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This time it's Alex Cross on trial. Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the ba This time it's Alex Cross on trial. Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the basement of his home. When his former partner Sampson shows up needing his help, Cross jumps at the chance, even if it may end up costing him what's left of his career. When a string of young, blonde women go missing, the investigation leads Cross and Sampson to the most depraved, darkest corners of the internet. Struggling to prove his own innocence and uncover the truth lurking online, Cross must risk everything to save his most at-risk patient of all...himself.


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This time it's Alex Cross on trial. Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the ba This time it's Alex Cross on trial. Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the basement of his home. When his former partner Sampson shows up needing his help, Cross jumps at the chance, even if it may end up costing him what's left of his career. When a string of young, blonde women go missing, the investigation leads Cross and Sampson to the most depraved, darkest corners of the internet. Struggling to prove his own innocence and uncover the truth lurking online, Cross must risk everything to save his most at-risk patient of all...himself.

30 review for The People vs. Alex Cross

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    After an apparent snafu with all the Alex Cross and BookShot releases to confuse many fans of the series, Patterson attempts to set things back on track with this much-anticipated novel. Alex Cross is on trial for two counts of first degree murder, stemming from an apparent unjustified shooting of a number of Gary Soneji lookalikes (see BookShot ‘Cross Kill’, eventually labelled properly as Alex Cross 24.4). However, he has been able to stay out of jail for the time being and is serving a suspen After an apparent snafu with all the Alex Cross and BookShot releases to confuse many fans of the series, Patterson attempts to set things back on track with this much-anticipated novel. Alex Cross is on trial for two counts of first degree murder, stemming from an apparent unjustified shooting of a number of Gary Soneji lookalikes (see BookShot ‘Cross Kill’, eventually labelled properly as Alex Cross 24.4). However, he has been able to stay out of jail for the time being and is serving a suspension, allowing Cross to open a temporary private counselling practice. News hits the DC Police that blondes are being kidnapped, their photos eventually posted on the dark web, sometimes in apparent snuff films. Cross becomes personally involved when a patient comes to him, seeking help to locate his daughter, whom he feels may still be alive. Working under the radar, Cross learns more about the case and begins following up leads, much to the chagrin of his wife and Chief of Ds, Bree Stone. With the trial set to open, Cross is confident that he will be able to tell the truth and go free, but previously uncovered videos of the event prove highly damning, to the point that Cross begins to doubt himself. However, there are those within the Cross clan that will stop at nothing to prove Alex innocent and there has to be something within the footage and the forensic evidence to shed light on this travesty of justice. Meanwhile, a teenage girl hangs on by a thread, uncertain what awaits her and a killer with a strong dislike of certain hair colours continues a rampage that could dispel the myth that blondes have it better. A decent addition to the Alex Cross series, allowing fans to get some answers after a mess of poorly timed releases in Patterson’s attempt to pad his gold-lined pockets. I have said it once and I will say it again, James Patterson can write well when it suits him, but he seems to use his name to sell books and not think of the readers who adore his series. I ranted previously about the muck that became the Alex Cross series with the novels and BookShots intermingling and keeping series fans leaping back and forth, worried that they had missed something. Timing is everything with this series, as the number of novels continues to climb, but it is only the patient and dedicated series fan who will not have tossed in the towel or f-bombed dear JP by now. When writing alone, Patterson can concoct some great characters, which he has done here, though Alex Cross may be looking to hang up those cuffs and turn to something more psychiatric or counselling-based to appease those of us who know he cannot be a spring chicken. Characters like Nanna Momma continue to inject much needed humour into the story, though there are times that I cannot help but dislike all the precocious and ‘gifted’ genes that Cross has somehow been able to find in his offspring. The dual (at least) premise of the story keeps the reader juggling both the trial and the search for the latest serial killer, which works well inside these short chapters. Patterson paces things well and in true fashion, one thread is tied off and leaves a single focus for the final 30 chapters. The trial premise worked decently, though the reader can always expect that Perry Mason moment when evidence that was previously missing someone comes together, but will it work in Cross’s favour this time around? I have stopped setting the bar so high for Alex Cross books, as I turn to them when I need a quick read and a rest from mental gymnastics. It served its purpose, but I am happy to say that I acquire these in such a way that I am not forced to pad the royalty cheque that dear James Patterson receives. Kudos, Mr. Patterson, on another decent addition to the series. One can hope you and your publishers will pay attention to series fans who raged about the out of sync release dates on this series. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    As always, James Patterson manages to hook me with a thrilling prologue. Although I felt Alex Cross was off his game in this installment, it was still an enjoyable and intriguing read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Avery

