Dy's Take

August 29, 2006

Mary, Mary by James Patterson

Filed under: Mystery — Dy @ 19:50

(an Alex Delaware Cross novel)

Nice. The last couple of Delaware Cross books were a little weak–less engaging and more distant-seeming. With Mary, Mary Patterson has brought back the things that made Alex interesting–the dichotomy of police life and parent life, the glimpses into the minds of people who HAVE to think like psychos in order to catch them.

One thing that surprised me, having read a few other series set in L.A. was how little was made of Alex being black. Patterson seems to have left the racial tensions that flared in some of the other novels behind. With most of the book taking place in L.A. and the racial tension there being as famous as it is it was a little incredible that EVERY cop Alex ran into treated him as an equal or superior, ‘cept for being a Fibbie. Improbable? or Optimistic? Who knows. I wouldn’t have missed it had it not been a significant presence in other novels in this series.

Overall? A definite move back in the right direction for Dr. Alex Cross (who is waaaay too young to have been played by Morgan Freeman, much as I love him!) — A

PS –

lol… Mixed up my Dr. Alex(s) !! This is an Alex CROSS book, black homicide investigator from DC – Delaware is a Jonathan Kellerman creation, an LA psychologist (psychiatrist? – I’ve never been sure which).



  1. An Alex Delaware Novel?

    Comment by Spencer — September 18, 2006 @ 10:06 | Reply

  2. lol… Noted and corrected. Thanks!

    Comment by Dy — September 18, 2006 @ 10:24 | Reply

  3. Mary Mary by James Patterson is indeed a great book, I own the audiobook and really enjoyed listening to it. I think it’s quite OK not to heat up racial problems any more than they are already. The plot is fine as it is, don’t really think that adding racial tension would have improved it in any way.

    Comment by Rolf - James Patterson Fan — February 17, 2007 @ 16:46 | Reply

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