A killer is targeting families in the DC area. Ruthless murders under the cover of darkness, no family member spared. The media have dubbed him the Family Man killer. Alex Cross and Detective John Samson are working with the FBI to try and catch the killer quickly, before there are more deaths. The renowned true crime writer Thomas Tull claims to have spotted patterns in the Family Man killings, and offers to help on the case, in return for full involvement, so he can write his next blockbuster book. Alex Cross is left wondering how much of Tull’s claims are fact and how much is fiction.
Meanwhile Bree Stone, Cross’s wife, is investigating a fashion industry big name in New York. She has been hired by an anonymous client, with broad parameters on the investigation. She quickly unearths more than expected. As she digs deeper, people connected with the case keep getting killed off. She continues to dig and what she unearths shocks both her and Alex.
This is book 30 in the Alex Cross series, and it is just as gripping as the 29 before it. Even though the Alex Cross books are a series, you can read this book stand alone as with many of the others. However, if you have read the series, this book is like being welcomed back into the fold of a loving family. Mama Nana cooking by the stove, Alex and Bree brainstorming their cases out on the stoop, and the kids playing basketball on the driveway. Samson dropping by for a beer on his way home from work, and for some of Mama Nana’s famous cooking. At the end of the day Cross catches the killer, and makes the world that bit safer. It should be boring, formulaic, repetitive by now. But Alex Cross never disappoints, never fails to entertain, and always keeps you turning the pages, and ends with mysteries leaving you wanting more. Alex Cross gets better with age, and after 30 cases is showing no signs of slowing down. Here’s to 30 more!
*I received this book from NetGalley for review but all opinions are my own.