    This is my favorite book series and I'm happy to say that the newest installment didn't disappoint This is my favorite book series and I'm happy to say that the newest installment didn't disappoint

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book was supposed to be about famed detective Alex Cross being put on trial for murder but in actuality the murder trial was a B Plot. I was really excited to read The People Vs. Alex Cross after reading the novella(I'm sorry Book shot) in which the alleged murder takes place but this book was a real letdown. The trial ended with 100 pages still left in the book and I had stopped caring about it. The trial wasn't even the most important thing happening in Alex Cross' life. The real plot to t This book was supposed to be about famed detective Alex Cross being put on trial for murder but in actuality the murder trial was a B Plot. I was really excited to read The People Vs. Alex Cross after reading the novella(I'm sorry Book shot) in which the alleged murder takes place but this book was a real letdown. The trial ended with 100 pages still left in the book and I had stopped caring about it. The trial wasn't even the most important thing happening in Alex Cross' life. The real plot to the book was great. It had Alex Cross and his bestie John Sampson on the trail of the kidnapper of several young women, all blondes. I was way more invested in that case than I was the "trial". As always Alex comes out on top. That's not a spoiler. Nobody reads these books expecting Alex to lose because he almost never does. No rec. You're either into James Patterson or you're not.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    Reading Alex Cross books for my John Samson fix.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I feel like they really screwed the pooch with this book and the last bookshot. Alex is going to trial for something that happened in a bookshot. They never really recap what happened so if you missed it like I initially did, you need to go back and read that first. The trial is only the middle of the book. There's a plot with some kidnapped blonde girls who are being "snuffed out" on webcams. Then there's also a plot dealing with a fellow detective who may be in danger of committing suicide aft I feel like they really screwed the pooch with this book and the last bookshot. Alex is going to trial for something that happened in a bookshot. They never really recap what happened so if you missed it like I initially did, you need to go back and read that first. The trial is only the middle of the book. There's a plot with some kidnapped blonde girls who are being "snuffed out" on webcams. Then there's also a plot dealing with a fellow detective who may be in danger of committing suicide after accidentally shooting someone. It's too much. The book lacks focus. Having Alex on trial is something new to the series and the book would have been better had it solely focused on it. That being said, it's still an Alex Cross book and if you've read the other 24, you'll probably enjoy this too. I still did even with its problems.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Another stellar effort - not that I'm surprised, mind you. Washington, D.C., police detective Dr. Alex Cross has long been my favorite of the author's catalog of series characters. Also unexpected, given the title, is the way this one begins: with Cross's upcoming jury trial. The prosecution claims he murdered unarmed cronies of former archenemy Gary Soneji. Alex, of course, insists that they had guns and he shot in self-defense. While awaiting trial, Alex is on suspension and not supposed to ha Another stellar effort - not that I'm surprised, mind you. Washington, D.C., police detective Dr. Alex Cross has long been my favorite of the author's catalog of series characters. Also unexpected, given the title, is the way this one begins: with Cross's upcoming jury trial. The prosecution claims he murdered unarmed cronies of former archenemy Gary Soneji. Alex, of course, insists that they had guns and he shot in self-defense. While awaiting trial, Alex is on suspension and not supposed to have contact with his department - including his former partner John Sampson, who has been recovering from a gunshot would to the head just returned to active duty with a new partner. Needless to say, Alex doesn't get much time to wallow in self-doubt or worry about whether or not the juries will find him not guilty; early on, a young blonde girl is kidnapped from a school yard - right in front of Alex and his wife Bree's son's eyes. As it turns out, it may not be an isolated incident; horrifying videos begin to appear on the Dark Web that suggest a pattern of similar kidnappings and quite possibly murder. Alex soon hears from his old partner, who needs under-the-table help with the case. Also meantime, Alex decides to hang out his psychotherapist shingle once again, mostly to keep his mind off the trial. He asks for, and gets, referrals from some of his old cronies. One, an old friend, presents a special challenge; others, however, may not be on the up-and-up. Back at home, the indefatigable (and lovable) Nana Mama holds down the fort as the kids continue to demonstrate their considerable potential. