Alex Cross, Run

Alex Cross, Run

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Kill Alex Cross was "Patterson at the top of his game" (Washington Post). Alex Cross, Run is even better.


Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail.


But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy.


Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn't noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they'll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316097512
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 407,10 p. ; 25 cm.


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Aug 12, 2018

This book is a 101 course in "how not to write a thriller". The characters lack any sympathetic response from the reader. They are cardboard cutouts. Flat. Every chapter is formulaic: intro sentence, brief paragraph description of situation, and then plot. Crosses detective work is almost lacking. He spends most of his time running from one murder scene to another.

Patterson's attempt to hold reader interest is to have another murder victim every 3rd chapter. Only Titus Andronicus has more rapes and murders.

Cross never discovers the "bug" that Guidice put in his house.
Patterson's handling of the foster child Ava is boring. There is lots of words, but no real emotional content. Reader does not even like Ava the way Patterson has described her.

Patterson breaks an important writer's rule: Show, don't tell. Patterson spends most of the book telling.

The language level is about at the fourth grade.

Nov 19, 2015

While better than his latest efforts, this book felt like a cut and paste from early books. Two serial killers competing against each other, Detective Cross being set up by a villain, taking the law in his own hands, the grandmother (is she ever going to die?) always having the last word, etc.

Dec 14, 2014

Very good book! Probably the best alex cross book!

dogluver Oct 10, 2014

Fast paced intrigue with an ending you could never guess.

Apr 10, 2014

I listened to the audio book on my way to work and home and it was gripping to listen to the story. The readers who were telling the story were very entertaining, loved the Alex Cross voice. I really enjoy this book and I will be reading this book on vacation.

Apr 02, 2014

There is no doubt that the Alex Cross books are entertaining and page turners. This was a well written book, but perhaps I've read too many Alex Cross novels. There is a sameness that bleeds out some of the excitement. The book is good, but just not great. Very formulatic. I'd rate it a 3 on a scale from 1 to 5.

Mar 09, 2014

Enjoyed "Run Alex Cross" by James Patterson. Multiple Serial killers, a troubled drug addicted foster daughter and exciting ending

CLLinda Oct 28, 2013

Another great book. A real page turner.

Sep 04, 2013

Quick read. Another great book by James Patterson!!!

A1001100135190 Jul 28, 2013

Had book and audio

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