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Summary

The seventh novel in the Alex Cross series. The Mastermind is back - and he's hot on detective Alex Cross's trail. His cold, taunting threats leave Alex angry and deeply concerned for his family's safety. Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco - bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, or role players, or even of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI's Kyle Craig. But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. He must survive a deadly confrontation - only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

©2001 James Patterson (P)2012 Headline Digital

Critic reviews

"If there really were human superheroes, Alex Cross would be at the head of the class...and, with each instalment in the series, Patterson makes sure his superhero gets bigger and better while at the same time becomming more vulnerable." ( The New York Times)

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the book that just keep giving,.

Another Brilliant Alex Cross Story, just couldn't stop listening, so enjoyable, looking forward to the next 23 or however many they are

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Alex Cross Series

I love the Alex Cross books, looking forward to the next one, 4 bli d nice here I come

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Another great story

Loved it, brilliant narration, probably best narration in series so far. Love this series x

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Fabulously gripping !

Loved the voice loved the story and just could not turn it off ! Great work

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Didn't enjoy it as much as the other books it was a little too far fetched for me

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worst Cross story

this has to be the worst Cross Stort in the series. it is totally unbelievable.

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Very ghoulish serial killers!

Sparked fear suspense and imagination, Great follow up from Roses are Red. Loved this book.

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excellent

This was anexcellent book! I really like the narrator. he really brought life to the characters!

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Very good book

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What is 'optional' when heading 'required'?

It feels far fetched at times but then comes back to reality. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • 27-04-20

Suspensive thriller !

Yet again very well written suspense thriller. Very interesting to see how over the years Dr Alex Cross sled reflects on how being the “dragon slayer” has changed him...

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  • 21-07-12

Violets are meh

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Getting Morgan Freeman to narrate would have made this so much better. This is a very biased opinion, but ever since I saw him play Cross in the two movies made from these novels so far, I can't get past anyone else performing the story.The story was also uninteresting. The only saving grace was the climax between Cross and the Mastermind. The other central story was just not as intriguing.I know this is a Patterson thing, but I don't like how he tells the story from the killers' perspective at times. It takes away from the mystery and lowers the bar for me. If the killers remained unknown and a mystery, it would deepen the thrill of the novel.

Has Violets are Blue turned you off from other books in this genre?

Probably not. But I know that Patterson writes all his novels in the same manner, and this may turn me off his books.

What didn’t you like about Paul Birchard’s performance?

He portrayed Cross with a kind of Boston accent for most of the book. This makes no sense whatsoever, as Cross has never had anything to do with Boston. Hearing him pronounce "airport" as "eh-ya-paht" was just annoying.

What character would you cut from Violets are Blue?

Nana Mama. I know she is a staple of the series and Alex's conscience. But I find her annoying and any scenes where Cross is talking to her slow down the pace of an already slow novel.