Jack and Jill (Alex Cross Series #3)

Jack and Jill (Alex Cross Series #3)

by James Patterson

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Overview

In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.

Meanwhile, Washington, D. C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten—and desposited in front of the elementary school Cross's son, Damon, attends.

Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer- or killers - strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe - not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case-but will he discover the truth in time?

A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Jack and Jill proves that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson-the master of the nonstop nightmare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446692656
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Series: Alex Cross Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 336,850
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness 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 years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Hometown:

Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York

Education:

B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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SAM HARRISON swung his agile body out of the silver blue Ford Aerostar, which he had parked on Q Street in the Georgetown section of Washington. Horror stories and games are popular for a good reason, he was thinking as he locked the vehicle and set its alarm. Not the comfortable sit-around-the-campfire horror tales and games we used to cherish as kids, but the real-life horror stories that are around us everywhere these days.

Now I'm living one myself. I'm about to become part of the horror. How easy it is. How terribly, terribly easy to move past the edge and into the darkness.

He had stalked and shadowed Daniel Fitzpatrick for two long weeks. He'd done his job in New York City, London, Boston, and finally, here in Washington, D.C. Tonight he was going to murder the United States senator. In cold blood, execution-style. No one would be able to figure out why. No one would have a clue that might matter later on.

That was the first and most important rule of the game called Jack and Jill.

In many ways this was a textbook celebrity-stalker pattern. He knew it to be true as he took up his post across from 211 Q Street.

And yet, if anyone bothered to look more closely, it was like no other stalking pattern before. What he was going to do now was more provocative than secretly observing Senator Fitzpatrick down obscene numbers of Glenlivet cocktails at The Monocle, his favorite bar in Washington. This was the truest form of madness, Sam Harrison knew. It was pure madness. He didn't believe he was mad. He believed only in the validity of the game of chance.

And then, less than thirty yards across the shiny-wet street—there was Daniel Fitzpatrick himself. Right on schedule. At least, close enough.

He watched the senator stiffly climb out of a gleaming, navy blue Jaguar coupe, a 1996 model. He wore a gray topcoat with a paisley silk scarf. A sleek, slender woman in a black dress was with him. A Burberrys raincoat was casually thrown over her arm. She was laughing at something Fitzpatrick had said. She threw her head back like a beautiful, spirited horse. A wisp of her warm breath met the cool of the night.

The woman was at least twenty years the senator's junior. She wasn't his wife, Sam knew. Dannyboy Fitzpatrick rarely if ever slept with his wife. The blond woman walked with a slight limp, which made the two of them even more intriguing. Memorable, actually.

Sam Harrison concentrated fiercely. Measure twice, measure five times, if necessary. He took stock of all the details one final time. He had arrived in Georgetown at eleven-fifteen. He looked as if he belonged in the chic, attractive, fashionable neighborhood around Q Street. He looked exactly right for the part he was going to play.

A very big part in a very big story, one of the biggest in America's history. Or some would say American theater.

A leading-man role, to be sure.

He wore professorial, tortoiseshell glasses for the part. He never wore glasses. Didn't need them.

His hair was light blond. His hair wasn't really blond.

He called himself Sam Harrison. His name wasn't really Sam. Or Harrison.

For that night's special occasion, he'd carefully selected a soft black cashmere turtleneck, charcoal gray trousers, which were pleated and cuffed, and light-brown walking boots. He wasn't really such a dapper, self-absorbed dresser. His thick hair was cut short, vaguely reminiscent of the actor Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, one of his least-favorite movies. He carried a small black duffel bag, swinging it like a baton as he now walked briskly toward 211. A camcorder was tucked inside the bag.

He planned to capture as much of this as possible on film. This was history in the making. It really was history: America at the end of its century, America at the end of an era, America at the end.

At quarter to twelve, he entered 211 through a darkened service entryway that smelled strongly of ammonia and of dust and decay. He walked up to the fourth floor, where the senator had his flat, his study, his love nest in the capital.

He reached Daniel Fitzpatrick's door, 4J, at ten minutes to twelve. He was still pretty much on time. So far, so good. Everything was going exactly as planned.

The highly polished mahogany door opened right in his face.

He stared at an ash-blond woman who was slender and trim and well kept. She was actually somewhat plainer looking than she had appeared from a distance. It was the same woman who had gotten out of the blue Jag with Fitzpatrick. The woman with the limp.

Except for a gold barrette in her hair, a lioness from a trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a gold choker, she was gloriously naked.

"Jack," she whispered.

"Jill," he said, and smiled.

