Alex Cross #8
By James Patterson
Little Brown & Company - November 2002
ISBN: 0316693006 - Hardcover
Reviewed by Robyn Glazer,
It was supposed to be Alex Cross's last day on the job as a police detective. That is, before his best friend, John Sampson, comes to his house for help. Sampson's friend, Ellis Cooper, stands accused of the vicious murder of three women. As an army man, Cooper has always had a very strong sense of morals and loyalty. For these reasons and more, Sampson believes Cooper is innocent and wants Alex to help him prove it. Sampson really never asks Alex for anything, so he just can't say no to him. Alex meets Cooper and becomes sure that Cooper has been framed. As Alex and Sampson dig into this mess, they find that there are some very powerful people involved who are willing to do anything to keep this situation mum. This might end up being Alex's last case ... but not because he resigns.
Four Blind Mice is the newest entry in Alex Cross's life. Alex has evolved so much since the beginning of this series that to read the books in order makes the most sense. It shows the reader just how far Alex has come. He has always been likable, but now he is falling into the category of lovable. While the story is not the main reason I read this series anymore, in Four Blind Mice it moved very quickly because of it's short chapters. The plotting is smooth and if I were to change anything it would have been the villains. They felt stereotypical and I never really got a feel for them on a deeper level.
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