Picks and Pans Review: Cat & Mouse
When last we saw Alex Cross, the hero of Patterson's bestselling mystery series, the Washington homicide detective had become the unwitting owner of a cat, a spookily metaphorical gift from an old nemesis, serial killer Gary Soneji. Now, Soneji—who escaped from prison in Patterson's 1993 thriller Along Came a Spider—is determined to make Cross his mouse.
For about 200 pages the result is an irresistibly scary pas de deux with Cross as both hunter and hunted. But midway through the book, Patterson spoils the mood by inexplicably involving yet another psycho killer—and a completely unrelated storyline. Cross is still a wonderfully fleshed out character (he was even before Morgan Freeman played him in Kiss the Girls). And, as always, Patterson hurtles the reader along at a heart-pounding pace. But the oddly-strung-together plot and an infuriating cliffhanger ending (which, presumably, won't be resolved until a new Alex Cross novel comes out next year) may leave the reader wondering who's toying with whom. (Little, Brown, $24.95)