Picks and Pans Review: Jack and Jill
Washington is in a panic. In tony Georgetown, a senator, a TV newswoman and a visiting film star have all been murdered in their beds by a mysterious duo. "Jack and Jill, came to The Hill, to kill, to kill, to kill" their notes taunt investigators. Meanwhile, another serial killer is preying on black children. Is there a connection?
Fortunately—for both D.C. and the reader—Patterson has brought back homicide detective Alex Cross to find the answer. The hero of Patterson's previous bestsellers, Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls (currently being filmed with Morgan Freeman in the lead), Cross is known for his obsessive investigations and his ability to get inside the minds of the most deranged killers. He's also the kind of multilayered character that makes any plot twist—and there are plenty—seem believable. From the book's opening murder to its haunting cliff-hanger ending, Patterson has created a dark and scary thrill ride that keeps your heart pounding and your eyes glued to the pages. (Little, Brown, $24.95)