Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

James Patterson / Aug 24, 2019

Along Came a Spider Discover the classic thriller that launched the detective series of the past twenty five years now one of PBS s Great American Reads Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph D in psychology

  • Title: Along Came a Spider
  • Author: James Patterson
  • ISBN: Along Came a Spider
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  • Page: 306
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  • Discover the classic thriller that launched the 1 detective series of the past twenty five years, now one of PBS s 100 Great American Reads Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D in psychology He works and lives in the ghettos of D C and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime He s a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes t Discover the classic thriller that launched the 1 detective series of the past twenty five years, now one of PBS s 100 Great American Reads Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D in psychology He works and lives in the ghettos of D C and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime He s a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington Blond, mysterious, seductive, she s got an outer shell that s as tough as it is beautiful She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph What is she running from What is her secret Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair at the worst possible time for both of them Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the crime of the century, is playing at the top of his game Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police Who will be his next victim Gary Soneji is every parent s worst nightmare He has become Alex Cross s nightmare And now, reader, he s about to become yours Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 480 pages Published December 4th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing first published February 1st 1993 More Details Original Title Along Came a Spider ISBN 1455523569 ISBN13 9781455523566 Edition Language English Series Alex Cross 1 Characters Alex Cross, Gary Soneji, Gary Murphy, Regina Nana Mama Cross setting Washington, D.C United States Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Along Came a Spider, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Didnt realize this was a book, because I saw the movie with Morgan Freeman a long time ago and it was awesome Is the book as good as the movie, or is it better 5 likeslike 3 years ago See all 9 answers Diana ODwyer The book is so much better The movie does not stay true to the story and though one of my favorite actors, Freeman is not Alex Cross flag Hi, wanted to ask what this books age rating is Can a 13 year old read it 1 likelike 2 years ago See all 5 answers Wolfe Tone I read it as a 13 year old, didn t see a problem Yes it s violent and disturbing, what do you expect from a serial killer thriller flag See all 9 questions about Along Came a Spider Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2013 Ryan Gillespie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Anyone Shelves james patterson James Patterson The man writes a book and you read it It s plain and simple He knows how to write a mother fucking story This wasn t the first book I read but damn The dude keeps makin a brother come back for It gets even better when you re reading a book about the REAL OG Alex Cross.Short attention span James Patterson s books come automatically equipped with small chapters.Enjoy reading before bed Forget about it You re laying down in bed, right HAIL NO This shit has you on t James Patterson The man writes a book and you read it It s plain and simple He knows how to write a mother fucking story This wasn t the first book I read but damn The dude keeps makin a brother come back for It gets even better when you re reading a book about the REAL OG Alex Cross.Short attention span James Patterson s books come automatically equipped with small chapters.Enjoy reading before bed Forget about it You re laying down in bed, right HAIL NO This shit has you on the edge of your seat Your brain may be tricked into thinking that you are laying down but the reality of it is that you are actually sitting up in a tricked out leather chair by the fireplace smoking a pipe.Don t smoke a pipe Doesn t matter You will be This book is off the chain You ll be speaking nothing but eloquence when you re done reading a James Patterson book What comes after eloquence Smoking a pipe You re doomed.Like to see someone get bu bu busted big time Alright Pauly D These bitches ain t shit but hoes and tricks You know what that means That means someone s getting jacked the fuck up.If you like reading, getting smacked in the face with plot twists and actually relating to characters in a book, check out my dog James Patterson This book is a great intro to his writing flag 282 likesLike see review View all 44 comments Oct 24, 2016 James Lafayette Tivendale rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves thriller, detective I am honestly speechless after reading that Everything that a thriller should be I am embarrassed to say that this is the first James Patterson book I have read excluding his book shot series.Although I was unfamiliar with his work I think everyone who likes fiction has heard of Alex Cross.He was one of many standout characters in this novel Alex Cross, detective, doctor of psychology, hypnotiser, friends of the poor people when he helps out at a food shelter, respected by the black people I am honestly speechless after reading that Everything that a thriller should be I am embarrassed to say that this is the first James Patterson book I have read excluding his book shot series.Although I was unfamiliar with his work I think everyone who likes fiction has heard of Alex Cross.He was one of many standout characters in this novel Alex Cross, detective, doctor of psychology, hypnotiser, friends of the poor people when he helps out at a food shelter, respected by the black people for never leaving the hood following his glittering career, great family man and a bit of genius who cannot give up a case Although hard and rough when he needs to be, practical as they come the crimes he sees sometimes upset him such as deaths of young children Enter our villain Gary Murphy Soneji Actor Manipulator Tortured past Horrid present Other important characters include Alex s best friend and partner, sunglasses wielding 6 6 copper Sampson FBI agent Jezzie Flannagan who is part of Alex s team of experts to hopefully solve the world s most infamous case.The story commences with a kidnapping of two children from a 10,000 a term school by a Maths Teacher One was the son of the Secretary of State One was the daughter of this fictional world s equivalent of Angelina Jolie There are also a few brutal murders that have been lurking around the suburbs that are a bit too grim to describe here The book talks a lot about cruelty to children and we have seen both sides people who have received this agony and viewpoints of it being given Macabre How does this all fit together When I thought I knew where this book was going Patterson would kick sand into my eyes and it