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Along Came A Spider (1992)
Fiction Review by The Mortician

Along Came A Spider (1992) This is the first Alex Cross book, written by James Patterson. Patterson has become a household word in America now, with the adventures of black D.C. homicide detective (and Ph.D. holder in psychlogy) Alex Cross being his crowning achievement.ALONG CAME A SPIDER introduced Patterson's incredible style to hooked readers: short, 3-4 page chapters that are catchy and easy to read. You are hooked and they go fast...making you read more than one chapter in a sitting. As a matter of fact, I read about 270 pages of this sucker in one sitting! Also, the character of Alex Cros is introduced here, and he's a very likeable guy---a crime solver with flaws and a life. Through the first-person narrative of Cross, we go see things as he does. The problems of his life. Trying to deal with his emotions stemming from the recent murder of his wife (the victim of an unsolved driveby shooting--which, I'm sure Patterson will have solved in some future book!). His family life---how he relates to his two kids and Nana, his grandmother. Not to mention, how Cross solves crimes. It is here where Patterson really shines. He found his niche in the Thomas Harris arena. Harris, author of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, HANNIBAL, and RED DRAGON, takes 5 or 10 years to get a book out...and the public was anxious for this kind of material! So Patterson fills the void with Alex Cross, a hybrid of Harris' Will Graham (RED DRAGON) and Clarice Starling (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) characters, yet he makes Cross all his own with his race and family life issues. Audiences went beserk over Cross and there's been eight books (so far) in the series. ALONG CAME A SPIDER was made into a fair movie by Paramount, but the book is spectacular compared to the rather weak and diluted film.Gary Soneji, a teacher at an elite Washington private school, turns out to be a murderous kidnapper. He kidnaps a politician's kid and the race to find him is on before the kid turns up dead. Soneji is very elusive and clever, calling himself 'the Son of Lindbergh.'There's also a wild subplot (wisely omitted from the movie because of casting reasons, I think) where Cross has an affair with a white female supervisor of the Secret Service. This proves to be an almost fatal error for Cross, nearly destroying his credibility and the case. Read the book to find out why!Even after Soneji is caught, the madness doesn't stop. This book is worlds better than the movie in terms of actions, twists, turns, and double-crosses that you don't see coming.The original book. Introduction of a hero. And a formula that still works to this day. Don't miss reading this one!
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