The James Patterson literary juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The most popular of his considerable output continues to be his Alex Cross novels. Patterson has not hesitated to advance the series, book by book, making changes to the make-up of the characters, introducing new ones and occasionally taking familiar ones off the board. Each installment matches up Cross against frightening and intelligent antagonists whose crimes are so over the top that they simply must be stopped and eliminated; a draw is not a satisfactory end game. At the same time, Cross goes home to a household full of the same joys and problems that we all experience.