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Roses Are Red [Mass Market Paperback]

James Patterson
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Oct. 1 2001 Alex Cross
In this heart-pounding new thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he's ever confronted, a mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind. In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been killing bank employees and their families if the robbers' instructions are not followed to the letter. Alex Cross knows this is no ordinary criminal-the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a crisis at home-but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime...

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Roses Are Red, James Patterson's sixth Alex Cross thriller, opens with the District of Columbia detective attempting to mend his nearly unraveled family. The year-long kidnapping of one's intended (1999's Pop Goes the Weasel) will do that to a relationship. Christine, the kidnappee, is amenable with one reasonable condition: that her family's horizon remain uncluttered by homicidal maniacs. How unfortunate, then, that the joyous christening of their newborn son is rudely interrupted by the FBI bearing news of several heinous murders requiring the attention of detective (and doctor of psychology) Cross.
"Three-year-old boy, the father, a nanny," Kyle said one more time before he left the party. He was about to go through the door in the sun porch when he turned to me and said, "You're the right person for this. They murdered a family, Alex."

As soon as Kyle was gone, I went looking for Christine. My heart sank. She had taken Alex and left without saying good-bye, without a single word.

Which leaves Cross free to hunt the Mastermind, the barbarous brains behind a widening series of bank robberies in which employees or their family members are held hostage and, when instructions aren't followed to the finest iota, slaughtered. Given the cases' glaring and unfathomable inhumanity, Cross's long- time DCPD partner (the wonderful giant, John Sampson) gives way to the warm, attractive, and fiercely intelligent FBI Agent Betsey Cavalierre.

The longer and harder Cross and Cavalierre remain on his trail, the bolder and more brutal--and shiveringly close to home--the Mastermind's strikes become. And, thanks mostly to lightning-short paragraphs and a point of view that rappels from the first-person Cross to the third-person Mastermind, the tale progresses at hot-trot speed to a bona fide doozy of a denouement. It'll be over before you know it, so sit back, hold your breath, and enjoy the show. And stay tuned for the next one. --Michael Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alex Cross is backAand that alone will have this novel crowning bestseller lists, a feat Patterson's books have achieved often of late, both his Cross (Pop Goes the Weasel) and non-Cross (Cradle and All) thrillers. Patterson won an Edgar for his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, but he hasn't won one since. One reason is that his prose, though sturdy as a trusted rowboat, is just as wooden; another is that his plottingAhere detailing Washington, D.C., homicide detective Cross's pursuit of a crazed but crafty homicidal criminal known as the MastermindAis about as sophisticated as that of a Frank and Joe Hardy tale. So why are the Cross novels so popular? In part because Patterson constructs them out of short, simple sentences, paragraphs and chapters that practically define the brisk, fun, E-Z read, and in part because, here and elsewhere, he engages in the smart and unusual tactic of alternating third- and first-person (from Cross's POV) narrative. Mostly, though, readers adore them because Cross is such a lovable hero, a family-oriented African-American whose compassion warmly balances the icy cruelty of Patterson's villains and their sometimes graphically depicted crimes (as is the case here). In the new novel, Cross suffers lady problems as his old love, who's in terror of Cross's job, leaves him, and he fumbles toward a new romance with an FBI agent; he also suffers personal trauma as his beloved daughter develops a brain tumor. That's back-burner action, though. The main focus here is, first, on a series of shocking Mastermind-engineered bank robbery/kidnappings involving wanton killings and, second, on the hunt to ID the MastermindAa hunt both absorbing and annoying for its several (rather smelly) red herrings, and concluding with a revelation that screams sequel. While there's nothing subtle in this novel, every blatant element is packaged for maximum effect: roses may be red, but Patterson's newest is green all the way. U.K. and translation rights, Arthur Pine Associates. 1.25 million first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Direct main selections; simultaneous Random House large-print edition and Time Warner Audio. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ROSES ARE RED April 17 2014
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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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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've read a few books by Patterson but it's my first book of the detective Alex Cross' series. Overall, I found this novel to be kind of bland and vanilla -- not bad but not great either. That said, the ending is quite stunning and I'm not sure what to think of it. The twist at the end of the book is so left field that it kind of feels like a cope out. I sure didn't see it coming. But, aside from the end, it's kind of a slow story and I slugged through it. Maybe I might have enjoyed it more if I had read other books in the series... I'm still puzzled by the title and its link to the story (is it just because a song the daughter sings)?! So, I give it a lukewarm 2 1/2 stars out of five!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rose are Red - James Patterson March 18 2012
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I bought this for a gift. But you can not go wrong with a James Patterson book. Count on staying up all night with his books, you cannot put them down.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating book. Aug. 4 2002
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I've enjoyed many of Patterson's books in the past, but I have to agree with many of the posts here. Roses Are Red is a complete let down. The surprise ending did nothing but make me angry at the writer. The last thing a writer should do is make thier readers feel cheated, and that is precisely what he did to me. Hope Patterson learns this lesson before his next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Roses Are Red Oct. 29 2011
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In Patterson's sixth Alex Cross thriller, we meet the "Mastermind," Cross's ultimate nemesis and the most evil villain he's faced yet. Roses are Red is the first of two back to back novels in which Alex Cross will pursue the same killer.

