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Cross running out of steam
Reviewed in Australia on 17 April 2022
Not sure why I reached out for Fear No Evil from the many better options in the James Patterson pantheon of series and one-offs. Maybe I still hanker for the Morgan Freeman version of the African American detective and psychologist hero working out of DC. Well, the author needs to let this character go because both of them are running out of steam. Cross and his partner are caught in a battle against an old nemesis that takes them far into the Montana wilderness, up the mountains and down the rivers, guns a'blazing. The narrative wanes badly in a number of places, notably when it comes to the incongruously soft family stuff, and flipping the pages to find the action and get to an unsurprising finish is the only way out.