Along Came a Spider, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The spectacular international bestseller that introduced Washington-based homicide detective Alex Cross and launched James Patterson's career as one of the fastest-selling thriller writers in the world - now reissued in striking new cover style.

He had always wanted to be famous. When he kidnapped two well-known rich kids, it was headline news.

Then one of them was found - dead - and the whole nation was in uproar.

For such a high-profile case, they needed the top people - Alex Cross, a black detective with a PhD in psychology, and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious young Secret Service agent - yet even they were no match for the killer.

He had the unnerving ability to switch from blood-crazed madness to clear-eyed sanity in an instant.

But was he the helpless victim of a multiple-personality disorder - or a brilliant, cold-blooded manipulator?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780007432325



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I'm going to review the whole Alex Cross series, since they are similar in format and almost equal in quality. Overall I liked the series, although I didn't start with the first one, and found out about one of the recurring killers (there are usually more than one in each book, some tend to linger over several books). This gave me a different perspective as I went back to read the books from the beginning.The series does become a little formulaic after a few books, but there are enough twists and turns that I got hooked and plowed through them in short order. If there is one thing I can say about Patterson's Cross books, it is that they are page-turners. Each chapter is on average just a few pages, and at the end of each one I wanted to read just a little farther to see what happened next. And suddenly I was done one and onto the next. I must admit though, that I started skipping the sex scenes after the first few books. I didn't find they added much to the plot.If you like a good quick thriller with a protagonist who will give you familiar action over and over with a multitude of serial killers to challenge and threaten him, then this is the series for you.

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