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The Big Bad Wolf Hardcover – Nov 17 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (Nov. 17 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316602906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316602907
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In a recent column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King cited Patterson's thrillers as the example of "dopey" bestsellers. We hope that doesn't mean that those who enjoy them are dopes, because this new one is vastly entertaining. Alex Cross, Patterson's black lawman hero, has left the D.C. police force for the FBI. But Cross was a star cop, so when the Bureau becomes aware that attractive white women are disappearing at an unusually high rate in the nation's capital, Cross, despite still being in training at Quantico, is brought onto the case and is personally mentored by the Bureau's director, earning the ire of some Feds but the support of others. Behind the disappearances is a sexual slavery operation run as a sideline by one of the more believable and most compellingly evil villains in the Patterson universe, the Wolf, a mysterious former KGB man who's now the world's top mobster. The narrative throughout is swift and varied, as Patterson cuts among the diabolical schemes of a Russian magnate who may be the Wolf, the plight of several kidnap victims, the dogged pursuit by Cross and company of the Wolf, and the hideous designs of the members of an encrypted computer chat room who pay the Wolf fortunes to snatch women who fit their fantasies. And there's domestic drama, too, as the mother of Cross's young son, Alex, decides that she wants her boy back. Full of plot surprises and featuring a balanced mix of intrigue, hard action and angst, the novel, on which Patterson notably does not share cover credit, grips from start to finish. The Alex Cross series remains Patterson's finest, and this is the finest Cross in years. Maybe we're dopes, but we're smiling ones.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Alex Cross finally took the plunge at the end of Four Blind Mice (2002) and joined the FBI. The training is a little beneath Cross, who has spent years working with the FBI on the toughest cases, but he dutifully attends classes until he's pulled out to consult on a case. Wealthy women have been disappearing around the country. The latest, a judge's wife, was snatched at a shopping mall. It appears these women (and soon several young men as well) are being abducted and sold to people who have "selected" them and paid a hefty sum. The man behind it all is a Russian known only as the Wolf. Cross gets a break when one of the buyers releases the woman he paid to have abducted, but when they track him down, they find he's committed suicide. Then a major bombshell in his personal life distracts Cross from the case: his ex-girlfriend Christine, the mother of his youngest son, has reappeared, and she wants custody. Cross' first major case with the FBI will have readers on the edge of their seats, swiftly turning the pages to the exciting showdown. Kristine Huntley
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Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the initial Alex Cross novels, but this was a resounding disappointment. Patterson seems to have evolved into an author who no longer cares about the quality of his writing. If you can accept the premise of the F.B.I. recruiting someone from a city police force and immediately jumping them over seasoned veterans to a position of dominance, then, perhaps you will be readily able to accept the many other unlikley aspects of this novel. Rather than contributing to character development, Patterson's subplots involving Cross's family and friends seem manipulative and shallow. His long distance romance is like a teenage view of love and separation. The most manipulative facet of the entire book is the ending which seems to have no motivation driving it other than an effort to get readers to buy the next epsiode when it comes out. It shouldn't be a long wait-it can't take much time for Patterson to type a book of this quality.
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A dozer. This book is lackluster; severely lacking in both character and story development. Seems to me that Patterson has decided to rest on his laurels and churn out drivel for his fans. My advice: don't waste your money on this. If you want to read it, check it out from your local library...then you won't feel so ripped off.
For other reviewers--please resist revealing the ENTIRE plot in your reviews. Sheesh, it would be nice to have at least ONE surprise left while reading. (Although in this particular book there's not much "plot" to reveal.)
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'The Big Bad Wolf' is the 2003 edition to the Alex Cross series. It is also the best Alex Cross novel in years. 'The Big Bad Wolf' is the story of how Alex Cross joins the FBI and is thrust into a case involving the abduction and slavery of white, usually rich, suburban women. Along the way, Cross is frustrated by the politics of the FBI and faces turmoil at home when the mother of his youngest child returns to D.C. to seek custody. The reason for improvement can be traced to several sources.
First, James Patterson actually had Cross do some investigative work. In the last several novels in the series, Cross tended to stumble upon leads and just wait for the 'bad guy' to screw up. In 'The Big Bad Wolf,' Cross puts his doctorate in Psychology to work. In addition, he follows his instincts and follows leads that not every one else had thought about.
Second, Patterson seemed to put more thought and effort into this novel. In past novels, Patterson seemed to be living off the reputation of earlier novels in the series, such as 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider.' More recent novels featured villains that were always one step ahead of the police without any real great tricks until Cross stumbles upon them. In 'Big Bad Wolf,' Patterson created lairs of intrigue from the beginning and lets them unfold throughout the novel instead of just springing them on the reader. In addition, a portion of the story takes place in Dallas, Texas. Since I live in the Dallas area, I was pleased to see that he did enough research to at least get most of the details of the area correct.
Third, and this is a very minor spoiler, the 'bad guy' of the novel is not some high ranking government official or someone close to Cross. This theme had gotten redundant in recent novels in the series.
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Format: Hardcover
"Big Bad Wolf" is James Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel. In it, Cross is still in training for his job at the FBI. He is taken off student status to consult on a rash of high profile kiddnappings, including a federal judges wife. He eventually figures out that the kiddnappings are being organized by a Russian mob don called the Wolf, because of his ruthlessness. But on the homefront, Cross has just as drastic problems. Christien, his former girlfriend, has returned to take custody of their son, Little Alex. I have a real soft spot for Patterson's novels. They are very fast paced (each chapter is only about three pages) with action that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and certainly this book is no exception. His villians are a mixed bag. They are usually so egomanical that they are very hard to relate too, but they are also so over the top psychotic that you don't want to, either. The Wolf is not as slick (I don't think) as some earlier villians (like Cassanova). Another problem is there are so many red hairings. You think this guy is Wolf, but he isn't; in fact at the end of the book, that isn't resolved at all. But Patterson dose that a lot; leave his books as an open cliffhanger. That gets on my nerves. I also thought the family problems were very distracting, I really could have done with out the custody case. But the kidnappings were pretty cool, and the idea of a whole network of perverts and psychos buying slaves from snatched soccer moms was truelly terrifying. It's a pretty uneven book, but I'll give it the benifit of the doubt.
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When Alex Cross finally agrees to leave the Washington Police Department to join the FBI, he has to go through a probationary training course, despite his expertise in crime solving. He can see that the FBI is stuck in a rut of old training methods, working strictly by the book and that, in his opinion, they need much more hands on street experience. Around the US and even around the world, young blonde women are being kidnapped to order by a gang of Russian Mafiya types with plenty of money and the necessary muscle to purchase these women "to order", by degenerates who want them as sex slaves. The list increases to include youths who are used and murdered to satisfy the criminal lusts of these madmen. Alex uses his years of hands on experience to help secure the freedom of several of these women, using people with great knowledge of computer hacking to enter the chat rooms of these monsters, who include well known and respected businessmen.At the end of the story, and obviously presaging his next novel, James Patterson reintroduces Christine Johnson, Cross's former fiancee and mother of his baby son Alex, who applies for and is granted custody of the child.
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