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A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

Here is the classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the number one detective series of the past twenty-five years.

A little girl named Maggie Rose is missing, a family of three in Washington, DC, has been brutally murdered, a beautiful elementary school teacher has been killed, and a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer has the police, FBI, and Secret Service outsmarted. Even after he’s been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service, who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read. 

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair at the worst possible time for both of them, because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes occurs in Alex Cross’ precinct. It happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must face the ultimate test: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?

Editorial Reviews

“An incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind villain who is as terrifying as he is intriguing…One of the best thrillers of the year.”

Clive Cussler

Patterson's storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn.Library JournalBrilliantly terrifying! So exciting that I had to stay up all night to finish it! Packed with white-knuckle twists.Daily MailAn incredibly suspenseful read with a one-of-a-kind villain who is as terrifying as he is intriguing. One of the best thrillers of the year.Clive CusslerTerror and suspense that grab the reader and won't let go. Just try running away from this one.Ed McBain

“A first-rate thriller—fasten your seat belts and keep the lights on!”

Sidney Sheldon

“This reader lost a good night’s sleep.”

Ann Rule

“Terror and suspense that grab the reader and won’t let go. Just try running away from this one.”

Ed McBain, New York Times bestselling author

“Brilliantly terrifying! So exciting that I had to stay up all night to finish it! Packed with white-knuckle twists.”

Daily Mail (London)

Along Came a Spider is written simply, powerfully.”

Washington Post Book World

Along Came a Spider…made James Patterson a household name.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“Patterson’s storytelling talent is in top form in this grisly escapist yarn.”

Library Journal

“In this novel, James Patterson introduces his star character, detective psychiatrist Alex Cross. Charles Turner’s narration provides a depth that places the characters right alongside the listener. He superbly differentiates the cast while at the same time creating empathy for their situations. Both plot and atmosphere will keep you from putting this book down.”

AudioFile

“Moves briskly…with a fine noir twist.”

Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

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