Alex Cross returns in the most harrowing case of his career -- one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington Police Force when John, knocks on the door, desperate. Sampson's best friend has been framed for murders he didn't commit. Cross is their only hope. But there's a problem --his friend is subject to the code, conduct, and law of an insular world that plays by its own rules: the United States Army. Trapped in a world of lies, murder, sex, and corruption thick enough to reverse their very notions of guilt and innocence, Cross and Sampson end up in a deadly showdown against enemies more formidable than they've ever faced. And only one man will walk away.
If you need Spock-like logical characters, this tale is not for you. Patterson's Detective Cross will annoy you when he repeatedly puts himself in harm's way - sometimes alone. Likely equally annoying will be the fact the Patterson does not slow the plot by taking time to explain how Detective Cross and his partner John Sampson are able to spend weeks solving crime(s) with no apparent connection to the District of Columbia - their employer.
Read for entertainment, not to escape the ugliness that life brings to some.
And it was nice for Sampson to reveal more of his character as well. I didn't see that coming :)
I liked this one, but not as much as some of the others in the AC series. I always liked the bit of the personal touch--about Nana and his kids--but I'm not really interested in Alex's sneaking off to be with Jamilla, or Sampson's private nurse, but I guess that's the non-romance fan in me.
All in all, a good book. Well written and trying to find out who the head honcho was and not sorting it out until the last chapters.
An old army budy of John's from Vietnam, a decorated veteran with a perfect record, is convicted of a brutal murder. And Alex can not accept this. He ask Alex to investigate this crime as a favor. As they delve into the murder, they find that there is more then one crime associated with the Army that have the same profile. The army does not cooperate with Cross, and we are left wondering if they are protecting their own, or hiding something.
There are a lot of distractions in this book, and some background. We learn why John feels like he was rasied by Alex's grandmother, Nana. The fact that John servered in Vietnam before going to the police academy. Both John and Alex have new budding relationships. And Nana is sick.
As usual, we know who the killers are toward the begining of the book. And we get to see things from the killers propsective as our hero, Alex Cross tries to catch them. Still, the book is a page turner and I read it in one day.
A Dr. Cross novel. This book is about military assassins who are hired to frame military people for murders that they commit. A general from west Point is the 4th mouse. Everything stems from Vietnam and atrocities that the general was involved with.
Back Cover Blurb:
Alex Cross is preparing to resign from the Washington Police Force. He's enjoying the feeling; not least because the Mastermind is now in prison. Also, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes, and he is talking about the future.
Then John Sampson shows up at the house, desperate for Alex's help. Three young military wives have been savagely killed during a 'girls' night out' and Sampson's friend, a master sergeant at the army base, stands accused.
Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military. But what is the army trying to hide? And do the mysterious symbols daubed on the homes of the accused mean that there are more sinister forces at work?
I can say with the context of the earlier books the story does have a bit more depth too it, and certainly more than some of the other Patterson books I've read. I did find the idea of
I also noted that in this book the age of Alex Cross's 'old black porsche' is revealed to be 14 years, which means when it was first referred to as his 'old black porsche' it was a mere 8 years of age if I have the series chronology correct in my memory. An 8 year old car isn't quite what I'd refer to as old, not even a 14 year old car, rather I personally would refer to it as a porsche. An old porsche to me brings mental images of a 1950s, 1960s, even 1970s car.
Overall, another good installment and we see Cross's career development now progress further.
Thankfully this novel wasn't so bland as many of his others; a pretty decent story line, somewhat based in reality (there were some serious massacres in Vietnam which once found out about were covered up and despite ample evidence were never prosecuted) and enough mystery and suspense to keep the pages turning.
Like his over novels however the story isn't particularly deep, the characters are all rather like a thin sheet of paper - present but not much to them. So whilst it's entertaining to a point I wouldn't hold an expectation of being thrilled.