Along Came A Spider

Along Came A Spider

A Novel

Book - 1993
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Discover the classic thriller that launched the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years, now one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads"

Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough as it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316693646
0316693642
Branch Call Number: M/PATT
Characteristics: 435 p. ; 24 cm.

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Lori2486E
Apr 30, 2018

Loved this book!!! took no time at all to read. there's a lot going on but i think that's what makes it so great.

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Dreamstime
Apr 07, 2018

Too many moving parts in this complicated plot. I could not suspend disbelief. Very disappointing given all the accolades.

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JLHCKY
Nov 28, 2017

Dr. Alex Cross, a black psychologist and police detective, and his life-long friend, John Sampson, also a detective, are investigating another brutal homicide in the projects when word comes that two young students have been kidnapped at an up-scale Washington DC private school. Why should they leave this pressing case and join forces with the FBI and the Secret Service? It's not fair, but one of the fathers is US Secretary of the Treasury and Alex reluctantly gets drawn in. And later, pushed aside. This is the first time we meet Cross, one of the great new fictional personalities introduced in the mystery - thriller field in recent years. It's a page turner, perhaps it's because author James Patterson also brings us one of the most vile criminals ever encountered, Gary Soneji. Secret Service Supervising Agent Jezzie Flanagan is not just eye candy, but in that department her relationship with Cross steams. Can you read 500 pages in one sitting?

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vhuber
May 28, 2016

Alex Cross - Book 1

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redworc
Mar 06, 2014

I've always enjoyed the Alex Cross novels and thought this a good story. What is it with these authors that can only describe using the f word? I can think of several very successful ones that never have it appear in their writings. It is off putting to say the least.

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sinclair29
Jan 19, 2014

This is the first book of the Alex Cross series. It was my second of Patterson's books. Great book full of suspense. Highly recommend.

Neuilly Jul 30, 2013

My first James Patterson, and the beginning of one of his bestselling series....but I don't really get all the hype. I read it fast enough, and it's a page turner, but I find the characters mostly flat and bordering on stereotypical. The villain is the most interesting, but the interactions between the two "leads" left me with a lot of eye rolling. Good for a quick read and non-stop pacing, but if you're looking for depth or character development this just didn't cut the mustard for me. And some of the dialogue was just very over-the-top cheesy.

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tedrich2921
Jul 21, 2013

Patterson is a great writer and Alex Cross is a great character. Together, they make a great couple. The twists and turns of this book kept me guessing at every step. Very well written and executed. If you are looking for an entertaining summer novel, this is a great place to start. I give it an A.

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rahmmie
Apr 27, 2013

Good book, entertaining, lots of unexpected twists in the plot

dmbednarz Dec 15, 2012

I love James Patterson! His books are so easy to read and they go by quickly with the short chapters...they are easy to follow and intrigueing.

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