So I thought maybe Cross was a fluke and Patterson is a better writer than that. There was another of his novels in the box so I read it as well. Not as bad as the other one, but then he had a co-writer. A nice plot idea, modern terrorists in USA, who are using the causes of the late 60s as a starting point.
But I still feel like his characterizations are weak. Each book seems lacking in reasons to like these main characters, like he uses the extended time of a series to replace actual character development in a single novel. I think what bugs me most is that I can see he is a lazy writer.
He has a good idea, but seems reluctant to put the time in to make a tight plot, and characters that work together and you care about. A lot of cliches thrown in the pot and stirred around a lot. I wasn't impressed, still don't know why people buy this guy's work enough to make it on the best seller list.
3rd Degree. James Patterson & Andrew Gross. Warner Book. 2004