Roses Are Red Book Summary and Study Guide

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This time Alex is facing his worst opponent yet, the psychopath who calls himself the Mastermind. The Mastermind has robbed many backs and has killed innocent families just to tease the police. Alex Cross accepts the case and goes after the Mastermind.
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The review of this Book prepared by Cesar Obeso

Alex Cross is the only one intelligent enough to face the Mastermind who has orchestrated complex bank robberies turned murder. The Mastermind becomes even more intrusive as his murderous rampage does not exclude those in blue. He seems to always be one step ahead but Alex threatens his evil nemesis as he is the only one who can undo the Mastermind.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he's ever confronted this time. This killer calls himself the 'Mastermind.' In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been killing bank employees and their families if the robbers instructions are not followed to the letter. Alex Cross knows this is no ordinary criminal. The pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross and his team have to carefully figure out a way to capture this crazed killer, and put him away once and for all.
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

A criminal who calls himself "The Mastermind" is killing people with power such as bank managers and insurance gurus. A detective in the D.C. police department has to seek him out and try to figure out what his next move is.
The review of this Book prepared by Joanna Norris

Detective Alex Cross has to find out who is the mastermind behind several murders. There are more suspects and at one point he thinks he has caught the mastermind, only to find out he has made a big mistake and he is further away from finding out the truth about the real mastermind than he ever can imagine.
The review of this Book prepared by Miranda Hummel

I am terribly disappointed with the ending...I feel it's a cop-out. Nothing in his previous Alex Cross novels lead to this, there is no explanation, no sense at all. I am looking forward to Violets are Blue to see what JP has to say for himself.
The review of this Book prepared by Kerri Robinson

Patterson, the master thriller author does it again with new alex cross shocker. Cross faces his most terrifying opponent yet, evil criminal genius called mastermind who has engineered deadly string of bank-robberies and the cold-blooded murders of the hostages. I defy anyone to start this book and not want to finish it in one sitting! Patterson is the master of suspense as he takes you into the mind of his villian and you worry as Cross's personal life seems to unravel as he battles the mastermind.The plot twists of this novel are fiendishly clever and Patterson says the best for last with a final denoucement on the last sentence that will surprise and chill you!
The review of this Book prepared by Rodney Powell

As in all Petterson books (recent), a very quick read, bull of edge-of-the-seat action and an unpredictable villian. His best yet, rivaling Along Came A Spider. Read it - you'll love it!
The review of this Book prepared by Don Mesler

The Mastermind has targeted him as his next victim! And James Patterson's clever
police detective/psychologist Dr. Alex Cross has his hands full in his latest episode “Roses
Are Red.” And while his titles may reflect a “simple” line of nursery rhymes, this book (and all its
aspects) is far from simple. The Mastermind, twisted and evil psychopath that he is, taunts
the police with his phone calls and letters. He has thus far foiled police efforts as he has
successfully managed to rob banks (using the families of the robbers as hostages, whom he
executes if anything goes wrong!), and creating other evil scenarios. As with other Cross
books by Patterson, the estimable doctor has his own agenda of personal problems as
well--his divorce, his daughter's illness, his relationship with Christine, his lover, and
working with his FBI partner--the beautiful Ms Cavaliere. Fast-paced as usual, “Roses Are
Red” crescendos into an explosive climax and fans of Patterson will not be disappointed!

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

Detective Alex Cross is finally back in the new AMAZING mystery by the master: James Patterson. It took me two hours to blaze through this book, I'm reading it again now for the fifth time. If that's any indication of how good it is, maybe you should check it out! If you've never read a Patterson book before, prepare yourself for the greatest mystery writer of our time...
The review of this Book prepared by Steven Schmitz

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 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

Main Character

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


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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