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Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's 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 be Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's 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 as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organize crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves. 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-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.


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Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's 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 be Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's 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 as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organize crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves. 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-fiancee, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

30 review for The Big Bad Wolf

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    James Patterson gets a lot of bad press for his books, and I can see they have quite a few faults. Nevertheless I still enjoy them so much I am willing to overlook a lot! This was just so readable. Short chapters and lots of action always keeps those pages turning and I am pretty attached to Alex Cross and his family by now so that helps too. I lost track of how many people were supposed to be Wolf and then turned out not to be. In the end I gave up trying to follow all the intricacies and just let James Patterson gets a lot of bad press for his books, and I can see they have quite a few faults. Nevertheless I still enjoy them so much I am willing to overlook a lot! This was just so readable. Short chapters and lots of action always keeps those pages turning and I am pretty attached to Alex Cross and his family by now so that helps too. I lost track of how many people were supposed to be Wolf and then turned out not to be. In the end I gave up trying to follow all the intricacies and just let myself enjoy the story.(view spoiler)[ I assume Wolf will turn up again in some future book and Cross will be able to bring him down at last. (hide spoiler)] I think I have said this before but if you don't take Patterson's books too seriously they are actually very enjoyable. And there are so many of them to choose from:)

  2. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    Here's an example of why I gave The Big Bad Wolf two stars. In one scene Alex Cross and his FBI boss track a man believed to be the most dangerous Red Mafiya criminal in the world, to his home in Miami, and arrest him during a party. Before slapping on the cuffs, someone yells, "Fire!" in the next room. Both Alex and his boss abandon the most dangerous criminal in the world, not knowing if there actually is a fire, enabling an escape. Is Alex drummed out of the FBI for gross incompetence? No. In Here's an example of why I gave The Big Bad Wolf two stars. In one scene Alex Cross and his FBI boss track a man believed to be the most dangerous Red Mafiya criminal in the world, to his home in Miami, and arrest him during a party. Before slapping on the cuffs, someone yells, "Fire!" in the next room. Both Alex and his boss abandon the most dangerous criminal in the world, not knowing if there actually is a fire, enabling an escape. Is Alex drummed out of the FBI for gross incompetence? No. Instead, he's promoted to Assistant Director just a few pages later.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Not bad. Will be interesting to see where the little Alex situation goes long term. I found this crime plot only ok. I expected to like the plot a lot more than I did based on the description but honestly I only found it okay. My quick and simple overall: an okay installment. Really getting into this series though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alla

    This book is one of the strongest one in this series so far for me. I found it really good. It ends in unresolved matters...so I of course have to start the next one! :D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Book 9 in the Alex Cross series. This has nothing new; the only new thing is the names of the characters. This is nothing more than formula writing. The first two books were a huge success so why kill that goose that gave you these eggs. The story staggers between gross violence and sweetly sick sentimentality. Alex Cross is now the FNG at the FBI. Although he is still undergoing training the FBI feel he is the right man to take on the Wolf, who is one seriously sick individ Book 9 in the Alex Cross series. This has nothing new; the only new thing is the names of the characters. This is nothing more than formula writing. The first two books were a huge success so why kill that goose that gave you these eggs. The story staggers between gross violence and sweetly sick sentimentality. Alex Cross is now the FNG at the FBI. Although he is still undergoing training the FBI feel he is the right man to take on the Wolf, who is one seriously sick individual. If the intent was to show just how incompetent the FBI are then this is a roaring success. How many times can the FBI get it wrong? Endlessly it seems. Every descent thriller needs some twists and turns but it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Accusing the wrong guy became so predictable you just knew where it was heading. This is not a bad read, if this was your first venture into the world of Alex Cross you’d thing that it’s pretty good but after reading 9 of them they start to pale a bit. If you’re are a devoted James Patterson fan, you wont be disappointed with this effort. It’s just more of the same that you have enjoyed in the past. 3 stars is the best I can do.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark Hebwood

