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.
I’m kind of torn on this book. As much as I love the fact you never truly get a good grasp as to “which” Wolf’s head you are in at the moment, I can’t stand this notion that the Wolf can basically be anywhere at any time. It’s a bit much. That being said, I was surprised that the Sphinx was the husband to one of the kidnapped women.
On the plus side, I was actually happy that James Patterson was able to fill in many of those holes that tended to pop up in how Alex acquires his knowledge. Too many times, he’s just “known” something, like when he was pretending to be shot and they were actually setting up Mr. Smith.
The whole custody battle with Christine just made me hate that character more than I already did. I’m totally rooting for some killer to brutally just get rid of her. I’m so over Christine.
Blah, blah, blah. Alex is in love with Jamilla. Blah, blah, blah. They have sex. Blah, blah, blah. Of course Nana LOVES her. *rolls eyes* Can we please stop playing the same tune? I’m halfway through this series and I’m tired of seeing the same crap in every book. Someone needs to let Mr. Patterson know that he needs to stick to his strong points: BAD GUYS and quit with the boring lovey dovey crap.