Cat & MouseBook - 1998
Alex Cross is back - and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji.
Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane-so unimaginable-that he is thought of as "not of the earth." Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross.
When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing.The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: As usual, Patterson creates another criminal who is deranged. Mr. Smith is sick.
Violence: "Mr. Smith" brutally kills his victims by performing autopsies on them. Also, Gary Soneji goes on killing sprees. These are not described in as graphic detail as usual by Patterson, however.
Sexual Content: Alex Cross hooks up again. I understand that Cross battling the ghost of his wife's passing is part of the story line, but sometimes I thing that Patterson is trying to make him out to be James Bond. Does he really nedd to go into detail about Cross's sexual exploits?
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Escaped murderer / kidnapper / psychopath Gary Soneji resurfaces to settle a score with Alex Cross. At the same time, there is an international murderer dubbed "Mr. Smith" buy the press. Alex Cross becomes an unwilling participant in the solving of the Mr. Smith case while dealing with Soneji.
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