would take a crazy direction I thought I had been metaphorically blindfolded by the author, kidnapped, dropped off in the woods 70 miles away with Patterson laughing at me grotesquely saying here are a few clues figure this out Hahaha Friends and colleagues might not be that transparent Is the villain a psychopath or a sufferer from multiple personality disorder Will the families pay the ransom Do the children survive Are the kidnappings related to the murders Is there an accomplice Is it even deeper than that How many deaths can one person cause Who can we trust I won t mention the specific twists or plot too much as that is what makes this book special It was brilliantly written Mixing up pacing here and there Slow scenes with Alex and Family The middle paced romance scenes with Alex and a special someone and also blood racing turn the page 700 miles an hour sections.This was brilliant I wish I had of his Alex Cross novels I might watch the film but I have heard it isn t very good.That was a thrill Detective Inspector James x flag 99 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 07, 2017 Sharon rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves own read This is the first book I ve read in the Alex Cross series and it won t certainly be the last James Patterson is a fabulous author as I m sure many would agree and when it comes to writing a page turner he sure knows how to keep the reader turning the pages at a fast pace Along Came A Spider is a book with the lot, mystery, crime, suspense, oh and did I mention it s a cracking thriller I can t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series If you haven t read this book then do yourself This is the first book I ve read in the Alex Cross series and it won t certainly be the last James Patterson is a fabulous author as I m sure many would agree and when it comes to writing a page turner he sure knows how to keep the reader turning the pages at a fast pace Along Came A Spider is a book with the lot, mystery, crime, suspense, oh and did I mention it s a cracking thriller I can t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series If you haven t read this book then do yourself a favor and please go and read it I m very sure you won t be disappointed flag 52 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Aug 25, 2007 LJ rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves mystery, police_procedural, usa, contemporary_post_1945 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here ALONG CAME A SPIDER Police Procedural US Cont PoorPatterson, James 1st in seriesWarner Books, 1992 PaperbackThe daughter of a famous actress and son of the secretary of the Treasury has been kidnapped The boy s body is found and the kidnapper demands that Detective Alex Cross be the one to deliver the 10M ransom The money is taken, but the girl is not returned and Alex joins forces with Jezzie Flanagan, the supervisor of the Secret Service, to find the kidnapper I had some real pro ALONG CAME A SPIDER Police Procedural US Cont PoorPatterson, James 1st in seriesWarner Books, 1992 PaperbackThe daughter of a famous actress and son of the secretary of the Treasury has been kidnapped The boy s body is found and the kidnapper demands that Detective Alex Cross be the one to deliver the 10M ransom The money is taken, but the girl is not returned and Alex joins forces with Jezzie Flanagan, the supervisor of the Secret Service, to find the kidnapper I had some real problems with this book The alternating first person, third person telling of the story was distracting Alex seemed the whitest black man I ve ever read, and there was next to no character development There were hints of the mastermind fairly early in the story, the kidnapper was stereotypically evil and the very ending was unrealistic The story did move well for about the first half, and then I found myself getting bored Judging by his popularity, one can only assume Mr Patterson s writing improved radically after this book flag 50 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Jul 25, 2012 David proud Gleeman in Branwens adventuring party rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, i saw the movie too, laura impressionante I have been recommending this book for years Yes, the movie adaptation was terrible yes, some of the later Alex Cross entries were somewhat weak I m looking at you, Violets Are Blue But the first book of the Alex Cross series is still an amazing read What really made this book work for me was the antagonist, Gary Soneji He s chilling and creepy, yet he s still utterly fascinating The game of cat and mouse between Alex Cross and Gary Soneji is gripping and exciting.However, the book is n I have been recommending this book for years Yes, the movie adaptation was terrible yes, some of the later Alex Cross entries were somewhat weak I m looking at you, Violets Are Blue But the first book of the Alex Cross series is still an amazing read What really made this book work for me was the antagonist, Gary Soneji He s chilling and creepy, yet he s still utterly fascinating The game of cat and mouse between Alex Cross and Gary Soneji is gripping and exciting.However, the book is not perfect I did have to deduct a star, as I really didn t enjoy the portrayal of Secret Service agent Jezzie Flanagan I found her to be a grating character, and wished the time Patterson spent on her could have been used for any of the other interesting characters Still, it may not be perfect, but Along Came a Spider is still a great suspense novel flag 49 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 03, 2014 Sanjay Gautam rated it it was ok review of another edition It was a few years back that I read Along Came The Spider I found the plot is predictable just like those typical Hollywood thriller movies I could not find the book much engrossing, and was rather disappointed by the climax which was a cliched twist, and ruins whatever was, if any, good in the plot before It was only the psychopathic villain, Gary Soneji, that appealed to me Whereas Alex Cross, the detective, was very boring All in all, it was a below average read which I would not recomme It was a few years back that I read Along Came The Spider I found the plot is predictable just like those typical Hollywood thriller movies I could not find the book much engrossing, and was rather disappointed by the climax which was a cliched twist, and ruins whatever was, if any, good in the plot before It was only the psychopathic villain, Gary Soneji, that appealed to me Whereas Alex Cross, the detective, was very boring All in all, it was a below average read which I would not recommend flag 40 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 14, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves kindle paperwhite ALONG CAME a SPIDER Alex Cross, 1 is the classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the 1 detective series of the past twenty five years Excellent book full of action and a ending I never saw coming This novel is a game of cat and mouse between Detective Alex Cross and psychopathic villain,Gary Soneji, and will have you flipping the pages to see what will happen next flag 36 likesLike see review View all 42 comments Jun 20, 2018 Juli rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves