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Patterson Double Cross
Daisy Maryles, with Dick Donahue -- 10/27/97
Look out, Spencer; Ms. Scarpetta, better watch your back. The sleuth du jour seems to be D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross, who's not only heating up bestseller charts but also making a splash in Tinseltown -- his movie debut (in Kiss the Girls) was #1 at the box office for its first two weeks. Cross, of course, is the creation of James Patterson, first seen in 1993's Along Came a Spider. His latest heroics are on view in two Warner mass market titles: Kiss the Girls, which lands at #3 in its fifth appearance on the list, and Jack &Jill, which shoots to #2 following its 14th-place debut last week. Jack &Jill, which was published last year by Little, Brown, had a first paperback printing of 1.4 million copies andhas gone back for an additional 50,000. Kiss the Girls, a 1995 LB hardcover, was published by Warner in December 1995 (first printing: 1,360,000) and re-published last month with a tie-in cover -- that edition started life with 390,000 copies; eight printings later, it's up to 725,000. The in-print total for both mass market editions is now 2,480,000 copies.

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