Along Came a Spider - James Patterson

Along Came a Spider

By James Patterson

  • Release Date: 2001-02-15
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 998 Ratings


A missing little girl named Maggie Rose.

A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C.

The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher.

A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him - even after he's been captured.

Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He's so popular that the kids all call him "Mr. Chips." And he's very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them - he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He's done it before. Hundreds of times before.

Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. he looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. Cross works and lives in the ghettos of D.C. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. He has two adorable kids of his own. They are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanaganis the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough s it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happened in Alex Cross's precinct. They happened under the protection of Jezzie Flanagan's men. Now Soneji is at large again, still wreaking havoc.

Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality - one who won't let the other half remember those horrific acts?

Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?

Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.


  • Fine

    By twhuff
    A good read but very racist towards white people which is equally as offensive when used against any people.
  • Along Came a Spider

    By Bossman 01
    Well written and enough change of pace to keep my interest. Once I got into the story, had trouble putting it down!!
  • Along Came A Spider

    By Felici0u5
    Great story, fast read. However I noticed a few typos through out the book.. a slight distraction.
  • Exceptional

    By JMTetzlaff
    Great read! Once I picked it up, it was almost impossible to out down!
  • Outstanding

    By Jake from State Farm123
    Much better and more twisted than the movie. I know you can only get so much into a 2 hour movie but this reading literally blew me away.
  • Along cane a spider

    By 7411ny
    Excellent -jaw dropping - always at the edge of your seat great read
  • Along came a spider

    By Nax826
    The entire story was a really good read, there are many parts that are literally "Jaw-Dropping" a bit too lengthy but nonetheless a really good book, I'm not much of a reader, only stared reading more because i bought the new iPad mini. I know James Patterson is a very famous author so I decided to go to his Alex Cross series since I have known about it for awhile, this is the 1st book of the Alex Cross series, also my 1st book read in the series, I must say I will read Kiss the Girls next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes thrillers, also the book is definitely better than the movie!!
  • Great

    By mlgZeroCool
    I have read a couple of Alex Cross books but I wanted to go back and start from the happy I did, this is a great book, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next book!
  • Great book

    By Hdudjdnsojhuebdh
    This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and is probable the best book I have ever read.
  • Amazing

    By Maida K
    Ive always been so busy with school that ive never had time for leisure reading...this book caught my attention so fast and kept it there. We all know what am amazing author Patterson is...thus if your like me and you havent found a book that can really keep your attention...this book will do the job!