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That monstrous villain Gary Soneji is back in Cat & Mouse, the fourth book in James Patterson's series about Alex Cross, a police forensic psychologist, but he's not alone. In seeming support of the premise that you can never have too much of a bad thing, Patterson has thrown a second serial killer into the mix: Mr. Smith, a mysterious killer terrorizing Europe while Soneji practices his own brand of evil along the Eastern Seaboard. With two killers to track, Cross has his hands full--and Patterson has another hit.

Alex Cross is back--and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancee. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane-so unimaginable-that he is thought of as "not of the earth." Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross. When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing. The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?

Customer Reviews:

  • James Patterson does it again!
    This book was the normal excellence that Patterson shows in every novel of his that I have read.
    The plot twist is excellent and unexpected.
    I urge you to read this book if you are mystery/suspense reader. You won't regret it!...more info
  • Gary Soneji Returns
    This book is fantastic. I enjoyed this book so much.
    The thing that I enjoyed most about this book is that it's so easy to read. It does have three hundred and ninty nine pages in it, it is so easy. The chapters are about one to two pages long. This book gets off track sometimes, but then it picks up tremendously. There is a downside, I gave this book four stars instead of five because it has a bit more profanity that it should have. This book is about a murderer in America and a murderer in Europe and they both lead Alex Cross( a Washington D.C. police officer) and the rest of the bureu to a big case. Also another murderer is on the loose, Gary Soneji, who has vowed to kill Cross and his family. the two murders play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Cross....more info
  • Not his best. By far
    I buy and read Patterson sight unseen. Cat and Mouse was disappointing. Irritably inconsistent and predictable. I hope Mr Patterson hasn't lost it....more info
    Call me crazy but this is my favorite Alex Cross book thus far. This is the fourth in the series. I've already read the first three (all of which I enjoyed) but there was something about this one that just grabbed me right from the beginning.

    I just love how Patterson weaves a tale. And, as much as I joke with my friends about his short chapters, I find them refreshing after some of the heavier things I've read this past summer. No more saying to myself, "I'll read one more chapter before I go to bed." With a Patterson book, you can safely say, "I'll read twenty more chapters" before putting the book down.

    And, I can't help but smile every time Patterson mentions other authors' books. He does it on numerous occasions in Cat and Mouse and I always find myself checking out the books he's mentioned.

    This installment finds Alex Cross, once again, coming face to face with ... Gary Soneji. Those of you who have already read the first book in this series, Along Came A Spider, will recognize Soneji as the teacher turned kidnapper who wanted to commit the "crime of the century." Now he has escaped from prison and has come back to seek revenge on the man who put him there....Alex Cross.

    Across the ocean on the continent of Europe, another madman is killing people by performing autopsies on them while they're still alive. The FBI is all over this killer, dubbed "Mr. Smith", and has assigned their young, crack shot, pony-tailed agent, Thomas Pierce, to head up this investigation. Circumstances will bring him back to the U.S. to help with the Soneji investigation.

    Of course, it will be up to our hero, Alex Cross, to save the day. Since he's not only a homicide detective, but one with a Ph.D. in psychology, he's very adept at getting into someone's mind. This is the best part of this series -- watching how Alex figures out what the murderer's next step will be.

    For Alex Cross fans, one of the highlights of this book will be the love match between him and Christine, the principal of Damon and Jannie's (Alex' kids) school. Readers of this series will remember Christine as a character in Jack and Jill (the third book in this series). Sadly, her husband was murdered in that one. Could the timing be right for these two characters? One can only hope. I'm sure I'll find out when I read the next book in this series......more info

  • The mouse that chased the cat
    The 4th book in this amazing series doesn't disappoint, truthfully it's hard to read only one. I can read these non stop because each ending is deceptively left to be more ravenous, making me crave more, rather than bringing lots of closure. There is an ending, I don't want to fool anyone, but it's always open for more madness and mayhem for Alex Cross. Echoing real life, justice and truth slips through fingers, formalities and clever lawyers can make a case go either way, regardless of what really happened or with sheer luck, criminals escape iron clutches of jails and hospitals once again making Alex's life a living nightmare, yet he can't stop from doing what he knows best, there's too much at risk to simply move away or try and forget about them, they certainly have no inclinations of forgetting who's been hunting them and will stop at nothing to get to Cross.

