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Mary, Mary Mass Market Paperback – Sep 26 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446619035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446619035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 228 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last seen in London Bridges (2004) chasing a terrorist, Washington, D.C., PD detective turned FBI agent Alex Cross is enjoying a much-needed vacation at Disneyland with his family when he's called in by the FBI to consult with the LAPD on a high-profile murder case. A-list actress Antonia Schifman has been slain, her face so badly cut up that she's almost unrecognizable. The murder isn't random; an L.A. Times gossip columnist has received a series of e-mails from a woman named Mary Smith, taking responsibility for the killing of Antonia, her chauffeur, and a well-known female movie producer. Cross studies the e-mails, which make reference to Mary's ordinary appearance and her fixation on the perfect families, particularly the children, of both women. When another prominent woman is slain, Cross is sucked into the case full time, jeopardizing the outcome of the custody battle he's involved in over his youngest son. As Cross studies the e-mails and patterns of the killer, he realizes he can't be certain of anything, even the gender of Mary Smith. The thrills in Patterson's latest lead to a truly unexpected, electrifying climax. Kristine Huntley
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About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Format: Hardcover
Through a friend in the industry I was able to get an advance copy of Mary, Mary. To be truthful I had given up on Patterson (even though I have met the man and find him to be a great interview). His five books a year written in collaboration (actually written by others with him stamping his name on them!) Just never did it for me, and his last Cross novel "London Bridges" was way off the mark. Anyway this book is Classic Patterson, think "Kiss the Girls" in La La land. A crisp, fast moving thriller with awesome twists and turns that keep you turning pages right up to the surprise ending! Oh! I also have to recommend the thriller hit "A Tourist in the Yucatan!" Combine this with "Mary, Mary" as a gift to your your favorite thriller lover this Xmas and you can't go wrong!
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Format: Hardcover
While THE 5TH HORSEMAN was an hopefully will always be my favorite Patterson novel (and, yes, I've read them ALL), MARY, MARY is quite superb also. I give it a good solid second place, the third going to "Kiss the Girls" and "Roses are Red." Now, that said, here's what I liked about the book: Great writing--even better than his previous stuff, and another mind bending plot. Great characterizations and short chapters. What more could you want? It was a fun read, the way Jackson McCrae's "Katzenjammer" is, or some books by Tom Clancy. Highly recommended.
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The plot of this book is intriguing; far superior to those detailed in both "Roses are Red" and "Violets are Blue." In short, Cross's partner, John Sampson, faces a personal crisis: his old army superior is on trial for murder. In typical Patterson style, he is, of course, innocent. Sampson knows this and enlists (no army pun intended) the aide of Cross to help solve this travesty. The deeper they dig into this frame up, they bigger the conspiracy they uncover. Many more murders bearing striking similarity to that of their current case are found (big surprise!). It is learned that this string of murders goes all the way back to Vietnam...Like always, you get a fast-paced book and numerous chapters from the killer's perspective. Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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Format: Hardcover
This is my 2nd book in the Alex Cross series. In this novel, the FBI agent/psychologist helps to chase a serial killer in LA who targets famous actresses. I have mixed feelings about this thriller. The plot is clever but the story is told in a very clinical fashion and about half the book is about the guilt the FBI agent feels about being too preoccupied by his work and neglecting his personal life and family. If you're a fan of the hero than you'll probably like this novel. Personally, it left me indifferent because the book lacks passion. The police investigation is only sketched out at best as the story leaps along, which kills the suspense and logic. The ending is rather odd -- how did the serial killer know where Cross was going and how/why did he take along the journalist? There are a few loose ends too... I was confused by the chapters featuring the real Mary Smith (Was she real? what happens after the outing at Disneyland?) and what was the point of the nagging journalist? So, since I'm not a Cross fan, I give it 2.5 stars out of five (not quite bad but pretty close!).
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Top females on Hollywood's A-list are being murdered in a particularly vicious manner. The details of each killing make it clear that the motives are entirely personal. After each killing (and in one case almost during the killing itself), the murderer sends an e-mail to a Hollywood entertainment writer gloating about the murder and virtually daring the police to come and get her. Yes, you read that correctly ... "HER"! The e-mails are all signed "Mary Smith"! Top FBI Agent Alex Cross, much to his chagrin and to the disappointment of his children and his long-suffering grandmother, is pulled away from a well-deserved Disneyland holiday with his family and ordered to act as a consultant to the LAPD on the case.

Admittedly, there's nothing about "Mary, Mary" that will elevate it beyond the ranks of enjoyable brain candy thriller to the status of literature. But it is worth noting that unlike the outrageously weak fare that we suffered through in "London Bridges", "Mary, Mary" seems to be a long awaited return to the quality of thriller that justifiably vaulted James Patterson onto best seller lists around the world. We're treated to an enjoyable plot that moves along with compelling page-turning speed. Alex Cross, in the manner of Inspector Rebus, Harry Bosch and all of the other loner cops in mystery and thriller literature successfully marches to the rhythm of his own drummer. We are also witness to some realistic character development as we watch the relationship with his current squeeze, Jamilla, go down in flames and we hurt with him as he is hauled into a nasty court custody battle for his beloved son, Alex. And our heart aches as Patterson gives us a wrenching example of the trials of a complete mental breakdown!

Literature? No. Brain Candy? Yes. Memorable? Not particularly. Enjoyable? Absolutely! Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
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Format: Hardcover
I, personally, don't care how many books James Patterson has out there, he's still the master of thrills. I couldn't put this book down.

All Patterson's books are good, but Alex Cross is his best character. I feel like I know him and his family after all this time, and I can feel the conflict between his beloved family and his dedication to his job of catching and stopping killers before the go on to kill more innocent people. Alex is a man torn between doing what's right for humanity while doing right by his family too.

I do see growth in Alex and it's refreshing to see him split with various loves for various good, understandable reasons. It makes him appear more human because that's exactly how it happens in real life. The path of true love never runs smooth, and Alex will find his soulmate in due time ... just like we real-life mortals do.

Patterson had the right amount of twists and turns in this book, and he really surprised me. I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but NO!!! So, once again, I had a surprise ending.

I really enjoyed the excitement of this book. (An aside: My favorite co-author of Patterson's is Maxine Paetro, and I'm pleased to know this dynamic duo has paired for some of his "numbers" series.)
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