backlist read 2018, read audiobooks 2018, the great american read done James Patterson started his best selling Alex Cross series in 1993 with Along Came a Spider There are now 25 books in the series PBS included the Alex Cross mysteries on its list of 100 books and series for The Great American Read This prompted me to check out an audiobook of the first Alex Cross book and take a listen Wow.I m sorry it took me 25 years to try this series I loved the character and the book Alex Cross is a metro detective in Washington, D.C He s raising his two kids with James Patterson started his best selling Alex Cross series in 1993 with Along Came a Spider There are now 25 books in the series PBS included the Alex Cross mysteries on its list of 100 books and series for The Great American Read This prompted me to check out an audiobook of the first Alex Cross book and take a listen Wow.I m sorry it took me 25 years to try this series I loved the character and the book Alex Cross is a metro detective in Washington, D.C He s raising his two kids with the help of his grandmother who he affectionately calls Nana Mama She raised him after he lost both his parents as a child Things are dicey in D.C A poor black family is murdered in their home Two children from an expensive day school are kidnapped A teacher from the school is murdered The crazed murderer and kidnapper keeps adding crimes to his list, including shooting up a McDonalds restaurant Cross wants to find the kids and capture the suspect As he investigates he finds that this case involves a lot of politics and a plot that goes much further than a psycho math teacher Alex Cross is such a strong main character He has his flaws, but he is dedicated to his job He loves his Nana Mama and his kids I enjoyed seeing the character develop throughout this thriller He deals with prejudice, Washington politics and bureaucracy I like the fact that he is a psychiatrist on top of being a detective He s able to get into the heads of his suspects, and his background aided in the investigation of the kidnapping I m definitely going to read of this series Once I started listening to this book, I couldn t stop We are in the middle of painting our house, and Alex Cross kept me company while I worked a lot of hours outdoors It made the time pass so quickly Totally mesmerizing story I did not see several twists coming I love it when a thriller novel surprises me Along Came a Spider is the 10th book I have read from the 100 books listed for The Great American Read I m glad this series was included I can see why it s been a best selling series for decades Very gritty and suspenseful This is the first book by James Patterson that I ve read I m a bit late on the scene.but I m definitely going to read of this series, and other books by Patterson Along Came a Spider was exciting, realisitic and quite enjoyable flag 32 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 08, 2010 Mary Statza rated it did not like it review of another edition Wow, where do I begin This book inspired me to write a literary review for English class discussing why a a book like this should NEVER have made it onto the bestsellers list IF YOU ENJOYED THIS BOOK OR THE ALEX CROSS SERIES, PLEASE DON T CONTINUE Some major points include Alex Cross is an incredibly boring, clich , slightly racist, unrealistic character The italicization of random words without regards to taste or context Incredible off putting love scenes Boring, repetitive text, Wow, where do I begin This book inspired me to write a literary review for English class discussing why a a book like this should NEVER have made it onto the bestsellers list IF YOU ENJOYED THIS BOOK OR THE ALEX CROSS SERIES, PLEASE DON T CONTINUE Some major points include Alex Cross is an incredibly boring, clich , slightly racist, unrealistic character The italicization of random words without regards to taste or context Incredible off putting love scenes Boring, repetitive text, and dull, awkward dialog So many 90 s references and dialog, even Kevin Costner from Bodyguard finds it painful to read Plot holes you could drive a truck through I bought the entire Alex Cross series at a book sale for about 13 dollars I wish I hadn t, and instead, I wish I had bought something actually entertaining, like silly putty flag 30 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 22, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it did not like it review of another edition No wonder the literary world is polluted with so many shitty writers They see how well this fucking hack has sold, read his work, and aspire to fucking mediocrity James Patterson outsells Pulitzer Prize winning authors, but his writing I refuse to call this bullshit prose is barely one step above motherfucking picture books He s detrimental to the literate world Authors and readers alike think this shit is okay Do you see how many five star reviews there are on this time sink Authors a No wonder the literary world is polluted with so many shitty writers They see how well this fucking hack has sold, read his work, and aspire to fucking mediocrity James Patterson outsells Pulitzer Prize winning authors, but his writing I refuse to call this bullshit prose is barely one step above motherfucking picture books He s detrimental to the literate world Authors and readers alike think this shit is okay Do you see how many five star reviews there are on this time sink Authors and readers I respect have given this broken ass novel their highest recommendation, and Patterson doesn t even follow basic fucking grammar rules I know these authors and readers of whom I speak are not stupid I know that to be fact Yet they loved this book Why is that Why, motherfuckers, why There is a difference between having an opinion and being fucking wrong If you are flat out wrong, I have every right to argue with you If your stance is based on opinion, I cannot I understand that opinions are subjective I don t like The Hobbit because little people with hairy feet going on adventures are so annoying harrypotterhavemybaby fuckLOTR I can dig it That s your opinion You don t like motherfuckers with hairy feet going on adventures Rock on I can t argue that But when you say that this bucket of vague antecedents, passive voice, and dangling participles is well written, I gotta wonder whether or not you should be allowed to drive a motor vehicle Well written Go fuck yourself And that s only how I feel about the writing Now I m going to tell you why the plot to this disaster piece makes it an even inedible shit sandwich.Spoilers from here on out You ve been warned There s this cockknocker named Gary Soneji Murphy who wants to be bigger than the motherfucker that kidnapped Lindbergh s baby He wants to be a serial kidnapper He s already a very successful serial murderer So, having completed that life goal, he wants to get on that next level shit kidnapping Killing doesn t get a motherfucker paid, and he s broke So he steals two little rich fuckers a boy and a girl from their haughty taughty little rich fuckers academy and drops them in a hole If you re already tired of my gratuitous use of the F word and various vulgarisms, you might wanna click away now because it s only gonna get worse This supposedly brilliant motherfucker fucking injects the littlest