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Along Came a Spider [Hardcover]

James Patterson
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Feb. 1 1993 Alex Cross
Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

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From Publishers Weekly

This second big winter thriller by a writer named Patterson (see Fiction Forecasts, Oct. 19) features a villain (a multiple-personality serial killer/kidnapper) whom the publisher hopes will remind readers of Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter, and a hero who is compared to those of Jonathan Kellerman. Unfortunately, the novel has few merits of its own to set against those authors' works. Hero Alex Cross is in fact a black senior detective in Washington, D.C., who is also a psychiatrist and has a facile but not entirely convincing line of sentimental-cynical patter. The villain is Gary Soneji/Murphy (read Hyde/Jekyll), who kills for recognition, and finally kidnaps the kids of prominent parents. Alex is soon on the case, more enraged by Gary's killing of poor ghetto blacks than by the Lindbergh-inspired kidnapping, and becomes involved with a gorgeous, motorcycle-riding Secret Service supervisor who is not what she seems. Soneji/Murphy is eventually captured--but can the bad part of him be proven guilty? There is even a hint at the end that he may survive for a sequel, though the reader has virtually forgotten him by then. Spider reads fluently enough, but its action and characters seem to have come out of some movie-inspired never-never land. If a contemporary would-be nail-biter is to thrill as it should, it urgently needs stronger connections to reality than this book has. Come back, Thomas Harris! 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Alex Cross, a black Washington, D.C., police detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, a white motorcycling Secret Service agent, become lovers as they work together to apprehend a chilling psychopath who has kidnapped two children from a posh private school. The psychotic villain, who aspires to become more notorious than Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann, is effectively nightmarish. Atypical characters, sex, sometimes shocking violence, and several surprising plot twists are all attention-grabbing, while short chapters with a shifting viewpoint add brisk pacing and genuine suspense. Patterson's storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn. Highly recommended for public libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/92.
- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars JAMES PATTERSON A NOVEL June 1 2014
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different book from JAMES PATTERSON with a view of A THRILLER... well written and interesting will hold your interest throughout
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot turn the page fast enough! Jan. 30 2014
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I really loved the book, it held my interest. Was suspenseful, interesting, but then I really enjoy James Patterson's writing. I like a good mystery suspense and this book filled the bill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Jan. 28 2014
By Liz
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I read this book a long time ago and could not wait to share it with my significant other. This was a great read to do together because there was mystery a d suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALONG CAME A SPIDER Jan. 10 2014
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The book arrived well before the final date. It is a large print edition, and in excellent condition. I enjoyed thoroughly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Along Came a Spider James Patterson Dec 28 2013
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James Patterson really knows how to write thrillers. You try to figure it out but you never can tell what will happen next. I had read other novels with Alex Cross so that caught my attention. It was hard to put down and I would recommend this novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Oct. 9 2013
By Isa
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I didn't expect this cover since it's not what the picture shows but the rest is okay. The delivery was not really fast, but was within the expecting dates. The condition is used, as expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Cross won't be forgotten May 14 2004
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I read this book a few years back, and recently saw the movie. I'm such a fan of Patterson's, I wanted to include my review.
In the first of the Alex Cross series, this story is a race against time to find a kidnapped girl of a famous actress. Cross is called in to help, and in only the way he can, he finds his way to the end of this suspenseful ride. Not only will you enjoy the writing which propells the suspense and mystery, but you'll also enjoy the character development. It leaves you wanting more of Alex Cross, one of my most favorite detectives of all time!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers. I'll warn you though, like me, after you read this book, you'll be off to the store or library to pick up many more books by James Patterson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! May 11 2004
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Like all Patterson novels, the chapters are short, there's sex and violence, and the story is superbly told. What more could you want? If you haven't read any of Mr. P's novels before, this one is a good place to start. It features Alex Cross, as do almost all of his books, who is working on a case of kidnapping. And as if one kidnapping were not enough, Patterson gives us more than that. There's love story inbedded within the plot (Patterson knows his audience) and enough thrills to keep you turning the page well into the night. But the most amazing thing about ALONG CAME A SPIDER as well as many other Patterson books, is that not only is it a thriller in the real sense, but psychologically as well. (...)
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