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Jack & Jill [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Nov. 1 1997 Alex Cross
Someone has killed one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Senate - and the whole world is watching. Someone has murdered a small black girl on the mean streets of Washington - and no one seems to care. But only D.C. homicide cop Alex Cross suspects that the evil striking down both the high and the lowly wears the same shocking face. From James Patterson, the sensational author of the bestsellers Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, comes Jack & Jill, the #1 thriller that breaks all the rules - and shatters every nerve.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Mystery, good read Jan. 30 2014
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Anyone liking a good suspense mystery book, will enjoy Jack and Jill, Alex Cross character is very interesting, easy reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Jan. 21 2014
By Wojtek
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I love read James Patterson`s books so if you like criminals just go and buy it. I assure that you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JACK & JILL Jan. 15 2014
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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 initial book. I have not been disappointed with any of the stories.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment for a James Patterson novel July 25 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I normally love James Patterson, especially his Alex Cross novels, however, this one was a disappointment.
The novel covers two different homicide themes, which to me could have been written in two novels, each theme more thoroughly explored.

While the book did have the Patterson “signature” fast pace and twists, this work seemed almost superficial. There were many little details that never got explained satisfactorily or were simply too coincidental and not credible.
All in all, an easy quick read, but lacking the substance that James Patterson usually brings to his books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 23 2014
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I know this will once again keep me hooked. I'm not quite finished yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read April 17 2011
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The Alex Cross series is phenomenal. James Patterson creates such dimensional characters, you really feel like you know them. Definitely one of my favorite authors. This series will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Descent begins July 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again, Detective Alex Cross is the main character in another James Patterson book. As usual, the story is very fast-paced, with quick, short chapters. Patterson knows how to build tension and accomplish an efficient thriller. This time, Cross and his team have to face two simultaneous enemies: the first, a pair of loose-cannon killers, acting in the high-society and political circles in Washington, D.C.; the other, an insane killer murdering innocent children.
"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.
Grade 8.0/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 21 2004
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This is one of Patterson's best books I have read so far. The characters are well described and I feel I get to know them very well. But he uses characterers from previous books and it might be helpful to start reading his earlier books first. But it is of course not necessary. I don't read his books like that. The story is great as well. It was a real pageturner, keeping me in suspense from start to finish. I highly recommend this.
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