    I was planning to start this review with a phrase that was able to convey incredulity. Incredulity at the skill which James must have employed deliberately to deliver a novel so comprehensively lacking in quality that it manages to fail against any literary benchmark that I can think of. The development of characters is superficial throughout - not even clichéd, just insipid and uninteresting. Events don't make sense. Plot development is flawed. Attempts to give characters psychological depths a I was planning to start this review with a phrase that was able to convey incredulity. Incredulity at the skill which James must have employed deliberately to deliver a novel so comprehensively lacking in quality that it manages to fail against any literary benchmark that I can think of. The development of characters is superficial throughout - not even clichéd, just insipid and uninteresting. Events don't make sense. Plot development is flawed. Attempts to give characters psychological depths are pathetic. As a craftsman, James simply failed to deliver a useable product. So what was the phrase I wanted to use? It was "words fail me". But when I wrote it down, I discovered to my disappointment that it is impossible to use this phrase in a review. Writing it down is evidence that words have not failed me, and so the phrase doesn't make sense. And if words had failed me, I could not have written it down. So let us pretend that I am starting my review now, and that I am inserting it in full within square brackets: [ ]

  7. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    I haphazardly discovered Patterson's, Alex Cross, when I grabbed a worn paperback, Violets Are Blue, off of an overstock rack in a used bookstore. I had no idea that I had chosen a book that was the 7th in a series of at least 17. After devouring my first Patterson novel, and falling head over heels in love with John Sampson, Cross' best friend and partner, as well as becoming quite smitten with Cross, I knew that I needed to start at Alex's beginning and go through the entire series. I haphazardly discovered Patterson's, Alex Cross, when I grabbed a worn paperback, Violets Are Blue, off of an overstock rack in a used bookstore. I had no idea that I had chosen a book that was the 7th in a series of at least 17. After devouring my first Patterson novel, and falling head over heels in love with John Sampson, Cross' best friend and partner, as well as becoming quite smitten with Cross, I knew that I needed to start at Alex's beginning and go through the entire series. The Big Bad Wolf is the 9th book featuring Alex Cross. This story takes our street-smart, tough-as-nails, DC cop and puts him in the FBI. The differences highlighted between local and federal law enforcement were very intriguing; particularly when coupled with the Russian Mafia. I enjoyed the story-line; but I LOVE the cliff-hanger ending. I must get London Bridges now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    4.5★s Alex Cross had joined the FBI and was in his initial training period at Quantico (which he barely needed after the years as detective on the police force) when he was called into a high profile case. Attractive, young, blonde white women were being abducted – some in broad daylight. When it came to light that there was a pattern involved, they knew they had a problem. Sexual slavery run by one of the top mobsters in the world – a Russian nicknamed the Wolf – was behind the whole terribl4.5s

