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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: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,643 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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This audio version of Patterson's latest Alex Cross thriller moves smoothly and with great energy. The story is one of Patterson's best: just as Cross is about to retire from the Washington, D.C., police and head out to California to pursue an attractive romantic possibility, he's pulled into an intriguing case in North Carolina by his partner and best friend, John Sampson, who asks Cross to help him prove that an old Vietnam colleague of Sampson's couldn't have killed three women in a particularly brutal manner. With two excellent readers splitting up the good guys' and bad guys' voices between them, the story never wanes or goes off-track. Broadway veteran Fernandez gives a strong performance of Cross and Sampson and adroitly brings Cross's crotchety grandmother to life. Emerson frighteningly portrays the villains, subtly differentiating the characters with his voice.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By just pixels on March 23 2004
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**spoilers**
"Four Blind Mice" by James Patterson -- who usually writes engaging mystery thrillers -- is an inferior offering that suffers from an exceedingly contrived plot and numerous storytelling errors. His editor should have shelved the entire book or, at least, done a better job of proofreading.
The novel is about a group of Vietnam veterans whose war experiences turned them into sadistic, callous killers. This commonplace stereotype is undermined because they mananaged (apparently) to control their murderous impulses for thirty years until the events of the novel begin. Then they set killing other vets by framing them for murder which results in death sentences. Eventually their nefarious deeds are uncovered by Alex Cross, Patterson's earstwhile protaganist.
The novel is full of plot and narrative errors. For example, at one point a cop is killed (for no real plot purpose), but apparently his body is never found and no one ever looks for him because that's the last it's mentioned. Similarly, while the murderers had video taped all their crimes, after they're caught there's no mention of these recordings. It's as though they never existed.
At numerous time the characters repeat dialog and information.
If Patterson really wanted to write a story about Vietnam vets and (I guess) the perils of capital punishment, I wish his editor had made him get the details right.
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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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