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Cat & Mouse [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Nov. 1 1998 Alex Cross
Alex Cross is back-and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane-so unimaginable-that he is thought of as "not of the earth." Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross.When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing.The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?

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Alex Cross, the Porsche-driving doctor-detective-profiler-psychologist and single father of two must save his own life as well as the lives of his lover and family in a deadly game of Cat and Mouse. Cross meets up again with his old nemesis Gary Soneji, the ruthless, bloodthirsty megalomaniac from Along Came a Spider. Apparently, Soneji isn't too happy with Cross for putting him away and keeping him out of the violent crime loop for five years, so he's back with a bone to pick and a couple of fish to fry--or innocent bystanders to shoot, stab, or bludgeon. Soneji goes on a commuter killing spree in hopes of luring Cross down a bloody trail that ends at the good detective's own home. Cross is hot on the case and hot for Christine Johnson, his children's babe-a-licious principal who happens to be the widow of George Johnson, one of Soneji's victims. Never mind the coincidence; is Christine a bad-luck charm? Is there another killer? If so, is she or he in cahoots with Soneji? Once again, Patterson delivers a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that's sure to keep the pages flying. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of Patterson's Alex Cross series will be delighted with this latest installment. Reappearing is Christine Johnson, seen in an earlier Cross novel, Jack & Jill (LJ 8/96) and the principal at his children's school, and Cross has fallen in love with her. Gary Soneji, the creepy kidnapper and murderer from another Cross book, has broken out of jail and embarked on a new killing spree, again taunting Cross that he can't stop him. And one of his intended targets is Cross and his family. If that isn't enough, there's a new serial killer whose murders are so inhuman that the news media are suggesting that he's an alien from another planet. All story lines connect in this thriller, whose driving plot will distract you from thinking about its implausibilities and keep you turning pages to the last, when you'll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next Cross novel. Recommended for public libraries.?Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars A dull Cross novel June 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have noticed that after a while, James Patterson's books all seem the same. In the fourth Alex Cross novel, "Cat and Mouse", Cross must combat his old enemy Gary Sanji, who has arrived out of nowhere to take revenge on him. Also, Senji has a secret. And there is also a new villian thrown into the mix; Mr. Smith, who is murdering people all over Europe and in the U.S. On his trail is Agent Pierce of the FBI. How these two storys combine is pretty thin for my taste. The whole book seemed way to contrived. I usually like Patterson's books, but this one, while fast paced and exciting (loved the chase through the New York subways), just dosn't hold up to logic very well, even worst here than usual. Cross is in love with his kids' school principal, who lost her husband in the previous book "Jack and Jill". She seems to be just there to give Cross somthing to do between cases. All in all, I really didn't like this one as well as I did the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evil has a name... May 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Again, another novel by James Patterson in the Alex Cross series that will get your attention- and not let go!
This is one of my favorites of Patterson's, having read it a few years ago it still sticks out in my mind as a fast-paced thriller. And the more I read of Alex Cross, the more I like him. With two mad-men out to get Cross, you can't guess what will happen in this book! Never a dull moment.
If you're looking for a new author to try in the crime thriller genre, you should definitely add Patterson to your "to-read" list!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Feb. 17 2004
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cat and Mouse went awry and James Patterson didn't have the time or desire to go back and fix it before the publication date.
First, I'm not a fan of the Gary Soneji character who Patterson dotes on in all his novels. I liked having the threat of Soneji in Jack and Jill, but as a main character, he becomes a tedious, repetitious attempt for Alex Cross to create a psychological profile. It is plain annoying. Then Mr. Smith felt like a scrap of writing that Patterson had lying around that he wanted to use somewhere. The second, first person narrator through the mid section of the book was an obvious and unsatisfying attempt to attach it. Bad!
What's good? I love the primary characters. Alex, Nana, Jannie, Damon, Christine Johnson are excellent. The relationships are outstanding. John Sampson is also a very cool character and was severely underused in this story. Tom Pierce got too much focus and Sampson was forgotten. James Patterson falls way short in this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a quick read, but not exceptional Jan. 2 2004
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This was the first Patterson novel I've read, and I'm not sure if I'll read another one or not. First, I thought the murders committed in the book were overly-violent. If that's not something that bothers you, you may like this novel better than I did. The other thing that bothered me was that I found some of the plot twists a little beyond belief. I like plot twists that are cleverly constructed so I find myself thinking "yeah, why didn't I catch on to that?" not "where did that come from?". Maybe I missed something when I was reading the book, but I just found some of it too far-fetched for me. I did find myself wanting to keep reading, though, so it wasn't bad. I guess I just prefer other authors better than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! Actually July 23 2014
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This kept me trying to guess what would happen next. I will probably never be a detective. One of the best! Actually, I have
never read an Alex Cross mystery that hasn't captured me to the fullest!

James Patterson is one intelligent writer/person. He keeps his readers glued to his stories. Many thanks again, Mr. Patterson.
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Couldn't find a physical copy of Jack & Jill, the third installment in the Alex Cross series, in my local library, so I put one of one of their three downloadable copies on hold, but that was almost 3 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for notification that a copy is ready for download. In the meantime, I skipped ahead to the fourth installment in the series, Cat & Mouse. There is nothing in book four that ruins book three if read out of order. After all, the books are written so that the reader can start reading any book in the series and not be lost. Each book contains adequate explanation in the first few chapters to provide the reader with enough background information. That being said, I would still really like to read Jack & Jill once it's available for download.

He's baaaaaack! Gary Soneji, that is. After escaping from prison, Soneji returns to wrap up his unfinished business with Alex Cross. Add to that a second, and completely independent serial killer, Mr. Smith, and Cross has his work cut out for himself. Then there is the matter of Christine Johnson, the principal of Cross's kids' school, and the widow of one of the victims of book three.

This book was okay, but not nearly as captivating as its predecessors. In my opinion, Patterson has attempted to cram too much into this novel, resulting in a disjointed plot that jumps back and forth between two continents, and two killers. The subplot of Cross's relationship with Johnson, however, is both necessary and enjoyable, and is poised to become a critical turning point in Cross's career and personal life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
I am reading all the Alex Cross books in order. This was not my favorite so far. Even for not a very good Cross book it is still better then some books I have read. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by J. Gielow
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not one of the best Cross novels.
I pretty much enjoyed this addition to the Alex Cross series, but didn't think it was up to par with the preceding novels. The Mr. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped
I will KISS (Keep It Short and Simple): (spoiler warning)
Soneji and Mr. Smith seems indistructable villians, but their endings are rather dissapoiting. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars And the race is on!
CAT AND MOUSE by colorful writer James Patterson, was such fun to read! I am a huge fan of this outstanding writer! Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Victoria Taylor Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit out of the park for James Patterson
Cat and Mouse brings back Gary Sonji from 'Along Came A Spider' to get revenge for Alex Cross. Then comes Mr. Smith, a killer terrorizing Europe. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
James Patterson is probably the most brilliant suspsense writer of today. With "Cat and Mouse", he escelates the dark brutality and suspense, bringing back a dispicable villain... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2003 by Matthew Rocca
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is the first novel by this author I have read, and it will probably be the last. The characters are so flat and cardboard-ish that I stopped caring about what happened to... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by Birger Johansson
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