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    The Big Good Patterson!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    Whenever I travel, I try to choose a book that I know I can read even while constantly being interrupted, jostled about, or otherwise distracted...and still grasp the plot, characters, deeper meaning, etc. James Patterson's Alex Cross books work for that purpose. I enjoy them on a basic level but I don't ever expect to be blown away by their level of quality. In this one, we have a new serial murder puppet master character known as "The Wolf". Alex Cross has been recruited by the FBI Whenever I travel, I try to choose a book that I know I can read even while constantly being interrupted, jostled about, or otherwise distracted...and still grasp the plot, characters, deeper meaning, etc. James Patterson's Alex Cross books work for that purpose. I enjoy them on a basic level but I don't ever expect to be blown away by their level of quality. In this one, we have a new serial murder puppet master character known as "The Wolf". Alex Cross has been recruited by the FBI but is still trying to find his feet as an agent. He comes with a good reputation from his days as a DC cop but finds he still has to prove himself with the feds. Mix in the drama of his personal family life and we have another reasonably good Alex Cross story, although similarities to previous novels make this one tip toward a formula production.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson was okay for me felt the storyline fell a bit short for this fabulous series it fell flat in the middle he has done a lot better 3 1/2 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    The first section of the book had me a bit worried. Alex is now an FBI agent, and everything kind of glosses over his training and the lack of relationship building he is participating in and then bam a hostage negotiation.... that is over faster than any on record. I was worried that this may have been the fizzle of my beloved Alex Cross.... Enter the WOLF! LOVING this villain So much! He is despicable, he is narcissistic, he is all of the things that you love to hate in a villain. James Patterson did a fabul The first section of the book had me a bit worried. Alex is now an FBI agent, and everything kind of glosses over his training and the lack of relationship building he is participating in and then bam a hostage negotiation.... that is over faster than any on record. I was worried that this may have been the fizzle of my beloved Alex Cross.... Enter the WOLF! LOVING this villain So much! He is despicable, he is narcissistic, he is all of the things that you love to hate in a villain. James Patterson did a fabulous job allowing him such narrative freedom to really add a depth to this series that has to reinvent the cat and mouse game each new book. Sadly Alex's character probably portrayed his stress and depression a bit TOO well, as it was kind of bumming me out when it was his turn to narrate. The little Alex stuff was mostly making me mad, and I was trying to see things from all perspective, but that end was brutal.... I feel like Christine may be taken out at some point in the future, since that seems to be the best way for Alex to get his way.... kill the adversary hahaha. Sadly there wasn't much of Sampson as he is shacked up now. The interwoven web of wondering who is involved and who the Wolf is, will have your mind whirring. So many shocking reveals and twists that I really didn't see coming. Bravo Mr. Patterson... Alex is back in the game and showing the feds that he can dominate on any playing field! I look forward to more action in the continuing chase of 5 solid stars from me!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is a decent read. Things look full of promise for Alex Cross. His new job with the FBI is prestigious and exciting. But no sooner has he gone in for orientation, when all heck breaks loose. An all-women team of kidnappers has been snatching successful, upstanding man and women right before their families eyes--possibly to sell them into slavery. The Alex Cross Series has been overall a good one, but there are times that Patterson does better writing than others. This one is pretty goo This is a decent read. Things look full of promise for Alex Cross. His new job with the FBI is prestigious and exciting. But no sooner has he gone in for orientation, when all heck breaks loose. An all-women team of kidnappers has been snatching successful, upstanding man and women right before their families eyes--possibly to sell them into slavery. The Alex Cross Series has been overall a good one, but there are times that Patterson does better writing than others. This one is pretty good. As usual the case started almost immediately and while Alex Cross now works for the FBI and has a new environment around him it still felt like good old times to be back in this series, even though I kinda missed his former partner and friend John Sampson who only made a short appearance this time. Alex's knowledge of the D.C. streets, together with his unique insights into criminal psychology, make this case one that only he can solve--if he can just get his colleagues to set aside their staid and outdated methods. With unexpected twists and whiplash surprises, this is another irresistible audio program. The story dealt with kidnappings of really beautiful women and a few men and human trafficking and had a good level of suspense. What bothered me most was that a lot of things happened way too fast and I sometimes had the impression that James Patterson didn't take enough time to thoroughly write some scenes (maybe because he is too busy publishing 8,323 novels per year). There were passages where Alex and his colleagues flew to a place, went on a mission and what felt like made it sometimes a bit hard for the reader to feel as if I a part of the investigation. Also it seemed to me as if Alex' and his team's progress was often based on luck and not on their skills which made the case appear a bit simple. I'm not very fond of Christine his former wife, but I love little Alex. So to see big Alex giving up his boy is really tough. However I had a good time listening to the book and it seems as if Patterson has found a new remarkable villain with the "Wolf" and I'm definitely making progress. Recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    The Big Bad Wolf had a lot of messes within this book. It constantly made me question what the hell Alex was doing. I get that he is in a new job at the FBI but he was a god damn detective before this .. so why the hell did he make so many mistakes in this book?? I have no idea but that's why I took a star away. I also gave it four stars because Christine came back and I just didn't like her or what she did. I really hope she doesn't appear in the next book, like at all. Then there's the The Big Bad Wolf had a lot of messes within this book. It constantly made me question what the hell Alex was doing. I get that he is in a new job at the FBI but he was a god damn detective before this .. so why the hell did he make so many mistakes in this book?? I have no idea but that's why I took a star away. I also gave it four stars because Christine came back and I just didn't like her or what she did. I really hope she doesn't appear in the next book, like at all. Then there's the whole "Wolf" thing because you never knew who the wolf actually was. There were way too many suspects to keep track of and at one point I just gave up and didn't even try to predict how this book would end. Other than that I really liked his family moments and how his family was adjusting to his new job. I love how Nana gave him crap about him working longer hours than he used to and for working more than he said he would. I just love Nana so freaking much. I need more of Nana please. Also, can Alex stop messing up so much?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crime Addict Sifat

