Along Came A Spider by James Patterson (#1 Alex Cross)

Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)

Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

Published: 1992




Along Came a Spider is the 1st in the Detective Alex Cross Series by James Patterson.

I read the series as the books came out, but decided to re-read them recently.  (Not sure why). I like Patterson, find his books very easy and fast reads, if not too deep. But I do, however, like this book. It is a great introduction to the characters of his series. I love NanaMama and John Sampson.

In this first “installment” of Detective Alex Cross’s career, he is tasked with finding the kidnapper of two small children from their school – by their math teacher. This kidnapper/serial killer is a little crazy. He wants to commit the “crime of the century”, and is fascinated with the Lindburgh kidnapping. Even after they capture him, he finds ways to outsmart the police, FBI and Secret Service. Could he really have multiple personalities, or is Gary Murphy/Soneji playing them all. Alex appears caught in the middle.

Meanwhile Alex has fallen in love with Jezzie — the Supervisor of the Secret Service, and responsible for protecting the two children who were kidnapped. Not good timing for either of them, and NanaMama doesn’t approve!

Worth the read!


Favorite Quote from Along Came a Spider: “All of us shrinks talk about VFC when we get together. Very fucking crazy, Gerry.”


Re-Read: June 2016


About the Author:   In addition to this Alex Cross series, James Patterson has written the Michael Bennett series, the Women’s Murder Club,  Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride and the Middle School Series.  As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.  He is also known for his generosity in charitable donations through his foundation to help ensure reading is a #1 priority in classrooms.



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