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by James Patterson

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Alex Cross Series, #9
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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 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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Publishers Weekly
Unlike the original Big Bad Wolf, Patterson's newest and arguably most fear-inspiring villain maims, slaughters and kidnaps victims for purposes of sexual slavery. Rumored to be a Russian emigre, this shrewd predator has made crime pay so fabulously he sits atop an empire capable of accomplishing any nefarious purpose, including attacks on the homes of high-ranking FBI officials. Despite having just joined the Bureau, series hero Alex Cross winds up hunting the Wolf, which puts his family in peril. Meanwhile, his former girlfriend decides she wants custody of their young son. Patterson, a master at suspenseful twists and turns, keeps the action non-stop by constantly shifting among Alex's first-person tribulations and punchy, objectively told sequences focusing on Wolf, several ultra-wealthy computer chat group slugs who are taking The Story of O much too seriously, and the chat group members' struggling victims. The effectiveness of these quick changes is heightened by the use of dual readers. Theater and TV actor Fernandez has a warm, rich voice that provides Cross with a soulful dimension often absent from the author's prose, and O'Hare (a Tony Award winner for the hit play Take Me Out) handles the other chores, satisfactorily running the gamut from Russian-accented growls to effete simpers. Their all-pro rendering of this smartly paced thriller almost makes up for the fact that major plot strings are left tantalizingly untied. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 6, 2003). (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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    The Big Bad Wolf

    By James Patterson

    Little, Brown

    Copyright В© 2003

    James Patterson
    All right reserved.

    ISBN: 0-316-60290-6

    Chapter One

    THE PHIPPS PLAZA shopping mall in Atlanta was a showy montage of pink-granite
    floors, sweeping bronze-trimmed staircases, gilded Napoleonic design, lighting
    that sparkled like halogen spotlights. A man and a woman watched the target -
    "Mom" - as she left Niketown with sneakers and whatnot for her three daughters
    packed under one arm.

    "She is very pretty. I see why the Wolf likes her. She reminds me of Claudia
    Schiffer," said the male observer. "You see the resemblance?"

    "Everybody reminds you of Claudia Schiffer, Slava. Don't lose her. Don't lose
    your pretty little Claudia or the Wolf will have you for breakfast."

    The abduction team, the Couple, was dressed expensively, and that made it easy
    for them to blend in at Phipps Plaza, in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. At
    eleven in the morning, Phipps wasn't very crowded, and that could be a problem.

    It helped that their target was rushing about in a world of her own, a tight
    little cocoon of mindless activity, buzzing in and out of Gucci, Caswell-Massey,
    Niketown, then Gapkids and Parisian (to see her personal shopper, Gina), without
    paying the slightest attention to who was around her in any of the stores. She
    worked from an At-a-Glance leather-bound diary and made her appointed rounds in
    a quick, efficient, practiced manner, buying faded jeans for Gwynne, a leather
    dop kit for Brendan, Nike diving watches for Meredith and Brigid. She even made
    an appointment at Carter-Barnes to get her hair done.

    The target had style and also a pleasant smile for the salespeople who waited on
    her in the tony stores. She held doors for those coming up behind her, even men,
    who went out of their way to thank the attractive blonde. "Mom" was sexy in the
    wholesome, clean-cut way of many upscale American suburban women. And she did
    resemble the supermodel Claudia Schiffer. That was her undoing.

    According to the job's specs, Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was the mother of three
    girls; she was a graduate of Vassar, class of '87, with what she called "a
    degree in art history that is practically worthless in the real world - whatever
    that is - but invaluable to me." She'd been a reporter for the Washington
    and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before she was married.
    She was thirty-seven, though she didn't look much more than thirty. She had her
    hair in a velvet barrette that morning, wore a short-sleeved turtleneck, a
    crocheted sweater, slim-fitting slacks. She was bright, religious - but sane
    about it - and tough when she needed to be, at least according to the specs.

    Well, she would need to be tough soon. Mrs. Elizabeth Connolly was about to be
    abducted. She had been purchased, and she was probably the most expensive item
    for sale that morning at Phipps Plaza.



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    by James Patterson
    Copyright В© 2003 by James Patterson.
    Excerpted by permission.
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