First came the stunning bestseller, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, which introduced its memorable hero, Washington, DC, detective and psychiatrist Alex Cross. Then the explosive novels KISS THE GIRLS and JACK AND JILL proved that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson - the master of the non-stop nightmare. Now he brings us CAT AND ...Read MoreFirst came the stunning bestseller, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, which introduced its memorable hero, Washington, DC, detective and psychiatrist Alex Cross. Then the explosive novels KISS THE GIRLS and JACK AND JILL proved that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson - the master of the non-stop nightmare. Now he brings us CAT AND MOUSE. Psychopath Gary Soneji is back - filled with hatred and obsessed with gaining revenge on detective Alex Cross. Soneji seems determined to go down in a blaze of glory and he wants Alex Cross to be there. Will this be the final showdown? Two powerful and exciting thrillers packed into one, with the electrifying page-turning quality that is the hallmark of megaselling author James Patterson.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-13 Always a generous author (lots of plot and intrigue) if not a stylish one, Patterson now gives his fans two thrillers, loosely linked, for the price of one. The first features convicted mass murderer and prison escapee Gary Soneji, returning from Along Came a Spider. The second focuses on Mr. Smith, a fiend who performs live autopsies on his victims and who boasts to one, "Gary Soneji [is] a pussycat compared to me." Both benefit from the humane presence of Patterson's popular black Washington, D.C., detective/psychologist Alex Cross, who sweetly romances a school principal when not hunting down the villains. There's action aplenty here, beginning with Soneji's rampage in the famed train station, intercutting with Mr. Smith's diabolical handiwork and peaking with a nighttime assault on Alex and a cruel conclusion. There's much mystery, too, as PattersonŠwriting in the third-person as well as through two first-person voicesŠlays down the games suggested in the title. The many puzzlesŠwho is Mr. Smith? why is Soneji possessed of bloodlust? etc.Šand their solutions are on a Hardy Boys level, and Patterson's prose is equally rudimentary, littering the narrative with as many exclamation points as dead bodies: "Rush hour! Eight-twenty A.M. Jesus God Almighty, no! A madman was on the loose inside Union Station"). With his trademark short chapters, cleanly delineated characters and flair for cheesy melodrama, however, Patterson again delivers the sort of undemanding, swiftly paced fare that has made him a champ of the charts. 500,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; author tour. (Nov.) FYI: Paramount Pictures promises a "multimillion"-dollar campaign to promote the release of Kiss the Girls in September. Warner will publish the mass market edition of Jack & Jill in October. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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