Saturday, November 24, 2007

CAT and MOUSE, by James Patterson

Cat & Mouse
James Patterson
The novel was originally released as international hardcover April, 1998; it was also released in the United States as paperback November, 1998. By arrangement with Little, Brown & Company, it was published as a trade paperback in August, 2003.

ISBN number:
Published by:
Warner Books Hachette Book Group USA 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169
Price (trade paperback):
$13.95 USD / $19.95 CAN
Once again, James Patterson's deep and careful study of the criminal mind brings us a story with 'panache', if not perhaps quite 'elegance'. While James Patterson has often been accused of having cardboard cutout charactors, this tale involving a serial killer, Gary Murphy/"Soneji" we've met before is solid good reading. In this fourth Alex Cross novel (and bestseller), we're led on a merry mystery chase through several murders and given a surprise at the end as well. Mr. Patterson's intense explorations into the world of criminal psychology pay off in the kind of book that makes the reader pick up each new novel with confidence that entertainment is a given. It's not the charactor that carries his story as much as it's the fast-paced and steadily produced tension.
Action, tension. This author is a past master of such things, which is why he's in solid on the market. His name is widely known, and he's reliable as a producer of such tales. Mr. Patterson, we should all be so skilled. Green for go on Cat & Mouse... with a few mysterious spatters of blood red, of course. You've earned it the hard way.
Special thanks to Hachette Book Group for the chance to review a classic James Patterson novel. For information on other books offered or about to be offered by HBGUSA, please visit their website.
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-- The Fireside Reader

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