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The People Vs Alex Cross - Book Review

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published November 4th 2017
Latest thriller novel from 'King of Crime'
King of crime James Patterson is back with a thriller featuring his star detective Alex Cross - but this time Cross is in the dock.

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The latest crime thriller featuring detective Alex Cross


Turning the usual crime thriller on its head, The People Vs Alex Cross is a fast-paced mystery with Patterson's tell-tale style that keeps you gripped from start to finish.

Keeping up to date with the times, Patterson has injected the story with current affairs issues like criminals using the dark web, cybercrime and protests against police shooting members of the public.

It is in this climate that Detective Cross is on trial for shooting people who were unarmed, but there are plenty of twists along the way.

The action isn't just set in the courtroom either as Cross's trial runs alongside an investigation into kidnapped women that the detective can't help but get involved with.

Opening the book in the midst of one of the kidnappings, Patterson grabs your attention straight away with all the ingredients of a juicy thriller. Within the first chapter, there's a child murder, masked men and lesbian blondes thrown into a van, and that's just the beginning.

James Patterson, Alex cross novels
James Patterson is one of the most read authors in the world.


For fans of the Alex Cross dramas - this is the 25th in the series - they won't be disappointed in following his latest dilemma. Family relationships with his wife Bree, Nana, children as well as close friends all play a part in the plot.

There's also the development of new characters within the FBI, like the vibrant IT specialist Krazy Kat, real name Keith Karl Rawlins, who has a red Mohawk hairstyle and dances the night away at gay clubs.

Cross' nemesis from a previous tale - Gary Soneji - is also key to the storyline, which adds continuity for regular Cross readers but doesn't spoil the novel for those that are new to the series as it is a self-contained story in its own right.

As the world's bestselling thriller writer and Britain's most popular author, Patterson has knocked out several novels a year, often co-written with other authors of late, but the Cross series is one that he prefers to write on his own.

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Other novels in the Alex Cross series


That shows through the characterisations and detail. Cross is obviously someone the writer has nurtured, developed and enjoys writing about, which makes this thriller so easy to read.

The People Vs Alex Cross is a welcome crowd-pleaser with action galore and a satisfying ending. It's bound to be another bestseller for Patterson.

The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson is available from 2 November 2017. It is published by Century in Hardback & ebook and costs 20 RRP.
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Cost: 20 RRP
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