With the birth of his third child, Cross hopes life will settle down a bit, as he attempts to bring stability to his unravelling family. Instead he is pulled out of Little Alex's christening to begin his hunt for DC's most prolific killer. The Mastermind, however, is unlike any other killer Cross has chased; he is smart, crafty, and seems to always be one step ahead of Cross.

Another fast moving tale, this one is formulaic but still action packed and the reader will find themselves drawn into the plot quickly. Though I had my suspicions early on about who the Mastermind was, I kept reading to confirm my suspicions.
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Facing personal dilemmas of his new family not wanting him involved Alex Cross again tracks a group of serial killers in this brilliant book. Banks are being robbed and employee's families are being taken hostage while the banks are robbed. If every single thing doesn't go right they are killed. A serial killer known as the Mastermind is responsible and Cross along with a new partner FBI agent Betsey Cavalierre must stop him. The closer they get the closer the victims are to them. This is one of the best Alex Cross novels written but I would recommend reading a few of the earlier ones first to get the most out of this one!! I would also recommend, if you missed reading TINO GEORGIOU'S masterpiece--THE FATES, go and read it. With fascinating and brilliantly created characters in `THE FATES' coupled with two intertwining plots makes for a completely enjoyable and page-turning read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! Nov. 8 2007
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Like David Demello's SPEAK NO EVIL, Roses are red, James Patterson's sixth Alex Cross thriller, openswith the District of Columbia detective attempting to mend his nearly unraveledfamily. The year-long kidnapping of one's intended (1999's Pop Goes the Weasel) will dothat to a relationship. Christine, the kidnappee, is amenable with onereasonable condition: that her family's horizon remain uncluttered by homicidalmaniacs. How unfortunate, then, that the joyous christening of their newborn sonis rudely interrupted by the FBI bearing news of several heinous murdersrequiring the attention of detective (and doctor of psychology) Cross."Three-year-old boy, the father, a nanny," Kyle said one more timebefore he left the party. He was about to go through the door in the sun porchwhen he turned to me and said, "You're the right person for this. They murdereda family, Alex."As soon as Kyle was gone, I went looking for Christine. My heart sank. She hadtaken Alex and left without saying good-bye, without a single word.Which leaves Cross free to hunt the Mastermind, the barbarous brains behind awidening series of bank robberies in which employees or their family members areheld hostage and, when instructions aren't followed to the finest iota,slaughtered. I loved this book almost as much as Demello's SPEAK NO EVIL which I think is probably the most fantastic book to have come out in the last ten years. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected Nov. 7 2007
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I just finished reading Steinbeck's "East of Eden" and really liked that book. I thought I would like this Patterson. It was okay, but the story seemed thin. I think this is more commercial fiction than I'm used to. The plot was fast, but the people didn't seem real to me. It was okay to read and went pretty fast, but I didn't feel it had any depth. "East of Eden" was much better.
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