wouldn't count this one out.

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By Karen on 03-21-07

Excellent

However, when I got to the end, due to the cliffhanger,I was eager to hear the next book Violets are Blue, and Audio do not have it, how disapointing.

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