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The Big Bad Wolf | [James Patterson]

The Big Bad Wolf

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.
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Publisher's Summary

Who's Afraid?

Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered: a predator known only as the Wolf.

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

You're afraid.

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.

As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home, too. His ex-fiancie, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life-and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

Full of the unexpected twists and heartrending surprises that James Patterson delivers better than any other suspense writer alive, The Big Bad Wolf is an unforgettable thriller.

©2003 James Patterson; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division Of The AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Vastly entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
"Phillips proves himself once again to be a wildly creative storyteller." (Booklist)

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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-16-04
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-16-04 Member Since 2002
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    "WOW! Patterson's best Alex Cross!"

    In my humble opinion, this was the best Alex Cross book I've read yet. Honestly, the subject matter made me a bit paranoid for a while. I started watching other people as I walked in a parking garage or other secluded type areas. This story really got into my head.

    I think the Alex Cross character keeps getting deeper, and I love that. The story is fast paced and downright nerve-racking. I never wanted to shut it off. I found myself driving out of my way on my way home from work so I could finish the book that evening.

    I wouldn't say the ending was "lacking". I'd characterize it as one hell of a cliff-hanger. Did it make me angry? Oh yes it did, but you can believe I'll be one of the first in line for the next installment.

    Overall, it is a must read. One of the best thrillers of the year, in my opinion. GET THIS BOOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Dillon 01-02-04
    Gary Dillon 01-02-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "Good listening"

    Great Listening, don't want to stop. Alex Cross makes a good transition from local PD to FBI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Syleste United States 12-20-03
    Syleste United States 12-20-03 Member Since 2003

    Syleste

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    "Good story; annoying musical background"

    Patterson's Alex Cross series has not lost its bite. It remains fresh and entertaining. The Audible.com production includes somewhat annoying and distracting background music, sometimes unsuitable to the content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jay Centennial, CO, USA 11-30-03
    L. Jay Centennial, CO, USA 11-30-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Listen"

    This was an entertaining book, but the music and audio are truly annoying. With any luck the producers will leave the silly "chapter" sounds out of the next production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al Carlsbad, CA, USA 12-13-03
    Al Carlsbad, CA, USA 12-13-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Background Music Sucks"

    Although the book was good there are times throughout the read that is accompanied by background music. It offered nada to the read, in fact at times it drove me to turn it off. It's OK to hear background music in obvious situations but lets keep it terse. Pictures of the happenings are developed by our own minds and I don't need music to help me accomplish that.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bandele New York, NY, USA 02-05-05
    Bandele New York, NY, USA 02-05-05
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    "What a ride!"

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was my first time "reading" a Patterson novel and I loved. What a great substitute for music at the gym!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA 01-31-05
    Patrick Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA 01-31-05
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    "The Big Bad Book"

    This book presents an entertaining trail to catch a madman. But the villains sound like something out of an early Batman TV show. Unbelievably, these sociopaths gather around with irritating nicknames and plot to overthrow the world--well not quite. We truly enjoyed the Alex Cross parts, but the remainder did not make me afraid, it made me laugh. After all this, the ending was lacking and felt like a copout.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cookie box piqua, ohio 12-14-03
    cookie box piqua, ohio 12-14-03 Member Since 2003

    creative cook

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    "big bad wolf"

    another great Cross mystery. Can't wait for the next one. Patterson as always mixes high suspense, romance and family in a win-win plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 01-28-14
    Lynn Yellow Spring, WV, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2007

    Go Lynn

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    "Just too grim"

    I love the way James Patterson writes. I don't think I like the stories. The 'bad guys' are so very bad, and have a way of popping up over and over again. I don't need to read these stories, there are too many others out there. It's kind of a shame. The narrators were wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Anchorage, AK, United States 07-28-13
    Shannon Anchorage, AK, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "My first Alex Cross book"
    Any additional comments?

    I've seen several Alex Cross movies, but this was my first book. I'm not sure why I waited. Twisty, turny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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