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience that opens up new possibilities for Alex and the rest of the family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Detective Alex Cross had reopened his counselling business – his first career – while on suspension for the murder of two men. Located in the basement of his home, he could work the hours that fitted around him and his family. But when his partner, Detective John Sampson quietly asked for his help regarding the abduction of young, blonde women who were going missing across the country, he jumped at the chance. Going against the rules – even of the Chief of Police; his wife – he joined Sampson in Detective Alex Cross had reopened his counselling business – his first career – while on suspension for the murder of two men. Located in the basement of his home, he could work the hours that fitted around him and his family. But when his partner, Detective John Sampson quietly asked for his help regarding the abduction of young, blonde women who were going missing across the country, he jumped at the chance. Going against the rules – even of the Chief of Police; his wife – he joined Sampson in their search for the perpetrators. The People vs Alex Cross is another excellent addition to this addictive series. #25 in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Cross’ court case is dotted throughout the hunt for evil which appears on the internet, showing the details of the terror the young women were going through. Cross felt the case was strong – he had no desire to end up in prison – and relied on his legal team completely. Sampson was another who always had his back; would they find the person responsible before more girls went missing? Fast paced – I read over 400 pages in a matter of hours – tension filled, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    4.5* This installment of the Alex Cross series was incredible and how awesome was Ali in this one?! I feel like half a star needed to be reduced off because BookShots had most the information on the shootings in question. However, this is a great book with a fast pace and characters we are beyond attached to at this point. My quick and simple overall: awesome 25th book!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I went off Alex Cross books for a while... so happy he is back to doing what he does best! Fantastic book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The People vs. Alex Cross is book twenty-five in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. While on suspension for murdering two people who were unarmed at the time Dr Alex Cross started to investigate the disappearances of several young girls. The readers of The People vs. Alex Cross will continue to follow Alex Cross to see if he will be found guilty or not guilty and what happens to the young girls. The People vs. Alex Cross is an enjoyable book to read, and it does ensure that I continue to The People vs. Alex Cross is book twenty-five in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. While on suspension for murdering two people who were unarmed at the time Dr Alex Cross started to investigate the disappearances of several young girls. The readers of The People vs. Alex Cross will continue to follow Alex Cross to see if he will be found guilty or not guilty and what happens to the young girls. The People vs. Alex Cross is an enjoyable book to read, and it does ensure that I continue to read books in this series. The characters of The People vs. Alex Cross was portrayed well by James Patterson and I did like the way he intertwines them with each other. The People vs. Alex Cross was well written and researched by James Patterson, and it engaged me from the beginning to ensure that I finish this book. The description of the settings in The People vs. Alex Cross was done well by James Patterson. Readers of The People vs. Alex Cross will understand the role of physics and technologies in criminal cases. Also, the readers of The People vs. Alex Cross will learn about family loyalty and love. I recommend this book

  12. 5 out of 5

    gem

