Cross Country (Unabridged Fiction)
by James Patterson
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When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger. Just when the detectives think they're closing in on the elusive murderer, the Tiger disappears into thin air. Tracking him to Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Alone.
Alex Cross moves from hero to self centered egotisitical idiot in one novel. Cross puts his family's life on the line, not for a greater good but to satisfy his own ego.The journey to Africa supports a very narow perspective of a complex country. The research is superficial, the events too predictable, the end is obvious by the time he starts his journey to Africa. I've read every Cross novel to date and this is my first disapointment.