Alex Cross's niece is found brutally murdered. Overcome with grief, Alex vows to take down her killer before he strikes again. But shortly after he begins the investigation, Alex discovers that his niece had gotten mixed up with some very important, very dangerous people. And she's not the only one who has disappeared.
The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to Washington's most infamous club--a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. The killer could be one of their patrons, one of Washington's elite who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.
With astonishing plot twists and electrifying revelations that will keep readers on the edge of their seat, I AM ALEX CROSS is James Patterson's most suspenseful Alex Cross novel yet.
It's been a while since I've read an Alex Cross novel, so I was excited to see this one gracing my mailbox. And it's definitely your typical Alex Cross novel. Damsel in distress? Check. Seriously disturbed loon killing people? Check. Detective ticking people off by talking to people he "shouldn't" be? Check.
It's sad that the damsel in distress isn't really in distress anymore, and that she's his estranged niece. But I thought that there wasn't quite enough emotional drama that plays out as a result, and what it did have didn't really resonate with me. This one read like just-another-crime-novel, instead of a crime novel where the main character goes a little nuts, because hey, it's his niece.
Not to say it's not a good crime novel--this is Patterson's work after all, and the dude knows his crime novel formula like the back of his hand. Could it have been better? Sure. See the above paragraph. And I guessed whodunit wayyyyyy before we got to the end. Of course, I was right. =)
Cross fans will like this one, because it's a Cross novel. Patterson fans will like this one because, well, they're fans. But if you're a fan of more than just another cookie-cutter novel, pick up something else. Like maybe Sheldon Rusch's books.
Title: I, Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Challenges: 100+, Pub
Disclosure: My copy of I, Alex Cross was provided by Hachette Book Group for this review.