As Robert Parker
has his Spenser, so does James Patterson have his Alex Cross. As
Parker did, and is still doing, with Spenser, so does Patterson
with Cross --- make him better with every book and make every book
better as well. ROSES ARE RED continues in that tradition.
ROSES ARE RED commences with a suspense factor set at about Warp
Factor Eight and doesn't let up from there. A bank robber wearing a
President Clinton mask enters a Citibank in Sliver Springs
Maryland. She advises the bank manager that his wife and children
are being held hostage and will be executed unless her directions
are followed exactly --- and we learn, all too horribly, exactly
what that means.
It develops that this and subsequent, similar, robberies are the
work of the Mastermind, a brilliant, deranged individual who is no