Four Blind Mice (Anglais) Relié – 7 octobre 2002
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Revue de presse
'The best Cross yet...everything clicks in this novel, from Patterson's patented short chapters to the whiplash plotting' Publishers Weekly 7/10/02 (Publishers Weekly)
'As always, Patterson writes fluidly and evocatively, and some images, drawn from reality as they are, are extremely uncomfortable, but that is not going to stop people from reading. And that is just as well, because we could all learn a lot from Alex Cross' Chichester Observer 17/10/02 (Chichester Observer)
'Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried... There's no stopping his imagination.' (New York Times Book Review)
'James Patterson manages to create sparks without a match in his latest offering...Try this book if you need to boost your adrenaline rate' Oxford Times 10/1/03 (Oxford Times)
'Four Blind Mice is intriguing, exciting, and as frightening as the news' West Australian Arts & Entertainment 3/2/03 (West Australian Arts & Entertainment)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Now the Mastermind is in prison, Alex Cross is ready to leave the Washington Police Force. And, finally, Alex has met a woman, Jamilla Hughes. With Nana and the kids, he is talking about the future. Until John Sampson arrives and begs him to take on one last case - his best friend has been accused of an horrific triple murder. Three women were knifed at an Army base. His fingerprints and DNA have been found - but Sampson's friend swears he has been framed, and that Alex is his only hope...
Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military. But what is the army trying to hide? And do the mysterious symbols daubed on the homes of the accused mean that there are more sinister forces at work? With his trademark razor-sharp plotting and adrenaline-filled action, James Patterson takes us on a sensational rollercoaster tale of suspense, politics, and intrigue that proves once again that he is, quite simply, in a class of his own.
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This story literally feels like an Alex Cross novel again. The feeling, the writing, the mystery, and also the pacing are all just right. I love how we finally see Alex Cross taking on larger cases as an FBI agent and facing problems that I've been waiting for him to face. Like for example, the danger of being a cop (or FBI agent). There are some pretty powerful moments when we see Alex ask himself if he should retire from the life of chasing bad guys and be normal for once, for his kids. It really adds to the drama and the decision of what he will make. One thing about this story that really surprised me and actually made me cry, was the breakup between Alex and Jamilla (spoilers). I thought it was pretty heart breaking to read. While I didn't like their relationship in the previous novels, I did kinda warm up to them in last one and also a little bit in the beginning of this too. But that still doesn't mean I actually like the romance fully. But the point is that the breakup really surprised me. I found myself caring because there are some big hurts between the two. You can sense that Jamilla hates doing this to Alex and Alex doesn't want to lose Jamilla. It's a touching situation that really gets to me. But you also understand that it is for the best because the circumstances are different and they live in two different worlds. Maybe they could be together and maybe it could have worked. Now that is really powerful. But it also led to Alex and Kayla Coles finally getting into a relationship (yeah!). I'm so happy that happened! Another thing I really want to point out is a small moment when Alex talks to a fellow widow dad who last his wife. I found that moment to be really strong and interesting (consider that the sequel after this goes into Alex's quest to find his wife's shooter). We finally get what it is like for Alex to live everyday and go through that same pain. It sets up perfectly for that storyline, while also providing an emotional moment for this story too.
And then we have the negatives. Which surprisingly, there aren't that many. The revelation behind the identity of the killer of this story isn't really done well. The sub-plots are not needed (I wonder why Patterson even uses them). Also, the ending is rushed and I wish he could have added a few more chapters to make it feel satisfying (you will know what I mean). But the one thing I really hate the most is what Patterson did with Christine in this story. I won't give it away, but it really ticked me off. I literally hate her character now. In fact, I'm more angry at Patterson for ruining such a great character that I grew to love from the previous novels. I'm still hurt from what "Roses Are Red" did.
"Mary Mary" is a return to form for the Alex Cross series and it corrects some of the mistakes made over the last few installments. We see some pretty touching moments and even finally see Alex get with Kayla (which I have been waiting for). I say that it is definitely worth your money and time to read.
I guess what I like about this novel is the "feeling" that I get from it. It feels like an Alex Cross novel, just with a mix of something new. I like the fact that Alex is going to retire from the police force and move on from it, but is also being pressured by the FBI to join them. For once, we see Alex actually going through something that we all can care about. It isn't just about romance and hard breakups (you what I mean). Seeing John Sampson finally fall in love was a good change. The romance was okay and I thought Billie was an okay character. Another thing that did this novel justice was the introduction of a new character named Kayla Coles. I actually really like this character, including her friendship with Alex.
But where the novel fails in some areas of the story itself. The villains are nothing special and the twists and turns are not good. And even though I do like the romance between John and Billie, I do think that it could have used some more chapter time. I mean, the ending has John and Billie marrying, but we never once see the proposal or any other development into that area. Also, Alex's relationship with Jamilla Hughes is not really all that convincing. While I do like the character herself, its the romance that I don't like. In fact, I'm hoping that Alex gets with Kayla for some reason, they seem to actually have chemistry.
The "Four Blind Mice" is, in my opinion, an okay novel to the series. I think it is worth checking out.
My biggest problem with this book is that I realized Patterson left huge gaps in his narrative that require the reader to just accept things on faith. It is not enough to know who the villans are or even to establish their motives. I needed to know how they were able to make this series of frame-ups work. How were they able to plant DNA evidence at the crime scene? How were they able to mobilize the police or MP's on such short notice? How is it possible that someone not involved in the coverup didn't detect a pattern much earlier in this drama? How were they able to put the murder weapon back in the house without detection? How did these "victim soldiers" pass through the death row appeals process so quickly? Was every District Attorney and every police chief paid to look the other way? Too many questions left me unsatisfied and frustrated. It is as if Patterson had a general outline and didn't take the time or effort to flesh out his story.