Book Review: Pop Goes The Weasel By James Patterson

I’ve learn most of James Patterson’s novels lately and have significantly loved the Alex Cross collection. Alex is a Washington police detective, psychologist and profiler who’s answerable for catching a number of excessive profile serial killers who’ve a behavior of taunting and endangering him and his household.

Pop Goes The Weasel, one of many earlier Alex Cross novels begins out with the homicide of a younger black prostitute whose physique is dumped bare in Washington. Alex ties the homicide in with others which have occurred the place the victims clothes and identification have been eliminated. His boss does not agree and orders Alex to analyze one other increased profile case of the homicide of a businessman, however Alex and his lifelong good friend police officer John Sampson proceed to analyze the collection of killings in their very own time.

This is not a whodunit; we be taught proper firstly that the serial killer Geoffrey Shafer works for the British Embassy in Washington and has diplomatic immunity. He has a spouse and younger household who imagine that he’s Mr great as a result of that’s the method that he behaves in direction of them. In non-public Geoffrey carries out a web-based fantasy sport referred to as the 4 Horsemen with three different ex British secret service officers. Within the sport Shafer’s identify is Loss of life and the intention amongst the four gamers is to create a ‘higher’ fantasy than the opposite three gamers however not one of the gamers are positive if the opposite gamers tales are simply fantasy or true.

Alex Cross is a widower with 2 kids and a girlfriend referred to as Christine. Early on within the novel Christine accepts a proposal from Alex they usually go on vacation together with his household to Bermuda. Through the vacation Christine disappears and it’s months earlier than Alex discovers whether or not she has been kidnapped or murdered, or whether or not or not Christine’s disappearance is tied to the homicide investigation.

My Evaluation

Though I’ve loved studying the entire different novels on this collection I did not discover Pop Goes The Weasel as gripping as the remaining. Maybe as a result of the character of Geoffrey Shafer wasn’t as plausible as James Patterson normally makes his characters. The plot was a bit of too intricate to be plausible and at instances I misplaced the plot with it.

What I like in regards to the Alex Cross collection is the interplay between Alex and his household – particularly Nana. Alex’s aged grandmother Nana lives with and takes care of him and his 2 younger kids. A clever girl, who at over 80 has extra power than most of us at half of her age. You usually discover humour of their conversations and the love between them is clear.

James Patterson has invented a powerful properly thought out character in Alex who is devoted to his household and job. At instances the job appears extra essential however then there are heart-warming scenes together with his household to mood the extra grotesque accounts of homicide.

The story additionally reveals how police forces could differentiate wrongfully between crimes and the courses of victims. Prostitutes are human beings and have simply as a lot proper as businessmen to not be offended in opposition to and investigations ought to have equal significance.

Though I obtained a bit misplaced throughout the previous few chapters the ending was passable with just a few surprises. Pop Goes The Weasel is definitely price studying in the event you like this style, however I might advise that you simply learn the collection from the start via somewhat than in a blended order as I’ve.

Source by Patricia Jones