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Pop Goes the Weasel [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Oct. 1 2000 Alex Cross
Detective Alex Cross is back-and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect, a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving he's the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As Shafer engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, Alex and his fiancee become hopelessly entangled with the most memorable nemesis Cross has ever faced.

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Likened to a "young Muhammad Ali," Alex Cross, the Porsche-driving profiler, doctor, detective, and father of two has seen his fair share of vicious killers. From a bloodthirsty butcher who came after his family (Cat and Mouse) to a devilish duo working cross-country (Kiss the Girls), Cross has managed to outmaneuver all of his enemies. Until he meets the Weasel.

A series of killings in the forgotten, crime-infested ghettos of southeast D.C. has sent Cross and his 6'9" 250-pound partner, John Sampson, in search of the "Jane Doe" killer. However, their racist, tyrannical boss George Pitman orders them to stay out of the southeast and investigate the high-profile murder of a wealthy white man. Cross already has suspicions that the murders are linked, but when Sampson's ex turns up in an abandoned southeast warehouse kicked to death, the two detectives carry on with their original investigation. Meanwhile, Cross's longtime love, Christine (Cat and Mouse), has taken prominence in his life, and it looks as if the two will finally get hitched--with one glitch: Cross puts everything he loves in jeopardy as he obsessively goes after the Weasel.

