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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600248497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600248498
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,771,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It was smart to hire two talented and very different readers for Patterson's latest blockbuster about now retired FBI psychiatrist and former ace profiler Alex Cross. Fernandez catches Alex's raspy wisdom with instant credibility (he's done Cross before, in London Bridges and Cross), and Stuhlbarg is full of lighter charm as the narrator and one of the two serial killers who are trying to spoil Cross's return to private practice. Stuhlbarg makes Alex's former FBI colleague Kyle Craig, who turned out to be a mass murderer nicknamed the Mastermind, as charismatic as he is deadly. Cross's other burden comes from a more conventional serial killer terrorizing the Washington area where Alex's lady is on the case.
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Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror Los Angeles Times Brilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it Daily Mail 'If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable.' New York Times 'James Patterson is back in true form with his latest Alex Cross series thriller... This is his best work yet' Hobart Mercury --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 31 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 13th instalment in the Alex Cross series of interwoven plots featuring two outrageous killers luring our familiar well-liked characters Alex Cross and his new love Brianna Stone into an interesting spin of events full of twists and turns. Like all of Patterson's writings, this novel is short, has punchy chapters, lots of action and a little sex to make things titillating.

The story begins when Kyle Craig (a villain resurrected from a previous novel) breaks out of a Super-max jail in a rather interesting and unusual way. It quickly migrates to the main villain and the core of the story with Kyle reappearing at the end:

When Cross's name is mentioned on a video left behind at a horrific murder scene, Alex cannot resist the opportunity to rejoin the DC police force and collaborate with detective Brianna Stone in the investigation. This murder is the first of a series of elaborate and highly visible murders. The serial killer has adopted the acronym DCAK (District of Columbia Audience Killer) and loves an audience making sure his gruesome executions are well attended. We follow Alex and Bree (Brianna) in the struggle to find him before he kills again.

This novel is interesting and captivating enough on its own, having followed and enjoyed the series I find it has reached its apex, becoming predictable and lacking originality. What disappointed me the most was the lackluster climax, leaving it open for a never ending sequel...
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By P. Wang on Feb. 27 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a long-time Alex Cross fan; however I found this one probably the second worst book in the series (after London Bridges- which is another painful read).

The writing has become sloppy in the sense that the storyline is not clean like his earlier works. Rather than zooming in on one case, the author tried to jam in too much information at once that all this information simply confuses the readers as to what to focus on. I think the author is trying to lay some ground work for the next novel, but these additional bits in the book really distracts the reader's attention from the main investigation.

Another thing about this book that bothers me is that there are too many 2-page chapters that are just annoyingly short. I understand the author may have intended to move the story along in a faster pace, but I think it really made the story choppy and fragmented.

Finally, contrary to the pace the author intended to present the story, the main investigation progresses at a very slow pace, akin to "London Bridges"; I almost lost my patience three quarters through the book.

If you are a fan to Alex Cross, it is an OK read. If you want to get really hooked to the story, try some of Peterson's earlier works.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred Black on Nov. 21 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a big fan of the Alex Cross Novels (With the exception of London Bridges (Alex Cross Novels) and I don't care for his other books written by other authors with his named stamped on top), so I was excited to receive and advance readers copy of Double Cross (Alex Cross)! I waited for a slow day a the Marina before cracking it open and was soon lost in the world of Cross. Alex has become like a old friend, having read so many of his trails, adventures, and tragedies.

Alex's life has become more settled since we last saw hin in Cross. He is back at work tending to his patients and living a normal life with his girlfriend Brianna Stone--detective Stone that is. But of course this cannot last. Washington DC and the east cost are a jitter because of a number of elaborate murders, these are not just murders but spectacles. This guy is a grisly showman. A murderer who wants fame---and to scare the pants off the entire DC metro area. Of course it is up Alex and Brianna to bring this guy down...but at what cost?

Patterson's master plotting, lightening fast chapters that keep you turning the pages are again on display and make for a great beach read! And speaking of pacing you have to try the tropical thriller "Tourist in the Yucatan!"
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By D Mackenzie on July 10 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent as always.I didn't want to put down my book.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mr. Patterson did it again! The story hooked me from the start.

Why have these stories not been made into movies? Television series?

Keep them coming, Mr. Patterson!
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