Jack & Jill Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1997
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A child killer is stalking the inner city of Washington, D.C., his latest victim Shanelle Green, an adorable first grader from Sojourner Truth School. This killing is especially unsettling to Detective Alex Cross. Sojourner Truth is the school his son Damon attends, just four blocks from his home.
While the death of an inner-city black child doesn't garner much media attention, another murder is making big headlines. The same day that Shanelle was beaten to death, Senator Daniel Fitzpatrick was found handcuffed to a bed and shot execution style. The only clue the police have to go on is a bizarre rhyme, signed "Jack and Jill," promising more high-profile executions, ultimately targeting the president of the United States. When Cross is called in to help protect the president, he begins to suspect that the two cases are somehow related. As he races to put all the pieces together, the killers continue their bloody rampage, paralyzing the city.
Like Along Came a Spider and Cat & Mouse, Jack & Jill is a rapid-fire thriller from start to finish, with enough plot twists to satisfy even the most jaded mystery fan. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Patterson's most recent thriller, Hide and Seek, lacked his customary hero, Alex Cross, and didn't catch fire with readers. Here, Patterson brings back the black psychiatrist and Washington, D.C., homicide cop (Kiss the Girls, etc.) for a gripping game of death that will have fans flocking. Two simultaneous investigations bear down on Cross: the first concerns the killings perpetrated by a duo known as "Jack and Jill," who are murdering famous people (beginning with a U.S. senator) in Washington, taunting the police and "practicing for the big one"; the second involves the brutal slayings of young black children in Cross's own Southeast D.C. neighborhood. The Washington P.D. makes Cross its liaison with a frantic Secret Service, FBI and CIA while he sets up his own off-duty team to track the child-killer. Through crisp cross-cutting of multiple points of view, first-person and third, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes. He adds texture by devoting space to Cross's concern about his own motherless son and daughter (the first murdered child attended the same grammar school as Alex's boy), his growing interest in the school's attractive principal, his dealings with his octogenarian grandmother, Nana Mama (think of an acerbic Dilsey from The Sound and the Fury) and life in the largely black Southeast district. It's fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise from an earlier Cross nemesis promising at least one more Cross installment to come. Literary Guild main selection; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Jack and Jill" is not as good as the previous two books in the Cross series; although Alex Cross is less superhero-like and more humnan in this third installment, the two parallel stories are confusing, and Patterson was not able to create villains and minor characters as well developed as the ones he created in "Along came a spider" and "Kiss the girls".
I understand that "Jack and Jill" is somewhat a milestone in the Alex Cross series. From now on, the books are really a step down the ladder.
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl who has been horribly beaten-and thrown in front of the elementary school Cross's son, Damon, attends.
As Alex Cross tries to put the pieces of this puzzle together, the killer, or killers, strike again and again. No one in Washington is safe-not children, politicians,and even the President of the US. Alex Cross has the skills to uncover and solve details in this case. But the question here, is does he do that in time?
An impossible book to lay down, as you have to see what happens next.
Someone has killed a young black girl and there are no clues. To make matters worse, the killer is killing kids, and again no clues. Alex Cross has his hands full with these murders, but his plate will get fuller. Two killers are killing famous people in the Washington area. The FBI and Secret Service call on Cross to help catch Jack and Jill. Why do they want Cross to help? Because that's what Alex Cross does best. Catch butal and violent killers. Cross soon learns the truth behind Jack and Jill, and who thier target really is. Can Cross burn the candles at both ends as he tries to solve the murder of kids, *and* try to stop Jack and Jill?
Patterson is an amazing writer. He has wonderful characters that you have to read about and you want to read about. The bad guys are so interesting, that you want to read more about them. You can't believe the things that they do, but yet, you want to read more about them. Patterson keeps the reader glued to the page with outstanding plot twists.
If you haven't started this series, you have to. This is the third book in it, and they keep getting better and better. I highly suggest you read it. You won't be sorry.
Like other Patterson novels, this one, the third in the Alex Cross series, features two parallel horrors, both of which involve the detective in a very personal way. First, a crazed killer is murdering young black children in Cross's own neighborhood, children from his own son's school. The sheer brutality of the murders bespeaks a rage that strikes terror in Cross's heart. But the Washington, D.C. powers that be don't seem to be overly concerned with the horrible happenings in the black neighborhood--they're much more involved with the high-profile, equally mysterious Jack and Jill murders that have captured all the headlines.
Jack and Jill are assassins. We're in on their nefarious doings from the beginning, but we don't know who they really are. And neither does the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, or the police. They are on a murderous timetable, assassinating increasingly well-known people as part of a single-minded, and seemingly unstoppable, track that leads to the assassination of the President of the United States. Can Cross et al. catch these fiends in time? And what of the child killer? He's got Cross's own children in his crosshairs. Will he strike at Cross's very heart and soul?
The sheer humanity and decency of Alex Cross--his intelligence, his love of his family and friends, the piano he plays on the porch to soothe his soul, the grief he still feels for his dead wife--all serve as a counterpoint to the inhumanity of the killers.Read more ›
Now this book, I will admit, was not AS good as ALONG or KISS, *however* it still deserves all five stars, if not more.
By the way, you know how the synopsis of the book mentions "...Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is brought in to try to find a connection between the two murders..." Okay, since this isn't REALLY a plot spoiler, I'll tell you right now, there isn't any real connection between the murders. The synopsis of the book leads you on--it did with me. It's more like, Alex Cross is trying to solve the murder of a little girl that has occured right near his home, when all of a sudden, the FBI are hiring him to help solve the Jack & Jill murder case. Now while he *wants* that to get solved, too, he doesn't want to just leave his original case, which nobody seems to find significant compared to the murders of the United States Senator, a movie actress, and others. When he gets the time, he goes back home and tries to solve the little girl's murder, but the Jack & Jill case just keeps getting worse.
As I said, the book wasn't as good as ALONG or KISS, but not bad or anything. I found that the plot dragged on for a while, with occasional glances at Jack & Jill as they plot their next move, and withOUT any *big* leads as to solving their case. But the characterization was rich and interesting, and the plot thickened--oh, how it thickened.Read more ›
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My all-time favourite. This book will stick with me forever.Published 13 months ago by Janet Stewart
Another excellent book. I just recently started the Alex Cross series and now am looking forward to starting my third.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know this will once again keep me hooked. I'm not quite finished yet.Published 18 months ago by janet dunn
Anyone liking a good suspense mystery book, will enjoy Jack and Jill, Alex Cross character is very interesting, easy readingPublished on Jan. 30 2014 by Betty Mainguy
I love read James Patterson`s books so if you like criminals just go and buy it. I assure that you will enjoy it.Published on Jan. 21 2014 by Wojtek
I adore reading James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. Some one gave me "Kill Alex Cross". I enjoyed it immensely, to the point that I am going through the series, from the... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2014 by R. W. SIMPSON
I normally love James Patterson, especially his Alex Cross novels, however, this one was a disappointment. Read morePublished on July 25 2013 by Diana E. Young