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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Jason Culp, Keith David Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Cross Series Release Date:
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A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands and their explosive violence when those demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work. But before he gets close to identifying a suspect, the Mastermind pulls off the most outrageous kidnapping scheme in US history, and walks away with the largest ransom ever paid. But money is not enough. Alex Cross’ investigation has gotten under the Mastermind’s skin, and he makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross’ entire team, one person at a time, before coming after Cross himself.

Amid all this Cross’ relationship with his girlfriend, Christine, is falling apart because of her fears about his work, and his beloved daughter Jannie is hospitalized with unexplained seizures. The pressure rises on every front, until an explosive, shocking climax in which the Mastermind escalates his crimes to an unprecedented level, and Alex Cross risks everything to stop him in time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…Brisk, fun.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Roses are Red is at the top of his game. It’s another terrific thriller based around his Washington, DC, detective. This one has twists and an ending that will floor you.”

    Larry King, USA Today

  • “Thrilling…Swift…A page-turner”


  • “Guaranteed to hold Patterson’s many fans spellbound…A jaw-dropping conclusion…Should impress readers who enjoyed his earlier Cross books…This one is not to be missed.”


  • “Breakneck plotting…Patterson’s formulaic suspense machine is once again in high gear.”

    Library Journal

  • “Intricate.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • It starts out, BANG!…As a reporter, I have covered enough crime stories, murders, investigations, and trials to have a fair eye for falsity, and I think that Patterson has got the material dead on.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “The tale progresses at hot-trot speed to a bona fide doozy of a denouement. It’ll be over before you know it, so sit back, hold your breath, and enjoy the show. And stay tuned for the next one.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Fueled with high emotion…resonates with moral outrage…Patterson…is at the top of his game…An intense, action-packed, and thought-provoking novel that will leave the reader awestruck and gasping for breath.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Best Cross yet…Here are a few bits of advice…1. Don’t plan on reading ‘just a chapter or two’ before going to bed; 2. Don’t read these books at night if you are home alone; 3. Don’t assume you know who all the bad guys are…There are no faster reads than Patterson’s Alex Cross books…I can’t wait for the next one.”

    Denver Rocky Mountain News

  • “Patterson is in top form in Roses Are Red…keeps up a frenzied pace…definitely in the can’t-put-down-until-the-final-page category. The surprises keep popping until the final scene in this clever and engrossing story. Could any thriller fan ask for more?”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Patterson masterminds another thriller…Once again we’re left to wonder, how does this man do it? How does Patterson continue to write gripping tales that keep us turning pages into thr wee hours of the night until the book is finished, and we’re disappointed there isn’t more to read?”

    Oakland Press

  • “If you like thrillers, Rose Are Red should definitely be on your reading list. Its nonstop excitement.”

    Somerset (PA) Daily America Weekender

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glynis Hamlett | 2/7/2014

    " A typical James Patterson read.. Loved it.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki | 1/29/2014

    " Great suspense novels, but can be a bit gory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samantha | 1/23/2014

    " I love this series and this book didn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darlene | 1/9/2014

    " This was my first and favorite James Patterson novel. "

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