When I watched Along Came a Spider and Kiss The Girls with Morgan Freeman a long time ago, I didn’t even know they were movie adaptations of James Patterson’s novels. So, you know, we learn new things every day. That said, I was aware of the books when they did the Tyler Perry one. Didn’t watch it though. I don’t know why I tell you all of this. We are here to talk books, not movies!
Who is Alex Cross?
Alex Cross is the main protagonist in a long-running series of books by James Patterson. He is an African-American Police Department detective in the city of Washington, D.C.
He often chases after serial killers and other violent criminals who target him in return. This is mostly simple as that for us, not for Cross who end up losing a lot and risking even more.
Alex Cross Reading Order:
The Alex Cross series is not a short one. There are a lot of novels and the titles are sometimes pretty similar. Even if most of the books can be read independently, it’s recommended to read them in order, especially if you don’t want to spoil the previous books if you didn’t read them.
- Along Came a Spider – When a killer kidnapped two well-known rich kids, and one of them was found dead, Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious young Secret Service agent are on the case.
- Kiss the Girls – Alex Cross is about to be thrust into a case with two killers preying on opposite sides of America. One is terrorizing Los Angeles, the other is abducting women on college campuses on the east coast – both are cooperating, communicating … and competing.
- Jack and Jill – Alex Cross faces a pair of ice-cold killers who are picking off the capital’s rich and famous one by one with chilling professional efficiency. As the whole country awaits the identity of the next celebrity victim, only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case – but will he discover the truth before ’Jack and Jill’ set their sights on Washington’s ultimate celebrity target?
- Cat and Mouse – Just as Alex Cross is beginning to feel that life is good and he is finally coming out of the depression he’s been in since the death of his wife, he is called to Union Station train terminal – a man is on the loose, firing at random into the swarming crowds of travelers.
- Pop Goes the Weasel – Alex Cross: senior Washington, DC homicide detective, he is determined, whatever the consequences, to unmask the man he has nicknamed the weasel, the prime suspect for a spate of killings that Cross has been forbidden to investigate.
- Roses are Red – A series of meticulously planned bank robberies ends in murder, and detective Alex Cross must pit his wits against the bizarre and sadistic mastermind behind the crimes. Although torn between dedication to his job and commitment to his family, Cross cannot ignore the case, despite the risks he knows will come with hunting down a killer – and the heartbreaking cost.
- Violets are Blue – Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco – bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes and the FBI’s Kyle Craig.
- Four Blind Mice – Three young military wives have been brutally killed during a ‘girls’ night out’ and Sampson’s friend, a master sergeant at the army base, stands accused. Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military.
- The Big Bad Wolf – Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and who is bringing a new reign of terror to organized crime.
- London Bridges – Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets the call. A town in Nevada has been annihilated and the Russian super-criminal known as the Wolf is claiming responsibility. Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction and the thought of such dark genius at work makes Alex’s blood run cold.
- Mary, Mary – A well-known actress has been shot outside her Beverly Hills home. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles Times receives an email describing the murder in vivid detail. It is signed Mary Smith. More killings and emails follow – the victims are all major Hollywood players.
- Cross – Years after his wife’s death, having left the FBI and returned to practising psychology, Alex Cross finally feels his life is in order…Until his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. John’s tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown and he needs Alex to help find this brutal predator.
- Double Cross – Just when Alex Cross’s life is calming down, he’s drawn back into the game to confront the Audience Killer – a terrifying genius who stages his killings as public spectacles in Washington, DC and broadcasts them live on the net. In Colorado, another criminal mastermind is planning a triumphant return.
- Cross Country – When Alex Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that one of the victims is an old friend. Angry, grieving, and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this vicious crime. He is drawn into a dangerous underworld right in the heart of Washington DC that leads him on a life-threatening journey to the Niger Delta, where heroin dealing, slave trading and corruption are rife.
- Alex Cross’s Trial – From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he’s written – a novel called “Trial’.
- I, Alex Cross – Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.
- Cross Fire – Alex Cross is planning his wedding to the woman he loves, Brianna Stone. But this blissful existence begins to unravel when Cross is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington DC’s most corrupt and publically hated political figures.
- Kill Alex Cross – Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close.
- Merry Christmas, Alex Cross – It’s Christmas Eve in Washington DC, Alex Cross is at home with his family decorating the tree when he receives a phone call that causes the festivities to be put on hold. Across town in a mansion house, Henry Fowler, a hard-nosed corporate lawyer turned small-time drug hustler, is holding his children, his ex-wife, her new husband and a neighbour at gun point.
- Alex Cross, Run – Three killers are on the rampage in the capital and dead bodies are piling up almost as fast as the police can count them. Alex Cross is in charge of all three investigations and has never been under more pressure. But with a crisis at home that threatens to tear his family apart, Alex’s attention is divided.
- Cross My Heart – Alex Cross’ whole world is crashing down around him. He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill. Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now he’s unable to protect even those closest to him. As a police detective, he has made many enemies, but never like this.
- Hope to Die – Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he’s ever cared about. His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family. Driven by feelings of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross for ever. But Alex Cross is fighting back.
- Cross Justice – When his cousin is accused of an unthinkable crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin’s innocence in a town where justice is hard to find, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known.
- Cross the Line – Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region.
- The People vs. Alex Cross – Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law.
- Target – A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives must solve the case or lose her position. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope.
- Criss Cross – In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse. “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as “M” lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details.