    Alex Cross has left the Washington DC police office to join the FBI. He's still in preparing, however his notoriety goes before him thus he is tapped to lead a noteworthy examination concerning an abducting ring. The criminal driving force behind the seizing binge is a Russian Mafia boss called The Wolf. Splendid, merciless, clever, and staggeringly rich, he is constantly in front of the FBI who blunder along committing a great many mistakes. Just Alex Cross appears to have any brains among his Alex Cross has left the Washington DC police office to join the FBI. He's still in preparing, however his notoriety goes before him thus he is tapped to lead a noteworthy examination concerning an abducting ring. The criminal driving force behind the seizing binge is a Russian Mafia boss called The Wolf. Splendid, merciless, clever, and staggeringly rich, he is constantly in front of the FBI who blunder along committing a great many mistakes. Just Alex Cross appears to have any brains among his new accomplices. Talking about which, Patterson's plot is brimming with botches, openings, subplots that go no place, and a conspicuous set-up to proceed with the lucrative establishment. In any case, I need to give the person acknowledgment for having the capacity to make anticipation. He has aced the class; short sentences, short passages, short parts that dependably end just before the peruser is fulfilled, all signify a recipe that keeps you turning pages. Fernandez and O'Hare make a solid showing with regards to of voicing the many characters. My primary grumbling about the book recording is the gooey "anticipation" music and profound studio-upgraded voice that declares every part as though one's life relied upon this data. At that point there's the significantly cheesier "delicate" music alarming us to a delicate scene with Cross and his youngsters. Puh-leeze!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carl Alves

    Big Bad Wolf had a sufficient amount of tension and moved along at a nice pace, but what it suffered is that neither the plot, the situation or the characters were remotely believable. The Wolf is an ultra shadowy Russian mafioso who is invisible, omniscient and omnipotent. He can do anything he wants, any time he wants, and has no limitation on reach or resources. He's not a credible character. If you look at the history of law enforcement, the law officers know who the bad guys are, but they o Big Bad Wolf had a sufficient amount of tension and moved along at a nice pace, but what it suffered is that neither the plot, the situation or the characters were remotely believable. The Wolf is an ultra shadowy Russian mafioso who is invisible, omniscient and omnipotent. He can do anything he wants, any time he wants, and has no limitation on reach or resources. He's not a credible character. If you look at the history of law enforcement, the law officers know who the bad guys are, but they often can't build up enough evidence to arrest and convict them. The Wolf is built as this hands on character, who gets in the middle of all of this shady business, but nobody knows who he is or what he looks like. The plot disintegrates into ridiculousness by the end, when The Wolf has all of these impersonators and just when it seems like they are going to nail him, guess what, it's not The Wolf. I wasn't buying any of it, and although the story was reasonably entertaining, it wasn't very good. Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Dear Mr. Patterson While this book was an easy read, I must say that it must have been easy to write because you have done this 19 or so times before. This book was predictable up until the end. I do not appreciate the ending hanging there so that people will buy the next book to find out what happens. Sorry but that ploy will not work with me. I will not buy the next book. This cheap ploy to get me to buy book number 20 will not work. It wasn't even that good. And talk about drama, s Dear Mr. Patterson While this book was an easy read, I must say that it must have been easy to write because you have done this 19 or so times before. This book was predictable up until the end. I do not appreciate the ending hanging there so that people will buy the next book to find out what happens. Sorry but that ploy will not work with me. I will not buy the next book. This cheap ploy to get me to buy book number 20 will not work. It wasn't even that good. And talk about drama, seriously you could write romance novels or for soap operas. Sorry if these words offend, but I can't understand why you are a best selling author. Unless you were only best selling for your first novel Laura PS the only reason I read this one was because my mother sent it to me and it looked interesting. However, it will go where the other books she sent me will go, in the free bin in my condo's lobby.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ❆ Crystal ❆

