Along came a spider

by Patterson, James, 1947-

Format: Print Book ©1993.
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Summary
Discover the classic thriller that launched the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years, now one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads"

Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough as it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Touted by its publisher as "the first new fiction bestseller of 1993," Along Came a Spider opens with a gruesome multiple murder in the projects southeast of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and the kidnapping of two famous children--the son of the Treasury secretary and the daughter of a movie star--from Georgetown Day School by the school's math and computer teacher. Is the teacher (whose ransom bid is signed "Son of Lindbergh") a victim of a rare multiple personality disorder, or a psychopath who feigns multiple personalities to prove his brilliance and escape punishment? African-American psychologist Alex Cross, a widowed district police detective with two children and a very wise grandmother, seeks the answer in tense collaboration with FBI and Secret Service agents. As Son of Lindbergh produces one surprise after another, Cross is startled to find both interracial love and icy psychopathology within the team of law enforcement professionals pursuing the clever, manipulative criminal. Patterson, author of such previous Little, Brown novels as The Thomas Berryman Number (1975) and The Midnight Club (1989), seems a bit less confident inside the mind of a possible psychopath than retired psychologist Jonathan Kellerman in his Alex Delaware mysteries (or Thomas Harris in his Hannibal Lector books); but Along Came a Spider's fascinating characters and pulse-pounding plot ensure that Patterson's latest will keep readers guessing from chapter one's mutilated corpses to the execution of someone (who?) in the novel's final pages. (Reviewed Sept. 15, 1992)0316693642Mary Carroll"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This second big winter thriller by a writer named Patterson (see Fiction Forecasts, Oct. 19) features a villain (a multiple-personality serial killer/kidnapper) whom the publisher hopes will remind readers of Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter, and a hero who is compared to those of Jonathan Kellerman. Unfortunately, the novel has few merits of its own to set against those authors' works. Hero Alex Cross is in fact a black senior detective in Washington, D.C., who is also a psychiatrist and has a facile but not entirely convincing line of sentimental-cynical patter. The villain is Gary Soneji/Murphy (read Hyde/Jekyll), who kills for recognition, and finally kidnaps the kids of prominent parents. Alex is soon on the case, more enraged by Gary's killing of poor ghetto blacks than by the Lindbergh-inspired kidnapping, and becomes involved with a gorgeous, motorcycle-riding Secret Service supervisor who is not what she seems. Soneji/Murphy is eventually captured--but can the bad part of him be proven guilty? There is even a hint at the end that he may survive for a sequel, though the reader has virtually forgotten him by then. Spider reads fluently enough, but its action and characters seem to have come out of some movie-inspired never-never land. If a contemporary would-be nail-biter is to thrill as it should, it urgently needs stronger connections to reality than this book has. Come back, Thomas Harris! 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Patterson, James, 1947- Alex Cross series.
Book 15 written with Richard Dilallo
#1 - Along came a spider
#2 - Kiss the girls
#3 - Jack & Jill
#4 - Cat & mouse
#5 - Pop goes the weasel
#6 - Roses are red
#7 - Violets are blue
#8 - Four blind mice
#9 - The Big bad wolf
#10 - London bridges
#11 - Mary, Mary
#12 - Cross
#13 - Double cross
#14 - Cross country
#15 - Alex Cross's trial
#16 - I, Alex Cross
#17 - Cross fire
#18 - Kill Alex Cross
#19 - Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
#20 - Alex Cross, run
#21 - Cross my heart
#22 - Hope to die
#23 - Cross justice
#24 - Cross the line
#25 - The People vs. Alex Cross
#26 - Target: Alex Cross
Subjects Cross, Alex -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Police -- Washington (D.C.) -- Fiction.
African American police -- Fiction.
Police psychologists -- Fiction.
Private schools -- Fiction.
Secret service -- Fiction.
Washington (D.C.) -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown, and Co.,©1993.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 435 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN 0316693642 :
9780316693646
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