"Big Bad Wolf" is James Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel. In it, Cross is still in training for his job at the FBI. He is taken off student status to consult on a rash of high profile kiddnappings, including a federal judges wife. He eventually figures out that the kiddnappings are being organized by a Russian mob don called the Wolf, because of his ruthlessness. But on the homefront, Cross has just as drastic problems. Christien, his former girlfriend, has returned to take custody of their son, Little Alex. I have a real soft spot for Patterson's novels. They are very fast paced (each chapter is only about three pages) with action that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and certainly this book is no exception. His villians are a mixed bag. They are usually so egomanical that they are very hard to relate too, but they are also so over the top psychotic that you don't want to, either. The Wolf is not as slick (I don't think) as some earlier villians (like Cassanova). Another problem is there are so many red hairings. You think this guy is Wolf, but he isn't; in fact at the end of the book, that isn't resolved at all. But Patterson dose that a lot; leave his books as an open cliffhanger. That gets on my nerves. I also thought the family problems were very distracting, I really could have done with out the custody case. But the kidnappings were pretty cool, and the idea of a whole network of perverts and psychos buying slaves from snatched soccer moms was truelly terrifying. It's a pretty uneven book, but I'll give it the benifit of the doubt.