Cross The Line - Alex Cross 24

Cross The Line – Alex Cross 24

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer…with a conscience. 

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers.

Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread – the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.

As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he’s sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.

There’s not much I can say about James Patterson’s Alex Cross series that hasn’t been said before, countless times, but one thing I will say about Cross The Line – Patterson’s latest offering (24th in the series) – is that the book is a joy to read, simply a joy.

It’s an effortless read, a book you can pick up and read 50 pages in quick succession and then get on with the rest of your busy day but if you’re lucky enough to have more time on your hands then the book will be over all too soon. My days are incredibly busy these days – like most of us – and finding the time to read isn’t always an option and when a book comes along that’s easy to read, entertaining and thought provoking I jump at the chance.

I’ve been fortunate enough to read a number of James Patterson titles over the years but very few from the Alex Cross stable, no idea why it just hasn’t happened but boy do I want to put that right. Cross is a wonderful character and along with his colourful family there’s a good balance between the troubles and consternations of crime fighting and the daily chores that family life brings. Talking of family, Nana Mama is amazing, who wouldn’t want to have her in their lives? She’s the glue that holds the family together, a person who nurtures the young family, a moral guardian if you will. Don’t get me started on her cooking – a Nana Mama cookbook full of mouth watering recipes! Just has to be written!

The plot is strong and the characters driven. Patterson weaves his magic from beginning to end and there really is no respite in the action and along with an expressive narrative this is a book to be savoured and devoured in a few sittings!


  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Century (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780892683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780892689



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