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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606189
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That monstrous villain Gary Soneji is back in Cat & Mouse, the fourth book in James Patterson's series about Alex Cross, a police forensic psychologist, but he's not alone. In seeming support of the premise that you can never have too much of a bad thing, Patterson has thrown a second serial killer into the mix: Mr. Smith, a mysterious killer terrorizing Europe while Soneji practices his own brand of evil along the Eastern Seaboard. With two killers to track, Cross has his hands full--and Patterson has another hit. --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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By djbrkns on Feb. 17 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vagabond77 on June 3 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on Jan. 2 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa W on May 19 2004
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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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. Smith plotline seemed tacked-on and not interwoven with the Soneji plotline as smoothly as it could have been. It felt as if the Soneji plotline alone was not long enough for a novel, so another villain had to be thrown in, and I thought Mr. Smith was dealt with in a somewhat rushed manner.
I was also somewhat frustrated with the super-short "chapters", which is a new phenomenon for the Cross books. It seemed unnecessary and somewhat disruptive--often, three or four chapters would describe a single unfolding scene that didn't need to be broken up into little pieces. Perhaps it was an attempt to increase suspense, but I found it a little irritating to be continually interrupted for no real reason.
All in all, there were some interesting ideas in this book, and it did have moments of genuine suspense, but I would recommend other Cross novels before this one, such as Kiss the Girls or Jack & Jill. However, I am still a fan of the Cross series and will continue to read what Patterson puts out.
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