motherfucker with too much Michael Jackson Jesus Juice and the littlest motherfucker dies This brilliant carnival level cock swallower gets all mad, beats and ass rapes little dude s corpse You see, little dude had a heart condition when he was born This is common knowledge But the brilliant necrophiliac pederast didn t take that into account So much for all them brains, huh Okay, now that the little dude is dead, Soneji dumps him in a river, because YOLO BITCHES There s no reason for this Why not bury him Tossing the dead kid in the river lessens the chance that Soneji will get the ransom he wants Once again, I m suppose to believe Sonjei is intelligent Fuck you No A character is only as smart as his creator, and James Patterson is one good fart away from brain death.But wait There s While Sonjei is busy polishing his pud or something, these secret service agents three in all have been watching Soneji because they THINK he might have a crush on one of the kids This was BEFORE Soneji kidnapped the children The trio of agents start surveilling Soneji and then BAM Soneji runs off with the kids So, instead of doing something to stop him, all three of these motherfuckers decide to kidnap the kidnapped kids What the fucking what I can see there being one crooked agent, but not three I can see one of them getting angry AFTER they are reprimanded for losing the kids, but BEFORE Whatever, Patterson I could almost forgive the cliched Good cop gets taken off the case and must strike out on his own cliche, but I can t forgive The bad guys are actually cops agents love interests cliche And yes, all of the things divided by slashes are true In fact, there are so many bad guy characters, they literally outnumber the lead good guy characters Bad Guys JezzieDevineChakelyGary SonejiGood Guys Alex Crossand Alex s partner Sampson, who s actually only in about a fifth of the book.Moving onWhile the three cray cray secret service motherfuckers are hiding out, trying to pretend they didn t have shit to do with shit two of these idiots quit right after the kids were kidnapped, and the last one quit a few months later, as if that ALONE wouldn t make them look guilty remember, these fuckers are supposed to be smart , the necrophiliac pederast turns himself in by shooting up a McDonald s He s given a trial that is so eerily similar to the trial in William Diehl s Primal Fear that I had to stop reading and look up publication dates for both books They even try the whole Let s see if we can get the Bad Boy personality to show up in court thing Fucking really Only difference here is the verdict Soneji goes to jail Soon enough, he confesses to Cross for no fucking reason Him confessing does not help his plan It puts heat on the agents and SHOULD HAVE caused his grand plan to be foiled But on that after this next part.Sigh Here we go.There s no way this supposedly brilliant motherfucker could have known that he would be put in a prison wherein there just happened to be a guard that he could bribe There s no way this allegedly uber smart fucktard could have known that this guard would be allowed to take him downstairs, alone Then Patterson wants us to believe that there s a prison in 1990 era America that doesn t have a goddamn motherfucking sonuvabitching camera in the christing elevator Are You Fucking Kidding Eat my ass with a melon baller Eat it, book Fuck your entire face with a vibrating harpoon.Back to Soneji s plan being so convoluted that it should have backfired He does all this shit and actually fucking escapes The FBI and the Secret Service have known all along that the three agents were involved, but they had no proof So they put surveillance on the three agents Somehow they miss Gary Soneji entering Devine s crib, leaving Devine s crib for a treasure hunt, and then return to Devine s crib to cut him to pieces And how did they miss this wanted fugitive who just recently escaped from motherfucking prison Because he was dressed like the goddamn FedEx man This is the literary equivalent of no one knowing Clark Kent is motherfucking Supes because Clark wears fucking glasses bangs head against desk I give up I think I ve made my point I m not a hater I m not some elitist that likes shitting on people wonderful memories of favorite novels This book is garbage It s shittily written, it s terribly fucking plotted, and it celebrates mediocrity by having become a bestseller and rocketing James Patterson into the same categories as actual writers, as people who are talented In summation Motherfuck this book It saddens me that James Patterson is a household name It breaks my heart that I know who he is, but only recently found such amazing authors as Jonathan Kellerman and Greg Iles, you know, guys who can actually write Stephen King once said I m paraphasing here that authors should read some novels for the beautiful language and others for the fun of the plot Meaning, not every good story is going to be well written, and not every well written book will have a good story under the hood But Patterson is none of these things He has made a lucrative career out of being a basic bitch.Final Judgment This book is literary AIDS flag 175 likesLike see review View all 74 comments Jan 31, 2012 Lynn rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves thriller This book had a very interesting plot and a decent cover That s about it What a major disappointment this was I guess it goes to show you just how good an actor Morgan Freeman is Hell, he drove Ms Daisy around for two hours and made it seem fun, and he made the movie version of this very watchable Sadly, he was not around to act out the novel for me By the way, the cover isn t really that cool, I was just being polite flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 11, 2018 RM Alwaysdaddygirl Griffin alwaysdaddyprincess rated it it was amazing review of another edition 5 star flag 15 likesLike see review Mar 08, 2016 brianna rated it it was ok review of another edition This book was so bad But not bad in an angry making way where you want to throw it in a fire, bad in a Nic Cage movie way where it s just so unapologetically terrible that it s both unintentionally hilarious and entertaining in a strangely endearing way Like, you have to finish it even though you re like what am I doing with my life right now, I only have a limited time of being alive and yet I can t stop reading this.If you pay any attention whatsoever to the plot, you will have lots of que This book was so bad But not bad in an angry making way where you want to throw it in a fire, bad in a Nic Cage movie way where it s just so unapologetically terrible that it s both unintentionally hilarious and entertaining in a strangely endearing way Like, you have to finish it even though you re like what am I doing with my life right now, I only have a limited time of being alive and yet I can t stop reading this.If you pay any attention whatsoever to the plot, you will have lots of questions by the end of it, like wait why do they think he might have a split personality if his actual full time job was a teacher at a private school but he s telling his family he s a salesman or what the fuck happened to the ten million dollars though or, maybe my favourite absolute stand alone insane moment who the fuck erected a burning crucifix