    Cat & Mouse is as explosive as any of the other stories but at one point I was stunned and shocked, perhaps Alex has finally met his match, something happens that made me question the rest of the series, will he survive in the book? One must read to find out...Patterson doesn't' seem to spare or favor his lucky boy, he gets a beating after beating mental and physical and some chapters read more like a goodbye then a continuation of the series. It's gutsy for an author to play with the reader's feeling like this, it certainly works to make the book even better, although the bad parts are hard to read when I like the main character, I tend to wish he could skip the bad parts and get to the punishment which always tastes best. Cat & Mouse welcomes back the crazed stalker and kidnapper/killer Gary Soneji...the lunatic is back and taunting Cross more than ever, if that wasn't stressful enough, a series of brutal killings committed by someone known as Mr. Smith in England, is reaching to Cross for help, as always Patterson doest a great job of bring both stories together and making the ending even better than I could have imagined. Mr. Smith is another clever creation; with his addiction to anatomy and surgery, cutting people open, but the deaths aren't random, a dark pattern is forming, only the bravest and smartest can solve it. There's a twist to the story, a deep one that really made my brain feel like someone gave it a kick, I loved it! For those who want to read in order, make sure to start with book one, Along Came a Spider, all the books are connected and the characters go though changes, loses and some happiness as well, to avoid spoilers it's best to read in order.

    - Kasia S.
    ...more info
  • Who's the Cat and who's the Mouse?
    Gary Sonji is a horrible cold hearted killer who LOVES to kill... it's up to Alex Cross to stop him...but who is the mysterious Mr. Smith? and why does Mr. Smith kill all his victims so cruelly? there's a reason, and i guess you'll just have to read to find out!...more info
  • Pathetic
    One of the most pathetic excuses for a novel I have seen in a long time. I needed something easy to fall asleep, but the level of this book was just insulting. It was so bad that I had to post my first comment EVER on Amazon. Painfully obvious, completely divorced from reality, unconnected and patchy story, incomplete, childish... The hero is full of himself, his grandma is full of herself, his kids are too, the bad guys are full of themselves, essentially - everybody was on an ego trip: best, strongest, hottest and brightest. The characters had absolutely no depth, and while I know that these novels don't aim for that, it would have been nice to try. Descriptions mostly involve naming what food they ate. The most insulting part is where the author completely ignores the near-tragedy of a family, which keeps behaving and living as if they all only had a bad dream... Can we give a 0 stars?...more info
  • Great story
    Great book. I could not put it down once I got half way through. I needed to see how the story ended....more info
  • Scary Book!
    This Patterson book features two sadistic killers in the persons of Gary Soneji and Mr. Smith.The two of them are laying
    havoc to the United States and Europe.
    Gary Soneji whom we have seen in past Patterson novels does a
    sniper killing in Union Station.He kills several people.He used
    the techniques employed by Charles Whitman,the sniper who killed
    several citizens in the tower shootings at the University of
    Texas in Austin.Texas.After escaping he goes to New York.He then
    goes to Penn Station and kills several people by stabbing them in the station.He and Alex Cross finally have a showdown.After
    that Cross and his family are savagely attacked in their household.Cross is critically injured in the attack.
    The case in investigated by an FBI agent named Thomas Pierce.
    Pierce has also been active in the investigation of Mr. Smith
    a mass murderer who has been on a binge killing in Europe.thpursuit of Mr. Smith proves to be exciting as well.The real identity of Mr. Smith proves to be shocking as well.
    This is another excellent book from James Patterson.Do not
    miss reading it....more info
  • Read in Three Days..
    This book was so good I could not put it down. Patterson brings to this book some unexpected twists to the story. Just when Cross thinks Gary Soneji is gone, he reappears. With another killer on the loose the pressure is on! If you are reading the Alex Cross Series, this book fits perfectly in the series.. I highly recommend this book. It was a quick read. So have another book ready!...more info
  • Still looking for a Patterson five star thriller
    Many of the reviews commented that they liked the fast read and it should be as there was a lot of white space which didn't take any time at all to read. There are 131 chapters in this book of 338 pages. Chapter number 122 started about 1/3 of the way down on the page and ended about one inch from the bottom of the page; then you look to the right and there was chapter 123. With normal pagination this book would have been less than 200 pages. I don't know why I am mentioning this as all the Alex Cross books have more than 100 chapters. Guess I just got irritated that reviewers were giving this book accolades about it being such a fast read.

    This is certainly not in the thriller genre and some suspension of disbelief is necessary. This is another one of those books that has a double plot mystery where both killers escape, assume new disguises and change venues in the blink of an eye. Real police work is almost nonexistent. In one plot the authorities receive a call or electronic message about where the next victim will be killed. The authorities go there and eventually find the body then wait for the next call, etc. The revealed message that leads to the confrontation with the last killer is ludicrous, but at least the ending left no loose ends.

