Author James Patterson has released another Alex Cross novel, the 19th in the Alex Cross series. The title, “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross,” is just in time to buy during the holiday season.
Cross, a brilliant African American detective and forensic psychologist, continues to unscramble crimes placed before him. In this latest thriller the happenings begin on Christmas Eve, just when Cross is put on a case about the poor box at the church he attends is robbed. He solves the crime, and finally gets to spend the holidays with his family. But then his phone rings again in which amazon.com gives the details –
A horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything–and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days.
What’s exciting about the Alex Cross series is that the storylines take place in Washington, D.C. Fans should be aware that Cross has a new wife, Bree. His first wife, Maria Simpson Cross, a social worker, was murdered. Despite Cross’ background and education, he still continues to live in southeast DC, considered the worst crime area in the district.
On October 19, 2012, the movie “Alex Cross” premiered in theatres. Cross was played by Tyler Perry, best known for his popular comedic character dressed in drag as “Medea.” Perry probably wanted a change of pace, which is much needed. He did play a manly role in the movie “Why Did I Get Married,” which he directed.
The Cross role was first slated in 2010 to go to Idris Elba, the talented actor who appears as the hyper but brilliant detective “Luther” on the British network BBC. Elba has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for playing the character.
The original Alex Cross in film was played by Morgan Freeman. Two movies came from Patterson’s Cross novels “Kiss the Girls” (1997) and “Along Came a Spider” (2001).
Unfortunately Perry did not receive the same accolades from movie critics. Here are some comments made from movie experts:
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The direction by Rob Cohen is so careless that the film’s climax is set up by a car crash that, if I am not mistaken, is completely coincidental.”
Claudia Puig of USA Today: “Tyler Perry should not give up his day job. At least not until he chooses better dramatic vehicles for branching out.”
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times: “A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent, directed by Rob Cohen, this is the first installment in what one of its producers warned Entertainment Weekly would be ‘the new Tyler Perry franchise, a worldwide one.'”
Despite the critiques, author James Patterson was pleased with Perry’s performance.
As for the latest book, bookreporter.com carries a positive note –
“MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS may have a holiday backdrop, but it is a thriller novel for all seasons…. The contrast between the gritty reality of combating terrorism and the close relationship among the members of Cross’s family makes this one of Patterson’s best books to date.”
So crime readers – what’s your take on the latest Alex Cross book? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I wish you a Merry Christmas!