    The People vs Alex Cross I have been a huge fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross books since by aunty lent me her copy of Cat and Mouse almost twenty years ago. It's been a long road, full of danger, love, kidnapping, shootings, serial killers, more love and every kind of emotion possible which makes it such a brilliant series. This new instalment, The People vs Alex Cross, has several interweaving plots, the main one being Alex Cross being on trial for murder. If you haven't read the previous book The People vs Alex Cross I have been a huge fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross books since by aunty lent me her copy of Cat and Mouse almost twenty years ago. It's been a long road, full of danger, love, kidnapping, shootings, serial killers, more love and every kind of emotion possible which makes it such a brilliant series. This new instalment, The People vs Alex Cross, has several interweaving plots, the main one being Alex Cross being on trial for murder. If you haven't read the previous books it's might be a bit confusing as it mentions an ongoing storyline and reoccurring characters, however it is recapped in a way that would probably just mean a new reader would read and enjoy this and then backtrack and read the rest! The trial itself was unbelievably tense. It really did feel like this could be the end of Alex Cross as a force for good. The whole way through the prosecution's evidence was overwhelming and I honestly couldn't see how Cross would retain his freedom. The not knowing whether he would prevail made it incredibly exciting and I loved not knowing how it would end! During this, Cross and Sampson are walking a fine line to investigate the disappearance of several young girls, which once again throws them into immediate danger. They really are both amazing bad ass cops! Both these main storylines and all the others thread together and touch on topics which are in the media a lot and it made it feel all too real. I've spent so many years reading about these characters that I've become completely invested, & I love how in each one they become more defined as people. The end of this trial is absolutely mind blowing & I can't wait to talk about it with other book lovers!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    Alex Cross is on trial for murder after the shooting at the end of Cross Kill, a BookShots novella and book #24.4 in the series. While on trial, Cross is running a counseling office out of his home basement. Though Cross is not working as a detective since he is on trial, his partner Sampson still asks for his help solving a case. As usual, there are multiple stories - his trial, his counseling work, and a case involving missing blonde women. The 25th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patte Alex Cross is on trial for murder after the shooting at the end of Cross Kill, a BookShots novella and book #24.4 in the series. While on trial, Cross is running a counseling office out of his home basement. Though Cross is not working as a detective since he is on trial, his partner Sampson still asks for his help solving a case. As usual, there are multiple stories - his trial, his counseling work, and a case involving missing blonde women. The 25th book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. An exciting read that brings back the Alex Cross I've always enjoyed. Sometimes this series hits a lull and the books aren't as exciting, but this one held my interest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    I was fortunate to have purchased a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of this book, which happened to contain the "Cross Kill" short story at the end. B&N should have put this ahead of the main novel, as it sets up Alex Cross's killing of two people wearing Gary Soneji masks and maiming of a third, for which he is being tried. An aggressive prosecutor is trying to use Alex as a scapegoat for police killings nationally, and even Alex is shocked at the statistics for how many times he has used his I was fortunate to have purchased a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of this book, which happened to contain the "Cross Kill" short story at the end. B&N should have put this ahead of the main novel, as it sets up Alex Cross's killing of two people wearing Gary Soneji masks and maiming of a third, for which he is being tried. An aggressive prosecutor is trying to use Alex as a scapegoat for police killings nationally, and even Alex is shocked at the statistics for how many times he has used his gun with deadly consequences. More damaging is videos collected at the scene, showing the victims being unarmed, when Alex saw nickel-plated weapons. Personally, I was much more interested in the story of kidnapped blondes and the videos released of their being terrorized, leaving the viewers uncertain as to their survival. Alex and John Sampson investigate despite Bree's order to stop. The mystery of the videos is solved by a clever, but unexpected person, with technical support from a cool and unorthodox FBI consultant. To anybody that gave up on this series, they should read the two most recent books: they're quite good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Ah, James Patterson has written another GOOD one! I emphasize GOOD because I have found his books to be inconsistent. He is such a prolific writer, but sometimes I believe his co-authors are doing ALL the writing. Additionally, even books within the Cross series (no co-author) can be uneven. I can say this one is unique, the writing is fresh, and the thrills are abundant! Yeah! I love the Alex Cross character and all the characters in the family. I love the dynamics of the family. No fear about Ah, James Patterson has written another GOOD one! I emphasize GOOD because I have found his books to be inconsistent. He is such a prolific writer, but sometimes I believe his co-authors are doing ALL the writing. Additionally, even books within the Cross series (no co-author) can be uneven. I can say this one is unique, the writing is fresh, and the thrills are abundant! Yeah! I love the Alex Cross character and all the characters in the family. I love the dynamics of the family. No fear about this installment! There are no missteps! Very well executed! Intriguing plot, fantastic climax, and satisfying denouement. SCORE!