Mary, Mary: A Novel

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Author: James Patterson

Title: Mary, Mary

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: November 2005

Number of Pages: 392

Geographical Setting: Various places in USA: Washington D.C., and Seattle, WA, but mainly Los Angeles, CA

Time Period: Contemporary (post e-mail invention)

Series: Alex Cross Mysteries 11

Plot Summary: Alex Cross is finally getting away on vacation in Disneyland with his three children and grandmother when he finds himself pulled into the latest case. Someone assuming the name Mary Smith has started to pick off wealthy, successful mothers in LA and Alex’s expertise is needed once again. There are also other linked killings which do not fit this profile. Meanwhile, as every target is hit, an e-mail by the person claiming to be the killer is sent to a popular critic for an entertainment magazine. Parallel to the serial killings plot, there are also events taking place in Alex’s personal life involving his ex-wife, Christine and his youngest son, Alex Jr.

3 fiction read-alikes and why:

  1. John Sandford Prey Series for the lover of suspense and graphic details
  2. Harlan Coben Tell No One for the lover of the fast-paced, simplistic page-turner
  3. Douglas Kennedy The Big Picture for the engrossing, edge-of-seat appeal

3 nonfiction read-alikes and why:

  1. Ted Schwarz The Hillside Strangler: the three faces of America’s most savage rapist and murderer and the shocking revelations from the sensational Los Angeles trial! For the reader who wants to read a book set in LA about a graphic account of a psychotic serial killer. Also includes interviews from policeman and psychiatrists who worked on the case.
  2. Clifford L. Lindecker Night Stalker: a shocking story of Satanism, sex, and serial murders for a reader who likes serial killing set in LA.
  3. John Gilmore Severed: the true story of the Black Dahlia is a good documentation on the unsolved murder of an aspiring LA starlet.

3 terms that best describe the book: murder investigation, psychological suspense story, cinematic

Subject Headings:

Police – Fiction

Police Psychologists

Murder – Investigation

Psychological Suspense Stories

Los Angeles, California

Crimes against Actors and Actresses

Suspense Stories

Mystery Stories

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