James Patterson is a New York Times bestselling author. I can see why. This was my first experience with one of his novels. Kill Alex Cross has the things that make a good political thriller. It opens up with kidnapping, then leads into a terror plot. Along the way we get to see the family drama of the main character, Alex Cross. There are two separate story lines that are not interrelated but that does not hurt the plot line as a whole. This book was easy to read but deep enough to be interesting. Just what I like in a good read. The copy I read was a loaner from a friend who reads pretty much all of James Patterson. I will be reading more of his work. I enjoyed seeing how the character of Alex was all cop but his human foibles were evident too. That made him a likable person. The drama is set in Washington D.C. which is a prime location for a political thriller and just added to the excitement. I enjoyed this book and I give Kill Alex Cross five stars! If you have not read it, you should. I highly recommend!