When the home of Alex Cross’s longtime friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, he is devastated. The destruction leads him to believe that he’s chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend Brianna Stone begin the hunt for the villain responsible for the killings, they quickly find themselves entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington, DC. What they discover is shocking: a strongly organized gang of teenage thugs headed by a powerful, diabolical man—the Tiger.
As the killing spree escalates, Alex and Brianna realize they are not dealing with any ordinary killer, but one who has brought his personal war of vengeance to America’s capital. But just when the detectives think they’re closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Unable to let the killer get away with this narrow escape, Alex makes it his duty to bring the brutal butcher to justice. He knows that he must follow the Tiger—alone.
When Alex arrives in Nigeria, he discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is. Unprotected and alone in a strange country, bombarded on all sides by the murderous threats of the Tiger, Alex must draw on his fiercest instincts just to survive in a lawless world.
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"Patterson's works are truly real page-turners, and Cross Country is certainly no exception. I read all 406 pages in a couple of days, simply because it is next to impossible to put down. I don't know for certain whether or not the information that Patterson provides regarding the conditions in African countries is 100% accurate; I wouldn't, but I am giving him the benefit of the doubt, and it is obvious that he did a massive amount of research to complete this novel, and I definitely commend him for that. Additionally, he twists the story around so many times that it is almost impossible for the reader to decide who he or she should trust. Cross has never had to ensure such an ordeal as he endures in this novel, and that's saying a lot. I give it four stars out of five, only because I feel that one of the twists is revealed far too early in the story, so as it is a major revelation to Cross, it is not to us, but if you're an Alex Cross fan, don't forget about this novel, because I can guarantee you that you definitely won't forget it once you've read it."
Christopher (4 out of 5 stars)