Along Came a Spider by James Patterson


Along Came a Spider
Title : Along Came a Spider
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ISBN : 1455523569
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480

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.


Along Came a Spider Reviews


  • Ryan Gillespie

    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

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale

    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

  • Sharon

    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

  • LJ

    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

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen&

    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

  • Sanjay Gautam

    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

  • Sue

    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.

  • Juli

    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

  • Mary Statza

    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

  • Edward Lorn

    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