on the cabin property, and why is it literally NEVER ADDRESSED AGAIN This book is chronicles of ridic And the main detective, Alex Cross, is supposed to be a psychology genius, and his nemesis, Gary Soneji, is also supposed to be a genius, but neither of them do or say ANYTHING that warrants this description They re both everyday average normal guys.Oh yeah, and James Patterson is super cute because he s a white dude trying so hard to write a black detective, and it s not even offensive it s just like, you can tell he s trying so hard and doing his best but it s just kind of a bumbling effort, like bro just relax about it it s okay you don t have to remind your audience 800 times that Det Cross is a black dude we get it, it s totally fine.And I can t really hate on Patterson even IF this was a rage inducing shit book because he promotes reading so hard for young people and has written several books for children and just seems like a really enthusiastic dude who is super into literacy.Anyhow if you want the mystery crime thriller novel equivalent to a bad Nic Cage movie, read this shit flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2018 Suzanne rated it really liked it review of another edition So interesting I haven t seen the movie so this whole plot and the characters were new to me I found it very entertaining with some great twists Now that I am done the Women s Murder Club I am trying to decide between Patterson s other series to read now Really thinking this is the one I will read first My quick and simple overall psychology and criminal justice is so it for me My two majors in undergrad and graduate school flag 15 likesLike see review Jun 29, 2011 Laurence rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves never going to touch again, reviewed I was going to say that it started of well, but then I realised that it was only because I thought the beginning sucked the least I mean, if you want to read a story with unbelievably cringe worthy romance lines, pointless and unnecessary racism and a script that only added to the unrealisticness of the characters, then by all means, throw your money away on this book.The beginning kept me going for a while because I thought it had a pretty decent storyline probably the only good point about t I was going to say that it started of well, but then I realised that it was only because I thought the beginning sucked the least I mean, if you want to read a story with unbelievably cringe worthy romance lines, pointless and unnecessary racism and a script that only added to the unrealisticness of the characters, then by all means, throw your money away on this book.The beginning kept me going for a while because I thought it had a pretty decent storyline probably the only good point about this book , but then came the middle, where almost nothing even remotely interesting or necessary happened If you ask me, Patterson should stick to writing crime and leave all elements of romance out of it half the book was filled with it If he knew how to write romance, let alone crime, then I really wouldn t mind as much But the lines Oh god, the lines I couldn t believe the cheesiness and laughablity of them His romance writing is like the equivalent of a parent trying to get down with the kids , he s just embarrassing himself and really shouldn t do it.Even if all the romance was taken out, the racism would have marked this down anyway I mean sure, I wasn t around in 92 but even I know that it wasn t this bad Probably in every other chapter with Alex Cross, you ll find some sort of racist remark or observation that really didn t need to be there Alex talks about how the world will never accept an interracial couple blah blah and how they re all discriminative towards black people, but I think it s really him who actually comes across as racist At the beginning, you can t help but notice how bluntly he points out the colour of his friends and other characters Patterson should really go back to school and pass his history lessons.Next The unrealistic characters Everyone, in one way or another, just didn t feel real and I think that was definitely due to the script Yet again I ll point out Alex Absolutely NOTHING he says would apply to the real world Not one time in this did I think that someone in real life could really relate to him.My expectations of Patterson have really gone down because of this So I m really not expecting much as I go on to read 1st To Die, because I bought it at the same time as Along Came A Spider If I could give this half a star, I would How this managed to become a number one bestseller is probably the biggest mystery of the book flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jul 06, 2012 Solim rated it really liked it review of another edition Ok so I watched the movie starring Morgan Freeman before reading this book which sort of ruined it for me but trust me I learned my lesson The only thing the movie got right was the name of the characters, and the main theme plot of the book which was the kidnapping I could not believe how off the movie was compared to the book, but enough about that This was probably the most I was engaged into a mystery thriller suspense book since I read A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton which got m Ok so I watched the movie starring Morgan Freeman before reading this book which sort of ruined it for me but trust me I learned my lesson The only thing the movie got right was the name of the characters, and the main theme plot of the book which was the kidnapping I could not believe how off the movie was compared to the book, but enough about that This was probably the most I was engaged into a mystery thriller suspense book since I read A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton which got me into the genre I finished this book in about 2 days with maybe 4 hours of reading combined and it kept me interested the whole way I like how Patterson does small 3 4 page chapters and does than one point of view to give you an idea of what is going on through the heads of everyone involved The twist sadly didn t work on me because I saw the movie about 2 weeks before I picked up the book but it still kept me interested the whole way by making me juggle between characters Im looking forward to reading from Patterson with this being my first from him and I honestly give this book 4.5 5 stars but you cant give additional half star ratings Good book, recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the crime mystery thriller genre flag 14 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 21, 2018 Matt Rudy rated it liked it review of another edition I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them 2.5 starsPlot Alex Cross is a detective psychologist whose new case involves a man named Gary Soneji This man is responsible for the kidnapping of two children and several murders Alex Cross needs to find the missing kids and outsmart this sociopath This story is a cat and mouse game It is filled with action and several twists.Review This is my first James Patterson book and sadl I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them 2.5 starsPlot Alex Cross is a detective psychologist whose new case involves a man named Gary Soneji This man is responsible for the kidnapping