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Detective Biography: Alex Cross

Officer Name: Alex Cross

Overview: Special consultant in the Metropolitan Police Department to the Major Case Squad.

Previously Cross worked at the Washington, D.C. Police Department as a psychologist, working in Homicide and Major Crimes. Cross is a profiler. He worked with VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) as a liaison between the FBI and D.C. police.

Place of birth: Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Nationality: American.

Marital Status: Widowed, but remarried to another Detective in the MPD.

Location: Washington D.C.


Detective Alex Cross’ latest case is one of the biggest he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close.

A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge.

With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive diminishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. But even the highest security clearance doesn’t get him any closer to the kidnapper – and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes in.

Personnel assessment notes:

  • Cross is a hopeful but rational man of generally deep emotions.
  • He is a model father and deals with the public emphatically.
  • Highly intelligent and well-educated.
  • Very involved in his local community, exemplified by his volunteerism at St. Anthony’s Parish.

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Further reading:

  • Other featured detective biographies – Harry Hole, Kurt Wallander, Maeve Kerrigan
  • Take a first look at the new Alex Cross series here
  • And be sure to check out the brand new Alex Cross spin-off Cross Down.

    Cross Down

    James Patterson

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