Akin to a slick Hollywood action flick, Pop Goes the Weasel doesn't have time for meaningful character development or thoughtful moral analysis. And it doesn't need to. Its winning formula is based on short scenes (chapters average about 3 pages), addictive plot progression, and mean dialogue: "Sampson sighed and said, 'I think her tongue is stapled inside the other girl. I'm pretty sure that's it, Alex. The Weasel stapled them together.' I looked at the two girls and shook my head. 'I don't think so. A staple, even a surgical one, would come apart on the tongue's surface.... Crazy glue would work." --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Patterson dedicates his latest (after 1998's When the Wind Blows) to "the millions of Alex Cross readers who so frequently ask 'Can't you write faster?'" Those readers won't be disappointed: the successful formula is in high gear, with the Washington, D.C., psychologist/homicide detective up to his ears in unsolved murders. This tale features a duplicitous villain, a glut of dirty office politics and the inevitable threat to someone Cross just can't live without. A highly moral character, Cross is now firmly rooted in many imaginations as Morgan Freeman, who played him in the film version of Kiss the Girls. When he's not caring for Damon and Jannie, his two young children, Cross takes boys to visit their fathers in prison and works in a soup kitchen. After his boss, Chief Pittman, refuses to believe that a serial killer is striking in the neglected Southeast section, Cross and four other officers work extra hours on their own, the only ones who really care. Readers learn early on that the killer is a British diplomat, Geoffrey Shafer, a chilling madman ostensibly holding his sanity together with drugs. Shafer is obsessed with a real-life version of a computer game called the Four Horsemen, during which he masquerades as a taxi driver who kills his unsuspecting passengers. If Shafer is almost too good to be trueAanother fictional psychopath with infinite resourcesAPatterson is shrewd enough to show him making mistakes (like forgetting to wash) as he comes apart at the seams. The killer is caught in the middle of the narrative, setting the scene for a bold courtroom drama. Even the disappearance of Cross's new lady love (his wife was killed in a previous book) is less of a clich?d device than a ritual sacrifice as Patterson's well-oiled suspense machine grinds away with solid precision. 1 million first printing; $1 million ad/promo; 14-city author tour; Time Warner audio. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Goes The Weasel May 11 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pop Goes the Weasel was about Detective Alex Cross who is trying to solve a series of murders in Washington, D.C. The murderer is very skilled in covering up is tracks and it becomes very difficult for Cross to solve the case and convict the cold blooded murderer. When Alex Cross's girlfriend and family become endangered by this case, he becomes more determined to solve the murders. I enjoyed this book. It was the type of book that I found hard to put down. I thought that the book was fast paced, thrilling, and very intense. Patterson was very descriptive in decribing the setting and the actions or feelings of the characters. There were some negative aspects of the book however. First of all, right off the bat, you know exactly who the murderer was. There was no suspence in that. In addition, I thought the Patterson left no room for the reader to make their own conclusions. I think that this book is best for people who want to read a good murder/mystery book, rather than a well written novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patterson's Formula Worked for Me Feb. 10 2004
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I agree with all of the reviews that say this book (and this series) is very formula. But I have to cast my vote with the reviewers who like the formula. You have Alex Cross and John Sampson, which are two of the best detectives I've ever read about. The bad guys they hunt are serial killers of the worst sort. They range from the pathologically insane with severe mood swings, to brilliant criminals with a strong case of megalomania. There are even sociopathic children, professional assassins and detectives with split personalities. Yes, the dialog can be trite and difficult to swallow at times. And there's very little subtlety to the stories. The boundaries between good and evil are pretty well fixed, and there's no gray to be found anywhere.
But lets be honest. These books are fun. When you get on a rollercoaster, what do you expect? You expect lots of sharp turns and steep inclines. Same thing with this book. It's predictable like a rollercoaster is predictable. And when you open the pages of this book, like a rollercoaster, you are immediately drawn in. In this book, the opening chapter did a particularly good job of gaining my interest.
Patterson once again does a very good job of exploring the mind of a pathological killer, and builds a very solid storyline that mixes intense scenes of murder and mayhem with solid character development that you can only really appreciate if you read this book as part of the larger 'Alex Cross' series.
Alex Cross is once again the brilliant detective, in touble at work and in love once again. He is still trying to be the dutiful father, friend and lover, all the while trying to catch The Weasel. The Weasel is thought to be responsible for the Jane Doe murders, which number somewhere over 100 victims.
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4.0 out of 5 stars POP. POP,POP,POP,pop!!!! Jan. 9 2004
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Well, Well, well Mr. James Patterson! What a wonderful read this mystery and thriller turned out to be. I must confess that I was expecting it as I have already read "Along Came A Spider".
Alex Cross is an exciting character to read about. Thank God for the availability of SOME BLACK HEROS. I know that they exist, but, do others know this. One way of proving it is through authors like James Patterson. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Alex Cross certainly was not going to let some measley British Intellegence Official out smart him and continue killing off Washington, D.C. citizens. Why the great seat of government would be embrassed should such an act take place. Alex Cross seems to be the precursor to the present day Montgomery County Chief Charles A. Moose. Moose, as most of us know, soared to the front of the international news scene when in 2002 he captured the infamous BELTWAY SNIPER MURDER CRIMINAL in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia areas. It wouldn't surprise me if Chief Moose took his directions from Alex Cross. (smiles)
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book and I also recommend all of the Alex Cross series. I sure will be reading each and every one. You will be able to read more about how I view the world through my reviews (smiles, I love you too, Beverly C. Sanders, I sell the books, "CURE FOR HIV" AND "CURE FOR CANCER". FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT BEVSANDERSS@AOL.COM).
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeps you guessing until the very end Dec 9 2003
By Emma
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So this is only the second book by James Patterson I have read and I'm completely hooked on it! With this book I felt as though I were actually apart of it and solving the murders right by Alex and Sampson's side. So this is how it goes its Geoffrey Shafer this time and what makes it worse is that he works for the British Embassy. He's in on a game call the Four Horsemen, played by 3 others around the world. So basically he's going around killing just completely random people and throwing the "dice" to find out exactly how they will die, these are referred to as the "Jane Does". I must warn though, this book is way more graphic than any I have read so be aware of that. Shafer is not only a killer, but practically a druggie who gets all his drugs from Boo Cassidy. If you've read Patterson's books you'll remember Christine, well at the beginning Alex proposes and they are to be married, but someone kidnaps Christine while they are vacationing in Bermuda. So now it becomes personal with Alex and he becomes more eager to find this "Weasel" as they call him. So this book is extremely intense and has you guessing until the very end and then some. I would definitely recommend reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good as always with James
Wow. Good as always with James patterson
Published 27 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars POP GOES THE WEASEL
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 4 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Pop Goes the Weasel
Wow, I've gotten so far behind on my reviews already! I'm still determined to finish the Alex Cross series before the end of 2011, and I'm currently 5 books from the end. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2011 by Blood, Sweat, & Carbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop goes a great book
I you like fast-paced books such as McCrae's "Katzenjammer" or Patterson's "Roses are Red," then you'll LOVE "Pop Goes the Weasel." I did. My friends did. Read more
Published on March 21 2006 by Alan Roperts
3.0 out of 5 stars As Always Cross is entertaining but...
Alex Cross is one of the best detectives I have read, I have always enjoyed this series this novel left a little to be desired though the ending seemed a bit rushed and didn't... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Sloppy-Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Bood But . . .
Patterson weaves a great story, but he needs a legal advisor. Since I am a trial attorney I found it bizarre to be reading a sequence about a criminal trial where the defendant has... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Shane Gleason
4.0 out of 5 stars James does it again.....
I have been reading all the Alex Cross books in order. I was impressed with this one. I especially liked the ending - there was a nice little twist to it. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Irish Accountant
4.0 out of 5 stars tryes to keep up with previous cross novels
i am an avid reader of Alex Cross *the protagonist* novels, and this one is a fast paced read, i found myself unable to put it down once i got into it although to me it does not... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by "jkkl808"
3.0 out of 5 stars This one has some pop.
I am slowly but surely working my way back through the archive of Alex Cross novel from Patterson. All things considered, Pop Goes the Weasel is a solid effort by Patterson. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Timothy J. Kindler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!!!!
I must first say that although James Patterson has been writing for awhile I have only just acquainted myself with his writings. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
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