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3.00003141196796 out of 53.00003141196796 out of 53.00003141196796 out of 53.00003141196796 out of 53.00003141196796 out of 5 3.00 (31,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Blair Underwood, John Rubinstein Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Cross Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781594836053
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In the middle of the night, a controversial US senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown home. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed “Jack and Jill,” with a promise that this is just the beginning. The mysterious duo are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.

Meanwhile, Washington, DC, homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, but far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, has been savagely beaten and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross’ son, Damon, attends.

Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer—or killers—strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe; not children, not politicians, not even the President. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case, but will he discover the truth in time?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dual narrators and the clever use of sound effects such as gunshots and crowd noises contribute to this thriller featuring psychologist Alex Cross. Narrators John Rubenstein and Blair Underwood offer their own styles as the story unfolds through different points of view. Underwood perfects Alex Cross's deliberate nature with a steady performance and succeeds in building tension appropriately. Rubenstein's rendering of the killers is equally impressive, showing the aloofness of the almost inhuman sociopaths. Although the abridgment may cause listeners to feel they've missed some of the plot along the way, there is enough to tie everything together in the end.
  • “A gripping game of death that will have fans flocking…Through crisp cross-cutting of multiple points of view, first-person and third, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes. He adds texture by devoting space to Cross’ concern about his own motherless son and daughter, his growing interest in the school’s attractive principal, his dealings with his octogenarian grandmother, Nana Mama, and life in the largely black Southeast district. It’s fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise from an earlier Cross nemesis promising at least one more Cross installment to come.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Flawless! Patterson, among the best writers of crime stories ever, has reached his pinnacle with Jack & Jill.”

    Larry King, USA Today

  • “A fast-paced, electric story that is utterly believable.”

    Booklist

  • “Patterson is back with another winner…All of [the] mayhem keeps Alex jumping and the pages turning. This entry follows Patterson’s usual formula of very short chapters, breakneck pacing, and grisly murders followed by a truly surprising ending, complete with an appearance of Gary Soneji, the serial killer from Along Came a Spider. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Captivating…As always, Patterson provides a fast-paced thriller full of surprising but realistic plot twists…Cross is one of the best and most likable characters in the modern thriller genre.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Quick and scary.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Like Along Came a Spider and Cat & MouseJack & Jill is a rapid-fire thriller from start to finish, with enough plot twists to satisfy even the most jaded mystery fan.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Compulsively page-turning stuff.”

    Sunday Express

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 janet lee | 8/7/2017

    " This was a very short book in the series compared to the others. But it is fast reading or listening to.but if you listen carefully you will get a hint of what to expect in the future. It is very enjoyable book.Then you have to read the next one. Cat and Mouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/9/2014

    " Third time to read this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly | 2/9/2014

    " can't wait for the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 2/4/2014

    " Typical Alex Cross novel. Good story and recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jv poore | 2/3/2014

    " This chilling tale pulls our hero, Alex Cross, in two totally different directions. A child killer in his very own neighborhood should take precedence, or so Detective Doctor Cross and his faithful companion Sampson believe; however, Cross' superiors want him on Presidential detail. Both stories unfold in completely unexpected ways. The Conspiracy Theorist potential of the President's predicament is realistic, humbling and frightening; while the child killer case rips the readers' heart in two. The third Alex Cross novel is fabulously written and may very well keep you up late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/22/2014

    " I just can't get into this book - but I will keep reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/18/2014

    " I love the Alex Cross Series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Shepherd | 1/16/2014

    " Absolutely brilliant. Very chilling and filled with twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. Just when you think everything has been solved, there's another twist that turns everything on its head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 1/15/2014

    " Loved every bit of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karibos | 1/11/2014

    " Once again it was a fast moving book, actually surprised me at the end. I did enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/1/2014

    " Another great Cross novel. I'm really hooked to this series and have already moved on to Cat and Mouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni Cooke | 12/29/2013

    " Loved this book, loved the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckie | 12/28/2013

    " Never dull. Patterson is king of murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Baker | 12/15/2013

    " This was an excellent entry in the Alex Cross series. It was a slight let down as I had already the subsequent two Alex Cross novels, so I kinda' new what was going to happen. It held my interest very strongly, a real page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/5/2013

    " Currently reading but put off to the side b/c the Twilight series sparked my interest more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 10/15/2013

    " I read so many of the Cross books that I can't keep them straight anymore. I know that I really liked most of them up until #7 or #8 then I started to lose interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venessa | 9/29/2013

    " I really love all his old stuff :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eden | 7/14/2013

    " Out of all the Alex Cross books that i have listened to this was my least favorite. Still a good listen but i felt that it was not as developed as the other ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/5/2013

    " Only one star for the abridged audiobook version. The Jack and Jill premise was cute but in this abridgment neither detective Alex Cross nor the villains were either compelling or memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 3/29/2013

    " Overall an interesting climatic story. A few twist and turns throughout to keep you on your toes. Looking forward the next book in the series the Cat and Mouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliegiarla | 10/23/2012

    " not real sure on the dates that I read this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari Garcia | 9/6/2012

    " Loved it! Got so attached to the bad characters...totally took me for a loop! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bren | 8/22/2012

    " This was my first book with this detective. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire book was well written and kept me guessing. If it wouldn't have, I'd have been disappointed. I expect this type of writing to come from Mr. Patterson. I will definitely be reading more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 5/18/2012

    " Very interesting political and powerful book. Makes one wonder just what does happen on Capital Hill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mlag | 2/17/2012

    " The sceanario in this series very similar. Somethings change, but not enough to be interesting. I will try the next book in this series. If the killers are apart of the military/police/government and Alex gets involved w/a character involved in the murders, I will not continue reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/13/2012

    " A good read, more adventures of Alex Cross, a character that I like, and enjoy following. Lots of tension, a good thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Ullmer | 11/28/2011

    " The best of the first three books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/28/2011

    " Whew, after Kiss the Girls, I didn't know what to expect, but I loved this book! Well done, great plot twists, terrific action...yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie McBrair | 9/26/2011

    " Not my favorite of the Cross series, but it was good, as usual. It switched around too much for me to catch up, sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayna | 8/31/2011

    " If you're looking for a good keep you on your toes psychological thriller this book or any other by James Patterson would be good. His writing has a good flow and an easy to read quality to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/9/2011

    " Ok, a bit far fetched for a mystery novel, more like a Clancy novel with the president ties and all but a good read. Better than the last. Worth reading if you enjoy Patterson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 5/8/2011

    " The suspence in this book nearly killed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " Great read. I go through these Alex Cross novels so quickly! Great plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/27/2011

    " Only one star for the abridged audiobook version. The Jack and Jill premise was cute but in this abridgment neither detective Alex Cross nor the villains were either compelling or memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duckling | 3/18/2011

    " This book made me realise that I really don't want to read books to see inside the mind of psychopaths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffanie | 2/11/2011

    " Not as good as the previous ones, but that won't stop me from continuing the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/9/2011

    " What can I say? It's James Patterson! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dignan107 | 2/5/2011

    " Good book. 3rd instalment of the Alex Cross series. Plenty of twists and turns along the way, probably too many twists for my liking but didnt spoil my enjoyment. Now onto Cat & Mouse...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 2/4/2011

    " I thought I would try a James Patterson book and I picked it up at the Meridian Library for $2.00. It is just not my cup of tea! I just don't like violence - in movies or in books! "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrators

Blair Underwood is an author and award-winning actor, director, and producer. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.