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Jack and Jill

By James Patterson

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Format: Paperback / softback, 480 pages
Published In: United States, 31 December 1998
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten - and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross's son, Damon, attends. Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer - or killers - strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe - not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case - but will he discover the truth in time?

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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Patterson's popular protagonist, Alex Cross, wrestles with a double murder.

Patterson's most recent thriller, Hide and Seek, lacked his customary hero, Alex Cross, and didn't catch fire with readers. Here, Patterson brings back the black psychiatrist and Washington, D.C., homicide cop (Kiss the Girls, etc.) for a gripping game of death that will have fans flocking. Two simultaneous investigations bear down on Cross: the first concerns the killings perpetrated by a duo known as "Jack and Jill," who are murdering famous people (beginning with a U.S. senator) in Washington, taunting the police and "practicing for the big one"; the second involves the brutal slayings of young black children in Cross's own Southeast D.C. neighborhood. The Washington P.D. makes Cross its liaison with a frantic Secret Service, FBI and CIA while he sets up his own off-duty team to track the child-killer. Through crisp cross-cutting of multiple points of view, first-person and third, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes. He adds texture by devoting space to Cross's concern about his own motherless son and daughter (the first murdered child attended the same grammar school as Alex's boy), his growing interest in the school's attractive principal, his dealings with his octogenarian grandmother, Nana Mama (think of an acerbic Dilsey from The Sound and the Fury) and life in the largely black Southeast district. It's fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise from an earlier Cross nemesis promising at least one more Cross installment to come. Literary Guild main selection; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook. (Sept.)

"Captivating....As always, Patterson provides a fast-paced thriller full of surprising but realistic plot twists....Cross is one of the best and most likable characters in the modern thriller genre".-- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

EAN: 9780446604802
ISBN: 0446604801
Publisher: Warner Books
Dimensions: 17.17 x 10.77 x 2.62 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Tessa Chudy on
 
A killer has killed a rich and powerful senator and a poor black girl and nobody suspects a link. Nobody that is except for Alex Cross whose quirky intuition leads him to realise just what kind of killer he is tracking. Predictable in its twists but readable and well paced and quite satisfying.
Alice DeGypsy on
 
And in a big way. With a mysterious Jack and Jill killing high profile celeberties, Alex Cross also has a killer on the lose who is targeting children that attend his very own son's school! With direct threats made to the presiden. he is pulled to work on a team of others to find Jack and Jill.
This book was very good. A little slower then the first two, but all in all a great book with surprises hidden within each chapter. Just when you think you have it all figured out... think again. Highly recommend!
Yue Zhuo on
 
And in a big way. With a mysterious Jack and Jill killing high profile celeberties, Alex Cross also has a killer on the lose who is targeting children that attend his very own son's school! With direct threats made to the president.. he is pulled to work on a team of others to find Jack and Jill.
This book was very good. A little slower then the first two, but all in all a great book with surprises hidden within each chapter. Just when you think you have it all figured out... think again. Highly recommend!
SARAH BARBER on
 
I thought this book was one of James Patterson's best novels. It is full of action but is also really sad as this novel is about a little girl that is murdered on the streets and nobody seems to care because of the colour of her skin, so this is based on racism. Which is pretty sad in itself because you know that things like this happen in real life. A must have if you are a James Patterson fan.

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