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In London Bridges Alex Cross crosses swords with two most dangerous criminal minds "The Wolf" and "The Weasel".
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The story begins when a platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of a sleepy town in Nevada. Minutes later, a daisy cutter is dropped on the town. The town is completely annihilated in an instant. FBI agetn Alex Cross is summoned to the scene. Weasle's presence at the disaster site leaves Alex dumbfounded.
Alex also senses that criminal mastermind "Wolf" is back. His worst fears are confirmed when Wolf calls the FBI headquarters at threatens to destroy four major cities, unless his demands are met. What astonishes everybody is the fact that "Weasel" is acting hand in glove with "Wolf".
Cross is drawn into an international chase of astonishing danger. Joining forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators, and foreign agents before he gets close to the heart of the crimes.
The review of this Book prepared by Yajnavalka Banerjee

Special Agent Alex Cross is facing his deadliest nemesis ever. The Wolf. No one knows his name or exactly what he looks like. They only know the destruction he leaves behind and that he used to be Russian KGB and head of the Red Mafia.

The Wolf is blackmailing France and New York to name but a couple of locations. He threatens that thousands will die if his outrageous ransom is not paid, and has given world leaders a mere four days to comply. He has proven himself already when he demolished a small town, population three hundred. It was wiped off the face of the earth.

Not only is Cross challenged by The Wolf, but now The Weasel, Jeffry Shaffer. The Weasel went on a murderous spree in Washington, D.C. and once kidnapped Cross's fiance' but he escaped. He's back now. He's working for The Wolf. Cross must wind his way through the maze of crooked law enforcement officials, false leads, and impersonators in order to stop these two maniacs.

The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Two villains from past Patterson offerings (The Wolf and The Weasel) team up to annihilate small towns in US and Europe by aerial bombing with cluster bomblets that explode above ground level and wipe out anything within 500 yards. Alex Cross, former Wash. DC police profiler, is now an FBI hybrid expert on counter-terrorism, criminal profiler, and detective. Alex is jointly ordered by heads of the CIA and FBI to find and deal with The Wolf and The Weasel, who are threatening to kill thousands in major US and European cities. W/W both know Alex from past encounters and would like to dispose of him for their own individual reasons.

Wolf hires Weasel to bait Alex, giving him free rein to maim and kill DC prostitutes to lure Alex to his old DC stomping grounds and once again team up with John Sampson, his sidekick from DC Police days. Alex and John find a dead prostitute near Alex's home and deduce (amazingly!) that Weasel is back and sending him a message. Meanwhile, Wolf hires a hit-woman sniper who guns down the CIA Director with a head shot from a helicopter hovering 100 feet from the FBI Chief's office, where the DCI is visiting his good friend (all stories of rifts between these agencies are strictly rumors). Alex is relieved to find out that the dead guy is not his pal the FBI chief and sets out to find Weasel and hopefully Wolf.
The review of this Book prepared by BOB GABBARD

Little, Brown, Nov 2004, 27.95, 391 pp.
ISBN: 0316710598

In Salvador, Brazil, the Wolf abducts Colonel Geoffrey the “Weasel” Shafer; while hanging upside down, Weasel learns that the Wolf has a job for him. US Army soldiers evacuate the 315 residents of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. As the Wolf watched his plan in Sunrise Valley succeed via remote in Bel Air, a plane drops a daisy cutter bomb on the town leaving parched earth behind.

DC based FBI Agent Alex Cross visits his young son in Seattle before going to San Francisco to see his girlfriend Jamilla Hughes. FBI Agents Jean Matthews and John Thompson interrupt Alex's romantic interlude to inform him that FBI Director Burns needs him to attend to an emergency in Nevada. Weasel's photo near the Nevada destruction and a homicide shocks Alex. He senses thw Wolf is back. Soon threats to do to London, New York and other megalopolises what happened to Sunrise Valley arrive. Alex knows he must cross swords with Weasel the Wolf.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   West Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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