Cat and Mouse Book Summary and Study Guide

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Gary Soneji is a deranged killer who has come across Detective Alex Cross in the past. This time, though, he plans a revenge upon the detective and his entire family.
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Meanwhile, another killer is terrorizing Europe. He announces each murder beforehand to the authorities, and has the top FBI and Interpol agents in pursuit. He believes, however, that only Alex Cross is a worthy adversary.
As these two killers converge on the detective, Alex Cross' family and very life are endangered. He must use all of his cunning and deductive logic to figure out who is after him and why.
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa Elkins

Detective Alex Cross, homicide investigator, forensic psychologist, family man, piano-player, etc., returns to face his most deadly challenge so far in Patterson's fourth Cross novel.
Gary Soneji, the genius psychopath obsessed with becoming the world's most famous criminal, returns with a vengeance, cutting down eight people with a sniper-rifle in Union Station and leaving Cross's own blood on the murder weapon.
Moving on to New York, Soneji continues his rampage, slaughtering cops and civilians with equal abandon. Cross knows that there is something off about Soneji's behavior, the killings are coming faster and in greater numbers than ever before, and the madman seems to no longer care if he lives or dies.
Meanwhile, a brutal pattern-killer known only as Mr. Smith, who picks his victims apparently at random and vivisects them while they are still conscious, is cutting a bloody swath from Massachusetts to London, and his path is about to intersect with Cross's in the most bizarre manner imaginable...
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

Detective Alex Cross faces his biggest challenge and crosses pathes with two psychotic killers. Alex finds himself and his family in more danger than ever as he encounters Gary Soneji and Mr. Smith. The intricate web of lies, murders and clues left behind by the killer bring out the physchogist in Cross while at the same time forcing into their game of cat and mouse.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

This seems to be a continuation of characters from his earlier works. I've not read those yet. The main character, hero if you will, Alex Cross, is a very personable, very likeable man. You find yourself feeling for him, rooting for him, his family and friends.
The review of this Book prepared by Joeli Jackson

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 15% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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