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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating book. Aug. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Patterson's best July 8 2004
By John H
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I prefer Patterson's earlier work to his latest. Rose Are Red is one of his better novels. Roses are Red" is about a detective named Alex Cross, who is well acknowledged by the FBI and is known for his god and detected work. Alex Cross always solves his cases with no problems. When a spree of bank robberies occur in Washington DC , Alex is put on with one lead, a man that goes by the name of the Mastermind.
The Mastermind hires bank robbers to kill employee's of the bank if the schedule is not followed for the robberies. After these killers have done the dirty work for the Mastermind and has gathered the stolen money, the Mastermind poisons his workers with Chianti and pizza. To make the case even more twisted, the mastermind sexually violates dead females whom he has killed after their bodies are twisted and mutated.
While Alex Cress helps to find this creep, he has a crisis at home with his family. Alex has a lot of weight on his shoulders and the case is getting tougher. But that is just what the Mastermind wants, as he plans his last attempt, which must be perfect. Alex starts to crack down on the case and finds a suspect, could it be him? The mastermind? Good guess Alex but, not good enough. The Mastermind has made it tough. Can Alex solve this case in time?
The book " Roses are Red" is like a speeding train, with no breaks. It keeps going and going and finishes with a crashing ending. It hits you in the part of the mind you never know you had. If you like a book that you literally cannot put down, " Roses are Red" is an excellent choice by many, and is one of my favorites from James Patterson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars forced twists to a good story March 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
"Roses are Red" is a good story. But you know what? I hated the twist at the end...I know a lot writers, especially suspense ones, like to add a surprise at the end...although the story's ending is a super "gotcha", i felt it was forced and didn't make sense because it was at the last line of the whole book. Also there are many supposed-to-be hints through the book and few of them got evolved by the end. I was a little disappointed for that reason...
above I only said the nagetive sides of the story, but this generally is a good book...one of detective Alex's dangerous, mysterious cases...I enjoyed reading it
----below is story spoiler----
the story is about a psychotic series bankrobber/killer (or maybe more than one killer? not to spoil it all for u) wanting to get revenge by killing in the bank robbing process...now when fbi and local police are after him, he started his own haunting of the fbi agents...all who were involved in the robbery got killed by the "mastermind"...who is he and what he wants?
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My husband and I listened to the audio book of this publication on our way back from Virginia this past weekend. The story moved fast and was interesting. Some of the chapters were surprisingly short...as in only a few words (very strange). The number of chapters in this story exceeded 100, seems to me a story of this length should have been able to be told in 25-35 chapters tops. We were guessing throughout listening to the story, as so who the Mastermind was though, so it did hold our interest. I do have a few quibbles, which could have been avoided if the author had performed a little more research: 1) It is mentioned that lilies, sunflowers and daffodils were in bloom at the same time....note daffs bloom in the spring...sunflowers in mid to late summer. 2) The Appalachain Trail isn't as close to Washington DC as the author states. and 3) There is no "Secretary of Justice."
That said, if we are on a trip again, I may listen to the follow-up story Violets are Blue (namely because I can borrow the audiotape from a friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roses Are Red Feb. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Roses Are Red is a book full of murder,suspense,shock,and surprise. IT is by the author James Patterson he has a very interesting and creative mind to have come up with something like this. It was published in 2000 by Warner Books. I thought that this book had a very shocking conclusion which made me want to read Patterson's next book "Violets are Blue" I would suggest this book to someone brave enough to handle the gore, patient enough to handle the suspense, and mature enough to understand. This is a great book for someone wanting to be scared, it gave me nighttmares, but that's not a bad thing.
The story starts with a man name Alex Cross. He work's as a detective in Washington DC. At first everything is perfect, until an FBI agent and friend of Alex's comes to his house to tell him some news. "This is particularly bad Alex. This one has really struck a nerve." There had been a bank robbery earlier and not just a bank robbery, but a murder also. The robbers were split up. Some were sent to the bank, and the others were sent to the bank manager's house. The manager's wife and kids were held hostage. They weren't to die as long as the manager got the robbers the money and the robbers were out of there at exactly ten after eight. The robbers were just a few seconds late. All of the victims, dead.
These shootings/bank robberies kept going on. One by one various banks in the DC area were being robbed and innocent people being held hostage. Some killed, in some bank robberies the people lived. It never had a pattern, never had clues, the only thing the FBI and detectives knew was that the whole thing robberies and murders were being planned by someone named the mastermind.
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Published 5 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Roses Are Red
In Patterson's sixth Alex Cross thriller, we meet the "Mastermind," Cross's ultimate nemesis and the most evil villain he's faced yet. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2011 by Blood, Sweat, & Carbs
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Published on Nov. 9 2007 by pilatesveg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2007 by Abbyfry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2007 by Wasilly K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Roses Are Red
When our book club picked this (along with the Oprah pick `Night' and the totally off-the-wall `Katzenjammer' by J.T. McCrae), we all just rolled our eyes. What a list?!? Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2006 by Wolfthing
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
Since I was initially introduced to Patterson via 3RD DEGREE, I decided to try another one of his books on my own. ROSES ARE RED is a great book to get your mind jogging. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Juicy and suspensful
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