The People Vs. Alex Cross

The People Vs. Alex Cross

Book - 2017 | First edition: November 2017.
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Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way? As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome, titillating video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family that he didn't pull the trigger with intent to kill, how can he hope to persuade a jury? But even with everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal... even if he can't save himself.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition: First edition: November 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316273909
Branch Call Number: PATTE
Characteristics: 413 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: People versus Alex Cross


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Jul 15, 2019

I gave up on Patterson books years ago since he wasn't writing them anymore. They just were getting worse & worse, but I just couldn't put this one down! Although it wasn't all about Alex's trial, which would had been boring, it was an exciting page turner! I read it in 2 short days, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend!

Apr 11, 2019

I think this book, 'The People vs. Alex Cross' is woefully mistitled. I hope it was an honest mistake, not a misleading and salacious attempt to lure the readers. It may just have been a really bad attempt to keep the name Cross in the title, which Patterson (or his publisher) have been doing for over 10 yrs. If that's the case, it's entirely unnecessary. I actually prefer the names of the early Cross books than the ones branded as Cross. Be Bold James - let your titles entice us without resorting to branding every sequel.

The trial of Cross aspect really took 2nd or 3rd place behind other compelling story lines. The title of Part Five, All Blondes Must Die would have been a more accurate title for the dominant, and I think, more compelling story line. The family story lines running parallel to each other were also interesting and satisfying.

As with all Patterson books this is another fast read. Yes, it helps to know the backstories of all the previous books, but Patterson does a good weaving job so it's not absolutely necessary.

I kind of love Alex's decision about his future, revealed at the end of 'The People vs. Alex Cross'. The different jumps he's made has kept him fresh since 1993.

4 Stars, grade reduced to low B, not quite B-, because I hated the completely unbelievable thing the judge said to the prosecutors at the end of the trial.

Dec 21, 2018

I have read several books by James Paterson, and i would have to say this is one of his better ones. Alex Cross is accused of being a trigger happy cop who murders unarmed victims. He has a good lawyer and we read about the case as it proceeds. Simultaneously there is another tragedy happening where young blonde women are kidnapped by a pornography ring and abused. Alex Cross is involved in this case but with his hands tied due to his own trial. All this makes for good reading and a satisfying ending.

Oct 10, 2018

What is it with authors these days? They write a decent spell-binding plot, and then lazily sign-off on a boiler-plate conclusion. Patterson has a decent plot that held me up until a chapter or so from the end, and then ends with a climax dependent on bad weather and no cell service. Too many writers seem to burn-out by the time they wrap-up their latest novel, and fall into this trap. Storms and no cell= totally predictable.

Sep 18, 2018

A very enjoyable Alex Cross novel but I do feel that there could have been more explanation with the whole Soneji cult episode.

Apr 04, 2018

Patterson's Alex Cross novels remain his best work. Cross is such an interesting, complex, and believable character and his cases are always unusual and challenging. His family and friends are integral parts of these stories and often add tremendously to the reader's enjoyment of the tale.

Keep the Cross books coming, Mr. Patterson. It will be interesting to see where Cross's career goes with his new career venture.

OPL_KrisC Feb 08, 2018

This is the next book in the Alex Cross series. Not my favorite of the series, but I still enjoyed reading it and look forward to seeing what happens to Alex Cross and his family next.

Jan 23, 2018

This bored me too much. I have only read like three other Alex Cross books so I was barely interested in all the side characters. You'll only appreciate this if you've been reading all the Alex Cross books and the entire series.

Jan 15, 2018

Happily, yet another Alex Cross novel was totally satisfying. I love all the family dynamics in this series; everyone is integral to the plot in one way or another. There is plenty of drama -- and all without extreme graphics so the imagination can fill in the blanks. I am aways looking for the next Alex Cross as soon as I turn the final page.

Jan 09, 2018

What't not to like about an Alex Cross story by James Patterson. Nothing! This one is a cut above though. Two great story lines going at once, leaving Cross frustrated and doubting himself and his future. And, as usual, lots of family engagement, though this time with one very interesting subplot that impacts one of the main story lines [notice no spoilers here]. There is cybercrime, courtroom drama, missing people, partnership issues, and at the end a surprising career move. Really a great read and so hard to put down, it will go fast. Wish Patterson would hurry and turn out the next great Alex Cross story. Enjoy.

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