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  • However, Casanova unexpectedly turned up one day, to attack Kate again

    • by Jacinth K Lee

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      Kiss The Girls was the second book in the Alex Cross series written by James Patterson. It was first published 1995 by Warner Books, Inc., and later made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.

      Two serial killers worked coast-to-coast, preying on beautiful girls and communicating constantly, boasting about their achievements. They existed in a condition which Dr Alex Cross termed as twinning - a bonding between two lonely people for their individual needs, which may not be mutually healthy.

      Gentleman Caller, polite and strikingly handsome, subtly led his victims to choose him. He was arrogant to the point of sending diary entries of his killings to the LA Times for publishing.

      Casanova operated in North Carolina, and preyed on extraordinary girls, more than beautiful. He imprisoned them in a house in individual rooms the harem house. They have to abide by his house

      rules; else they will be punished or killed. He frequently appeared to them, wearing a mask; so none of the girls had seen his face.

      Detective Alex Cross, with a doctorate in abnormal psychology was involved in the case, as his niece was missing, and feared to have fallen prey to Casanova. Cross met and fell in love with Kate Tiernan, the only victim of Casanova, to escape alive from the harem house. Kate teamed up with Cross to hunt for Casanova, and uncovered the identity of Gentleman Caller.

      The police had almost caught Gentleman Caller in his attack on yet another victim; however he escaped and teamed up with his old friend, Casanova. The two killers attacked Kate in her house and almost killed her. Cross went with his partner to search for the hidden harem house, and found the imprisoned girls.

      • The killers intercepted them and injured Cross’ partner. Cross chased after the killers and shot Gentleman Caller who died, refusing to expose the identity of Casanova.

        Cross mulled over the clues and evidence, trying to figure out Casanova’s identity; and ultimately arrived at the wrong conclusion. However, Casanova unexpectedly turned up one day, to attack Kate again; this time he did not hide behind a mask, showing his true identity the one person they had not suspected at all.

        LA and North Carolina land of beautiful people, and strikingly handsome killers! This story makes for highly imaginative reading there were parts that almost border on exaggeration.

        Alex Cross seemed like a semi-god, handsome, clever and sensitive! A man who was so disciplined that he could see beyond his lust and desires, that he could not have an affair with Kate Tiernan. There

        was too much emphasis on Alex being a non-white; he and his partner were picked up by the police, and his reluctance to continue the affair with Kate. He said that their characters got in the way; I feel that it was the more the color of the skin. Well, Alex Cross showed some human flaws at the end, that he was wrong about the identity of the killer.

        An amazingly lucky and fearless woman like Kate Tiernan, who was captured yet managed to escape though she was heavily drugged. She then went into the killers’ territory with Cross to hunt for them, and almost got killed in her own house. While recuperating, she fought again with Casanova sounds more like Wonder Woman to me.

        So sit back and enjoy the book it was entertaining - just don’t think too hard about reality and rationale!

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