of two children and several murders Alex Cross needs to find the missing kids and outsmart this sociopath This story is a cat and mouse game It is filled with action and several twists.Review This is my first James Patterson book and sadly I was disappointed Most of the characters in this story were not very interesting to me I had no attachment to them and I felt like they were forgettable The one character that I really did enjoy was NANA MAMA The reason why I liked her so much is because she reminded me of my grandma She is portrayed as caring, reliable and someone you can come to when shit hits the fan The only sad part about Nana Mama is that she is not a main character, so she is barely in this book The main plot of this story was okay Along Came a Spider did have some entertaining action scenes, but I found most of the story bland Conclusion I will not be continuing this series I m sorry to anyone who enjoys this book I don t mean to offend you I just wasn t a fan flag 15 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 14, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it review of another edition I have read a few Alex Cross books now and decided it was time I read the very first one to see how it all began I am very glad I did because I found this to be an excellent book It has a fast paced and exciting story which has the reader guessing from the first page and then it ends with quite a remarkable twist which I did not see coming I sat up very late finishing it because I just could not put it down Altogether a really good read flag 12 likesLike see review Jul 12, 2018 Cathal Kenneally rated it really liked it review of another edition I was kept in suspense for most of it I was disappointed that Alex was hoodwinked so easily, considering how professional he is supposed to be It s my first James Patterson and it may not be my last I prefer Jeffrey Deaver to be honest flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Carol rated it it was amazing review of another edition First Read I have read most of the Alex Cross books now and found this installment in the library and learned that it is the first book of the series I am very glad I did because I found this to be an excellent book It has a fast paced and exciting story which has the reader guessing from the first page and then it ends with quite a remarkable twist which was a big surprise to me I was up a lot of the night listening to a playaway 12 hours long Altogether a really good read I have a hunc First Read I have read most of the Alex Cross books now and found this installment in the library and learned that it is the first book of the series I am very glad I did because I found this to be an excellent book It has a fast paced and exciting story which has the reader guessing from the first page and then it ends with quite a remarkable twist which was a big surprise to me I was up a lot of the night listening to a playaway 12 hours long Altogether a really good read I have a hunch that I ll see some of these characters again Alex Cross is a crime, mystery, and thriller novel series written by James Patterson The series focuses on Metropolitan Police Department detective and father Alex Cross as he faces threats to his family and the city of Washington, D.C Supporting characters include two of Cross s children, Damon, and Janelle, as well as his grandmother Nana Mama The series is usually narrated in first person perspective by Alex Cross, and occasionally from the villains point of view in third person.Second Read Alex Cross is a widower detective father who often fights against threatening villains and criminals who wish to kill Cross and others It mainly focuses on Cross trying to solve very difficult cases while attempting to maintain a relationship with his family For example, in Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, Cross misses out on Christmas Eve and Christmas itself to focus on finding and defeating a terrorist group One of his regular foes in the earlier books is Gary Soneji, the Mastermind who wants to kill Cross, out of revenge for Alex putting him in prison In some books, Cross sometimes works with or against the President Secret Service in a few books such as Along Came a Spider, Jack Jill, I, Alex Cross, and Kill Alex Cross An ongoing theme in the earlier novels is the unsolved murder of his first wife, Maria Cross later reveals another reason for trying to solve the cases so he can protect his family from danger Cross currently lives on Fifth Street in Southeast Washington, D.C along with grandmother Nana Mama, children Damon, Janelle Jannie , and Alex Jr Ali , and his current and new wife, Brianna Bree Stone Cross When Alex was 9, his father died of alcoholism, a year after his mother died He went to Washington, D.C to live with his grandmother Nana Mama During his childhood, he met his later best friend John Sampson He also later met his wife, Maria, in Washington, and married her After giving birth to two children, a few months or years later, she is murdered Alex later meets a woman named Christine, who becomes pregnant, giving birth to an additional third child for the Cross family Ali She later leaves Ali with Alex dealing with traumatization over her kidnapping in Pop Goes the Weasel Afterwards, she tried claiming custody over Ali and succeeded However, she later gave Ali back to Alex, who had joined the FBI at the time His deadliest foes are Geoffrey Shafer and Gary Soneji both have been killed through the course and events of the book series flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 02, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Watched the film ages ago, before reading the book Initially I was quite shocked at how much the film differed from the book Then I wondered why they changed it for the film The book had a much better storyline, deeper and complex characters and it would have translated well into a film.As is often the case, the book was better than the film 5 stars without a doubt flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Patterson best sellers flag 9 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2016 BAM The Bibliomaniac rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves suspense, traded Really 3.5 I figured out very early one of the antagonists so there s thatBut for a first exposure to Patterson I m pleased I will read the rest of the series flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it review of another edition 1932 James Patterson, 25 26 , NYPD Red Primal fear Bell 40 8 , 1990 2001, flag 8 likesLike see review Apr 02, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense police procedural It was well done, but I wasn t emotionally consumed.The plot, the events, and actions were very well done I was surprised and pleased The book definitely kept my interest The main reason I didn t give it 5 stars is because I didn t smile I think of Grisham who takes me to the 5 star level He writes a similar genre, but he makes me smile, either at the intriguing characters, or the wow that is so exciting when being chased or trapped or wondering if the hero will survive.At times I felt im It was well done, but I wasn t emotionally consumed.The plot, the events, and actions were very well done I was surprised and pleased The