Search Results: "James Patterson"


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JACK AND JILL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even Patterson's most ardent admirers should beware of this dog."
Can D.C. deputy chief Alex Cross (Hide & Seek, 1995, etc.) stop a demented duo thinning the ranks of the Washington elite en route to assassinating the President? Read full book review >

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VIOLETS ARE BLUE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2001

"A real test for Patterson's huge audience: If they buy this, they'll buy anything."
Only a writer of Patterson's star-wattage could have hoodwinked his publisher into bringing out this unlovely mess, which pits forensic psychologist Alex Cross against two separate serial killers. Read full book review >

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CRADLE AND ALL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2000

"Post-Exorcist horror clichés, updated with a handful of contemporary references."
Warn the fans: this isn't a new Alex Cross psychokiller foray (Pop Goes the Weasel, 1999, etc.), but instead a rewritten and retitled version of Virgin, Patterson's apocalyptic 1980 horror novel. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: May 23, 2006

"These questions are yet unanswered, leaving readers breathless for the follow-up to this action-packed page-turner. (Science fiction. YA)"
Readers are in for another exciting wild ride of fights (bloody) and flights (in the sky) as Max and her flock struggle to stay alive. 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, these six winged, scrappy kids soar powerfully through the air. Read full book review >

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CAT AND MOUSE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Having reached the peak of his popularity, Patterson is spinning his wheels."
Archly improbable multiple psychokiller tale featuring Patterson's dignified Washington, D.C., detective, Alex Cross (Jack and Jill, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLACK MARKET by James Patterson
Released: June 1, 1986

"Deserves drowning."
Abysmally dumb terrorist novel whose plot would embarrass a Superman movie. Read full book review >

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HIDE & SEEK by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"Fit only for those who find Sidney Sheldon too sophisticated."
Another chill-free thriller from Patterson (Kiss the Girls, 1995, etc.), this one pitting a chanteuse with a past against one of recent history's more improbable psychopaths. Read full book review >

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KISS THE GIRLS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"As a storyteller, Patterson is a great ad copywriter."
Advertising executive Patterson doubles neither our pleasure nor our fun by giving us two intense, Hannibal Lecter-type murderers for the price of one in an improbable and hopelessly derivative mess of a thriller. Read full book review >

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ALONG CAME A SPIDER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Cross is a likable hero, but with a watery plot and weak villain—Hannibal Lecter would eat Soneji for breakfast—he doesn't have much to work with here."
Catchy title; too bad the psychothriller behind it—despite the publisher's big push—is a mostly routine tale of cop vs. serial-killer. Read full book review >

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CROSS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The biggest disappointment, though, is an ending that makes you realize you should have skipped this installment and waited for the sequel."
Dr. Alex Cross goes up against the psychopath who killed his wife, with eminently predictable results. Read full book review >

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FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"Short chapters, paragraphs, and sentences; stilted dialogue; facile plotting; a few feeble passes at description: a Patterson blue-plate special."
Schematic and pedestrian, Patterson's latest (after The Beach House, p. 519) pits Alex Cross against a trio of serial killers. Read full book review >

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MAXIMUM RIDE by James Patterson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"Speed, suspense, excitement. (Science fiction. YA)"
Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish. Read full book review >