Kiss the Girls Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1995
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From Library Journal
"Casanova" works the East Coast, "The Gentleman Caller" works the West Coast, and these two serial killers might just be working together. Washed-up Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross gets involved when his niece is abducted. Since this is a new work by the author of the best-selling Along Came a Spider (LJ 12/92), don't be surprised that Paramount has bought the film rights and that BOMC has made it a main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Feds and local authorities on both coasts are baffled by a pair of serial killers targeting beautiful young women: The Gentleman Caller works the scene in sunny L.A., where he brutally murders and dismembers his prey; his counterpart back East, who calls himself Casanova, trolls the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for sexy coeds to victimize. Their MOs provide plenty of fodder for an author trying to cook up a work of psychological terror: Both are powerful, handsome, brilliant (natch), commit perfect crimes, and, despite their busy schedules, manage to keep in touch with each other. To catch them, you obviously need a perfect crime fighter. Enter Alex Cross, the Washington, D.C., detective/psychologist hero of bestselling Along Came A Spider (1993), who gets dragged into all this after his niece Naomi, a student at Duke University, vanishes. Working with the authorities and a medical student named Kate McTiernan, who was lucky enough to escape Casanova's clutches, Cross begins to understand how the two dueling psychos operate. Just in the nick of time, too, because the Gentleman Caller, on the run from the law out West, decides that nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina with his old buddy Casanova. So, what does Cross, whose favorite niece is now in the clutches of two sickos, do? Fall in love with Kate McTiernan, of course, in an ill-placed romantic subplot intended to raise the stakes in the deadly cat-and-mouse game. Does Cross save Naomi? Are the two killers brought to justice or, at the very least, consigned to gory demises? Who cares? As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter. (First priting of 275,000; film rights to Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This time Alex Cross is hunting 2 killers, aptly coined "Cassanova" and "The Gentleman Caller." The former kills on the east coast, while the latter kills on the west coast., but soon enough it appears that they may actually be working together. Cross is pulled into the massacres after his college-aged niece, Naomi, is kidnapped by "Cassanova" and Cross will stop at nothing to get her back safely.
While Patterson's writing is formulaic and predictable at times, his books read fast and grab your attention right from the first page. Great summer reading, hence why I'm reading the series!
I'm not sure it was James Patterson's intention to create a story so strongly associated with the number two, but it struck me that two pairs of detectives are looking for Casanova, Alex has two children, and there are two serial killers at large. Whether this is significant or not probably depends on how closely you analyze the pairs' relationships.
Kiss the Girls is a fast-paced page-turner that had me totally engrossed until the lack of logic in places became irritating. To divulge where and why the logic didn't work would give too much away, but these absences made the story too contrived at times. Still, the suspense kept me reading to the satisfying conclusion.
This book got me hooked on Alex Cross, a detective I found very likable and whose life I became interested in. In this book his niece is one of the victims he's trying to save from an insane psychopath that is abducting girls. Alex is on a race against time to see if he can save her.
For those who say that the characters in this book are not believable, I totally disagree. And as for the plot, I read approximately 100 books a year, and only remember the full plot of very few, and this is one of them- That tells me the story is memorable. It might not be deep-thinking, Pulitzer prize worthy, but most crime thrillers are not, that's not why people read them, they're for entertainment value.
After reading this I picked up every Patterson book I could find...and I'm still a fan today- if that's not a recommendation for you, I don't know what is!
Yes, it is suspenseful. Yes, most of the characters are engaging, sympathetic and endearing. Yes, it is worth the [money] it costs to purchase it, but...
This Alex Cross superhero character is less than believable. Idealized to the point of the absurd, Alex Cross is a caricature of the noble African-American man. Intelligent, principled and charming, Cross is presented as a faultless, one-dimensional character whose actions and thoughts are never adequately explained. He is instead presented as the perfect person, lacking the conflicts and contradictory personality traits that make a person fully rounded.
What's more, Patterson is clumsy in leading the reader to suspect the wrong person is Cassanova, one of the two serial killers that are terrorizing the US. Once you learn Cassanova's real identity, you are left with an annoying "Oh please; give me a break" moment.
What Patterson does succeed in doing is bashing America at every turn. I could do with less of his commentary about the proliferation of serial killers in America and more good old fashion detective novel clues.
If I were to meet Mr. Patterson, all of whose books I intend to read, I'd love to ask him why he thinks there are allegedly so few serial killers outside of the US and Europe. Does Patterson think that has anything to do with how little freedom Africans, Middle Easterners and Asians enjoy? Could it have anything to do with the fact that none of these regions enjoys freedom of the press? If a country is lead by a serial killer dictator, do you or does Mr.Read more ›
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Always kept me guessing. Cannot wait to read the next one. I know I will recommend this to my friends.Published 22 months ago by Sharron Wilkinson
Really enjoy Patterson's writing style but found this book more explicit than the books of his I have read before. Some I found difficult to read and skipped over. Good concept.Published 23 months ago by Kay Young
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 had forgotten I had seen the movie for the book but I finished reading it anyway. It was good.Published on Oct. 7 2013 by Karn King
This book got me hooked on Alex Cross, a detective I found very likable and whose life I became interested in. Read morePublished on March 22 2006 by Alan Roperts
I read the prequel, along came a spider in one sitting, awsome book! This book is not an expception. Great characther development!Published on Oct. 22 2004 by kristy
This is a thriller that reads like a cheap romance novel. The plot is simple and the characters are trite and unreal. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Amazon Customer
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