book definitely kept my interest The main reason I didn t give it 5 stars is because I didn t smile I think of Grisham who takes me to the 5 star level He writes a similar genre, but he makes me smile, either at the intriguing characters, or the wow that is so exciting when being chased or trapped or wondering if the hero will survive.At times I felt impatient to get some answers The result was it felt a little slow I ve read other police procedural mysteries that had me less impatient and enjoying the journey.The narrator Charles Turner was fine, but I wish Morgan Freeman had narrated The character Alex Cross is a black man from the south Morgan played Alex in the movie, and I kept thinking about him He would have been a great narrator.The story is told in first person from Alex s point of view and then third person for other characters and events That structure worked ok, but I would have preferred third person for all When he switches to first person, I am almost taken out of the story, thinking of myself my perspective.DATA Unabridged audiobook reading time 12 hrs and 21 mins Violence strong The killer likes cutting off body parts Swearing language strong Sexual language none Sex scenes about 8, referred to no details shown The couple is a black man and a white woman Setting the early 1990s mostly east coast U.S locations Book copyright 1992 Genre mystery suspense police procedural Ending the good guys win, but there are many victims of violence flag 8 likesLike see review May 07, 2017 Sifats Book Kingdom rated it it was amazing review of another edition A perfect crime thriller story Along Came a Spider starts with the twofold capturing of the girl of a well known Hollywood on screen character and the youthful child of the secretary of the Treasury What s , that is just the start Gary Soneji is a dangerous serial criminal who needs to perpetrate the wrongdoing of the century Alex Cross is the splendid murder investigator set against him Jezzie Flanagan is the female administrator of the Secret Service who finishes a standout amongst A perfect crime thriller story Along Came a Spider starts with the twofold capturing of the girl of a well known Hollywood on screen character and the youthful child of the secretary of the Treasury What s , that is just the start Gary Soneji is a dangerous serial criminal who needs to perpetrate the wrongdoing of the century Alex Cross is the splendid murder investigator set against him Jezzie Flanagan is the female administrator of the Secret Service who finishes a standout amongst the most bizarre tension triangles in any thriller you have ever perused What do you talk about to a murderer, and someone you loved, over a perfect dinner and cocktails I wanted to know so many things, but I couldn t ask any of the real questions pounding in my head Instead, we talked of the coming vacation days, a plan for the here and now in the islands Along Came a Spider flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 08, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, thriller Not as good as I assumed from its claims to creativity and excitement, but it was entertaining for the most part and a half decent detective novel with likeable characters and a good plot flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 11, 2018 Lisa rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2018 Audiobook Narrated by Charles Turner flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 27, 2011 Laura rated it liked it review of another edition One thing about library borrowing is that you can check out books that you never would buy It is actually kind of freeing And, if there aren t any good books available as ebooks, you can use the opportunity to check out books that you wouldn t have read otherwise Books such as as Along Came a Spider by James Patterson.Now, I know that popular fiction is popular for a reason But these authors who just pump out book after book after book, each book so similar to the last, tend to get tedious One thing about library borrowing is that you can check out books that you never would buy It is actually kind of freeing And, if there aren t any good books available as ebooks, you can use the opportunity to check out books that you wouldn t have read otherwise Books such as as Along Came a Spider by James Patterson.Now, I know that popular fiction is popular for a reason But these authors who just pump out book after book after book, each book so similar to the last, tend to get tedious I therefore find myself avoiding these types of books My favourite books tend to be those that I would pick up in a English Lit class at university, not at a drugstore.I guess I m just a snobby elite on the outside But the reality is I ll devour a James Patterson book just like anyone else.At least that is what I learned when I decided to read Along Came a Spider.I decided to make my first James Patterson novel be one that began a series So, I put on hold Along Came a Spider, which is the first in the Alex Cross Series, and 1st to Die, from the Women s Murder Club series I figured that I didn t have nearly enough murder and mystery in my life, so a little bit of that in book form couldn t hurt Along Came a Spider was the first book to become available.This book was actually a really great read It was suspenseful and kept me guessing until the very end I do admit, I started to pick up on the plot twist pretty early on.James Patterson wrote an engaging crime novel that keeps the reader questioning After all the whodunit questions, the reader is faced with a moral question where do our sympathies lie Why do I, as a reader, feel differently about one villain than I do about another Why is one morally reprehensible while the other evokes sympathy Am I, the reader, condoning terrible behaviour Am I complicit I really love it when a writer is able to do than just write plot James Patterson clearly demonstrates that he can write a good story, but when he is able to question the reader s complicity, then I realize that I have read a good book flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 22, 2018 Sharon Metcalf rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 As the BT author of the month James Patterson was certainly someone I d heard of but I d not yet sampled his work With a long interstate drive looming I decided to borrow one of his audiobooks and simply clicked on the first I found Not quite the way I normally select my books but in this case I was in luck Not only was it a book which held my attention during the ten plus hours drive but I enjoyed Alex Cross the main character and figured I d see if there were others in this series So that As the BT author of the month James Patterson was certainly someone I d heard of but I d not yet sampled his work With a long interstate drive looming I decided to borrow one of his audiobooks and simply clicked on the first I found Not quite the way I normally select my books but in this case I was in luck Not only was it a book which held my attention during the ten plus hours drive but I enjoyed Alex Cross the main character and figured I d see if there were others in this series So that would definitely be yes It seems I m not the only one who wanted of Alex Cross as James Patterson has delivered almost one book each year