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    4 stars **** Just when I think that’s-it-Patterson-I’m done-with-your-churned-out-rubbish, he goes and pulls out a fab one like this! I’ve been a Cross fan since Spider, but Patterson’s last few books have really tested my loyalty. I’m convinced he just puts his name on the cover of some of his collaborations purely for the money cos some of those are horrendously bad. This latest Cross one however, shows him back on top form with all that makes his crime thrillers among the best back on show. At 4 stars **** Just when I think that’s-it-Patterson-I’m done-with-your-churned-out-rubbish, he goes and pulls out a fab one like this! I’ve been a Cross fan since Spider, but Patterson’s last few books have really tested my loyalty. I’m convinced he just puts his name on the cover of some of his collaborations purely for the money cos some of those are horrendously bad. This latest Cross one however, shows him back on top form with all that makes his crime thrillers among the best back on show. At last!!! All is forgiven! 😉

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chanel Lindsay

    I have loved the Alex Cross series right from the first book, 'Along Came a Spider', and while they have been a few in the series that weren't perfect, I loved this one!! This book follows Alex Cross, who 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. Despite Cross's suspension, his former partner comes to him for help investigating the disap I have loved the Alex Cross series right from the first book, 'Along Came a Spider', and while they have been a few in the series that weren't perfect, I loved this one!! This book follows Alex Cross, who 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. Despite Cross's suspension, his former partner comes to him for help investigating the disappearances of several young women. A gruesome video leads their illicit investigation to the darkest corners of the internet. Although Cross has everything on the line, he will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal .... even he can't save himself. I have been looking forward to reading this book even since I read the James Patterson bookshot, 'Crosskill'. I loved the Gary Soneji storyline and I was very anxious and desperate to read about Alex's trial, after the shocking events of 'Crosskill'. The plotlines for this one were very gripping and intense! The case that involved the disappearance of multiple blonde women was great to read, while Alex's trial was very compelling and completely captivated my attention. A definite page turner that I really struggled to put down! The main reason why I love Alex Cross books, is that I am completely engrossed in Alex's personal life/family life - which is amazingly written! I care so much about these loveable written characters! I smile every time I read about Nanna's protectiveness of her family and, in this book, Ali - who is a mini-me of his dad! So adorable!! Can't wait for the next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    4.5/5....so glad it was such a good story!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    "Are you ready to play a game for us?" James Patterson is no stranger to causing controversy amongst his fans. His prolific output and copious use of co-authors has divided readers for years. The latest snafu came in the form of Patterson's foray into short stories/novellas. On the surface, his BookShots seem like an okay idea. They are short, inexpensive stories that have the potential to satiate his fans between books and potentially serve as easy-to-digest reading material for those less-consi "Are you ready to play a game for us?" James Patterson is no stranger to causing controversy amongst his fans. His prolific output and copious use of co-authors has divided readers for years. The latest snafu came in the form of Patterson's foray into short stories/novellas. On the surface, his BookShots seem like an okay idea. They are short, inexpensive stories that have the potential to satiate his fans between books and potentially serve as easy-to-digest reading material for those less-consistent readers. In his attempt to draw readers to this new venture, Patterson made a critical miscalculation. In his BookShot Cross Kill, Patterson featured his iconic hero Alex Cross. Much to the chagrin of his longtime readers, the novella had major plot points that altered the course of the character's life and left readers of the next full novel in the series completely confused. The People vs. Alex Cross sees the famed detective on trial for the murder of several Gary Sonjei look-alikes who he shot in the aforementioned BookShot. If you didn't read the BookShot, you'd have no real context for why Alex Cross was in such a strange situation. Fortunately for me, I heard the outrage of the fans. While I didn't agree with the way Patterson used Cross in his other ventures, I begrudgingly read it and was fully prepared to embark on his 25th Alex Cross novel. Controversy aside, I really enjoyed The People vs. Alex Cross. The novel sees Alex Cross put on trial for the killing of several alleged criminals. Yes, you need to read Cross Kill for context, but it is short and pretty entertaining. I even managed to snag the ebook version