Cross the Line Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer...with a conscience.
Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, DC. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread - the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.
As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 38 minutes|
|Narrator||Ryan Vincent Anderson, Peter Bradbury|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 21, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #226,241 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,758 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#4,174 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,185 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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The main plot takes place unexpectedly when the District Chief of Detectives and his Slovakian girlfriend are gunned down in cold blood on a public walkway. Immediately the shooting grabs the attention of the Washington political scene.
The two sub-plots are what appears to be road rage murders; and lastly, we have mass murders taking place at what appears to be drug making factories.
All capture the readers interest well, though all seem independently different. Mr. Patterson's very good writing brings all together at the end. Throw some nice twists into the mix and we have a novel the reader can appreciate.
I did, for me, feel the lack of a true closure for Mr. Condon's part in the book to be a loose end. Yes, he was a threat in the beginning. The cops eventually befriended him, he became an ally, and was used as a decoy. It still didn't seem finished. He more or less disappeared.
I also feel there is far too much Nana Mama in this book. She is somewhat the wise old Matriarch. But, I'd like to see her take far less a role. There is a lot of Alex's family involved in this book; they can fade a bit, as well. While a cop's personal side is always a nice touch, I find Mr. Patterson goes a bit overboard with it.
This really keeps me from giving this 5 stars.
However, as a detective thriller, the book surely does not disappoint.
There are a series of murders taking place and not just one or two, but at times multiple murders of up to twenty people. They all appear to be by vigilantes trying to clean up the town of the criminal undercurrent. That is except for the opening murder of Chief of Detectives Tom McGrath and a young lady that he has been seeing.
Who would want to kill the chief of detectives? Better question, who wouldn't? But the answer will be hard to find, or maybe it won't. That's what makes it an interesting part of the plot line.
Next question, who will be the new Chief of Detectives? Alex Cross? That's the logical choice, but will it be the one that is made?
Final question, what do vigilanty killings, the murder of a chief of detectives and trafficking of humans and the sale of narcotics all have in common?
The novel is engaging and will keep your interest as you try and solve some of the mystery. The other thing is that it will make you take a step back and ask yourself, "What has happened to the America that I grew up in?" And, "What can we do about it." So, don't just read as a novel. Stop at times and ask yourself some hard questions, such as, what would I do?
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Thriller Writer" Of course he is - because he writes the best thrillers.
I only need to see his name on the cover of a book to put it in my basket. The only thing that would stop me buying a Patterson thriller is if I already have it on my shelf!
I have read nearly everything he has written and still can't wait for the next one.
Long may he rule.
It's a good read but by no means the best Alex Cross book and way inferior to the last one. The story is a bit silly and we don't get into the characters as in other Cross novels.
But to kill some time on a long plane journey it's fine.