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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray! Patterson is back on tract! Nov. 15 2005
By Willie
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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4.0 out of 5 stars My second fav. Feb. 26 2006
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Patterson's best. March 4 2006
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson again--good solid book March 13 2006
This was only my second James Patterson book and the setting (Hollywood) intrigued me. Despite it being "an Alex Cross" book and having never read a book with Mr. Cross as the central character, I had no problem following along. Yes, there is some history mentioned, but it's easy enough to pick up on and isn't central to the main story. The main story, about a serial killer preying on Hollywood/movie industry businesswomen with children is entertaining and keep you interested (not to mention guessing). The chapters are fairly short and there's not a lot of extraneous dialogue or descriptions that can bog books down. As I mentioned, the story kept me guessing and wanting to hurry to get thru the next pages. I was reminded a lot of the excellent and fast-paced “Katzenjammer” by Jackson McCrae—another great read.
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow!! James Patterson never ceases to amaze me.

I loved the plot and I am so glad that there are still more Alex Cross mysteries for me to read.

Thank you, Mr. Patterson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MARY, MARY April 17 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I love James Patterson's writing and especially the Alex Cross series. Actually I love all his books. Would recommend to everyone.
Published 6 months ago by Brenda Boomer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Everyone should read James Patterson books. I plan on reading them all and getting caught up to James, hopefully before he gets too far ahead of me
Published 15 months ago by Barbara Dodge
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot idea but...
This is my 2nd book in the Alex Cross series. In this novel, the FBI agent/psychologist helps to chase a serial killer in LA who targets famous actresses. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pat the cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Mary
I love that most are named after nursery ryhmes

I gave it as a gift to my mom and have not read it yet, I am sure it will be a nail biter as they always are.
Published on Feb. 10 2012 by jordan brookes
1.0 out of 5 stars Mary, Mary
I was supposed to get my book around the 20th of June and it is now July 11th and I have not received my book so I cannot comment on it
Published on July 11 2011 by hayley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
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. Read more
Published on April 17 2011 by Christiana Vanier
4.0 out of 5 stars James Patterson is back in form!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2008 by Paul Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a dull moment
I found this an amazing thriller, again a Patterson book full of twists and turns. The story and the characters are outstanding, the pace is fast and unpredictable, not a dull... Read more
Published on July 2 2007 by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars A very magnetic story
I very much enjoyed this story. Indepth character details, real emotions and life situations. But, If i had to give a weak point it would be too many story lines. Read more
Published on March 21 2007 by R. Bennett
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