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The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross, 23) Paperback – April 10, 2018
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538745518
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538745519
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.25 x 8.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the positive side, the courtroom scenes are wonderfully written and are very dramatic. Alex Cross is on trial for murder; shooting dead two followers of an old adversary, Gary Soneji. As the case unfolds the evidence appears stacked against him. This section of the book is a real page turner and one that had me reading late into the night.
The book has a second story-line concerning the disappearance of several young women who subsequently appear in some quite horrific film clips that have been uploaded to the dark web. Alex gets involved in this investigation even though his trial is imminent and he is on suspension from the police service. Again, parts of this story-line are very dramatic and engaging.
There are some aspects of the novel that I felt were either incredulous or a little too coincidental for my liking. For example, Alex’s precocious nine-year old son spotting a critical technical flaw that the police cyber specialists missed – yes, I know it could be possible as he is clearly a gifted child, but rather too convenient for my liking. There are a couple of other examples that I will refrain from mentioning as it would mean revealing more of the plot.
However, overall, I rate this thriller 4 stars based on the truly gripping courtroom scenes, but I expect more ardent fans of James Patterson or the Alex Cross series will no doubt rate it higher!
Although this book is titled The People vs Alex Cross I personally found that the trial of Alex Cross is more of a background story than the main highlight of the book. The main plot follows the kidnapping of several blond girls in the area and the dark web, where videos are being shown of the girls deaths, but are they fake ?
As with all Alex Cross books, him and Sampson are joined up to fight the worst criminals in the US, even though technically Alex is suspended due to his court case.
Another great instalment of Alex Cross and his family and colleagues. Already looking froward to reading the next book.
Running alongside this storyline you have another case which Alex gets involved in (even though he is suspended) which causes tension with Bree. This case builds to an enormous climax which subsequently makes Alex realise what is really important in his life. You also have the family scenes which I absolutely love.
Another great addition to the stable of Alex Cross novels. Looking forward to reading book 26.