    4 stars. The writing style seems different from the other books. I can't really put my finger on it, but just different. Maybe, the author is growing at this point. There was too much rushing at the end for me. I would have rather the book slowed down a bit with more details. But, still really liked it and give it 4 stars. Venting - Christine's (view spoiler)[ character doesn't seem real to me. I couldn't understand how she could/would leave little Alex in 4 stars. The writing style seems different from the other books. I can't really put my finger on it, but just different. Maybe, the author is growing at this point. There was too much rushing at the end for me. I would have rather the book slowed down a bit with more details. But, still really liked it and give it 4 stars. Venting - Christine's (view spoiler)[ character doesn't seem real to me. I couldn't understand how she could/would leave little Alex in the first place. They were so close when she was in captivity. He was her everything... then to just give him up and move 3,000 miles away. Her reason being that Alex has a dangerous job and she's afraid to stay, but she'll leave her baby there!!!! There is no way a woman would leave her child behind. Now, she's back and wants her baby back because he's in a dangerous situation with Alex's job?!?!? Yeah, right. It's a scenario that doesn't seem realistic at all.... just added in for more drama. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    One of the better installments of the Alex Cross series. Maybe because it was a bit extra dark and twisted and was a bit of a cliffhanger so it makes me want to jump right into the next one. I am starting to like Alex Cross more and more which took me longer than the Michael Bennett series. Good Read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    Soo, I read the book even though I didn't read 8 prequels. Still it was readable. I like how James writes, it's thrilling and exciting and you can't wait to read another chapter. This book was awesome, I'll try to get my hands on more Alex Cross.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    I read this after I read London Bridges, which didn't really effect anything too much. I think I would have been more irritated if I read London Bridges after this because the characters acted clueless about the wolf the entire way through Bridges, yet they should have known who he was at that time. Anyway, the lack of any real detective work in these novels irritates me. Alex lets other people uncover things then goes after the bad guy and fails. Someone will turn up a piece of information, Ale I read this after I read London Bridges, which didn't really effect anything too much. I think I would have been more irritated if I read London Bridges after this because the characters acted clueless about the wolf the entire way through Bridges, yet they should have known who he was at that time. Anyway, the lack of any real detective work in these novels irritates me. Alex lets other people uncover things then goes after the bad guy and fails. Someone will turn up a piece of information, Alex will ask some questions to himself, then the possible bad guy will be sighted and Alex goes there. It's ridiculous. I don't like Alex, I don't care about his life, I don't care about whatever random girl takes an interest in him in each book. The mysteries are ok, the bad guys are ok, but there is nothing special here. I haven't read many mystery series, but every other one I've tried is better than this. Since these are easy to get I will continue to read them until I find something else, but each book makes me want to work that much harder to find a replacement as soon as possible. I really don't see what everyone loves about this series, but to each their own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I enjoyed this installment in the Alex Cross series. The villain (known as the Wolf) was okay but it wasn't as thrilling as some of the other Cross books I've read. I'm still going to read them all though because I love that Alex Cross is from DC and is a stand up black man and a good role model for all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    "Untidiness" spoils otherwise great Alex Cross thriller! Patterson's latest is typical of his best work: furiously paced short chapters; an edgy plot that keeps the pages inexorably turning; and thrills and chills galore as the scary action rarely pauses for us to breathe. And for Alex Cross fans, it's good to have him back, even though this book marks the start of his FBI career, a start that wobbles a little bit. For good measure, some family stuff is worked in, especially a surpri "Untidiness" spoils otherwise great Alex Cross thriller! Patterson's latest is typical of his best work: furiously paced short chapters; an edgy plot that keeps the pages inexorably turning; and thrills and chills galore as the scary action rarely pauses for us to breathe. And for Alex Cross fans, it's good to have him back, even though this book marks the start of his FBI career, a start that wobbles a little bit. For good measure, some family stuff is worked in, especially a surprise visit from Christine Johnson, little Alex' real mother, who seems to have custodial intentions despite abandoning the kid for more than a year. The plot, about a ruthless Russian Mafia type ("Wolf", now operating here) who seems all powerful, is more than adequate to sustain entertaining reading til nearly the end. However, some of the untidy turns of events, especially the loose ending, will cause chagrin and disappointment to many readers, regardless of whether a sequel looms (seems likely). We predict most will enjoy this fast read and tolerate the shaky ending in anticipation of more to come. We might have preferred another 50 pages or so to just wrap it up and give some closure to an otherwise good story. Enjoy, but be warned.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    A series of kidnappings with no ransoms perplexes Alex Cross and his fellow FBI agents. Both men and women have been kidnapped in places like shopping mall parking lots and have later turned up dead. The victims were all tortured before they died. Apparently, they are being kidnapped by a Mob-type network and given to psychopaths who pay a high price to have them as slaves for their own satisfaction. The monster believed to be behind the kidnappings is a criminal mastermind known as the Wolf, wh A series of kidnappings with no ransoms perplexes Alex Cross and his fellow FBI agents. Both men and women have been kidnapped in places like shopping mall parking lots and have later turned up dead. The victims were all tortured before they died. Apparently, they are being kidnapped by a Mob-type network and given to psychopaths who pay a high price to have them as slaves for their own satisfaction. The monster believed to be behind the kidnappings is a criminal mastermind known as the Wolf, who is ruthless beyond belief and has never been photographed. Alex Cross must rise above the fray of bureaucratic disputes and solve the puzzle of the Wolf before more innocents are tortured and killed. The story tells a tale of problems occurring in today's world: the rise of the Russian mafia and the kidnapping of college and suburban men and women for the pleasure of a psychotic buyer. The Wolf, a psychotic Russian mobster, is a crude and dangerous, yet fascinating character. And Alex Cross' battles with FBI bureau heads are interesting and believable. This is an exciting thriller from beginning to end that will stick with you long after you have finished reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chanel Lindsay

