Fans of James Patterson's resourceful cop Alex Cross will be relieved to find that he's back on familiar territory with Violets Are Blue--and, more importantly, that this is one of the best Alex Cross thrillers yet.
The malign criminal genius of Roses Are Red is fixing to give Alex a hard time once again. The FBI joins Patterson's dogged cop in a particularly unsettling investigation: two San Francisco joggers have been viciously murdered and are found suspended by their feet, with all the blood drained from their corpses. And when further brutal deaths follow in California and on the East Coast, Alex is forced to contemplate the bizarre possibility of modern-day vampires, although his instincts point him to one of the many sinister religious cults that flourish on the West Coast. Aided by Jamilla Hughes, a streetwise young woman detective from San Francisco, Alex finds that he has to crack not one but two impenetrable mysteries to stop further bloodletting.
Patterson fans expect the extremely concise, page-turning chapters (116 of them here!), along with a reluctance to dawdle over details of his hero's personal life, and both characteristics are firmly back in place. If you can resist reading this one in just a few sittings, you deserve some kind of a thriller reader's medal. --Barry Forshaw, Amazon.co.uk--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
People quit whining and just enjoy the damn book!!, August 28, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from South Lyon, Mi United States Hey all, I wish that you people would stop trashing this novel and just appreciate it for what it is. A great author doing something different. There will never be another "Kiss the Girls" or an "Along Came A Spider" so quit expecting every new Patterson novel to be better then the previous one. I enjoy a James Patterson novel for a few reasons: #1 The great character of Alex Cross who is always evolving #2 A memborable villain is always introduced that is not one dimensional #3 A great plot with lots of action, suspense and twists to keep you guessing. I also love the short chapters that keep you turning and turning the pages. My only gripes with these books are the chapters dealing with cross's family. I hate the constant banter back and forth between family members, it gets really repetative and annoying. But besides that, this book excelled at everything I l look for and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great mystery, suspense procedural book. Thanks. P.S. a suggestion to Mr. Patterson: How about a book with Cross finally investigating the murder of his wife. This is something that has always bothered me and I just feel that an outstanding detective like Cross would not be able to rest until his Wife's killer is caught. Just a suggestion