Roses Are Red

Roses Are Red

A Novel

Book - 2000
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A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands -- and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work. But before he gets near identifying a suspect, the Mastermind pulls off the most outrageous kidnapping scheme in U.S. history -- and walks away with the largest ransom ever paid.But the money is not enough. Alex Cross's investigation has gotten under the Mastermind's skin, and he makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross's entire team, one person at a time -- before coming after Cross himself.Amidst all this, Cross's relationship with his girlfriend Christine is falling apart because of her fears about his work, and his beloved daughter Jannie is hospitalized with unexplained seizures. The pressure rises on every front, until an explosive, shocking climax in which the Mastermind escalates his crimes to an unprecedented level, and Alex Cross risks everything to stop him in time.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316693257
0316693251
9780446605489
9780755349340
Branch Call Number: FICTION Patterson 2000
F PATTERSON
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 24 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 29, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it suffers from some of Patterson's usual issues - contrived, unlikely situations, unnecessary sexual situations (Cross's fiance breaks up with him, so he almost immediately falls into a sexual relationship with an FBI agent), a lack of understanding of the financial situations of police officers, teachers and the middle class in general. But this book doesn't have the gory scenes and psychological horror that some of his previous ones have had.
The last few chapters have several unexpected twists and turns, and the book ends with a surprise bombshell that actually has me waiting with anticipation to read the next book!

JasonAT May 20, 2015

Roses are red would make a cool big budget Popcorn Flick

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cbalou
Mar 25, 2014

I really enjoyed this book, kept me interested so much that I finished it in 4 days.

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tedrich2921
Dec 17, 2013

OK, this is a bit difficult of a review for me to write. I am a big Alex Cross and James Patterson fan. The book was entertaining, well-written and a good read BUT it was disapppointing. What is it with Patterson? The last book I read contained two completely different plots between the first half and second half of the book. Roses are Red contains half a book and is just a setup for a future book. Although the killer is finally identified (I don't want to give anything away), nothing is resolved. So you feel like you invested reading the whole book, but don't get the satisfaction at the end. So I have to downgrade what would have been a strong 8 down to a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

kweekes Sep 14, 2012

Very interesting piece to the Alex Cross series. Patterson awakes his audience once again with Roses are Red

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c210flyer
Apr 04, 2012

Not one of his best. Very average. 5 of 10 for me.

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Gibbgr11
Jan 30, 2012

Some say this book is gruesome but im 13 years old and really liked it

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RichardPaul
Feb 06, 2011

Roses Are Red ----
by James Patterson c - 2K ----

Will post soon, don't have my notes. ----- All of Patterson's books are a good story or more! ----

Enjoy! ----

RichardPaul

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DL7173
Sep 02, 2009

My favourite - so far

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DL7173
Aug 31, 2009

Enjoyed this the most of his
large print books, so far.

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Jul 01, 2015

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