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The twenty-fifth novel in the bestselling Alex Cross series

'It is told with a ferocious power and emotion that is quite impossible to ignore' Daily Mail
The charges: explosive

Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law – until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defence. But will a jury see it that way?

The evidence: shocking

As Cross fights for his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome video tied to the mysterious disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can't say no to Sampson. The illicit investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment.

The People vs. Alex Cross: the trial of the century

As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. If he can't convince his own family, how can he hope to persuade a jury? Although he has everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal... even if he can't save himself.

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Prologue

A HOT SUMMER’S EVE

ONE
 

From inside a rambling white Colonial home on a shaded street that smelled of blooming wildflowers, a woman called in a pleasant Southern accent: “TW-Two? Where are you? Mama needs you to go to the store now.”

There was a pause before she called again. “TW-Two? Deuce?”

Timmy Walker Jr., TW-Two, also known as Deuce, was twelve and standing just inside the woods that adjoined his backyard.

Go to the store? Deuce thought. He had better things to do than ride his bike all the way there and back for his mom. As a matter of fact, he had much better things to do.

The back porch door opened with a creak.

“Deuce,” his mother called. “C’mon, now. I’ll take you out for an ice cream sundae later?”

That was tempting, but Deuce stuck to his plan and eased off on a familiar path that led downhill to an old logging road and a creek that meandered through the woods. It was late in the day. The light was slanted, coppery, and the air was still sticky and hot.

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Also by James Patterson

Haunted
Fifty Fifty
The Store
16th Seduction
Murder Games
Middle School: Million-Dollar Mess Down Under
Cross the Line
Jack and Jill
Two from the Heart
Never Never
Laugh Out Loud
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Kiss the Girls
The Black Book
I Funny: Around the World
Private Princess
NYPD Red 5
Middle School: From Hero to Zero
Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
17th Suspect
Manhunt
Kill and Tell
Avalanche
Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke

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