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Four Blind Mice Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446613266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446613262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this latest thriller from perennial bestselling author James Patterson, Washington cop Alex Cross gets involved in his partner's effort to save the life of an old Army buddy who's facing execution for a horrendous and inexplicable murder spree in North Carolina. The Army's evidence against Sergeant Ellis Cooper, a decorated Vietnam vet, is overwhelming, which isn't surprising since it's all been planted by a quartet of killers whose reason for framing the erstwhile hero isn't revealed until long after they are. The big secret is who set the murderers loose, and in true cliffhanger fashion, Patterson keeps it under wraps until the very end. Meanwhile, his usual blend of action, violence, fast pacing and uninspired-though-serviceable prose prevail, and will probably do so all the way to the top of the bestseller lists. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With Patterson continuing to move in unexpected directions (his next novel, The Jester, due out in March 2003, is a medieval adventure), it's a pleasure to see him touch home base with another Alex Cross thriller this one the best Cross yet. The mice of the title are three homicidal Army Rangers, Vietnam vets, and their mysterious controller; as is usual in the Cross novels, we know this much sooner than does the black Washington, D.C., detective, who gets involved when an army careerist, Sgt. Ellis Cooper, an old pal of Cross's colleague and best friend, John Sampson, is found guilty at military trial for the brutal murder of three women, but claims innocence. Traveling to North Carolina, where Cooper awaits execution, and to Fort Bragg to investigate, Cross and Sampson encounter stonewalling among the military which only intensifies as they uncover a pattern of other military men executed for like crimes they may not have committed. As the duo visits West Point, they confront an even thicker "gray" wall of silence. Meanwhile, the killers strike again, and when Cross and Sampson identify them, the Rangers begin hunting the cops. The action leads, as is Patterson's custom, to a firecracker string of climaxes; the finale finds Cross handcuffed and stripped naked in deep woods, about to be killed. Throughout, Patterson expertly balances the conspiratorial action with intriguing developments in Cross's domestic life, including health problems for his family's anchor, the elderly Nana, and growing romance between him and a California cop. Everything clicks in this novel, from Patterson's patented short chapters (115 here) to the whiplash plotting. This may not be high lit, but it sure is entertainment.
Copyright 2002 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 A Customer on July 26 2004
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The plot of this book is intriguing; far superior to those detailed in both "Roses are Red" and "Violets are Blue." In short, Cross's partner, John Sampson, faces a personal crisis: his old army superior is on trial for murder. In typical Patterson style, he is, of course, innocent. Sampson knows this and enlists (no army pun intended) the aide of Cross to help solve this travesty. The deeper they dig into this frame up, they bigger the conspiracy they uncover. Many more murders bearing striking similarity to that of their current case are found (big surprise!). It is learned that this string of murders goes all the way back to Vietnam...Like always, you get a fast-paced book and numerous chapters from the killer's perspective. Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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I wasn't sure what Mr Patterson was trying to do with Alex Cross in this book. Alex isn't sure if he's going to retire or not. I felt that in this book Alex was in a transition phase of retiring all together or going into the FBI. It started out by helping his friend Sampson on a case which invovled an innocent veteran friend of Sampson being accused of killing 3 women. The whole concept of the 3 blind mice was great. 3 Vietnam veterans that did rogue-ish activities in the war, committing gruesome crimes in the good of U.S of A and a mysterious fourth mice is doing heavy duty cover-up. Finally, Alex have a stable love life. I really got tired of Alex feeling like he's a person that can be hard to love because of his job. There needed to be a balance in his life. I felt Mr Patterson at times added insteresting elements to the story which were interesting but I felt had nothing to do with the book. Maybe he was trying to hint of certain things coming on the horizion in future books. There were times I felt certain parts were rushed especially near the ending. After reading this book I felt if I hadn't read any previous Alex Cross novels I would of cared less about this book.
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I have read a large handful of books by James Patterson, and I have read an even smaller handful of books by James Patterson that I have not liked at all. I did not like "Hide and Seek," I thought that "Cradle and All," and "The Lake House" were a little weak. I am reading "The Midnight Club," right now and that is not proving to be a good sign. But "Four Blind Mice," I liked. I really like the Alex Cross books. I am not reading them in any order, but I understand what is happening in the pervious books. I liked the story in "Four Blind Mice." I was also surprised with the outcome. The answer to the mysteries outcome, and the outcome on a personal note of Alex Cross.
The beginning of "Four Blind Mice" takes place in a courtroom. The suspect is Ellis Cooper, and he is charged for triple murders. He is set for exacution. The real killers are named Thomas, Brownly, and Warren, also knowed as the Three Blind Mice from the war. We are then brought back to the hero of this seris, Alex Cross. He is resigning from the Washington D.C. police force, and getting ready for the FBI. His best friend John Sampson tells him about his friend Cooper, and Alex says that it is going to be his last case to try and prove him innocent. The chase then begins to try and find the real killers of the triple murder.
The bad side of the book was the return of the new love interest in Cross's life. Jamillia Hughes. She was introduced in a previous James Patterson book, but her relationship with Alex is more involved in this book. I thought that her part in this story was overlong and got to a point where I had enough of her character. There was about seven chapters in this book with just her and Alex.
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Anybody who has read a Patterson novel will recognize the hackneyed props. A family member gets deathly sick and amazingly manages to recover. There is a mastermind behind the murders. Cross is in love with a perfect lady. And so forth. At least Patterson has managed to slightly tone down the godliness and inhuman perfection of Cross and his kids. You may be a bit surprised to discover that the younger son has yet to receive either canonization or a Nobel Prize, but he's only about two years old, so those will probably have to wait until the next novel.
The story, about stereotyped Viet Nam veterans who are troubled by the terrible events of the war blah blah blah, is loosely constructed and full of loose ends that never really come together. How, for example, were evidence and straw dolls so flawlessly planted in the homes of innocent victims? (Maybe that Little Alex is actually a criminal genius who did that? It would be welcome relief if he were.) After we have been persuaded that one of those victims was a paragon of virtue, we are told that he was actually a devil. Not very convincing. Not very interesting. None of this is. Your time would be much better spent with John Sanford.
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Four Blind Mice is a book that sounds as though it should be excellent. Indeed, it is fast-paced and the pages fly by because the short chapters are so snappy, but I have several problems with it that mean the rating I have given is low.
First of all I just could not get much motivation to read the book as the plot went all over the place. There were so many 'bad guys' and killings and needless violence and knife-wielding maniacs that reading it was a real hard slog. At the end, when the Fourth Blind Mice was revealed, I was left scratching my head trying to remember when he'd appeared in the novel before.
I also did not get really involved with the sub-plots in Alex Cross' private life. His latest romantic interest - another cop called Jamilla - did not really interest me. In the other books featuring him I have read he has dated so many women, all of which he has had 'serious' feelings for, but the relationships always fizzle out or the woman is kidnapped/stalked/attacked etc - these story lines are becoming a bit of a bore. One of the best things about the book was John Sampson's new relationship with Billie with was very nice and heartfelt. The other characters, Nana and the children, were okay, but I felt they didn't add much to the story.
Overall Four Blind Mice should be a quick read but I kept on putting it off and must have read about three other books to the end whilst I was struggling through this novel. I could not compare this book with some of the others like Kiss The Girls because it was not in the same league.
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