Cross Country by James Patterson is the 14th book in the “Alex Cross” thriller series.  Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, November 2008

When the home of Alex Cross’s oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he’s chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man–the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they’re closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.

From the author Time magazine has called “the man who can’t miss,” CROSS COUNTRY is the most heart-stopping, speed-charged, electrifying Alex Cross thriller yet.

Alex has come upon the most gruesome crime that he has witness; the murder of an entire family, one of who was a past lover.  A second and third family is murdered and now Alex will go to Africa to find the one man responsible for these and more killings both in US and Africa.  I love James Patterson because he writes 2-4 page chapters and once you start his novels, you can’t put it down.  This was another good thriller with some twists that I didn’t see coming.

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