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Mary, Mary [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Oct. 1 2006 Alex Cross
Somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-list. Her calling card: "You've got mail." On a family vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross is asked to investigate the shooting of a top actress and an e-mail sent to the Los Angeles Times with shocking details about the murder, signed Mary Smith. More killings and more e-mails follow, and Mary Smith is getting better every time. To hunt down this merciless killer of Tinseltown's elite, Cross must navigate a world where the stars sip San Pellegrino at the Ivy as hopefuls hover around studio gates with 8 X 10 glossies. And when the case catapults into blockbuster proportions, Cross and the LAPD scramble to find a pattern-before Mary sends one more chilling update.

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Last seen in London Bridges (2004) chasing a terrorist, Washington, D.C., PD detective turned FBI agent Alex Cross is enjoying a much-needed vacation at Disneyland with his family when he's called in by the FBI to consult with the LAPD on a high-profile murder case. A-list actress Antonia Schifman has been slain, her face so badly cut up that she's almost unrecognizable. The murder isn't random; an L.A. Times gossip columnist has received a series of e-mails from a woman named Mary Smith, taking responsibility for the killing of Antonia, her chauffeur, and a well-known female movie producer. Cross studies the e-mails, which make reference to Mary's ordinary appearance and her fixation on the perfect families, particularly the children, of both women. When another prominent woman is slain, Cross is sucked into the case full time, jeopardizing the outcome of the custody battle he's involved in over his youngest son. As Cross studies the e-mails and patterns of the killer, he realizes he can't be certain of anything, even the gender of Mary Smith. The thrills in Patterson's latest lead to a truly unexpected, electrifying climax. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


'You wont be able to put down James Patterson's number one best seller Mary, Mary". Full of edge-of-your-seat suspense, you'll be dying to discover why somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-List' -- OK magazine, Australia 'It features Alex Cross one of the best heroes in the genre' -- Independent on Sunday 20051218 'You wont be able to put down James Patterson's number one best seller Mary, Mary". Full of edge-of-your-seat suspense, you'll be dying to discover why somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-List' -- OK magazine, Australia 'It features Alex Cross one of the best heroes in the genre' -- Independent on Sunday 20051218 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A very magnetic story March 21 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. This is a detective story with very imaginative and psychological story lines, where does personal family drama fit in really? I found that i lost the "beat" of the story each time Patterson veered away from the thrill and drama pace, to update us on Cross' family or romantic liasons. But wow, what a great imagination and up until the last it had me questioning the "bad guy" or "bad woman" or well.... I won't ruin it for you and tell you either will i?!

a definate recommendation for all though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one I will read again and recommend to my family and friends.
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by janet dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars MARY, MARY
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 more
Published 5 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
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 7 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 16 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
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