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James Patterson has written numerous international number one bestsellers including the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. He lives in Florida. KISS THE GIRLS was made into a number one hit movie, and the film version of ALONG CAME A SPIDER is currently out on video.


Fans of Patterson's Alex Cross series will be delighted with this latest installment. Reappearing is Christine Johnson, seen in an earlier Cross novel, Jack & Jill (LJ 8/96) and the principal at his children's school, and Cross has fallen in love with her. Gary Soneji, the creepy kidnapper and murderer from another Cross book, has broken out of jail and embarked on a new killing spree, again taunting Cross that he can't stop him. And one of his intended targets is Cross and his family. If that isn't enough, there's a new serial killer whose murders are so inhuman that the news media are suggesting that he's an alien from another planet. All story lines connect in this thriller, whose driving plot will distract you from thinking about its implausibilities and keep you turning pages to the last, when you'll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next Cross novel. Recommended for public libraries.‘Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.

'Patterson's action-packed story keeps the pages flicking by' The Sunday Times 'Left my mouth watering for the next Alex Cross vehicle to come my way' Crime Time 'Thriller writing at its very best and one of those rare occasions where the "I-couldn't-put-it-down" description is the right one to use. Don't miss it' Dorset Evening Echo 'Genuinely scary tale with fresh chills in almost every new chapter' Lincolnshire Echo 'A good time is had by all' Telegraph 'A no-sleep read' Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'Another non-stop ride through the streets of James Patterson's world' Stirling Observer 'Optimum page-turning' Good Book Guide 'I've just started James Patterson's CAT AND MOUSE and I can't stop turning the pages' Larry King, USA Today 'Patterson gives his fans two thrillers for the price of one... Delivers the swiftly paced fare that has made him a champ of the charts' Publishers Weekly 'Fans of Alex Cross will be delighted with this latest installment... Whose driving plot will keep you turning the pages to the last, when you'll find yourself impatiently awaiting the arrival of the next Alex Cross novel' Library Journal 'Those who like Patterson's fast style and complex storylines will put this on their "must have immediately" list' The Star 'CAT AND MOUSE will have readers eagerly turning pages to follow the wily twists and turns of Patterson's fast-paced and menacing new novel... An enrapturing thriller' Bookpage 'His books are always page turners' Washington Times

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.

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