I liked this better than my last Alex Cross audio book. Alex seemed smarter in this one, and more willing to think things through before tearing off into the city to chase down a red herring.
There are several different crimes Alex and his cohorts have to solve in Cross Fire: snipers taking out “foxes in the henhouse” – crooked politicians and public figures; someone beating homeless people to death and then carving complicated mathematical formulas on the bodies; and his old nemesis Kyle Craig. The prologue shows us Kyle Craig undergoing plastic surgery to look like an FBI agent, and once you get past the B-movieness of the idea, it’s interesting to see him worm his way into Alex’s investigations to see how close he can get to the man himself.
Alex spends a lot of time worrying about his family; Kyle has been threatening them since he broke out of prison in a previous book. The family stuff works well to humanize Detective Alex Cross, Supercop, but there were several sections of the book that seemed so completely unnecessary to the story that I was confused. A couple characters showed up with “Foreshadowing” stamped all over them, and then were never heard from again. Maybe I should read the next book? But overall I liked the balance of on-duty and off-duty Alex. A quick, easily digestible story, perfect for a road trip.