Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cross Country by James Patterson

After several killings in which entire families with young children are ruthlessly murdered and decapitated, Washington, D.C. detective Alex Cross chases a gang leader and diamond smuggler known as "Tiger" to Africa. This time, the case is personal since one of the murdered families belongs to Ellie Cox, Alex's first love when he was a student at Georgetown.

Seeing the potential danger that lies ahead, Brianna and Nana do not want him to go, but Cross feels compelled to avenge Eli's death. In Nigeria, Alex walks into a kind of hell he has never experienced before. He becomes a witness to the camp were Tiger recruits and trains young boys to become savage killers. In a country on the brink of civil war where the government is full of corruption, Alex soon learns that the laws of justice don't apply here.

When it seems that there is no one he can trust including his CIA contact, Alex must go on his instincts and what he has learned from the Ledger reporter who befriended him in Africa to catch the killer.

I never thought I would say this about a Patterson novel, but I was somewhat bored with Cross Country. Alex Cross is a character readers will love, but I had a hard time getting into all the oil trading issues that are at the root of the war. However, I am interested to see where Patterson will take Alex on the next installment.

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