I was a Patterson fan at the beginning of the Alex Cross series. I then lost interest in this mystery series. Cross Justice, the 2015 instalment of the long-running saga is a decent read but not going to make me go back to Patterson.
The premise is interesting. A relative is accused of a horrible crime so Alex Cross returns to the small North Carolina town where he grew up and which is the source of all his family drama. While helping defend a cousin, Cross must confront some old ghosts, one of which may or may not or may or may not be a ghost.
Patterson seems to have a particular affection for names that end with the e sound. Cross Justice features Bree, Naomi, Jannie, Patty, Sydney, Connie, Hattie, Cece, Pinkie, Randy, and I probably missed a couple of much lesser character. This makes it really hard for the reader to remember who is who, especially for secondary characters who are nonetheless important for the plot. I think it is just lazy on the author's part.
The sections having to do with Cross' past are very interesting, much more so than the crime that brought Cross home. Patterson also introduces a secondary plot line taking place in Florida and presented from the criminal's point of view. This is to introduce a couple of Florida detectives halfway through Cross Justice.
I thought this was also a clumsy way for James Patterson to introduce a new series as detectives Drummond and Pendelini are an interesting pair. It serves instead to set-up the most implausible, improbable, unbelievable, incredible, inconceivable, impossible resolution. I would have thrown Cross Justice across the room just to make a point but I was visiting a friend and didn't want to cause any collateral damage.
This Alex Cross mystery left me cross.
Other James Patterson Reviews
Judge & Jury: Great mystery novel that keeps you interested all the way through.
Cross - An Alex Cross Novel: The latest Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson. Excellent except for the ending.
Step On A Crack: Excellent thriller. Easy read, hard to put down.
You've Been Warned James Patterson and Howard Roughan: Read the review and you've been warned.
Double Cross - An Alex Cross Mystery: a strong, addictive page turner. a mystery novel definitely worth the trip to the book store.
I, Alex Cross: This case hits close to home for Alex Cross
The Murder of King Tut - with Martin Dugard: Patterson's take on the subject will entertain most.
The Postcard Killers with Lisa Marklund: A very good mystery novel
Toys: Action action action in SF novel
Guilty Wives - Patterson & David Ellis: is an often intense, always interesting escape that is hard to put down
Private Berlin - Patterson and Mark Sullivan: Not for the faint of heart and described as “spectacularly violent”,
12th of Never - Women s Murder Club Mystery: Easily read over a two day period, 12th of Never is a Women s Murder Club mystery
15th Affair - A Women s Murder Club Mystery: a gripping and exciting mystery from the start
Woman of God - with Maxine Paetro: It is Easter Sunday. Amidst great stirrings and controversy, a new pope is about to be chosen. The rumour is, she could be a woman.