    I have nine more Alex Cross books to read and sure hope there is at least one or two thrillers that I can rate as five stars....more info
  • birthday gift
    I purchased this for my husband for a birthday gift, and it came on time and in perfect condition.
    Thanks!...more info
  • Alex Cross Has Never Had It Tougher
    Alex Cross is back in Cat and Mouse along with his old nemesis Gary Soneji who goes completely insane and starts murdering people constantly with eyewitnesses he just doesn't care now he's spilling blood everywhere. But Why? the answer to that is a nice little shocker your sure not to expect. But of course there's Mr. Smith who is actually smarter than Gary and also has a very very shokcing secret not to mention who he is and why he is commiting these murders in such a grotesque fashion in a very interesting pattern. Alos of course Alex has a love interest...Chrisitne Johnson and is completely in love with her and knows that she is the one. Patterson i must say is not a bad romatic writer either. The love scenes were passionate and well worded so nice work Patterson don't ever quit we need you. You must pick this one up only if you have read the last three. But then again go ahead and pick this one up but i still strongly recommend picking up his last three Alex Cross novels. Patterson can't seem to fail. Pop The Weasel should be great....more info
  • You're clutching your heart the whole way through.....
    This is the fourth book of JP's I've read this summer...okay, I was late to join his fan club and have a lot of catching up to do.
    Having read so many of his books in such a short span of time I can tell you what draws me to want to read the rest of what he's written.

    1) He's the master of suspense. He knows how to construct a plot that keeps you turning the pages.

    2) He creates characters you really care about. You find yourself cheering for them, whether it's Alex Cross or one of his "one-off" characters in his stand alone novels.

    3) He's very kind to other authors and is constantly plugging other books he likes within his own novels.....I find this very generous.

    4) He seems like a really nice guy.....last night I finished "Cradle and All" and was impressed by his sympathy for others. He's the kind of guy you wish there were more of in the world....especially single guys! (yes, I know he's married.) But he's the type you'd love to invite to a dinner party, he comes off as smart, entertaining, and compassionate towards those around him.

    5) And finally, he writes really fun, fast-paced novels. They are an absolute pleasure to read!

    Bottom line.....I recommend all of his books!...more info

  • Dragons: Two, Cross: Zero...Now What?
    Alex Cross is as close to a superhero as a mortal man can be, but even the self-proclaimed Dragon Slayer is in danger from two fiends at once: The psychopathic madman Gary Soneji, his arch rival from "Along Came the Spider"--and a new, even more psycho murderer named "Mr. Smith," who is cutting a wide swathe (literally) all over Europe and the United States.

    Soneji is, incredibly, out of prison, and he has a mighty score to settle with Cross. So he drops a few hints--like sniper shootings at New York's Grand Central Station. Just for starters. We know that Soneji has Cross's house under surveillance, and that he knows way way too much about Cross's loved ones--his young son and daughter, and his beloved grandmother, Nana Mama. It's only a matter of time before his insane vengeance reaches Cross himself. Cross knows it too, but Soneji is a genius, and even Cross can't find him.

    Juxtaposed against this mystery is the parallel one of the diabolical Mr. Smith, who has thus far eluded Interpol, Scotland Yard, the FBI, and hundreds of police from Europe and the US. He makes Soneji look like an amateur, and Cross very much does NOT want to get involved in the case, despite pleas from his FBI friends. Yeah, right. When you're the Dragon Slayer, you gotta slay the dragons! Cross is pulled in to the Smith case as well, and it's too much even for him.

    While all this is going on, Cross is falling head over heels in love with teacher/school principal Christine, who we met in "Jack and Jill." Recently widowed, Christine isn't ready for a relationship. And Cross is so involved with the two murder cases, he can't give her all the time he wants. Worse--BOTH murderers know about her too...everyone Alex loves is in danger.

    My only small criticism with the book is that it suddenly changes from one case to the other right in the middle of the story. And while it makes sense, since one situation has been solved, it is much too abrupt for this reader's comfort. We leave a key player (I won't do a spoiler here) near death--and suddenly that person is recovered and back in action. There's an explanation, but it was a bit too pat for my taste.

