Along Came A Spider

Along Came A Spider

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A missing little girl named Maggie Rose.

A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C.

The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher.

A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him - even after he's been captured.

Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He's so popular that the kids all call him "Mr. Chips." And he's very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them - he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He's done it before. Hundreds of times before.

Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. he looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. Cross works and lives in the ghettos of D.C. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. He has two adorable kids of his own. They are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanaganis the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough s it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happened in Alex Cross's precinct. They happened under the protection of Jezzie Flanagan's men. Now Soneji is at large again, still wreaking havoc.

Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality - one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?

Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Company, 2001.
ISBN: 9780759520301
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.

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vhuber
May 28, 2016

Alex Cross - Book 1

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musiclover23
Aug 20, 2015

Couldn't get into it

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redworc
Mar 06, 2014

I've always enjoyed the Alex Cross novels and thought this a good story. What is it with these authors that can only describe using the f word? I can think of several very successful ones that never have it appear in their writings. It is off putting to say the least.

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sinclair29
Jan 19, 2014

This is the first book of the Alex Cross series. It was my second of Patterson's books. Great book full of suspense. Highly recommend.

Neuilly Jul 30, 2013

My first James Patterson, and the beginning of one of his bestselling series....but I don't really get all the hype. I read it fast enough, and it's a page turner, but I find the characters mostly flat and bordering on stereotypical. The villain is the most interesting, but the interactions between the two "leads" left me with a lot of eye rolling. Good for a quick read and non-stop pacing, but if you're looking for depth or character development this just didn't cut the mustard for me. And some of the dialogue was just very over-the-top cheesy.

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tedrich2921
Jul 21, 2013

Patterson is a great writer and Alex Cross is a great character. Together, they make a great couple. The twists and turns of this book kept me guessing at every step. Very well written and executed. If you are looking for an entertaining summer novel, this is a great place to start. I give it an A.

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rahmmie
Apr 27, 2013

Good book, entertaining, lots of unexpected twists in the plot

dmbednarz Dec 15, 2012

I love James Patterson! His books are so easy to read and they go by quickly with the short chapters...they are easy to follow and intrigueing.

BigMoose Jun 21, 2012

I suppose I had to get around to reading a Patterson/Alex Cross mystery sooner or later. So, I started at the beginning. The story was okay and a bit captivating, but the language was filthy, and I had a few other issues with it. It took some interesting turns along the way as all good mysteries must. So, this was my first and last Patterson.

wepa May 21, 2012

great book!

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