Criss Cross (Alex Cross Series #27)

Criss Cross (Alex Cross Series #27)

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A killer with all the skills of a master detective has made Alex Cross the subject of his deranged "investigation."
In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed "M" rests on the corpse. "You messed up big time, Dr. Cross."

Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as "M" lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details — details that conjure up decades-old cases. Details that conjure up Cross family secrets. Details that make clear that M is after a prize so dear that — were the killer to attain it — Alex's heart would no longer have reason to beat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549120794
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Series: Alex Cross Series
Edition description: Abridged
Sales rank: 19,514
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Criss Cross 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I have read every Alex Cross books and I eagerly await the next one. The books keep me intrigued until the very last page. I've spent many nights up until the sun rises, just to see who the villain is, keep up the good work Mr Patterson, and I will keep buying and reading.
Anonymous 3 months ago
It was a definite page turner!
Anonymous 3 months ago
The Alex Cross series books seem to get better with each one! Criss Cross captivates to the point where you can't put it down regardless of how tired you get! And then the ending. . . . no, I'm not giving anything away! But I'll tell you, it's all Patterson!
Linda Henderson 16 days ago
a predictable story. it seems most reviewers loved it. I was mostly bored.
Kara Neal 3 months ago
Unlike Jannie Cross, the Alex Cross series seems to be loosing a lot of steam with each new book. This was just ok.
Jeffrey Perillo 14 hours ago
Another great Alex Cross book.
Billie Warta 5 days ago
Gale Cohan 10 days ago
Brilliantly crafted tale that builds on each and every page. Patterson gives us vapors of suspicion and takes us down some false trails, and then BOOM! The game is afoot! Loved it
Brett Bauer 18 days ago
Another great Alex Cross book.
frmnj40 19 days ago
Exciting, scary, funny, thrilling, heart racing. I could go on and on. His Alex Cross books NEVER disappoint!
Jerry Littmann 21 days ago
Way too much Nana mama-
Veronica Atkinson 22 days ago
read this in one day it was very suspenseful lots of twist.
MonnieR 23 days ago
It's been a long time since I read an entire book in a single day, but as I think about it, I'm pretty sure the last time it happened it was a book in this long-running series featuring Washington, D.C., Metro Police detective and FBI behavioral specialist Dr. Alex Cross (this is the 27th). It is also my favorite series from the prolific James Patterson, and this one was a bit more special because some of the action takes place in northeastern Ohio not far from my home. I've enjoyed reading about Alex, his elderly grandmother, Nana Mama, and his police partner, John Sampson, right from the start; admittedly, it took me a little longer to warm up to his second wife, Police Commissioner Bree, and even Alex's kids. But by now, they're like old friends. And happily, they all get plenty of face time in this book, although much of what happens is pretty scary - one reason I didn't want to put it down (the other is that Patterson's usual short, bullet-like chapters make it extremely easy to keep going). The story begins as Alex and John are in Virginia to witness the execution of a murderer the two brought to justice. They're not too happy about the prospect, and the situation is made worse by accusations by the soon-to-die prisoner's mother (why she'd want to watch her son die in the electric chair is beyond me, but it gets across a point that will be important later in the story). Worse, there's no rest for the wicked; the minute they get home, Bree calls them to a murder scene at which a note, ostensibly from the killer, tells Alex that the guy who's execution he just witnessed was wrongly convicted. The only clue? The simple signature of "M" - a moniker known to Alex for at least 12 years. Shortly thereafter, a former cop now in jail who's been telling Alex he was framed claims to have been visited by an old nemesis of Alex - a man whose death Alex witnessed four years earlier. Whoa - could it be that the man isn't really dead? Not possible, both Alex and John insist, trying to put that possibility out of their heads. Other nasty acts happen and characters appear that may be tied to the mysterious "M," but all avenues of investigative exploration lead to dead ends (so to speak). Throughout, chunks of the book are devoted to Alex's recollections of situations from years past that involve current developments. And along the way, two of Alex's children - Jannie and Ali - find new interests that could lead to very successful futures. That is, until "M" turns his (or her) attention to Alex's family and turns their happy home world upside down. The ending doesn't resolve everything, alas, but it does provide fodder for upcoming books. And as usual, I'll be in line when the next one comes off the presses. Good job!
Jacqueline Applegate 26 days ago
Great book!
Hilda Kalisch 27 days ago
James Patterson doesn't disappoint!
Joan Colwell 27 days ago
Jana54 28 days ago
Good read and kept me wanting to find out what happens next.
mary zamora 29 days ago
Awesome read
PaulT 3 months ago
my title says it all. I literally could not put Criss Cross down. This was the very best of James Patterson.
Shannon Carney 3 months ago
Excellent work
pam williams 3 months ago
As always a page Turner! #excellent
Robert Garrison 3 months ago
Two many stories
Betty Fath 3 months ago
Susan Anderson 3 months ago
so hard to put down. love his writing style
Anonymous 3 months ago
Another thriller byJames Patterson