Cat & Mouse Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1998
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That monstrous villain Gary Soneji is back in Cat & Mouse, the fourth book in James Patterson's series about Alex Cross, a police forensic psychologist, but he's not alone. In seeming support of the premise that you can never have too much of a bad thing, Patterson has thrown a second serial killer into the mix: Mr. Smith, a mysterious killer terrorizing Europe while Soneji practices his own brand of evil along the Eastern Seaboard. With two killers to track, Cross has his hands full--and Patterson has another hit. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
Fans of Patterson's Alex Cross series will be delighted with this latest installment. Reappearing is Christine Johnson, seen in an earlier Cross novel, Jack & Jill (LJ 8/96) and the principal at his children's school, and Cross has fallen in love with her. Gary Soneji, the creepy kidnapper and murderer from another Cross book, has broken out of jail and embarked on a new killing spree, again taunting Cross that he can't stop him. And one of his intended targets is Cross and his family. If that isn't enough, there's a new serial killer whose murders are so inhuman that the news media are suggesting that he's an alien from another planet. All story lines connect in this thriller, whose driving plot will distract you from thinking about its implausibilities and keep you turning pages to the last, when you'll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next Cross novel. Recommended for public libraries.?Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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First, I'm not a fan of the Gary Soneji character who Patterson dotes on in all his novels. I liked having the threat of Soneji in Jack and Jill, but as a main character, he becomes a tedious, repetitious attempt for Alex Cross to create a psychological profile. It is plain annoying. Then Mr. Smith felt like a scrap of writing that Patterson had lying around that he wanted to use somewhere. The second, first person narrator through the mid section of the book was an obvious and unsatisfying attempt to attach it. Bad!
What's good? I love the primary characters. Alex, Nana, Jannie, Damon, Christine Johnson are excellent. The relationships are outstanding. John Sampson is also a very cool character and was severely underused in this story. Tom Pierce got too much focus and Sampson was forgotten. James Patterson falls way short in this one.
This is one of my favorites of Patterson's, having read it a few years ago it still sticks out in my mind as a fast-paced thriller. And the more I read of Alex Cross, the more I like him. With two mad-men out to get Cross, you can't guess what will happen in this book! Never a dull moment.
If you're looking for a new author to try in the crime thriller genre, you should definitely add Patterson to your "to-read" list!
This time, Cross is lured into a game of "Cat & Mouse" with his old nemesis Gary Soneji from the first novel in the series. Soneji has finally decided to take his revenge on Cross for foiling his plans to committ the ultimate crime years ago. Soneji gets Cross's attention with a string of violent murders.
In addition, we follow Thomas Pierce, an investigator with the FBI, as he tracks down another serial killer described as "The Alien" and "Mr. Smith". This killer has earned his nickname based on the sheer inhumanity with which he kills his victims. Circumstances cause Cross and Pierce's paths to "cross" and they end up working on each other's cases, for reasons other than what you might expect.
"Cat & Mouse" addresses a minor failure of the previous novels. At times in "Jack and Jill", Cross didn't actually do much to unravel the mystery of the killer. In "Cat & Mouse", he actually puts his skills to use in tracking down Mr. Smith. However, while chasing Soneji, we are just presented with evidence from previous novels, and not much new that required Cross to actually investigate.
Many readers are turned off by Patterson's switching point of view in this series. Most chapters involving Cross are told from first person perspective, and those that involve the killer or others are usually in third person. I personally like this, because I think Patterson gives Cross some great lines that are revealed in Cross's internal dialogue.Read more ›
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As usual the mystery and surprise elements are there however too much mention of his family ,rosy the cat, their house,I had to turn the pages to get to the interesting action... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Siran Hambarsom
Never disappoints. I enjoy all of James Patterson's novels.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer leh
Argh! Stop recommending Alex Cross series to me already! I am never going to read the bloody series. Get over it Amazon!Published 18 months ago by Kristina
Twists and turns in this book. Mr Smith is definately not someone I would have ever wanted to meet up with. Creepy! Love the book and looking forward to the next onePublished on Sept. 18 2014 by Amazon Customer
This kept me trying to guess what would happen next. I will probably never be a detective. One of the best! Read morePublished on July 23 2014 by janet dunn
I am reading all the Alex Cross novels, by James Patterson, in chronological order. They are all excellent, and this one is no exception.Published on March 27 2014 by R. W. SIMPSON
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