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Cross : Alex Cross : Book 12 - James Patterson

Cross

Alex Cross : Book 12

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Published: 1st August 2010
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From the man "USA Today" calls the "master of the genre," "Cross" is the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades--a high-velocity thriller fans have waited years to read, in which Alex Cross at last has the chance to capture the psychopath who murdered his wife, Maria. Available in a tall Premium Edition.

Among the villains Alex Cross has faced&8212;Gary Soneji, Casanova, Kyle Craig, The Wolf&8212;one psychopath tops them all. Alex knows him as his wife's killer.

#1 bestselling author James Patterson returns with the pinnacle of all Alex Cross thrillers.

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother.

THE MOST TERRIFYING CROSS EVER.

Years later Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker.

THE MOST EMOTIONAL CROSS EVER.

When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

From the man USA Today has called the 'master of the genre,' Cross is the high-velocity thriller James Patterson and Alex Cross's fans have waited years to read.

About The Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy.

Ticks like a time bomb - full of threat and terror - Los Angeles Times

Brilliantly terrifying...so exciting I had to stay up all night to finish it - Daily Mail

If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable. - New York Times

James Patterson is back in true form with his latest Alex Cross series thriller... This is his best work yet - Hobart Mercury

Prologue | WHAT IS YOUR NAME, SIR?

THOMPSON: I’m Dr. Thompson, with the Berkshires Medical Center. How many shots did you hear?

CROSS: Multiple shots.

THOMPSON: What is your name, sir?

CROSS: Alex Cross.

THOMPSON: Are you having trouble breathing? Experiencing any pain?

CROSS: Pain in my abdomen. Feel liquid sloshing around. Shortness of breath.

THOMPSON: You know that you were shot?

CROSS: Yes. Twice. Is he dead? The Butcher? Michael Sullivan?

THOMPSON: I don’t know. Several men are dead. Okay, guys, give me a nonrebreather mask. Two wide-base IV lines, stat. Two liters IV saline solution. Now! We’re going to try to move you, get you to a hospital immediately, Mr. Cross. Just hold on. Can you still hear me? Are you with me?

CROSS: My kids . . . tell them I love them.



Chapter 1

'I’M PREGNANT, ALEX.'

Everything about the night is so very clear to me. Still is, after all this time, all these years that have passed, everything that’s happened, the horrible murderers, the homicides solved and sometimes not.

I stood in the darkened bedroom with my arms lightly circling my wife Maria’s waist, my chin resting on her shoulder. I was thirty-one then, and had never been happier at any time of my life.

Nothing even came close to what we had together, Maria, Damon, Jannie, and me.

It was the fall of 1993, a million years ago it seems to me now.

It was also past two in the morning, and our baby Jannie had the croup something terrible. Poor sweet girl had been up for most of the night, most of the last few nights, most of her young life. Maria was gently rocking Jannie in her arms, humming 'You Are So Beautiful,' and I had my arms around Maria, rocking her.

I was the one who’d gotten up first, but I couldn’t seem to get Jannie back to sleep no matter what tricks I tried. Maria had come in and taken the baby after an hour or so. We both had work early in the morning. I was on a murder case.

'You’re pregnant?' I said against Maria’s shoulder.

'Bad timing, huh, Alex? You see a lot more croup in your future? Binkies? More dirty diapers? Nights like this one?'

'I don’t like this part so much. Being up late, or early, whatever this is. But I love our life, Maria. And I love that we’re going to have another baby.'

I held on to Maria and turned on the music from the mobile dangling over Janelle’s crib. We danced in place to 'Someone to Watch Over Me.'

Then she gave me that beautiful partly bashful, partly goofy smile of hers, the one I’d fallen for, maybe on the very first night I ever saw her. We had met in the emergency room at St. Anthony’s, during an emergency. Maria had brought in a gangbanger, a gunshot victim, a client of hers. She was a dedicated social worker, and she was being protective—especially since I was a dreaded metro homicide detective, and she didn’t exactly trust the police. Then again, neither did I.

I held Maria a little tighter. 'I’m happy. You know that. I’m glad you’re pregnant. Let’s celebrate. I’ll get some champagne.'

'You like being the big daddy, huh?'

'I do. Don’t know why exactly. I just do.'

'You like screaming babies in the middle of the night?'

'This too shall pass. Isn’t that right, Janelle? Young lady, I’m talking to you.'

Maria turned her head away from the wailing baby and gave me a sweet kiss on the lips. Her mouth was soft, always inviting, always sexy. I loved her kisses—anytime, anywhere.

She finally wriggled out of my arms. 'Go back to bed, Alex. No sense both of us being up. Get some sleep for me too.'

Just then, I noticed something else in the bedroom, and I started to laugh, couldn’t help myself.

'What’s so funny?' Maria smiled.

I pointed, and she saw it too. Three apples—each one with a single childlike bite out of it. The apples were propped on the legs of three stuffed toys, different-colored Barney dinosaurs. Toddler Damon’s fantasy play was revealed to us. Our little boy had been spending some time in his sister Jannie’s room.

As I got to the doorway, Maria gave me that goofy smile of hers again. And a wink. She whispered—and I will never forget what she said—'I love you, Alex. No one will ever love you the way I do.'

ISBN: 9780755349401
ISBN-10: 0755349407
Series: Alex Cross
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1