Monday, August 22, 2011

Spotlight Series: Alex Cross

James Patterson has written over 77 novels at last count and is an largely known for his series about psychologist Alex Cross. Patterson also wrote the Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, nonfiction and romance novels.

James Patterson knows how to tell a story. The writing is never beautiful, but it's always action packed and full of unforeseen twists. The Alex Cross series is one of my go-to series to read when I want something that sucks me in immediately, doesn't make me think too hard and can still manage to surprise me.

Important Characters to Know
Alex Cross - Detective and psychologist living in Washington DC with his family.

John Sampson - Alex's best friend and partner at the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

Kyle Craig - Alex's close friend who becomes his biggest nemesis.

Damon Cross - Alex's oldest son.

Janelle Cross - Alex's daughter.

Alex Cross Jr. - Alex's youngest son.

Nana Mama - Alex's grandmother. She raised Alex when his parents died. She lives with Alex and helps him raise his children.

Alex Cross (in reading order, links lead to my reviews)
  1. Along Came a Spider
  2. Kiss the Girls
  3. Jack and Jill
  4. Cat and Mouse
  5. Pop! Goes the Weasel
  6. Roses Are Red
  7. Violets Are Blue
  8. Four Blind Mice
  9. The Big Bad Wolf
  10. London Bridges
  11. Mary Mary
  12. Cross
  13. Double Cross
  14. Cross Country
  15. Alex Cross's Trial
  16. I, Alex Cross
  17. Cross Fire 
  18. Kill Alex Cross
If you like the Alex Cross series, you should try:
The Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford
The Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell
The Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman
The Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson
The Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods

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