for the past 25 years Fortunately for me, I had fluked it for the first in the series Though I don t necessarily think I m keen enough to read the entire series I could definitely see myself listening to, or reading in future.This was a story with a number of twists and turns, plenty of action, than it s share of psychopaths, some violence but nothing too graphic, kidnappers, murders, and even a hint of romance I don t typically read this genre but it was entertaining, had a few surprises and filled my drive time just nicely flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Along Came A Spider by James Patterson 2.5 stars 1 10 Nov 13, 2018 02 32AM World of Sleuths November 2018 Readalong 2 Along Came a Spider 1 2 Oct 23, 2018 08 43PM Around the Year i Along Came a Spider, by James Patterson 3 18 Oct 09, 2018 09 11AM James Patterson Books 11 30 Jun 07, 2018 11 24PM What is the name of this book 2 10 May 31, 2018 09 14AM YA Buddy Readers Along Came a Spider by James Patterson Starting May 3rd 5 9 May 03, 2018 10 21PM 2019 Reading Chal Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 1 23 195 May 01, 2018 05 04PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed here and now in the islands 7 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 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        Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has created enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books wo Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has created enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most 1 New York Times bestsellers In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate He is also the first author to have 1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children s bestseller lists.The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College He was given a full ride scholarship to Vanderbilt University s graduate program in English He left Vanderbilt before getting his PhD due to complications involving the Vietnam War Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.In 1976, while still working for J Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company After being turned down by thirty one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel Patterson s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross A film adaptation of Patterson s middle grade novel Middle School The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016.James Patterson has donated than one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under resourced schools and youth programs in the country To date, he has donated 7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the United States, and 2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees.Patterson has recently donated over 35 million to his and his wife s alma maters the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College and he has established over four hundred Teacher and Writer Education Scholarships at twenty one colleges and universities throughout the country Patterson has also donated than one million books to U.S soldiers at home and overseas.In May 2015, Patterson launched a children s book imprint at Little, Brown JIMMY Patterson that is unwaveringly focused on one goal turning kids into lifelong readers This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro reading initiatives.Patterson also founded ReadKiddoRead, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation s excitement for reading Awarded the National Book Foundation s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebook community, and contributions from other authors.Patterson s awards for adult and children s literature include the Edgar Award, the International


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    1. James Patterson The man writes a book and you read it It s plain and simple He knows how to write a mother fucking story This wasn t the first book I read but damn The dude keeps makin a brother come back for It gets even better when you re reading a book about the REAL OG Alex Cross.Short attention span James Patterson s books come automatically equipped with small chapters.Enjoy reading before bed Forget about it You re laying down in bed, right HAIL NO This shit has you on t James Patterson [...]


    2. I am honestly speechless after reading that Everything that a thriller should be I am embarrassed to say that this is the first James Patterson book I have read excluding his book shot series.Although I was unfamiliar with his work I think everyone who likes fiction has heard of Alex Cross.He was one of many standout characters in this novel Alex Cross, detective, doctor of psychology, hypnotiser, friends of the poor people when he helps out at a food shelter, respected by the black people I am [...]


    3. This is the first book I ve read in the Alex Cross series and it won t certainly be the last James Patterson is a fabulous author as I m sure many would agree and when it comes to writing a page turner he sure knows how to keep the reader turning the pages at a fast pace Along Came A Spider is a book with the lot, mystery, crime, suspense, oh and did I mention it s a cracking thriller I can t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series If you haven t read this book then do yourself This [...]


    4. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here ALONG CAME A SPIDER Police Procedural US Cont PoorPatterson, James 1st in seriesWarner Books, 1992 PaperbackThe daughter of a famous actress and son of the secretary of the Treasury has been kidnapped The boy s body is found and the kidnapper demands that Detective Alex Cross be the one to deliver the 10M ransom The money is taken, but the girl is not returned and Alex joins forces with Jezzie Flanagan, the superviso [...]


    5. I have been recommending this book for years Yes, the movie adaptation was terrible yes, some of the later Alex Cross entries were somewhat weak I m looking at you, Violets Are Blue But the first book of the Alex Cross series is still an amazing read What really made this book work for me was the antagonist, Gary Soneji He s chilling and creepy, yet he s still utterly fascinating The game of cat and mouse between Alex Cross and Gary Soneji is gripping and exciting.However, the book is n I have b [...]


    6. It was a few years back that I read Along Came The Spider I found the plot is predictable just like those typical Hollywood thriller movies I could not find the book much engrossing, and was rather disappointed by the climax which was a cliched twist, and ruins whatever was, if any, good in the plot before It was only the psychopathic villain, Gary Soneji, that appealed to me Whereas Alex Cross, the detective, was very boring All in all, it was a below average read which I would not recomme It w [...]


    7. ALONG CAME a SPIDER Alex Cross, 1 is the classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the 1 detective series of the past twenty five years Excellent book full of action and a ending I never saw coming This novel is a game of cat and mouse between Detective Alex Cross and psychopathic villain,Gary Soneji, and will have you flipping the pages to see what will happen next.


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