Copyright © 1996 by James Patterson

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SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Reading the series in order and have yet to be disappointed. If I were to rank them in order, Kiss the Girls would come first, followed closely by Jack and Jill and then Along Came a Spider. If you're new to the series, read them in order - the characters develop as you go and references are made to previous novels. Patterson has a great writing style and he has given us characters who are real and who we can enjoy. So glad I've finally started reading the Cross series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Patterson. Reading Alex Cross series in order & Jack & Jill is #3, I enjoyed it. So many twists and turns and never a true resolution, it held my attention.
LadyBoiler More than 1 year ago
I've read most of the Alex Cross Series by James Patterson. Jack and Jill was my favorite. This novel was excellent. As usual, there is excellent depth of character (Alex and Nana, for example) which can actually make you care for the characters. The plot is original, somewhat off beat, thrilling and carefully thought out with a few twists here and there. I also love his writing style. His writing style and short chapters make his novels an easy read. Patterson has never disappointed me with this Women's Murder Club Series either. I highly recommend 1st to Die. The Quickie and Swimsuit were also excellent novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading all the Alex Cross books. They are interesting and I can't put them down.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/Abridged/Mystery/Spoilers: This is an older Alex Cross novel. I just finished Postcard Killers (a newer novel) about a month ago, and there are a lot of similarities with the J&J killers. The biggest mystery of the book was trying to figure out why the killers did it, which is never answered completely. At the beginning J&J are playing with a game board of some kind, but that is completely forgotten after a few chapters & has nothing to do with the motive. There are too many red herrings to the point of sloppiness. When it comes to the end, you're scratching you head b/c there were not any clues to the identity of the killers. Alex Cross has another case with children being murdered in a schoolyard. Again, too many red herrings and the killer's motive never is clearly seen. The killer is only after black children and you never know if it was just opportunity or racism. A point of note is that the future Mrs. Cross, Christine, is introduced. The reason I bought the audio was because John Rubinstein did part of the audio. He does the John Kellerman audios and in this plays all the killer's voices. Blair Underwood is the voice of Cross and he is awful. I may be biased, but I wanted Morgan Freeman because Underwood read too fast & it's hard to keep up the change in scene. Rubinstein was wonderful and did not jell will Underwood. Even with Rubinstein, I do not recommend this novel. The police work is sloppy and Cross never catches or IDs the killers. They make mistakes or turn on each other. You are never told a motive or if the Real Jack is playing the board game with the Real Jill or the Fake Jill. This book is a waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well-written suspense story with several interesting twists. I would fault the novel for one simple reason, and that is its reliance on conspiracy theories. In the sciences, we follow the principal of Occam's Razor, that the simplest argument is usually the best. In modern parlance, it is known as K.I.S.S., or keep it simple stupid. Patterson is a devotee of the conspiracy theory...MLK, RFK, and JFK. This belief permeates Patterson's stories, and I feel detracts from them somewhat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had many twists, all of which were unpredictable and riciting. However, there was no James Patterson flavoring. Moreover, the entire course of the book consisted of two seperate stories. So, it is natural to assume that at the end there is a connection of these stories (it even said there was on the back cover summary). However, THERE WAS NONE!!! The book eneded leading into the next Patterson book--a desperate marketing ploy. I was extremely disappointed in this ending as well as the storyline. However, it is worth reading (it was a good read).
Joybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good Patterson thriller.The third in the Alex Cross series. High profile people in Washington are being murdered by 2 killers calling themselves Jack & Jill. Meanwhile (black) children are being murdered in the lower class neighborhood where Cross lives. The powers that be do not give proper resources to finding the child murderer because Jack & Jill are the hot topic, and they may be going after the President. Alex Cross gets pulled off the child murders to work the Jack & Jill case, but he spends whatever free time he has working the child murders. Through many twists and turns this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Alex's feelings seem a bit dark and melancholy in this book; but the killer from one of the previous books is still out there stalking Alex and his family, the higher ups in the police department don't seem to care about the brutal murders of young black children, and there may be some type of government/political conspiracy going on that no one can stop.A fun quick read. I will continue with the series.
heidijane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a typical James Patterson thriller, with twists and turns all the way. On the one hand, he is trying to stop a pair of celebrity-stalker killers whose ultimate target is the President of the United States, and alongside that he is trying to solve the murderer of small children in his neighbourhood.This book is a rollercoaster ride, flicking between the two cases, and is a good entertaining read.
breadnbutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy reading about Doctor Detective Alex Cross. James Patterson certainly does not shy away from the gruesome details which is what really makes this a great, shocking mystery. A murderous duo, who've dubbed themselves Jack and Jill have come to Washington to kill, kill, kill. At the same time, there is an elusive and brutal killing of a young girl In Alex Cross' neck of the woods, and yet all of the attention is focused on the celebrity killings of Jack and Jill, and that certainly doesn't sit will with the newly dubbed Truth School killer. So Alex serves double duty in this installment which follows two cases (which claim to be connected but really aren't which makes the book a tad disjointed). This book does inspire some real fear because it occasionally alternated POVs to the multiple killers and Alex Cross. I don't read too many of these thriller types, but the idea of seeing things from a psychopath's point of few is something that Patterson does well.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patterson throws caution to the wind in the third Alex Cross novel. This time Alex finds himself investigating another pair of killers, although this time they have very different agendas. One is killing on Alex's home turf, the other a political killer. Alex must divide his time, weighing his heart against reason in a tight and fast moving thriller. Patterson delivers the goods, creating a twisting tale in which he makes some courageous calls in which direction to take the story. Shocking and fun.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like the Alex Cross series and find the books fast-paced, page-turning thrillers.Back Cover Blurb:A pair of ice-cold killers have been picking off Washington's rich and famous with chilling professional efficiency. As the nation awaits the identity of the next celebrity victim, Alex Cross takes over the high-profile investigation. With his proven ability to get inside the minds of the most deranged killers, he has the skills and the courage to crack the case - but will he discover the truth before 'Jack and Jill' set their sights on Washington's ultimate celebrity target?
TinyDancer11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although not as good as the previous Alex Cross novels, I constantly admire James Patterson's ability to invent new serial killer scenarios and make my reading enjoyable.
skinglist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journal entry 3 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Saturday, January 22, 2005Eeeeeh! Neesy knew how much I love Patterson, though I've only read a handful by him. This is near the top of Mt. TBR, but I will not scare myself silly by reading it just before bed like I did with Kiss the Girls!Thanks, Neesy :)edit journal entry | upload journal entry pic | back to topJournal entry 4 by SKingList from New York, New York USA on Wednesday, April 13, 2005I adored this book!I think it's the best of the Alex Cross series so far, and Neesy, you rock for getting me into Patterson.Like others in the AC series, this had the balance of two cases, Jack and Jill which of course had more layers than you could ever imagine and the Truth school killer. This also filled in some of the blanks about who Christine was and how Alex met her.Now to eventually track down the rest in the series.
mcal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After finishing "Kiss the Girls", this was great. It was hard to stop reading. This simultaneous murder investigations is a bit strange. The storyline involving the truth school killer seems as if Patterson added it as an afterthought and to prepare for a future book. The two investigations are unrelated except for the envy of getting the media attention that the other killers are receiving. It seemed the only reason for adding this part was to introduce Christine Johnson and make her a possible love interest to Dr. Cross. The namesake of the book was the storyline that kept the book flowing and had me yearning for more. About halfway through you see the true intentions for Jack and Jill and their ultimate target. Shortly after that I figured out who Jill was, or I thought I did until Patterson toyed with my mind. Ultimately, I was right after all.
yargles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't care much for James Patterson's books, and I wouldn't read him at all, but I was given quite a few of his novels, and I'm making my way through them. This was one of the more distasteful Alex Cross stories for me.
First, and foremost, Alex Cross is one of THE most boring and unrealistic detectives in fiction I've read, and I've read lots of detective fiction. He and his buddy James Sampson are supposed to be a hunky pair of he-men who women would swoon into swamp mud for. Except that Swanson often calls Cross either "sugar" or "sweet". I have no idea what that's about, and I don't want to know.
Second, I cannot stand Nanamama. She's a bigoted woman who gets away with far too many stupid observations about white people. Just because she can cook doesn't mean someone shouldn't wash her mouth out with the same water used to wash her dishes when she repeats yet another intolerant and idiotic opinion that white people don't care about dead black babies. I don't know to whom James Patterson is pandering with his racist granny... liberal white people or bigoted black people. Whomever... I don't want to read that garbage, and I find it appalling it's repeatedly on the best seller list.
Last, Alex Cross defines himself in this book as "Dragonslayer". Had I not recently seen the reality series Survivor: Tocantins, I would have only been mildly amused at Cross' ridiculously macho description of himself. But now that "Coach" and Dragonslayer and forever linked in my mind, Alex Cross is nothing more than an annoying, irritating joke.
mbertsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure this book was as good as the first two Alex Cross novels. Two serial killers at once? And I thought it was implied that they had something to do with each other. The ending was forseeable, and thus disappointing.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An improvement from Kiss the Girls, but not much. Cross is still too watered down most of the time. I want to see that DC Cop come through, some real grappling with all that goes one, not more of the same glossed over weak sentiments. And what about Sampson, Its book 3 and we still don't know crap about him.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not sure about this book as I felt elements of the plot were blindingly obvious, but then I wanted an easy undemanding read, which it definitely was, but I am not sure that Patterson deserves his status as a top writer as I have read better.
tamarama78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ALEX CROSS GOES ON A MISSION TO FIND THE KILLERS OF RICH AND FAMOUS PEOPLE. VERY INTERESTING UP TO THE FINAL CHAPTER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Very Best he has written!
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Couldn't set down this book.
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If you love codes then search up "code busters" they are the best books in the univerce