Along Came A Spider by James PattersonAlong Came A Spider by James Patterson

Along Came A Spider

byJames PattersonAs told byJames Patterson

Mass Market Paperback | December 1, 1993

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Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the Treasury. And that's only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
James Patterson has had moreNew York Timesbestsellers than any other writer, ever, according toGuinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels,the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five year...
Title:Along Came A SpiderFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.12 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446364193

ISBN - 13:9780446364195

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read!! Recently got into Patterson, and this book is unbelievable. Thrilling and fast-paced, and excellent first book for Patterson that made Alex Cross famous. Can't wait to see the movie #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from trilling Great way to meet Alex Cross and really don't expect the twist. I love James Patterson but not 5 stars because I felt we could of used more info on the caracters. Love the style though easy and fast to read and you don't get put off by 50 page chapters.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Great story -I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner!! Fast-paced action and great characters. Patterson delivers.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing An old classic. A great of suspense and action.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really liked this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Along Came A Spider This is one of the first novels that got me hooked on James Patterson books.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thrilling A thrill ride of a book. Easy to finish in a day
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome fast paced, lots of twists and turns. you won't be able to put this down.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true thriller This book solidified my love of the Alex Cross series
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I enjoy reading this book!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked This is the book that got me hooked on reading James Patterson. He now has so many books out I can't even keep up.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I found the book way much better than the movie. Very entertaining, could not put the book down. Well done!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart pounding read The book is better than the movie
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read I bought this book as a lark when it first came out as my dad and I buy each other books all the time and his name is James Patterson. Let's just say that it started a whole new James Patterson fan club!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The first book in the Cross series and what a series it is. This book will get you hooked on Patterson's work and is so much better than the movie. I loved Patterson's writing and ability to create thrilling suspense for the reader.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome! I may have started this series in the middle but no matter how you read it, it is still good.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Along came a spider This book is very good. I have seen the movie but the book is far superior. The author took his time to write about the situations of African Americans in a sensitive and factual way.
Date published: 2014-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Alex Cross All these books are a great read.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and at some points, not being able to read quick enough. You begin to feel for the characters, even the "bad guys". The movie is great, but doesn't hold a candle to the book.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but a bit predictable I don't want to spoil it but I did see this coming before I got halfway through it. Still really enjoyed it though. Kept a small measure of doubt in me until the end.
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read this book for the second time. Liked it both times.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Exciting from beginning to end, with a surprising plot twist! Loved it!
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you wanting more Great book! Patterson keeps you on your toes. You instantly want to see Cross succeed. You understand him.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you wanting more Great book! Patterson keeps you on your toes. You instantly want to see Cross succeed. You understand him.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I've just recently found out James Patterson existed, and WOW i wish i found out about him sooner this book is an amazing crime thriller! It never gets boring and keeps you hooked till the end!
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I finally finished it First of all, it was waaaaay toooooooo long. 500+ pages (a little too long in my eyes) Put it down 1/2 way thru & read two more books (non-fiction) in between. The general idea of the storyline was good, but I certainly read better. Had action and twists (especially the end!!!) Tooo much of it was the romance or sexual interraction between the two characters that in all honesty was not really needed for the story - especially after what ultimately happens. The final climax of the story was really exciting & full of action.
Date published: 2007-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I think this is the worst book I've ever read I was not surprised by anything in this book. It was all just too coincidental that once Alex Cross needed a clue after having all the doors closed, oh, look, a clue. Half of the novel was a romance. A ROMANCE! Half of the story line didn't even make sense. When I finally finished the book, I slammed it shut and threw it at a wall, and I think I kicked it a couple times too. I would have burned it, but I borrowed it. I completely hated the movie, and usually the book is better, but the movie made more sense and had more surprises. BURN THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2003-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller This book is fantastic. a fast paced page turner. Once I started reading it, I can't put it down. Would recommend to anyone who is into this genre.
Date published: 2001-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was an amazing book. I am scared to see the movie as they likely ruined the story. Once you pick it up it is so hard to put down. If you like suspence and surprises with some great twist you got to get this book.
Date published: 2001-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book, Terrible Movie I couldn't have been happier with a kidnapping book. It moved at a perfect pace with a fast rollercoaster of an ending. However, the movie was terribe. If the credits didn't tell me the name of the movie I wouldn't have know that it was inspired by this terrific book. The directors of this film basically wrote their own movie, named the characters the same thing, and gave it the same title as the book. Specific details and sub-plots were left out of the movie that made the book so good. I'm surprised that James Patterson allowed Hollywood to humiliate him with this disgraceful film. If you're a fan of this book take my advice and don't ruin your thoughts by seeing the movie.
Date published: 2001-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was my first James Patterson and it won't be my last! Alex Cross is fantastic and although I love Morgan Freeman, I would have preferred to see Denzel Washington as Alex Cross (can't wait to see the movie though). However, I could not put this book down! The twists are fantastic ... you'll never read about anyone as sick and twisted as Gary Murphy/Soneji! Question is, WHO is the sickest?
Date published: 2001-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best novel I have read! I have read several of the Alex Cross series..beginning with Along Came A Spider. All of Mr. Patterson's novels written about Cross are incredible. Make sure you read them all!
Date published: 2001-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible!!! James Patterson's novel "Along Came A Spider" both awed and wowed me. I have read and own every other James Patterson novel, and i enjoy the Alex Cross series very much. He is an interesting and believable character. I think that "Along Came A Spider" is definitely one of his best works so far. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Don't read this book before locking all the windows and doors!!!
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Tense Along Came A Spider, was a very tense and stimulating novel. This was my first Alex Cross novel, so I can't say much along the lines of other Alex cross novels, but it was definitely much more exciting then the first James Patterson novel I read. Alex Cross is given the task of finding the murderous serial kidnapper, who has adbucted two cildren of highly placed society members and the kids of course. The ending has an unexpected twist that would surprise anyone who reads this novel. I read this novel within 24hours and was very stressed out the whole time.
Date published: 2000-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book rocked!!!! I love the short chapters and the character of Alex Cross. The character reminds me so much of Morgan Freeman, it was perfect casting for the movie, Kiss the Girls. The book is fast paced and filled with thrills and twists! Awesesome!! James Patterson is an amazing author!!!
Date published: 2000-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Along Came A Spider This is a twisted story of a detective on the hunt for a supposedly multiple- personality murderer named Soneji. Alex Cross is a diligent and determined cop whose whole life becomes the chase. In order for Cross to succeed, he must enter the mind of Soneji, and think as the killer's many personalities do. This book is a real gripper that will keep you up all night with fear and anticipation.
Date published: 1999-05-06

From Our Editors

From James Patterson, the award-winning author of Kiss The Girls, comes a pulse-pounding tale of murder, Along Came a Spider. Brilliant detective Alex Cross is investigating a baffling double kidnapping: the daughter of a Hollywood starlet and the son of the secretary of the Treasury. He’s got more than just that to deal with, because the brutal serial-kidnapper Garry Soneji is ready to commit the perfect crime, and only Cross stands in his way.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Daily News says:

"James Patterson is to suspense what Danielle Steel is to romance".

Employee Review

Gary Soneji, the murderous serial kidnapper, is up to his old tricks. This time, his victims are the children of a high-ranking government official and a movie star. Detective Alex Cross is on the case to stop this madman. Patterson's entangled web intertwines both the antagonist and protagonist. Deciphering the good from the bad is to fully understand the genius of this author and his characters.