Cross Country
by James Patterson

A page-turner Alex Cross mystery novel in which he travels to Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Darfor. He is out foxed time after time by the Tiger (a large Nigerian mercenary who leads packs of teen-age boys who murder families). Cross gets kidnapped, beaten, and released continually in Africa and back in Washington D.C. It happens so regularly that even someone as dense as Cross should start to get suspicious, but he never learns to watch out. The book pains a picture of the horror of living in war-torn Africa. It is exciting in spite of the stupidity of the hero.

Year Read: 2009


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