Mary, Mary Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2006
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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
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'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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.)
Most recent customer reviews
When I planned to put it down, end of chapter lead me to another. Great book and series. Suggest but not neccessary to read books in orderPublished 13 months ago by Skeeter
Have really gotten into James Patterson's "Alex Cross" books, over the last few years. Have been trying to collect all, or most, of them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by B. H.
Alex Cross and John Sampson have become my heros. To know that they can each find happiness through so much madness is food for the soul.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just as expected from James Patterson. The story was compelling and kept me thinking. It was a hard book to put down.Published 16 months ago by lh1963
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