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Four Blind Mice - James Patterson

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Author: James Patterson / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      12.12.2008 10:28
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      An excellent Patterson novel featuring Alex Cross

      Four Blind Mice is a James Patterson novel, and another in the series featuring the best selling author's favoured character, Detective Alex Cross. This novel features a more relaxed Alex Cross in places as he is preparing to retire from the force following the successful capture of his nemesis, The Mastermind. However, he's got one last case to do, and it's a very personal one to his best friend on the force.

      Alex Cross' partner and friend, John Sampson, needs Alex Cross' help. One of his old friends from Vietnam stands accused of the murder of a number of army wives, proven by DNA testing. He pleads with Sampson and Cross that he is innocent, and the pair fo detectives set to work to uncover the real truth in what could be the most dangerous assignment Cross has encountered yet.

      What Patterson does well here is keep his usual fast and furious writing style while applying a deep and harrowing look at the Vietnam war. The pair of detectives must also delve into military secrets, causing a stir behind the front line and sparking off the interest of someone high up. Dancing with the US army could have potentially davastating consequences both professionally and personally for both of them, and Patterson deals with their determination and passion for doing the right thing in a very intense style.

      Indeed, the intensity lasts throughout the book, and the characterisation is brilliant. We have experienced John Sampson on many occasions before, but this is the first where he almost takes the lead in the story. The author does very well in creating the personal aspect of the case, and the message is powerful. However, the tale does get a little silly in places, and the believability of some of the events is brought into question, and it did spoil it a little for me.

      The book does end with a good twist, as do most of Patterson's books, and this is a thoroughly good read despite the slight unbelievability. A recommended read from Patterson. Four Blind Mice is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.99.

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      06.07.2004 03:10
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      James Patterson is an international best-selling author in the murder, mystery, and thriller suspense type genre. He lives in Florida. His unique style is very refreshing and well suited to this type of writing. He writes in short, sharp, dramatic sentences, and shorter, sharper chapters. In my opinion this form of penmanship adds excitement and high drama to the breath taking pace of complex plots and highly charged story lines. Quite simply, the man is a genius. Four Blind Mice is one of the ?Alex Cross? series of books, and if you?re already a fan, then you will not be disappointed. Alex Cross, is a homicide detective serving with the Washington Police Department (WPD) and this is to be his ?last case?. The plan being that he will be resigning to spend more time with his young children and his grandmother, not to mention his new love interest ?Jamilla?. It is an explosive plot that sees Cross and his best friend John Sampson on the trail of the killer of three army wives who have been brutally murdered during a ?girls night out?. A soldier friend of Sampson?s stands accused of the murders, and is awaiting execution after being convicted through solid DNA evidence. He is adamant that he is not guilty, Cross and Sampson believe him, and start the race to uncover the real killer. The story twists, turns and writhes through the history of the Vietnamese war, and the involvement of the USA Army. Cross and Sampson hit a wall of silence and it would appear that the Army has something to hide. Patterson takes no prisoners as he graphically describes atrocities of war, depicts gruesome, horrific scenes of violence and corpses pile up at a rate of knots in this gripping tale. The horror is tempered slightly by the gentle, secure and loving family life that
      meanders along as the constant thread in Cross and Sampson?s? lives. This was an awesome page-turner, totally grasping, and I really did find it difficult to put it down. This story is so awful and shocking that it becomes somewhat addictive, as you?re caught up in the race to discover the murderers. Patterson?s narratives are usually totally believable, which makes for a scary, nerve wracking yet thrilling reading experience. However, there are a couple of twists in the plot of this book, where Cross and his partner escape from the most ludicrous situations. This is slightly annoying, as the story itself is solid and I think the author has been tempted to be overtly sensational, and there was really no need for it. However, despite this one flaw, I was hooked from the first page to the last. A thoroughly enjoyable rollercoaster ride of suspense and terror. Would I read it again ? a wholehearted, resounding, overwhelming YES. Published by Headline Book Publishing Paperback £6.99 Thanks for reading. Cheers. © Christina ;-) x

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      Now the Mastermind is in prison, Alex Cross is ready to leave the Washington Police Force. And, finally, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes. With Nana and the kids, he is talking about the future¿