Entertainment Weekly , Stephen King cited Patterson's thrillers as the example of "dopey" be"/>

THE BIG BAD WOLF

James Patterson, Author . Little, Brown $27.95 (390p) ISBN 978-0-316-60290-7

In a recent column in Entertainment Weekly , Stephen King cited Patterson's thrillers as the example of "dopey" bestsellers. We hope that doesn't mean that those who enjoy them are dopes, because this new one is vastly entertaining. Alex Cross, Patterson's black lawman hero, has left the D.C. police force for the FBI. But Cross was a star cop, so when the Bureau becomes aware that attractive white women are disappearing at an unusually high rate in the nation's capital, Cross, despite still being in training at Quantico, is brought onto the case and is personally mentored by the Bureau's director, earning the ire of some Feds but the support of others. Behind the disappearances is a sexual slavery operation run as a sideline by one of the more believable and most compellingly evil villains in the Patterson universe, the Wolf, a mysterious former KGB man who's now the world's top mobster. The narrative throughout is swift and varied, as Patterson cuts among the diabolical schemes of a Russian magnate who may be the Wolf, the plight of several kidnap victims, the dogged pursuit by Cross and company of the Wolf, and the hideous designs of the members of an encrypted computer chat room who pay the Wolf fortunes to snatch women who fit their fantasies. And there's domestic drama, too, as the mother of Cross's young son, Alex, decides that she wants her boy back. Full of plot surprises and featuring a balanced mix of intrigue, hard action and angst, the novel, on which Patterson notably does not share cover credit, grips from start to finish. The Alex Cross series remains Patterson's finest, and this is the finest Cross in years. Maybe we're dopes, but we're smiling ones. (One-day laydown Nov. 17)

Reviewed on: 10/06/2003
Release date: 11/01/2003
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 978-0-7595-0830-9
Ebook - 978-0-316-01984-2
Ebook - 978-0-7595-0926-9
Paperback - 392 pages - 978-0-7553-4937-1
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-0-7595-0827-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 418 pages
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-446-17531-9
Prebound-Glued - 418 pages - 978-1-4176-6715-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-58621-579-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-58621-577-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-58621-580-4
Hardcover - 464 pages - 978-0-316-74384-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-58621-578-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-446-61431-3
Open Ebook - 978-0-7595-0829-3
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-60024-551-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.