HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Jack & Jill by James Patterson
Loading...

Jack & Jill (1996)

by James Patterson

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,173301,765 (3.67)45
Member:sdmoon
Title:Jack & Jill
Authors:James Patterson
Info:LITTLE BROWN & CO @, Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:None

Work details

Jack & Jill by James Patterson (1996)

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 45 mentions

English (29)  French (1)  All languages (30)
Showing 1-5 of 29 (next | show all)
Jack & Jill are not only code names for the president and his wife, but also two killers in Washington, D.C., who are killing celebrities. At the same time, in a black neighbourhood, Alex Cross's neighbourhood, someone is killing young children near Alex's son's school. Alex wants to help solve the case of the kids being killed, but is pulled away to help with the Jack & Jill case. But, he continues to do what he can on the side.

This was really good. There were plenty of twists and turns in both cases to keep things interesting and at a steady pace throughout the book. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 11, 2014 |
My review can be found here ( )
  beearedee | Mar 18, 2014 |
That was a very gripping reading. As always, Alex wasn't only involved into one major crime, he had also to solve another disturbing mystery in his neighbourhood. There he met a lovely woman who is the headmaster of his son's school. When his heart was closer to his quarter, he was called to the top of national security. Soon he found out that the President was at risk but there were to many barriers, time was rare and the assassins were always one step ahead. In the end all mysteries are solved but not really to Alex's utter satisfaction. ( )
  Ameise1 | Sep 17, 2013 |
*In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.
*

*Meanwhile, Washington, D. C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten--and desposited in front of the elementary school Cross's son, Damon, attends.
*

*Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer- or killers - strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe - not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case-but will he discover the truth in time?
*

*A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Jack and Jill proves that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson-the master of the nonstop nightmare.***

### **Amazon.com Review**

**A child killer is stalking the inner city of Washington, D.C., his latest victim Shanelle Green, an adorable first grader from Sojourner Truth School. This killing is especially unsettling to Detective Alex Cross. Sojourner Truth is the school his son Damon attends, just four blocks from his home. **

**While the death of an inner-city black child doesn't garner much media attention, another murder is making big headlines. The same day that Shanelle was beaten to death, Senator Daniel Fitzpatrick was found handcuffed to a bed and shot execution style. The only clue the police have to go on is a bizarre rhyme, signed "Jack and Jill," promising more high-profile executions, ultimately targeting the president of the United States. When Cross is called in to help protect the president, he begins to suspect that the two cases are somehow related. As he races to put all the pieces together, the killers continue their bloody rampage, paralyzing the city.**

**Like *Along Came a Spider* and *Cat & Mouse*, *Jack & Jill* is a rapid-fire thriller from start to finish, with enough plot twists to satisfy even the most jaded mystery fan. **

### **From Publishers Weekly**

**Patterson's most recent thriller, Hide and Seek, lacked his customary hero, Alex Cross, and didn't catch fire with readers. Here, Patterson brings back the black psychiatrist and Washington, D.C., homicide cop (Kiss the Girls, etc.) for a gripping game of death that will have fans flocking. Two simultaneous investigations bear down on Cross: the first concerns the killings perpetrated by a duo known as "Jack and Jill," who are murdering famous people (beginning with a U.S. senator) in Washington, taunting the police and "practicing for the big one"; the second involves the brutal slayings of young black children in Cross's own Southeast D.C. neighborhood. The Washington P.D. makes Cross its liaison with a frantic Secret Service, FBI and CIA while he sets up his own off-duty team to track the child-killer. Through crisp cross-cutting of multiple points of view, first-person and third, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes. He adds texture by devoting space to Cross's concern about his own motherless son and daughter (the first murdered child attended the same grammar school as Alex's boy), his growing interest in the school's attractive principal, his dealings with his octogenarian grandmother, Nana Mama (think of an acerbic Dilsey from The Sound and the Fury) and life in the largely black Southeast district. It's fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise from an earlier Cross nemesis promising at least one more Cross installment to come. Literary Guild main selection; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. ** ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
My first James Patterson / Alex Cross novel. First, I was put off by the child murder scene but I kept reading. The 2 crime investigations don't really connect and I'm not sure how Alex Cross is so famous to be pulled into the Jack and Jill investigation. But the author pulls it together, and it keeps you reading, especially towards the end.
The child murderer is competing against the reporting by the media covering both cases. I think this is a very current topic, and does connect both storylines after all. Also, the motivation behind the Jack and Jill killings is pretty much current affairs or rather timeless in US history... ( )
  Steffi09 | Nov 21, 2012 |
Showing 1-5 of 29 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
Information from the Finnish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
John Kerestylle
First words
Sam Harrison swung his agile body out of the silver blue Ford Aerostar, which he had parked on Q street in the Georgetown area of Washington.
Quotations
Last words
Information from the Finnish Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446692654, Paperback)

A child killer is stalking the inner city of Washington, D.C., his latest victim Shanelle Green, an adorable first grader from Sojourner Truth School. This killing is especially unsettling to Detective Alex Cross. Sojourner Truth is the school his son Damon attends, just four blocks from his home.

While the death of an inner-city black child doesn't garner much media attention, another murder is making big headlines. The same day that Shanelle was beaten to death, Senator Daniel Fitzpatrick was found handcuffed to a bed and shot execution style. The only clue the police have to go on is a bizarre rhyme, signed "Jack and Jill," promising more high-profile executions, ultimately targeting the president of the United States. When Cross is called in to help protect the president, he begins to suspect that the two cases are somehow related. As he races to put all the pieces together, the killers continue their bloody rampage, paralyzing the city.

Like Along Came a Spider and Cat & Mouse, Jack & Jill is a rapid-fire thriller from start to finish, with enough plot twists to satisfy even the most jaded mystery fan.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:58 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

A child killer is stalking the inner city of Washington, D.C., his latest victim Shanelle Green, an adorable first grader from Sojourner Truth School. This killing is especially unsettling to Detective Alex Cross. Sojourner Truth is the school his son Damon attends, just four blocks from his home. While the death of an inner-city black child doesn't garner much media attention, another murder is making big headlines. The same day that Shanelle was beaten to death, Senator Daniel Fitzpatrick was found handcuffed to a bed and shot execution style. The only clue the police have to go on is a bizarre rhyme, signed "Jack and Jill," promising more high-profile executions, ultimately targeting the president of the United States. When Cross is called in to help protect the president, he begins to suspect that the two cases are somehow related. As he races to put all the pieces together, the killers continue their bloody rampage, paralyzing the city.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.67)
0.5 5
1 8
1.5 2
2 31
2.5 10
3 189
3.5 30
4 219
4.5 18
5 114

Audible.com

Three editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,287,209 books! | Top bar: Always visible