    No matter, though. "Cat and Mouse" gallops along just like its predecessors, and made me love Alex Cross even more than before. I hope this series never ends!...more info

  • Very Pleased
    Book in condition stated, great packagaing, shipping times as stated. Would purchase from seller again....more info
  • Its DEFINATELY picks up!
    Wow...this book got me dying to read on and on and on...It starts off slow...maybe its cause i was tired hearing about Gary Soneji...I listened to the Audiobook (which Keith David did a great Alex Cross) and when i got to the second tape or around the middle...i was not impressed. I got to the middle at 2am in the morning driving to my home and i had to go inside and finish the whole book. It is simply amazing...not my favorite of the series...but top 5...easily...A MUST READ!!...more info
  • Patterson is Great Again
    In this book, Alex Cross, a homocide detective from Washington DC, will have on his hands a case unlike any he has had before. He will have to deal with the return of his worst enemy, Gary Sonjei who is out to finish the job of killing Cross.
    This book is a non-stop thrill ride because Patterson keeps it moving with new characters and great plot twists. Alex Cross is a interesting character and Patterson does a lot to go into the mind of Cross in this unlike his other works. This is the first novel where Alex is interested in a relationship with the woman he is with.
    This book is for anyone who enjoys mysteries and lots of action....more info
  • OK
    I am a reader who has enjoyed Patterson's books in the past. I am, however, becoming weary of Alex Cross novels. Patterson needs to work on more believable character development. Cross is the perfect detective, perfect, father, perfect friend, perfect grandson, perfect lover, perfect human. Uh-huh. And how many people with all of those traits have you met in your lifetime? His conversations with his children (especially his daughter) are so unbelievable as to be annoying. Character development is such a key, integral element; when it is weak, the entire piece of writing suffers. The plot is a nice blend of twists--albeit there are some holes but the plot is entertaining. I just do not feel that this work can stand on plot alone. I would not recommend that readers avoid this book but I definitely recommend they do not pay full price for it....more info
  • The First BAD Cross Book
    I've been a fan of the Alex Cross books since Kiss The Girls. I stayed up all night until five in the morning to finish that one. It is still, to this day, the only book that has kept me up all night because I had to know what was going to happen. Since then, I've devoured each new Cross book like a long lost friend.

    With the exception of Cat & Mouse. This book is a complete waste of time. I don't even know where to begin in describing what is wrong with this book.

    Cross fans had been patiently waiting through Kiss The Girls and Jack And Jill for the return of Gary Soneji. His presence (or lack thereof) was always in the back of the reader's mind. He was out there somewhere. Lurking. Waiting. Biding his time. Cross has lived in fear of Soneji, suspecting with every crime that Soneji might somehow be behind it. Finally, Soneji has emerged. And his reappearance is completely anti-climactic. Soneji runs around, killing his own family and innocent civilians, leading Cross on a merry chase, yet never directly challenging Cross himself. When they finally do have their final showdown, it is at the midway point through the book. After two novels of buildup, the payoff is an anti-climactic half of a novel.

    The second half of the book is spent with Thomas Pierce, another FBI agent, who takes over the telling of the tale while Cross is laid up in the hospital. He's trying to uncover the identity of the person who attacked Cross, while he tracks another killer, Mr. Smith, a killer's whose identity is so painfully obvious that it might as well be printed on the back of the book. It's obvious because Patterson never, for one moment, gives you anyone else you could possibly suspect.

    It is this second part of the novel that is rife with problems. Though Pierce is telling the story in first person, Patterson occassionally slips into third person. Suddenly "I did" becomes "he did." Not good. It seems indicative of the lazy manner in which the book seems to have been written.

    The book is very choppy. The two criminals, Soneji and Smith, do not complement each other. They seem to be products of what I call the "Batman Syndrome". After the second Batman film, all of the film were required, as if by government regulations, to have two villains. Of course, the problem with doing this is that you rapidly run out of interesting villains. After Kiss The Girls, in which Cross ran up against two villains, Patterson seemed to decide that this was necessary for all of his books. But while the two villains in Kiss The Girls worked because they were actually working together, the two villains in Cat & Mouse have absolutely nothing to do with each other, and the result seems to be a novel with two subplots and no main plot.

    After such an intensive buildup for the confrontation between Cross and Soneji, this book is a giant letdown. There is an interesting story somewhere with Thomas Pierce, but it's never fully developed, and ultimately falls flat on its face. I recommend this book only for die hard Alex Cross fans. Otherwise, stay away....more info

  • Who's the Cat and who's the Mouse?
    Gary Sonji is a horrible cold hearted killer who LOVES to kill... it's up to Alex Cross to stop him...but who is the mysterious Mr. Smith? and why does Mr. Smith kill all his victims so cruelly? there's a reason, and i guess you'll just have to read to find out!...more info
  • Cat & Mouse
    Where do I start? The Alex Cross Novels have been my favorite from the start of my reading frenzy. I think this book easily takes the cake. It was a "can't stop reading it all day" kind of book. I can hardly wait to see what comes next in the Cross series.

    Laura...more info