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May Have Reached its Apex
on December 31, 2008
The 13th instalment in the Alex Cross series of interwoven plots featuring two outrageous killers luring our familiar well-liked characters Alex Cross and his new love Brianna Stone into an interesting spin of events full of twists and turns. Like all of Patterson's writings, this novel is short, has punchy chapters, lots of action and a little sex to make things titillating.
The story begins when Kyle Craig (a villain resurrected from a previous novel) breaks out of a Super-max jail in a rather interesting and unusual way. It quickly migrates to the main villain and the core of the story with Kyle reappearing at the end:
When Cross's name is mentioned on a video left behind at a horrific murder scene, Alex cannot resist the opportunity to rejoin the DC police force and collaborate with detective Brianna Stone in the investigation. This murder is the first of a series of elaborate and highly visible murders. The serial killer has adopted the acronym DCAK (District of Columbia Audience Killer) and loves an audience making sure his gruesome executions are well attended. We follow Alex and Bree (Brianna) in the struggle to find him before he kills again.
This novel is interesting and captivating enough on its own, having followed and enjoyed the series I find it has reached its apex, becoming predictable and lacking originality. What disappointed me the most was the lackluster climax, leaving it open for a never ending sequel...