'Four Blind Mice'
By: James Patterson
(Hardcover / 400 Pages / Little Brown & Company / ISBN: 0316693006 / $27.95)
Description:Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington Police when his partner John Sampson shows up at his door. One of Sampson's oldest friends has been framed for murder and, worse yet, is subject to the insular laws of the U.S. Army. The evidence is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber. Cross and Sampson plunge into a case where military codes of honor conceal dark currents of revenge and ambition, and the men controlling the moves have the best weapons and training the world can offer. Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep into military lines to confront the most terrifying-and lethal-killer they have ever encountered.
Verdict:I happen to be an avid Patterson reader, so my opionion may be biased, but I'll try to not be partial. Although the book is one in a series, anyone could pick up this bestseller and completely understand it. If you happen to be a fan, your experience will be far greater than imagened. Patterson is amazing at detailing his characters. When reading the series, you feel like you've known these characters for years. They begin te feel like part of your own family! From New Jersey to Georgia, Patterson is so good with detail, you don't need to see the movie to get a good idea of what's going on. The romantic scenes between Jamilla and Alex and between John and Billie really add an emotional twist to the investigation. As for the plot itself, Patterson in a genious. The manner in which the murders take place, the reasons for the murders, and the dedication of the two police detectives in tracking down the killers, will force you to keep turning the pages until the very end. The "ending" keeps on getting better and better and better. At each point you think the story is wraping up, Patterson writes the most incredible sequence of events surrounding the final ending. I've said it once, and I'll say it again...Patterson is one of the best authors I've ever read. I find most authors "best" work is at the begining of their writing careers (Stephen King!!) but James Patterson amazes me because every book he writes is better than the last.
Reviewed by Robert Kluxon