Violets Are Blue Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2002
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Fans of James Patterson's resourceful cop Alex Cross will be relieved to find that he's back on familiar territory with Violets Are Blue--and, more importantly, that this is one of the best Alex Cross thrillers yet.
The malign criminal genius of Roses Are Red is fixing to give Alex a hard time once again. The FBI joins Patterson's dogged cop in a particularly unsettling investigation: two San Francisco joggers have been viciously murdered and are found suspended by their feet, with all the blood drained from their corpses. And when further brutal deaths follow in California and on the East Coast, Alex is forced to contemplate the bizarre possibility of modern-day vampires, although his instincts point him to one of the many sinister religious cults that flourish on the West Coast. Aided by Jamilla Hughes, a streetwise young woman detective from San Francisco, Alex finds that he has to crack not one but two impenetrable mysteries to stop further bloodletting.
Patterson fans expect the extremely concise, page-turning chapters (116 of them here!), along with a reluctance to dawdle over details of his hero's personal life, and both characteristics are firmly back in place. If you can resist reading this one in just a few sittings, you deserve some kind of a thriller reader's medal. --Barry Forshaw, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross returns for another visit (after Roses Are Red) to the top of the lists and for two new cases of disparate quality. The first, which dominates the narrative, takes place within America's vampire underground and is as exciting as anything Patterson has written; the second, in which Cross at last defeats the nemesis known as "the Mastermind," feels tacked on only to knot loose ends. In San Francisco, two joggers are slain, seemingly by both tiger and human teeth, and their blood drained; then an upscale couple is killed similarly in Marin County deaths suggestive of an earlier Cross case, prompting the detective's old pal Kyle Craig of the FBI to ask for his help. Craig's plea plunges Cross not only into a fetishistic netherworld in which thousands play at being vampires and a handful actually do kill for blood, but into personal turbulence as he alienates his family by his dedication to work, and as his always troubled love life takes further dips and flights, the latter in the company of SFPD Insp. Jamilla Hughes, who joins him on the cases. We know the good guys' immediate quarry, but they don't: two golden young men, brothers and self-styled vampires, with a pet tiger at their side. But who is the Sire, their ultimate leader? Meanwhile, the Mastermind, a brilliant homicidal maniac, plagues Cross with threatening phone calls. Most readers probably won't finger the Sire, but anyone who can't name the Mastermind long before Patterson reveals his identity must be reading this book backwards. The action reels around the country, from D.C. to California to Las Vegas to North Carolina, and readers will be swept away by it and by Patterson's expert mixing of Cross's professional and personal challenges. The narrative split between the two cases, vampiric and Mastermind, jars but not enough to seriously mar fans' pleasure, and the two cases will probably mesh more elegantly in the inevitable movie to come. (Nov. 19)Forecast: Is there a writer hotter than Patterson? A 10-city author tour, the forthcoming TV miniseries of his First to Die, and the simultaneous AudioBooks (unabridged and abridged, tape and CD) of Violets Are Blue will only increase the heat.
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I wish that you people would stop trashing this novel and just appreciate it for what it is. A great author doing something different. There will never be another "Kiss the Girls" or an "Along Came A Spider" so quit expecting every new Patterson novel to be better then the previous one. I enjoy a James Patterson novel for a few reasons: #1 The great character of Alex Cross who is always evolving #2 A memborable villain is always introduced that is not one dimensional #3 A great plot with lots of action, suspense and twists to keep you guessing. I also love the short chapters that keep you turning and turning the pages. My only gripes with these books are the chapters dealing with cross's family. I hate the constant banter back and forth between family members, it gets really repetative and annoying. But besides that, this book excelled at everything I l look for and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great mystery, suspense procedural book.
P.S. a suggestion to Mr. Patterson: How about a book with Cross finally investigating the murder of his wife. This is something that has always bothered me and I just feel that an outstanding detective like Cross would not be able to rest until his Wife's killer is caught. Just a suggestion
It didn't take me long to read it. The vampire plot was somewhat interesting, but in general, not my realm of interest, so, for the most part, I shouldn't comment on that. I'd be too biased towards it, however, it wasn't bad. It was well written.
I personally was more interested in the Mastermind storyline continuing from "Roses Are Red." Obviously, the Mastermind continues to stalk Alex Cross and Alex continues to chase him until the final showdown.
As all fans of James Patterson's have, I have come to expect the unexpected in his novels. Complex and incredible plot twists.
This book however that every author, no matter how good, has a bad writing day some days. I mean, honestly, Alex Cross figured out who the bad guy was out of nowhere in this novel. He's sitting in his car, and out of nowhere, with no rhyme or reason, says to himeself, "Oh, it's this guy. He's the Mastermind."
Where did it come from? Nowhere.
And, I admit, at first I though it was great. But, the more I thought about it, it really disappointed me because that's not what I expect from an author of james Patterson's cailiber. He's so much better and could have given it a much better twist as to Alex's way of figuring it out.
My advice, take this one out of the library and save your money for a first edition copy of "Roses Are Red." It's so much more worth it.
Both mysteries are so predictable that if you can't figure out the bad guy before detective Alex Cross does, you might think about switching to reading romance novels. One manhunt goes from city to city throughout the U.S. so that Patterson can add paragraphs of flimsy local color, including street directions to every scene, local restaurants (where I'm sure Patterson will dine for free from now on), etc. In neither mystery does Cross actually DETECT. The bad guy is simply the last suspect standing.
A shameless padder, Patterson gives a plot summary for every one of his previous books and phones all the (living) key characters from them. And every other chapter is a warm, touching slice of his family life. Which has nothing to do with the plot, but sets the reader up for the next book in the series.
I liked "Along Came A Spider". Since then, Patterson has obviously decided it's less work to be a hack than a good writer, and the pay is the same.
In any event, Violets is entertaining. It isn't my favorite of the Cross novels, but it is still worth reading. I was confused by the bait and switch other reviewers mention with regard to the ending of Roses are Red, but that didn't detract from the novel too much. The vampire narrative is the primary plot line, and I didn't find it especially gruesome, certainly no more than any other crime novels, I've read.
All in all, if you like JP and the Alex Cross series, keep going with this one. If you haven't read any oher novels in the series, this is not a good starting point. It stands alone, but you'll appreciate it more with the full history of the characters.
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This one had s few twists and turns that kept you wanting to turn the page. Almost wish the end had been a little more dramaticPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
James Patterson is able to get me into the book right from the beginning. Always finds a twist or turn to make it interestingPublished 20 months ago by Rose Ball
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I gave it as a gift to my mom and have not read it yet, I am sure it will be a nail biter as they always are.Published on Feb. 10 2012 by jordan brookes
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I have almost read all of the Alex Cross books.So far none have let me down. When I started to read this book i was dissapointed because the first 100 pages were gory, grussome,... Read morePublished on July 10 2004
Looks like we are in for a series. The poem: Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you. The first two verses are books. Read morePublished on May 30 2004