They used to say that 50 million Elvis Presley fans couldn’t be wrong, and James Patterson makes 50 million fans look like a good start. He has sold more than 230 million books, and his fans aren’t wrong, either. His new thriller, “Kill Alex Cross,” provides the perfect example. It’s Patterson at the top of his game.
The terrifying premise of the 18th Alex Cross novel is that someone has abducted the children of the president of the United States. And the kidnappers don’t want ransom.
Okay, I’m hooked. Aren’t you? Don’t you want to know what would happen behind the scenes at the White House, police, FBI and CIA? “Kill Alex Cross” takes us through this ordeal step by step, with a realism that feels like an insider’s view of a family tragedy played out on a national stage.
That would be enough, but it’s not all.
As soon as the children are kidnapped, Patterson introduces us to a happily married Saudi couple, chubby hubby Tariq Al Dossari and his bossy doctor wife, Hala. We like them until we learn they’re terrorists, members of a radical cell known as The Family. They’ve just arrived in the nation’s capital with plans even more lethal than what happened Sept. 11.