Also by this author: 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, The Horsewoman, 4th of July, The 5th Horseman, The 6th Target, 7th Heaven, The 8th Confession, The 9th Judgment
Series: Alex Cross #8
on November 18, 2002
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
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Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber but Sampson is certain his friend has been framed.
Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most terrifying-and deadly-killers they have ever encountered.
On his visits home, Alex must confront another, more harrowing mystery: what's the matter with Nana Mama?
Alex Cross returns! In what, by now, is an expected annual adventure, Cross is about to hang it all up and resign from the Washington DC Police Force when John Sampson lures him back for one final job. One of Sampson’s friends, a Vietnam buddy, has been arrested. The evidence is damning but Sampson insists his friend is innocent. The case will lead them into uncharted territory as they deal with trained killers, the US Army, and military secrets.
Four Blind Mice is a compelling entry in the Alex Cross saga that has the benefit of drawing readers deeper into Alex’s personal life in an organic fashion. Also, it’s about time we get more of John Sampson! The thrills of the case are balanced by a health scare from Nana Mama (but don’t worry…Patterson wouldn’t kill off a beloved grandmother, would he?). Patterson continues to be abysmal at writing romantic relationships but fortunately the main plot is thrilling enough to overlook any of the book’s flaws. Four Blind Mice is classic James Patterson.