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The Big Bad Wolf

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

8 pages

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Publish Date: Nov 2003

ISBN-13: 9781586215804

ISBN-10: 1586215809

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At the outset of his career with the FBI, Alex Cross is instructed to track down a band of kidnappers who are snatching people and possibly selling them into slavery, a case that is complicated by a terrible threat to Cross's own family.


Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publish Date: Nov 2003
ISBN-13: 9781586215804
ISBN-10: 1586215809
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 8
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 5.75 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Patterson, James

James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 and received a M. A. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. His first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was written while he was working in a mental institution and was rejected by 26 publishers before being published and winning the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. He is best known as the creator of Alex Cross, the police psychologist hero of such novels as Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls.

Cross has been portrayed on the silver screen by Morgan Freeman. He also writes the Women's Murder Club series, as well as the Maximum Ride series, Daniel X series, the Witch and Wizard series, and the Middle School series for children. He has won numerous awards including the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012 with his title I Funny: A Middle School Story and again in 2013 with his title's Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! and 12th of Never.


Review by Library Journal (2004-05-01)

In this new episode in the life of ace detective Alex Cross, he has just joined the FBI. While still in training, he is called upon to help break up a kidnapping ring. Beautiful, rich, educated women and men across the country are being abducted. No ransom is requested, and the victims often are never heard from again. It appears that an organized crime godfather known as the Wolf is behind the scheme to buy and sell humans.

Alex, a street cop at heart, loves the power and technology available via the FBI, but he is impatient with the bureaucracy. Back at home, Alex's ex-girlfriend and mother of his toddler, little Alex, reappears and starts custody proceedings. Then the kidnapping case puts Alex's family in danger. Patterson ties all the twists and turns in this plot into one interesting and plausible story, well read by Peter J. Fernandez and Denis O'Hare. Recommended. AJoanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence

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Review by Library Journal (2003-11-15)

There is something to be said for consistency. Alex Cross is back, and even though he's newly employed by the FBI, everything still feels familiar and right. "Club Fed" training is going as well as one would expect, Nana is still making the best coffee in town, and Alex is still feeling guilty about his workaholic ways. When the wife of a federal judge is kidnapped, making it FBI business, Alex is pulled out of class and sent to the crime scene, creating an interesting dichotomy of newly minted federal agent/star.

It turns out to be just the latest in a string of such kidnappings, and the FBI suspects a possible white slavery ring. Topping the list of suspects is the Russian Red Mafiya king, who has been shaking things up with La Cosa Nostra. Things are bumpy at home, too-a custody dispute emerges when Little Alex's mom blows into town. There are no tidy endings here, just an engrossing story that will leave readers clamoring for the sequel. The Big Bad Wolf is the biggest, baddest Alex Cross novel in years. Strongly recommended for all public libraries.

-Stacy Alesi, Southwest Cty. Regional Lib., Boca Raton, FL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, beautiful women are being kidnapped-to be bought and sold as slaves. Behind this depraved scheme stands a shadowy figure known only as The Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime. With Alex's personal life in chaos because of his ex-fiance's return and with the FBI's caution testing his patience, Alex has to go out on his own. For to stalk a ruthless predator without a name or a face, Alex Cross must become a lone wolf himself.

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