Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Review ~ Cross Country by James Patterson

Alex Cross was one of the first mystery series books I read that didn't have a female lead. I actually mainly read female writers as well. When I discovered that Patterson had the Woman's Murder club series, I started reading him & fell in love. It wasn't intentional, that for a long time I only read female authors, so I was glad to add to my list of books. Since I enjoyed that series so much, I decided to check out Alex Cross, and I was so happy I did.

I had been waiting awhile to get the 2008, Cross Country from the library. About the book ~
Detective Alex Cross is called to the worst murder scene he has encountered in all his years on the force. Someone with less than zero regard for human life has slaughtered a family–and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. One of those death comes terrifyingly close to home, and Alex realizes that he is chasing a horrible new breed of killer.
As Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, dig deeper into the case, they become entangled in the deadly African underworld of Washington DC. What they discover there is so shocking that they can barely comprehend it: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a diabolical warlord known only as the Tiger. When the elusive killer's trail turns up in Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.
When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is. Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of the Tiger, can Alex manage to both survive and catch the killer? From the #1 bestselling author James Patterson comes Cross Country-the most heart-stopping, speed-charged, electrifying Alex Cross thriller ever.
My thoughts ~
I have to say this wasn't my favorite, but it really had nothing to do with the writing. Alex Cross went through so much, it was a bit difficult to read. I admired his strength though when he was thrown so many obstacles. It really opened my eyes to life in Africa. It made me want to do some research of my own to see how much was true of life there. In the end, I did enjoy the book. Like I said, my only issues with it were it was tough material to read. The story line, twists and turns were great!

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