from my local library for free! As if having his entire career and judgment called into question isn't enough, Cross also finds himself involved in investigating a string of kidnappings that end in gruesome snuff films. With Cross suspended from police work during his trial, he is forced to take a back seat to his wife Bree as she tries to put a stop to the brutal abductions. By making Alex Cross answer for all of the bodies he's wracked up over the years, Patterson comments upon the state of the criminal justice system and what actions are appropriate for officers of the law to take. With the Black Lives Matter movement causing debate in our society, this story is more relevant than ever. Patterson smartly avoids taking a stand on things, instead opting to show how both sides of the story are affected in their own ways. I've always been a fan of the Alex Cross series, and I'm happy to report that The People vs. Alex Cross is a solid installment. The book provides everything fans of the series have come to expect and takes the characters into an exciting new direction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    SissiReads

    THIS! This is how you write a thriller! 5 mind-blowing and absolutely mesmerising stars! This time it tells the story of Alex Cross who becomes a “public enemy” as he is put on trial for gunning down three people (he acted in self-defence during the last case he solved); during the trial, he is also trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious recent disappearances of several young girls. Honestly, this book has left me guessing from cover to cover: what is going on? Who is behind this? Where ar THIS! This is how you write a thriller! 5 mind-blowing and absolutely mesmerising stars! This time it tells the story of Alex Cross who becomes a “public enemy” as he is put on trial for gunning down three people (he acted in self-defence during the last case he solved); during the trial, he is also trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious recent disappearances of several young girls. Honestly, this book has left me guessing from cover to cover: what is going on? Who is behind this? Where are the girls? Who is doing this? Who is THIS? There were moments in the book where I did not see it coming at all and I did gasp out loud once or twice, it got me! I also love how the book has several stories intertwined, all linked to one and another; through these stories it also shows Alex Cross from a different angle, which I really appreciate. The whole book is full of suspense, not only the trial, which had me so worried, but also the actual action which is full of gunfire and explosions. The last 30% of the book had me gripping the book like there was no tomorrow! I am just having so much fun (or shall I say nervously!) and loving this book the whole time I was reading it! I also want to make an honourable mention to Ali Cross, Alex Cross’s youngest son. Apart from Alex, he has got to be my favourite character in this book. He is only 9 years old but the things he did to help his dad were truly amazing. He has got such an incredible spirit, and he did make me laugh out loud a few times! I hope maybe, just maybe, in the future.... we will get a series just for Ali? :D In all, this is such an incredible read, just what I needed right now. Full of action, suspense, mystery, thrill, and of course, love. Love it so much, can I ask when will the next book be out? I can’t wait to read another Alex Cross book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    3.5★s The People vs Alex Cross is the twenty-fifth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. Alex Cross is suspended from duty pending his trial for murder on two counts and attempted murder on another. Full details of this are in Cross Kill, a Bookshots issue, but most of the relevant detail is summarised in a page towards the beginning, and more throughout the text, so there’s no need to go back. Rather than twiddle his thumbs (Nana Mama would never all 3.5★s The People vs Alex Cross is the twenty-fifth book in the popular Alex Cross series by prolific American author, James Patterson. Alex Cross is suspended from duty pending his trial for murder on two counts and attempted murder on another. Full details of this are in Cross Kill, a Bookshots issue, but most of the relevant detail is summarised in a page towards the beginning, and more throughout the text, so there’s no need to go back. Rather than twiddle his thumbs (Nana Mama would never allow that!), Alex makes use of his psychology qualifications and does some counselling from a basement office at home. And despite his suspension and his Chief of Detectives clear directive not to get involved, Alex tries to help Sampson out in the case of the missing blondes. Somebody nasty is kidnapping young blonde women and making snuff videos. Being on suspension is also handy for having time to devote to family things like dinner together, and Jannie’s running events. The trial holds a few surprises but when certain video footage comes up clean of tampering, the astute reader will have it figured out before young Ali Cross does. There’s a bit of clever detective work in the blondes case (as well as a few dumb decisions) that all lead to a dramatic climax with guns and explosives and secret tunnels and gas tanks and GoPros. And Alex ends up on suspension again, pending the results of investigations into the shootings. Well, it is fiction so you need to suspend disbelief on some things, like when Alex goes on TV to state his case in the middle of his murder trial (how is this not contempt of court?), and when he and Sampson ignore or forget a certain woman’s computer hacking activities while questioning her. It’s fast paced, lots of cliff hangers are tied into neat bows for a feel-good ending, and there’s the hint of a new direction for Alex Cross. Standard James Patterson fare.