Another Review at MyShelf.Com

Cross Kill
Alex Cross #23.5
James Patterson
Read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Book Shots / Hachette Audio
June 7th 2016 / ISBN 9781478967453
Suspense / Detective / Contemporary / Short Story / Audiobook – 3 CDs / 2.5 hrs

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Fair Warning: there are plenty of spoilers from Along Came a Spider, so if you haven’t read it, you may want to, before you read this short story.

Cross Kill opens with Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, serving up breakfast for the poor and needy. They’re taken by surprise, and John is shot in the head. It’s not enough that Cross is forced to see a partner and friend go down, but the shock of it all is the man holding the weapon. Alex Cross is being haunted by the walking dead, the killer from Along Came a Spider (1993). Alex goes over the old case, looks up past contacts of the killer, and uses technology and experts to hunt down the person who shot his partner. Alex’s family makes an appearance in this short story. Nana Mamma is loosening up a bit with their winnings, but continues to share her wisdom on what’s really important in life. I think everyone should have a Nana Mamma in their life.

In this short story, Patterson solves the case of who, what, and where, but not the why. The epilogue is a lead into Patterson’s next Cross novel. Patterson leaves us wondering if Alex and his job will survive the choices he made concerning this case. It’s a tense two and half hours listen read by Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who narrates the audio version. He is perfect as Alex Cross.

At the end of the audiobook is a sample of Patterson’s next BookShot, “The Trial,” A Women's Murder Club Story. Be Warned: there is a spoiler from the last in series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Along Came a Spider #1 [audio]
Kiss the Girls
#2  [audio]
Jack and Jill
#3  [audio]
Pop Goes the Weasel
#5  [book] [audio]
Violets are Blue
#7  [book]
Four Blind Mice
#8  [book] [audio]
Big Bad Wolf
#9  [book]
London Bridges
#10  [audio]
Mary Mary
#11  [audio]
# 12  [audio]
Double Cross
#13  [book] [audio]
Cross Country
# 14  [book]
Alex Cross Trial
#13  [book] [audio]
I, Alex Cross
#16  [book] [audio]
Cross Fire
#17  [audio]
Kill Alex Cross
#18  [audio]
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Alex Cross, Run
#20  [audio]
Cross My Heart
#21  [audio]
Hope to Die   #22
Cross Justice
#23 [audio]
Cross Kill #23.1 [audio] - short story

Reviewed 2016