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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (26,433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Kevin O’Rourke, Kevin O’Rourke, Daniel Whitner Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Alex Cross Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594833939
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Detective Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.

Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld of secret clubs and role-players, a world full of poseurs and playactors—and someone demented enough to have crossed the line from dark ritual to real blood. At the same time, a lethal super-criminal from Cross’ past—known as the Mastermind—is stalking him, taunting him, and threatening everything he holds dear. Cross has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. In a shocking conclusion, Alex Cross must survive a deadly confrontation—only to discover at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Particularly juicy...Enjoyably spooky...Bottom line: bloody good creepfest.”

    People

  • “Another page-turner...You won’t be able to put ‘Violets’ down until you’ve reached the back cover.”

    New York Times

  • “As exciting as anything Patterson has written.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patterson is first-rate as he explores the shadowy world of American vampires, fetishists, cults, tattoo parlors, and the prosthetic fang business...Daniel Whitner performs Cross, and Kevin O’Rourke plays all the villains. Both are accomplished readers. Whitner has Cross...down pat, while O’Rourke does a chilling job of creating the Mastermind and the two beautiful psychopaths who play with tigers.”

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  • “Fans of James Patterson’s resourceful cop Alex Cross will be relieved to find that he’s back on familiar territory with Violets Are Blue—and, more importantly, that this is one of the best Alex Cross thrillers yet...If you can resist reading this one in just a few sittings, you deserve some kind of a thriller reader’s medal.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Taut, fast-paced, and leavened with Patterson’s dark sense of humor, Violets Are Blue is a wickedly entertaining read, an old-fashioned story about the powers of good and evil. Mark another notch on Patterson’s belt: This book puts the thrill in thriller.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 1/29/2014

    " Simply written, the only saving grace is that I enjoy thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dara S. | 1/28/2014

    " This book is important read because it is part of the series, but vampires are not my thing. I think this is one worst books of the series; however important read for the changes in Alex's life. "

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

    " All of his books are fast, mindless reads. "

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

    " This was very good. A fitting ending, I hope. "

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

    " I read this book so many years ago that I forget what had happened. But I do recall being caught into the Cross series so it couldn't have been bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caesi Mercer | 1/4/2014

    " This novel was unlike the others in Patterson's Alex Cross series. Violets Are Blue has a very sci-fi thriller mystery feel to it. This novel was entertaining, but not my favorite of the bunch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dolores | 12/26/2013

    " Not my favorite...I kinda figured this one all out beforehand...no surprises for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Rizzo | 11/23/2013

    " Detailing is great "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 11/10/2013

    " I was not a huge fan of the vampires story...not quite as good as the other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/25/2013

    " Creepy, creepy, creepy, creepy!!!!! But I couldn't put it down, especially toward the end. Anyone who likes vampire mysteries will probably like this one. By the way, did I mention it was very creepy!!?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/12/2013

    " Defintely one of the best Alex cross novels especially because it involves the mastermind again...also kindve concludes roses are red. If you have not read them you should totally read them in order...roses are red def had a more shocking conclusion but violets are blue tied it up nicely "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/16/2013

    " Realllly creepy!! I read the whole thing because I always have to know the ending but it was pretty gross!! VAMPIRES!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Adams | 5/3/2013

    " Overall a good book but was slower than the other Alex Cross books and harder to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marion myrick | 2/24/2013

    " lOVED THE BOOK GOES GREAT WITH ROSES ARE RED, WOULD RECOMMENDED IT HIGHLY "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanine Halada | 12/11/2012

    " I have really tried to get into James Patterson, but after Kiss the Girls, I am over it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/24/2012

    " Not a huge fan of vampires, if I would have known it was a vampire story I probably wouldn't have read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savita | 11/16/2012

    " The chase was one of the most exciting I've read so far in the Alex Cross series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda | 8/26/2012

    " Good book to read on a rainy day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/24/2012

    " Pretty cool book, a little flashy, but a page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hector Rodriguez | 6/26/2012

    " Love the alex cross series!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/1/2012

    " This was a very good and solid Alex Cross thriller... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/13/2012

    " My Dad had started to read this book before he passed. He was enjoying it though he was having trouble reading due to poor eye sight. I thouught I would finish it for him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth in SF | 2/14/2012

    " Holy crap. Either James Patterson used a ghost writer for this, or his ghost writer was on vacation and he actually wrote one. Whatever the scoop, this book was bad. The idea of a thriller is to create a creepy feeling using words, not use the words "creepy, creepy, creepy." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 11/5/2011

    " This is one of the better ones in the series!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nedra Bennett | 10/30/2011

    " I'm a James Patterson fan, but this one was too gruesome for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nabela | 9/25/2011

    " A bit more fantasy in this one, dealing with the vampire lifestyle. A twist at the end, and another good read in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LazyGirl | 5/22/2011

    " It moved a little slow in the middle but it was an okay read. You've got to read it if you've read Roses are Red. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 leanne | 5/16/2011

    " I thought it was a great book, had me at a point where it was hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/14/2011

    " I am being kind with a 2 star rating. The Women's Murder Club series is so much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " Ridiculous novel. Vampires? Really, James Patterson? Get back to the good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 4/26/2011

    " This is one of the better ones in the series!! "

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

    " Even though I like the old James Patterson mysteries (not his newer ones), this one was not for me. Too violent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 3/26/2011

    " This one was so much better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernice | 3/14/2011

    " a little slow at the beginning, but more than made up for it at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 3/9/2011

    " Very disappointed; didn't care for this story at all. Thankfully I do still enjoy his short chapters, so it was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 3/5/2011

    " Simply written, the only saving grace is that I enjoy thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 3/2/2011

    " Great next installment in the Alex Cross series. I didn't see the twist coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/14/2011

    " James Patteson makes the character's come alive in the Alex Cross series. Another great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " TBR Potluck Challenge - Nancy, Faith "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 2/8/2011

    " The whole vampire thing was a bit of a turn-off. "

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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

Kevin O’Rourke has performed in numerous plays in New York City in the last twenty years as well as in many television and film projects. He is also busy with commercial, narration, and industrial voice-over work on both coasts, in addition to writing and directing projects. He graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1978 with a degree in theater.

Kevin O’Rourke has performed in numerous plays in New York City in the last twenty years as well as in many television and film projects. He is also busy with commercial, narration, and industrial voice-over work on both coasts, in addition to writing and directing projects. He graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1978 with a degree in theater.

Daniel Whitner (1952–2005) was an American actor. He attended Essex Catholic High School in Newark, New Jersey, and began his studies at New York University at the age of fifteen. Although a veteran stage actor, he found his way into movies, appearing in Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone and, most notably, playing opposite Nicolas Cage in The Family Man.