Criss Cross opening line: It was a miserable mid-March afternoon, chill and sleeting, as John Sampson and I ran to the main gate of the Greensville Correctional Centre, a hexagon-shaped high-security prison in the rural, southern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
‘M’ is getting the better of Alex, and in more ways than one. He is clearly killing people with random abandon. But is he a copycat killer, or have they just executed an innocent man? Alex is convinced they did not make a mistake. And then Ali is kidnapped, and finding ‘M’ becomes a huge priority.
Could a ghost from his past take everything away from Alex Cross?Mere hours after witnessing the execution of a killer he helped put behind bars, Alex Cross is called to the scene of a copycat murder. A note signed ‘M’ rests on the corpse: ‘You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.’Was an innocent man just put to death? As the executed convict’s family launch a vicious campaign against Cross, his abilities as a detective are called into question.The enigmatic ‘M’ lures Cross out of Washington, DC to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details that conjure up decades-old cases and Cross family secrets.Details that make it clear M is after a prize so dear that – were the killer to attain it – Cross’s life would be destroyed.
This is the 26th installment in the Alex Cross novels, and like each one I have read, it is a page turner. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it.