    Not one of the better Alex Cross books but still an enjoyable read. This book focuses around Alex's first case since joining the FBI that has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realises. They are being bought and sold. And it seems a predator known as The Wolf is the mastermind behind this terrible trade and is bringing a new reign of terror to organised c Not one of the better Alex Cross books but still an enjoyable read. This book focuses around Alex's first case since joining the FBI that has his new colleagues perplexed. Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realises. They are being bought and sold. And it seems a predator known as The Wolf is the mastermind behind this terrible trade and is bringing a new reign of terror to organised crime. The character development in this book is just amazing. James Patterson is fantastic at delivering and developing characters that makes readers connect and become part of the character's world. Alex goes through some personal matters in this one regarding joining the FBI and little Alex. Felt very sorry for Alex by the end. The only thing that let it down for me was that there was too many people that was supposedly the Wolf and then it turned out that they wasn't. Got annoyed and just wanted to know who it was haha. Just me being impatient. Still a good read though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    Patterson did a wonderful job with this Alex Cross book. I have not always liked Patterson's books but this one was a real page turner for me. While I found it upsetting because of the kidnapped women, I did not want to put it down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    I understand why the Alex Cross series of novels are popular. They are deeply flawed with police procedural methods. A good example is when the Wolf escapes and why he was not handcuffed. The Wolf is an odd character which appeals and repels at the same time. Far fetched springs to mine. There is no intellectual challenge whatsoever in the story with its rollercoaster of short chapters. However, sometimes it’s relaxing to read a story without being challenged. I would call the author the Coronat I understand why the Alex Cross series of novels are popular. They are deeply flawed with police procedural methods. A good example is when the Wolf escapes and why he was not handcuffed. The Wolf is an odd character which appeals and repels at the same time. Far fetched springs to mine. There is no intellectual challenge whatsoever in the story with its rollercoaster of short chapters. However, sometimes it’s relaxing to read a story without being challenged. I would call the author the Coronation Street writer of thrillers as at times it reads like a soap opera with his 82 year old no nonsense Nana, the perfect children, an ex trying to get back little Alex and of course Alex Cross the brilliant detective who can be easily distracted when someone yells Fire!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    3.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love this series! Always a good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Not his best effort here. Another Alex Cross book, but this one was not great. First off, Alex Cross has become sooo obnoxious. Patterson tries way way way too hard to make him the perfect human being and perfect cop. Single dad, raising three kids, living with his grandmother, PHD from John's Hopkins, plays classical music on his piano to relax, reads poetry, athlete, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Come on, barf barf barf. Also, how does a cop from SE DC raise 3 kids in a G Not his best effort here. Another Alex Cross book, but this one was not great. First off, Alex Cross has become sooo obnoxious. Patterson tries way way way too hard to make him the perfect human being and perfect cop. Single dad, raising three kids, living with his grandmother, PHD from John's Hopkins, plays classical music on his piano to relax, reads poetry, athlete, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Come on, barf barf barf. Also, how does a cop from SE DC raise 3 kids in a Georgetown townhouse? Does no one else financial mismatch here? The more I read these books, the more Cross becomes a terrible character. Once of my biggest problems with this whole characterization, is that Patterson tries to pain Alex as this incredible father, but he regularly goes weeks on the job with barely seeing his kids. I was actually glad he lost custody of his son at the end of the story. That is how tired I have gotten of his perfect guy routine. Secondly, this book has huge jumps when connecting dots in the case they are working on. So many times, they figure out some connection when there is absolutely nothing that makes it believable someone would make that link. This was continually frustrating. Lastly, the thing I hate most in detective books is the whole local cops vs FBI drama. This is so boring and contrived and makes an author look like a hack. There is soooo much of this in Big Bad Wolf, probably because Cross just left the DCPD for the FBI so there is so much stupid, boring, played out, FBI vs PD garbage. In the end, this is still a Patterson book, so there is good mystery and action. It is entertaining, but doesn't make me want to read (well listen to, I have never actually read a Patterson book) any more Alex Cross books.

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