Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrators: Ryan Vincent Anderson & Pete Bradbury
Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer…with a conscience. Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region. The deadly scenes share only one common thread–the victims are all criminals. And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side. As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he’s sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.
I always look forward to a new Alex Cross book, this is the twenty fourth book in the series, yes the twenty fourth! Amazing, and I’ve read every single one but this is the first time I listened to one and I have to say, it was an awesome one to listen to. My husband and I went to Vegas last week and listened to this on the way there and back and it was perfect to occupy us and keep us entertained. I love that my husband, who is a total non reader, will always listen to a Patterson book with me, that speaks volumes!
In typical Patterson fashion there are multiple cases, one where he loses a fellow officer which is always a huge blow, then another where a team of vigilantes are taking justice into their own hands by targeting individuals who they perceive to be doing wrong. Alex gets offered a new position as chief of detectives, but declines, then his wife Bree takes the job, putting some strain on their marriage.
One of my favorite things about this series is the way Patterson always breaks the tension occasionally by checking in on Alex and his family. This was no exception and I loved seeing what Damon, Jannie, little Ali and Nana Mama were up to, she is just the best character, I think everyone would love a grandma like her. By now, I feel like I’ve really been able to truly know these people and the characterization of Alex is deep and strong.
This series always entertains, there were plenty of red herrings along the way to throw you off and the narration was excellent. Two narrators, one for the bulk and then one for the “bad guy” was fantastic and both did an amazing job portraying their parts. I don’t think fans of this series will be disappointed, and even if you’ve not read any of these books it works well as a standalone.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Hachette Audio for my review copy.