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    What a nice surprise. The old James Patterson seems to have returned. The outlandish story is surprisingly believable. Actually worth 4-1/2 stars....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I read a lot of James Patterson books. My favorite character has always been Alex Cross. He was Patterson’s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of multiple bestselling series and stand-alone novels. Alex has always been the gentle, intellectual knight of moral character and action. I can remember reading the Alex’s first adventure, “Along came a Spider” and almost cried when Alex, then a widower, faced the loss of his new love in an ending twist I would never fo I read a lot of James Patterson books. My favorite character has always been Alex Cross. He was Patterson’s first detective series that helped lay the foundation for his kingdom of multiple bestselling series and stand-alone novels. Alex has always been the gentle, intellectual knight of moral character and action. I can remember reading the Alex’s first adventure, “Along came a Spider” and almost cried when Alex, then a widower, faced the loss of his new love in an ending twist I would never forget. There have been some good (and excellent) adventures, including two books ago when Alex discovered and met his father, who was thought dead for many years. There were also some lesser outings along the way, but I generally looked forward to the end of each year when another Alex Cross adventure would arrive. Now, the 25th book in the series – “The People vs. Alex Cross” – has arrived. It begins with Alex having been arrested and charged with shooting followers of a cult based on his old nemesis, Gary Soneji. Alex has been painted as an example of a trigger-happy cop who guns down innocent people in cold blood. Even though Alex claims it was self-defense, the Washington DC law office has decided to go after him to demonstrate that the police are not above the law, leaving it up to a jury to decide his fate. As expected, Patterson throws in multiple plots, both professional and family related. During his suspension and trial, John’s partner and friend, John Sampson, shares with him a video of two teenage missing girls. Another kidnapping leads them into an investigation of a website on the dark net demanding that all blondes must die and providing videos that seem to reflect that belief in action. In addition, Alex’s daughter, Jannie, returns to track competition following her leg injury and tries to set herself up for a college scholarship. The youngest son, Ali, also plays a key role in his father’s court case trying to figure out the clues in the evidence and putting the pieces together scientifically with the help of Rawlins, a new FBI character, that provides an interesting approach and personality to solving cases. Hopefully we’ll see more of him in future books as Alex makes some career related decisions that will hopefully promote their continuing interaction. Like a typical Patterson thriller, the tempo is fastmoving with lots of action and drama. The court room scenes are strong. I find that Patterson does a good job of creating tension and drama when presenting court cases against his characters. Part of the advantage comes from the defense laying out a strong case against the hero, making him look bad, and the readers worried about the outcome. Somehow, before the end of the trial, things turn around and the hero is saved. We still love it, no matter how many times Patterson uses this legal venue as part of his plot. The rest of the plotlines pretty much follow’s Patterson’s usual developments, with a couple of tight curveballs thrown in to make the outcome more interesting. There were a couple of good “ah-ha” moments and some really nice family connections that were touching. On the flip side, reality was stretched quite a bit at times, and there was almost too much happening in certain stretches of the book, which felt a bit overwhelming. At other times, it felt a little like Alex could pretty much do whatever he wanted and get away with it. At other times, even though his schedule was ridiculously packed, he was suddenly, on a moment’s notice, able to be at family events or sneak out fishing with Sampson. I wish that I could get away with that sometimes… Over 25 books, Alex has grown and changed in many ways, but his ethical and moral compass have remained true and strong, a prime example and model for doing good, no matter what the situation is. He has re-married with Bree standing by his side as a strong and equal partner. His friend, Sampson, has also married. Alex’s children have grown. His oldest son, Damon, is in college, his oldest daughter, Jannie, and second oldest son, Ali, are in high school, and the others in middle and elementary school. Each of them are finding their own ways in the world. And most important, Alex’s grandmother, Nana Mama, is still going strong in her 90’s and ruling the kitchen with a tight reign. Overall, this was a good, not a great, book. Still, it was worth reading, especially since it seems that the next few books will be bringing more life changes to Alex and his family members. It will be interesting to see where Patterson takes them in their development next...