Pop Goes the Weasel Book Summary and Study Guide

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Detective Alex Cross is a homicide detective/psychologist working for the Washington, D.C. Police Department, specializing in tracking-down some of the most vicious serial killers in the country. In Patterson's sixth Cross novel, our hero faces a man who may be his most ruthless and terrifying adversary ever.
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A series of brutal mutilation-murders have gone almost unnoticed in Washington, D.C., as the victims of these heinous crimes are all residents of the area of D.C. known locally as Southeast, a near-ghetto with a sky-high crime-rate. But one man cares: Detective Alex Cross.

As Cross investigates the "Jane Doe murders," so-called because of the killer's habit of stripping his victims of both clothes and ID, he comes across a lone suspect: Colonel Geoffrey Shafer, a British diplomat and family man who learned to kill as an MI-6 agent in Vietnam, a man who eats unprescribed prescription medication by the fistful and plays a deadly online role-playing game called "Four Horsemen," in which he is the player known as Death.

But Shafer is not the sort to take this unwanted attention lying down. In a daring and vicious counterattack, he kidnaps Cross's fiancee Christine while they vacation in Bermuda.
The abduction of his beloved sends Cross into an obsessive quest to nail Shafer, now dubbed "The Weasel" by the police, finally arresting him for the murder of Cross's partner, Detective Patsy Hampton.

In a shocking twist, however, Shafer's high-priced lawyers win his acquittal, and the Weasel is set free.

Now begins a high-octane game of cat-and-mouse that begins on the streets of Washington and ends on the island of Jamaica, where the players of "Four Horsemen" have gathered for one final round.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

Detective Alex Cross gets caught up in a deadly game called The Four Horsemen. Cross begins to link this game with the murders in Southeast but proving that could mean the end of his career. Meanwhile, Alex has found new romance. Can Alex protect her from the killer who has threatened he'll lose everthing unless he backs off. Cross could never back off and pushes even deeper only to discover he is up against a murderous diplomat.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Alex Cross is back in an amazing thriller by James Patterson. Geoffery Shaefer, a British diplomat, is a player in a bizarre fantasy game resulting in many deaths in the Washington D.C. area. When Cross gets involved in the game, the rules start to change and Cross' family is in danger. Cross is back and better than ever.
The review of this Book prepared by Andrew McGinn

Detective Alex Cross is back once again in this story-and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington D.C. The murders have a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect, a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving he's the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As Shafer engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, Alex and his fiancee become hopelessly entangled with the most memorable nemesis Cross has ever faced.
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

Detective Alex Cross investigates Geoffrey Shafer, a serial killer who gets his kicks out of making his fantasies a reality.
The review of this Book prepared by Alison

Another Alex Cross novel! very exciting from page one! Can't say to much or it will give it away!Lots of plot twists,I highly reccommend it!
The review of this Book prepared by Autumn

Detective Alex Cross is back in this police drama series set in Washington D.C. This time he is on the trail of wily Geoffrey Schafer. Schafer, a British diplomat, plays a on-line role-playing game with four other people. Only his fantasies are for real--he is on a murder rampage through the red-light district of D.C. When Cross gets too close he murders a female detective and kidnaps Cross's girlfriend. Cross solves the mystery with the help of the British secret service and long-time pal John Sampson.
The review of this Book prepared by BethG

Alex Cross, must face a role playing lunatic who has diplomatic immunity and decides to use it. Its a story of a role playing game taken to the extreme. In addition, Cross must face the possibilty of losing the second woman he has loved.
The review of this Book prepared by Jose Notario

Alex Cross a detective, is investigating multiple murders of prostitutes on his own time. The murders take place in the slums of Washington D.C and the department has no interest in investigating a serial killer of prostitutes, which is exactly what Geoffrey Shafer is. He is also a British diplomat with diplomatic immunity. Shafer is also affected by a bipolar disorder, with extremes highs and lows of depression, and turns the investigation into a deadly game.....
The review of this Book prepared by Tanna LoHouse

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   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...    -   game where people hunted

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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