Along came a Spider – James Patterson

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446692638
ISBN-13: 978-0446692632
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Alex Cross – Detective and Psychologist
Jezzie – Female FBI Agent.


Two young children are kidnapped. Three people are found murdered in an urban neighborhood. Alex Cross is pulled from the murder case to investigate the kidnapping.


Having seen the movie version of this with Morgan Freeman, I was afraid that the book would hold no surprises. However, that didn’t seem to be the case. Either it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie, or much was changed, because other than the kidnapping, nothing seemed familiar.

I really enjoy the Alex Cross books. Some of Patterson’s other books leave me with a take them or leave them view, but the Alex Cross always draws me in. The characters are vivid, and enough of their background is told that the readers can related to them.

This story holds quite a few shocks and surprises, and was definitely enjoyable. If you’ve not read any Alex Cross novels before, no better place to start then the first one. If you have read them, but not this one, pick it up and see how the character may have changed over time.

If you’re just a fan of thrillers/crime stories, then pick this up. I’d recommend it for older teens/adults due to the content. If you read it, be sure and stop by to let us know what you thought.

About the Author

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls,” starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010).

One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show “The Simpsons” in March, 2007.

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2 Responses to “Along came a Spider – James Patterson”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    Thanks for the review, I will be picking this one up.

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Marjorie said:
    Thanks for the review, I will be picking this one up.
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