Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Short & Sweet Review: Cross the Line by James Patterson


Title: Cross the Line
Author: James Patterson
Series: Alex Cross, #24
Published: November 2016, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 373 pages
Source: Personal copy

Summary: 
Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.

Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers.

Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to investigate the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread – the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.

As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.




***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.


My thoughts:  After not really liking the last installment of this series, I'm happy to say this one was much better and more in style to what I usually expect from an Alex Cross book. There was the usual non-stop action, the case that had Alex, his partner Sampson and the rest of the team struggling for answers and some close calls for Alex - all par for the course. This is what I have come to expect from this series and why I enjoy it so much.

I also have to come really enjoy the interaction that we get from the Cross family. This is a big part of this series and I love that we have really come to know each of the Cross family members. We know just how important each and every member of the family is to Alex and I feel this is just as important to the overall arc of the books as the case itself. This is what makes Alex the strong character he is. 

I'm so glad I decided not to give up after reading one bad book in this series...and this one just proved it. I really love this series and can't wait to see what comes next!




Books in this series:
  1. Along Came a Spider                    16.  Cross Country
  2. Kiss the Girls                                   17.  Cross Fire
  3. Jack and Jill                                    18. Kill Alex Cross
  4. Cat and Mouse                               19.  Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel                    20.  Alex Cross, Run
  6. Roses are Red                                 21.  Cross My Heart
  7. Violets are Blue                              22.  Hope to Die
  8. Four Blind Mice                             23.  Cross Justice
  9. The Big Bad Wolf                            24.  Cross the Line
  10. London Bridges                              24.4  Cross Kill     
  11. Mary Mary                                       24.5  Detective Cross
  12. Cross                                                 25.  The People vs. Alex Cross
  13. Double Cross                                   26.  Target: Alex Cross
  14. I, Alex Cross                                    27.  Criss Cross
  15. Alex Cross's Trial
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