- Mary, Mary (novel)
Mary, Mary Author(s) James Patterson Language English Series Alex Cross series Genre(s) Fiction Publisher Grand Central Publishing Publication date October 2006 Pages 448 ISBN ISBN 9780446619035 OCLC Number 72445074
FBI Agent Alex Cross is on vacation in Los Angeles with his family when he receives word that a Hollywood actress has been murdered. The actress was shot and her face violently slashed with a knife. An email describing the killer's mindset before and during the murder as well as allusions to the killer's motivation was sent to an entertainment reporter at the Los Angeles Times. The emails are signed "Mary Smith". The actress happens to be friends with the wife of the President of the United States who has asked FBI Director Ron Burns to look into the matter.
Additional victims, including a movie producer and a local TV anchorwoman, turn up later as well. As the number of incidents increases so does the number of leads. One such lead is a sighting of a blue Chevrolet Suburban speeding away from one of the murder scenes. Further investigation reveals the owner of one such Suburban who's owner lives near the Internet cafe where many of the Mary Smith emails were sent. A variety of other evidence also corroborates the conclusion that the Suburban's owner is, in fact, the Mary Smith killer.
Cross interviews the Suburban owner. In doing so, he discovers that she suffers from some sort of psychological disorder that either lead or caused her to kill her three children 20 years ago. To investigate the killings further, Cross travels to the Suburban owner's small hometown in Vermont and discovers that after her children were killed, she was institutionalized at a state mental hospital from which she later escaped.
At the mental hospital, Cross examines the log of visitors who had come to see the Suburban owner and discovers a familiar name who then shows up and tries to silence Cross for good.
- Title is from the rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary".
- In the custody case, Alex is angered and a surprised Christine had a P.I. snap a shot of the family being evacuated; yet, in an earlier book, (The Big Bad Wolf) he sees the P.I.
Alex Cross series by James Patterson
Along Came a Spider (1993) · Kiss the Girls (1995) · Jack & Jill (1996) · Cat and Mouse (1997) · Pop Goes the Weasel (1999) · Roses Are Red (2000) · Violets Are Blue (2001) · Four Blind Mice (2002) · The Big Bad Wolf (2003) · London Bridges (2004) · Mary, Mary (2005) · Cross (2006) · Double Cross (2007) · Cross Country (2008) · Alex Cross's Trial (2009) · I, Alex Cross (2009) · Cross Fire (2010) · Kill Alex Cross (2011)
Works by James Patterson NovelsThe Thomas Berryman Number (1976) · Season of the Machete (1977) · Virgin (1980) · The Midnight Club (1988) · Hide & Seek (1996) · Miracle on the 17th Green (1996, w/ Peter De Jonge) · See How They Run (1997) · When the Wind Blows (1998) · Black Friday (2000) · Cradle and All (2000) · Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2001) · The Beach House (2002, w/ Peter De Jonge) · The Jester (2003, w/ Andrew Gross) · The Lake House (2003) · Sam's Letters to Jennifer (2004) · Honeymoon (2005, w/ Howard Roughan) · Lifeguard (2005, w/ Andrew Gross) · Beach Road (2006, w/ Peter De Jonge) · Judge and Jury (2006, w/ Andrew Gross) · The Quickie (2007, w/ Michael Ledwidge) · You've Been Warned (2007, w/ Howard Roughan) · Sundays at Tiffany's (2008, w/ Gabrielle Charbonnet) · Sail (2008, w/ Howard Roughan) · Swimsuit (2009, w/ Maxine Paetro) · The Postcard Killers (2010, w/ Liza Marklund) · Private (2010, w/ Maxine Paetro) · Don't Blink (2010, w/ Howard Roughan) · Toys (2011, w/ Neal McMahon) · Now You See Her (2011, w/ Michael Ledwidge) · Kill Me, If You Can (2011, w/ Marshall Karp) · The Christmas Wedding (2011, w/ Richard DiLallo) · Guilty Wives (2012, w/ David Ellis) Alex Cross seriesAlong Came a Spider (1993) · Kiss the Girls (1995) · Jack & Jill (1996) · Cat and Mouse (1997) · Pop Goes the Weasel (1999) · Roses Are Red (2000) · Violets Are Blue (2001) · Four Blind Mice (2002) · The Big Bad Wolf (2003) · London Bridges (2004) · Mary, Mary (2005) · Cross (2006) · Double Cross (2007) · Cross Country (2008) · Alex Cross's Trial (2009, w/ Richard DiLallo) · I, Alex Cross (2009) · Cross Fire (2010) · Kill Alex Cross (2011) Daniel X series Maximum Ride seriesMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (2005) · Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever (2006) · Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (2007) · Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (2008) · MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel (2009) · Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel (2010) · Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel (2011) Michael Bennett series Witch and Wizard seriesWitch and Wizard (2009, w/ Gabrielle Charbonnet) · Witch and Wizard: The Gift (2010, w/ Ned Rust) · Witch and Wizard: The Fire (2011, w/ Jill Dembowski) Women's Murder Club series1st to Die (2001) · 2nd Chance (2002, w/ Andrew Gross) · 3rd Degree (2004, w/ Andrew Gross) · 4th of July (2005, w/ Maxine Paetro) · The 5th Horseman (2006, w/ Maxine Paetro) · The 6th Target (2007, w/ Maxine Paetro) · 7th Heaven (2008, w/ Maxine Paetro) · 8th Confession (2009, w/ Maxine Paetro) · The 9th Judgment (2010, w/ Maxine Paetro) · 10th Anniversary (2011, w/ Maxine Paetro) · 11th Hour (2012) Non-fictionAgainst Medical Advice: A True Story (2008, w/ Hal Friedman) · The Murder of King Tut (2009, w/ Martin Dugard)
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