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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HEADLINE BOOK PUBLISHING (Oct. 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755323041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755323043
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Willie on Nov. 15 2005
Format: Hardcover
Through a friend in the industry I was able to get an advance copy of Mary, Mary. To be truthful I had given up on Patterson (even though I have met the man and find him to be a great interview). His five books a year written in collaboration (actually written by others with him stamping his name on them!) Just never did it for me, and his last Cross novel "London Bridges" was way off the mark. Anyway this book is Classic Patterson, think "Kiss the Girls" in La La land. A crisp, fast moving thriller with awesome twists and turns that keep you turning pages right up to the surprise ending! Oh! I also have to recommend the thriller hit "A Tourist in the Yucatan!" Combine this with "Mary, Mary" as a gift to your your favorite thriller lover this Xmas and you can't go wrong!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Knotty Phelps on Feb. 26 2006
Format: Hardcover
While THE 5TH HORSEMAN was an hopefully will always be my favorite Patterson novel (and, yes, I've read them ALL), MARY, MARY is quite superb also. I give it a good solid second place, the third going to "Kiss the Girls" and "Roses are Red." Now, that said, here's what I liked about the book: Great writing--even better than his previous stuff, and another mind bending plot. Great characterizations and short chapters. What more could you want? It was a fun read, the way Jackson McCrae's "Katzenjammer" is, or some books by Tom Clancy. Highly recommended.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Top females on Hollywood's A-list are being murdered in a particularly vicious manner. The details of each killing make it clear that the motives are entirely personal. After each killing (and in one case almost during the killing itself), the murderer sends an e-mail to a Hollywood entertainment writer gloating about the murder and virtually daring the police to come and get her. Yes, you read that correctly ... "HER"! The e-mails are all signed "Mary Smith"! Top FBI Agent Alex Cross, much to his chagrin and to the disappointment of his children and his long-suffering grandmother, is pulled away from a well-deserved Disneyland holiday with his family and ordered to act as a consultant to the LAPD on the case.

Admittedly, there's nothing about "Mary, Mary" that will elevate it beyond the ranks of enjoyable brain candy thriller to the status of literature. But it is worth noting that unlike the outrageously weak fare that we suffered through in "London Bridges", "Mary, Mary" seems to be a long awaited return to the quality of thriller that justifiably vaulted James Patterson onto best seller lists around the world. We're treated to an enjoyable plot that moves along with compelling page-turning speed. Alex Cross, in the manner of Inspector Rebus, Harry Bosch and all of the other loner cops in mystery and thriller literature successfully marches to the rhythm of his own drummer. We are also witness to some realistic character development as we watch the relationship with his current squeeze, Jamilla, go down in flames and we hurt with him as he is hauled into a nasty court custody battle for his beloved son, Alex. And our heart aches as Patterson gives us a wrenching example of the trials of a complete mental breakdown!

Literature? No. Brain Candy? Yes. Memorable? Not particularly. Enjoyable? Absolutely! Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
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Format: Hardcover
I, personally, don't care how many books James Patterson has out there, he's still the master of thrills. I couldn't put this book down.

All Patterson's books are good, but Alex Cross is his best character. I feel like I know him and his family after all this time, and I can feel the conflict between his beloved family and his dedication to his job of catching and stopping killers before the go on to kill more innocent people. Alex is a man torn between doing what's right for humanity while doing right by his family too.

I do see growth in Alex and it's refreshing to see him split with various loves for various good, understandable reasons. It makes him appear more human because that's exactly how it happens in real life. The path of true love never runs smooth, and Alex will find his soulmate in due time ... just like we real-life mortals do.

Patterson had the right amount of twists and turns in this book, and he really surprised me. I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but NO!!! So, once again, I had a surprise ending.

I really enjoyed the excitement of this book. (An aside: My favorite co-author of Patterson's is Maxine Paetro, and I'm pleased to know this dynamic duo has paired for some of his "numbers" series.)
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By A Customer on March 4 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the 1970s a murder took place. A woman killed her three children, all under the age of twelve, shot and chopped up their faces until they were unrecognizable. This is where this murderer gets his sick idea from. A man who disguises his murders to make it look like a woman did it goes by the name Mary. Five people were killed, one of which cops didnt't link to the same case because she was just shot. Another one of which had to be shot because he was in the way. After each murder he put three kiddie stickers at teh scene, and e-mailed a magazine editor the details on how he followed his victim, how he killed them, and what their facial expression looked like. Alex who has three kids, an ex-wife and a girlfriend, investigates this case. Which tears him away from his kids and home life. His girlfriend eventually breaks up with him and his ex-wife wanted full custody of the kids, but later decided it wasn't a good idea. As it turns out 'Mary' is indeed a man, actually thinks he has three kids like the lady did in the 70s and is not captured. They put the 1970s case together with this one and figured it out just never figured out who 'Mary Mary' actually was.
Another great book in this genre you don't want to
miss is ' Giorgio Quest '.
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