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Cat & mouse
Patterson, James, 1947-
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Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, Inc., [1998]

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9 audio disc (10.5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact disc.
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Audiobook on CD


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In this classic #1 bestselling thriller, Alex Cross must face two cunning hunters--one operating up and down Americas East Coast and one in Europe--who believe Cross is their only worthy opponent. They dare to ask the ultimate question: Is Alex Cross about to die? Reissue.

Author Notes

James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and received a M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was written while he was working in a mental institution and was rejected by 26 publishers before being published and winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery.

He is best known as the creator of Alex Cross, the police psychologist hero of such novels as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Cross has been portrayed on the silver screen by Morgan Freeman. He has had eleven on his books made into movies and ranks as number 3 on the Hollywood Reporter's '25 Most Powerful Authors' 2016 list. He also writes the Women's Murder Club series, the Michael Bennett series, the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X series, the Witch and Wizard series, BookShots series, Private series, and the Middle School series for children. He has won numerous awards including the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award.

James Patterson introduced the Bookshots Series in 2016 which is advertised as All Thriller No Filler. The first book in the series, Cross Kill, made the New York Times Bestseller list in June 2016. The third and fourth books, The Trial, and Little Black Dress, made the New York Times Bestseller list in July 2016. The next books in the series include, $10,000,000 Marriage Proposal, French Kiss, Hidden: A Mitchum Story (co-authored with James O. Born). and The House Husband (co-authored Duane Swierczynski).

Patterson's novel, co-authored with Maxine Paetro, Woman of God, became a New York Times bestseller in 2016.

Patterson co-authored with John Connoly and Tim Malloy the true crime expose Filthy Rich about billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Eppstein.

In January 2017, he co-authored with Ashwin Sanghi the bestseller Private Delhi. And in August 2017, he co-authored with Richard Dilallo, The Store.

The Black Book is a stand-alone thriller, co-authored by James Patterson and David Ellis.

(Bowker Author Biography) James Patterson is the author of seven major national bestsellers in a row. These include "Along Came a Spider", "Kiss the Girls", "Jack & Jill", "Cat & Mouse", "When the Wind Blows", "Pop Goes the Weasel", &, in paperback, "The Midnight Club". A past winner of the prestigious Edgar Award, Patterson lives in Florida.

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Booklist Review

Patterson's name on the cover virtually guarantees a spot on the best-seller lists, and there's little doubt that his latest will find a home there as well. Take-no-prisoners suspense reigns supreme as Patterson's popular hero, investigator Alex Cross, returns in a genuinely scary adventure. Alex's old nemesis, psychopath Gary Soneji, is dead set on killing Alex in the ugliest, most terrifying way he can devise, but first, he's decided to play a game of cat and mouse with his intended victim. In Europe, a sadistic torturer dubbed "Mr. Smith" is on the loose, and if Soneji is the king of cat and mouse, Mr. Smith is the grand high emperor. Elusive and terrifying, he performs autopsies on his living victims. FBI Agent Thomas Pierce has been assigned to the Smith case, but he's come back to America especially to help Alex track down Soneji. Meanwhile, widower Alex has met a new lady who has his heart singing. His kids adore her, and he's almost persuaded himself that he could be in love when Soneji intervenes and turns Alex's life upside down. But Alex has a few tricks up his own sleeve and can match wits with even the cleverest serial killer--if he can just figure out which serial killer. Suspense, terror, in-your-face action, strange (and sometimes confusing) plot twists, and a darkly explosive ending will have readers lining up, eager to claim their copy of Patterson's latest sure-to-be-a-hit page-turner. It won't hurt that Paramount Pictures will release a film version of Patterson's Kiss the Girls in September. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Always a generous author (lots of plot and intrigue) if not a stylish one, Patterson now gives his fans two thrillers, loosely linked, for the price of one. The first features convicted mass murderer and prison escapee Gary Soneji, returning from Along Came a Spider. The second focuses on Mr. Smith, a fiend who performs live autopsies on his victims and who boasts to one, "Gary Soneji [is] a pussycat compared to me." Both benefit from the humane presence of Patterson's popular black Washington, D.C., detective/psychologist Alex Cross, who sweetly romances a school principal when not hunting down the villains. There's action aplenty here, beginning with Soneji's rampage in the famed train station, intercutting with Mr. Smith's diabolical handiwork and peaking with a nighttime assault on Alex and a cruel conclusion. There's much mystery, too, as Patterson‘writing in the third-person as well as through two first-person voices‘lays down the games suggested in the title. The many puzzles‘who is Mr. Smith? why is Soneji possessed of bloodlust? etc.‘and their solutions are on a Hardy Boys level, and Patterson's prose is equally rudimentary, littering the narrative with as many exclamation points as dead bodies: "Rush hour! Eight-twenty A.M. Jesus God Almighty, no! A madman was on the loose inside Union Station"). With his trademark short chapters, cleanly delineated characters and flair for cheesy melodrama, however, Patterson again delivers the sort of undemanding, swiftly paced fare that has made him a champ of the charts. 500,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; author tour. (Nov.) FYI: Paramount Pictures promises a "multimillion"-dollar campaign to promote the release of Kiss the Girls in September. Warner will publish the mass market edition of Jack & Jill in October. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

George Guidall, a masterful reader of light mysteries, may seem an odd choice for this serial-killer tale, but his patented folksy style can give an odd spin to the rantings of bloodthirsty loonies. While Richard Ferrone reads the sections narrated by stolid detective/psychologist Alex Cross, Guidall reveals the points of view of the two murderers with whom the District of Columbia policeman must contend. Gary Soneji, sent to prison in Along Came a Spider, is back to torment Cross with brutal murders in Washington's Union Station and New York's Penn Station. When the Soneji case is resolved halfway through, Cross is immediately faced with another killer, known as "Mr. Smith." Not only is Smith not as perversely compelling as Soneji, but Patterson constantly slows down the tale to dip into Cross's love life with his children's school principal. Patterson's psychos are more interesting than his normal characters and the police work is rather pedestrian. Recommended for collections where the author's gruesome thrillers (e.g., Hide and Seek, Audio Reviews, LJ 8/96) are popular.ÄMichael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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