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    The People vs. Alex Cross I enjoyed this James Patterson novel more than I have any of his other Alex Cross novels in this series in quite a while. This book was much better than any of the others I've read. The People vs. Alex Cross I enjoyed this James Patterson novel more than I have any of his other Alex Cross novels in this series in quite a while. This book was much better than any of the others I've read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    What a book really good. It picked up near the end. it was a book I didn't want to end but I did. What a book really good. It picked up near the end. it was a book I didn't want to end but I did.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James Cox

    Although I like his book shot stories, his full length are so much more. I'm a big fan of Alex Cross and this book had the action and mystery on high. Great read! Although I like his book shot stories, his full length are so much more. I'm a big fan of Alex Cross and this book had the action and mystery on high. Great read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    When it comes to James Patterson's writings, I will always give them a go. His other series though, I am finding myself getting a little bored with them. One series though that I will always feel excited about is the Alex Cross Novels, and we are up to Book #25. This book takes readers back to the beginning of James Patterson's novels with the case of the cult followers of Gary Soneji and his son Dylan Winslow. Alex Cross is up on multiple counts of murder against members who thought they would When it comes to James Patterson's writings, I will always give them a go. His other series though, I am finding myself getting a little bored with them. One series though that I will always feel excited about is the Alex Cross Novels, and we are up to Book #25. This book takes readers back to the beginning of James Patterson's novels with the case of the cult followers of Gary Soneji and his son Dylan Winslow. Alex Cross is up on multiple counts of murder against members who thought they would dress up as Gary Soneji and get revenge on Alex Cross. For those who remember that name Gary Soneji was the serial killer we were first introduced to back in 1993 in the very first Alex Cross Novel - Along Came a Spider. Having this book connected to the first makes me wonder if we have finally seen the end of Alex Cross and his family and course partner John Sampson. While Alex Cross is up on trial, his wife Bree and Sampson are trying to solve a case of who is kidnapping blondes and making them star in their snuff films on the internet. Alex Cross through whom we know can't seem to stay out of mischief will be drawn into the case, and it is looking like he might spend life in prison too. That is until Alex Cross's youngest son Ali Cross steals the show. I just loved how his character is almost becoming a mini version of his Dad. Who knows James Patterson might do what Harlan Coben and Kathy Reichs did and have in the future a YA spin-off series featuring Ali Cross. This particular James Patterson book is a great read for true fans of his Alex Cross novels and for people who have been following his Alex Cross novels since the very beginning.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    In the 25th edition of this series, Detective Alex Cross goes on trial for shooting suspects after no guns are found at the scene. While suspended, Dr. Cross has set up a private counseling service to stay busy. He assists his partner Sampson in trying to trace blondes who are being kidnapped and used in snuff films on the dark web. For me, the best part of this book was seeing the Cross family again. Jannie is coming back from a foot injury that jeopardizes her progress in track. Ali, nine years In the 25th edition of this series, Detective Alex Cross goes on trial for shooting suspects after no guns are found at the scene. While suspended, Dr. Cross has set up a private counseling service to stay busy. He assists his partner Sampson in trying to trace blondes who are being kidnapped and used in snuff films on the dark web. For me, the best part of this book was seeing the Cross family again. Jannie is coming back from a foot injury that jeopardizes her progress in track. Ali, nine years old now, plays a major part in this addition to the series. Cross has some major changes in his life coming down at the end of the book. I'm interested to see where Patterson takes the family next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber Garabrandt

    I loved the dual story lines of this book! It was a great read for me. Full review is on my blog: https://garabrandtreviews.wordpress.c... I loved the dual story lines of this book! It was a great read for me. Full review is on my blog: https://garabrandtreviews.wordpress.c...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    So many mini plots wrapped up in one! A tad slow in the middle but a quick fire ending with a couple cool twists.

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