Violets Are Blue

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Patterson
Narrator: Daniel Whitner , Kevin O'Rourke
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published In: October 2015
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 5 minutes
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Overview

Detective Alex Cross must confront his most terrifying nemesis ever-and his own deepest fears-in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.
Alex Cross has never believed in vampires. But when two joggers are found slain in a manner that suggests a macabre ritual, he has to reconsider. Someone believes in vampires enough to have committed a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of one. Local police are horrified, and even the FBI is baffled.
Cross takes on the case and plunges into a netherworld of secret clubs and role-players, a world full of poseurs and playactors-and someone demented enough to have crossed the line from dark ritual to real blood. At the same time, a lethal super-criminal from Cross's past known as the Mastermind is stalking him, taunting him, and threatening everything he holds dear. Cross has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. In a shocking conclusion, Alex Cross must survive a deadly confrontation-only to discover at last the awful secret of the Mastermind.

Reviews (29)

Written by Anonymous on March 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Since I’m a James Patterson fan already, and I love his Alex Cross series I wasn’t disappointed one bit

Written by Mary ann C. on March 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

To graphic and too many inappropriate words. Sorry , last time to try this author.

Written by Marcus C. on June 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

great story but went on and on when it could have been shorter

Written by Scott E on November 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

James Patterson has done it again! Couldn’t put it down!

Violets are Blue

Written by Mimosa on November 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Was very interesting, but also a little too long in the unabridged version. I've read several Alex Cross novels and I sometimes get tired of hearing his life history over and over.

"violence" is blue

Written by Kathy on April 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Could not make it beyond disc 2 on this. The idea of vampire "wannabes" was too far-fetched to continue listening

Violets are Blue

Written by Kim from Ladera Ranch, CA on June 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is one of Patterson's better Alex Cross novels. I've been disappointed by others but if you ever were an Alex Cross fan, you've got to read this one.

Violets are Blue

Written by Anonymous on January 27th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Another Alex Cross story not much different than all the other Cross books.

Violets are Blue

Written by Sabrina Lightfoot on May 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Not the best of the series, but still a great read/listen.

Violets are Blue

Written by Anonymous from Poughkeepsie, NY on October 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book! Very suspenseful. You can't wait to get back in the car to listen to more.

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.