Kiss the Girls is a psychological thriller novel by American writer James Patterson, the next to star his recurring main character Alex Cross. It was adapted into a picture of the same title in 1997, and was first published in 1995.
Alex Cross is a literary character created by author James Patterson. He is the protagonist of this collection of books about a former FBI agent and psychologist who works at Washington, D.C.
First came the stunning number-one bestseller Along Came a Spider. Now comes most memorable novel in several years, the scariest. North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, a medical intern disappears. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing–and they’re working coast.
James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American writer and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard, and series, along with many stand-alone thrillers, romance and non-fiction novels.
Over 300 million copies have been sold by his novels and he was the first person. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes’s record of highest-paid authors for its third consecutive year. His entire income over a decade is estimated at $700 million.
In November 2015, Patterson obtained the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which mentioned him as a “passionate campaigner to create books and studying a nationwide priority. A supporter of teachers colleges, universities, independent bookstores, school libraries, and college students,
Patterson has donated tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants with the purpose of encouraging Americans of all ages to read more books.
Kiss The Girls Book Summary
As a teenaged boy in 1975 Boca Raton, Florida, a prospective serial killer calling himself Casanova kills his first four victims. Elsewhere in 1981 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, another killer calling himself The Gentleman Caller kills a young couple on a lake. Years after, Casanova leaves a young girl to die in the forests. They fulfill Durham detectives Nick Ruskin and Davey Sikes, who tell them that eight to ten girls are missing and that DEA and the FBI are concerned, all from various states; all have received notes from someone calling himself Casanova. Around the exact same time, Casanova abducts another girl, Dr. Kate McTiernan, also makes her part of his harem of young, attractive, and unique women. He threatens “bonus kills” when his letters are not published in her newspaper. FBI agent Kyle Craig meets Lieberman in LA.. Casanova intends to kill Kate McTiernan because she’s broken his principles, but she strikes him and manages to escape, running right into a woods and jumping off a cliff into a river. Meanwhile, Cross discovers that among The Gentleman Caller’s notes printed in the Los Angeles Times mentions Naomi. After contacting Lieberman and her editor-in-chief, he learns that Casanova and The Gentleman Caller are conveying as East Coast and West Coast serial killers. McTiernan, recovering at a hospital, is visited by Cross. He learns she had been drugged with Marinol, which leads them to feel that Casanova is a pharmacist or a doctor. Her documents contained hints to a possible suspect, Dr. William Rudolph from Los Angeles. Cross and McTiernan travel there with Craig, and McTiernan principles Rudolph out meaning he must be The Gentleman Caller. A manhunt for the killer begins, but he leaks times and vanishes. A search of his flat uncovers a photo of him with one Dr. Wick Sachs; notes about the back identify Sachs as Casanova. Cross and Sampson discuss a concept that the girls have been held in an underground house, built in a place that was a part of the Underground Railroad. Sachs is a professor in Duke and known as the campus skeleton, in addition to a defendant when two pupils were killed in the early 1980s. Later Ruskin and Sikes request Cross for aid in catching Casanova, whom they think to be Sachs. Rudolph reminisces how he fulfilled Casanova, who’d understood Rudolph had killed the young couple. They shared their own experiences and formed a bond. When they return, they decide to work together to remove Cross. They assault McTiernan after she returns to her house, leaving her seriously wounded. Cross finds the assault is different from the first one and suspects both guys worked together. Cross attacks him physically, discovering that Sachs is not very strong, and Cross is certain that he’s not Casanova. After finding evidence pointing to 13, however, the FBI arrests Sachs. Sampson and Cross head to the forest again, taking a hand-written map given to them by an Underground Railroad historian. At a previously unsearched place, they locate the underground house with the captive girls. The 2 killers have been assault and watching them, seriously injuring Sampson. The two depart, stealing a truck. They are pursued by Cross and finally forces them to separate. The surviving women, including Naomi, are reunited with their loved ones. Cross looks for clues and deduces Casanova’s true identity. Cross keeps the information and decides to conduct his stakeout. He follows Detective Sikes, positive that he is Casanova, searching for a new girl to kidnap. Cross snoops outside a house which Sikes has entered. He is seen by Sikes, and they fight. The girl turns out to function as Sikes’ mistress, an affair the FBI knew about. A while later, while seeing McTiernan, Cross goes jogging and finds a dead FBI agent. He runs back into the home where Casanova, who’s revealed to be Sikes’ spouse, Ruskin, strikes him with a stun weapon. With Cross incapacitated, Casanova heads for Kate, but she fights him and defeats him. Cross recovers in time to take and kill him, as he plans his gun at her. Cross and McTiernan afterwards go their individual ways although they have become close friends. Back in Washington, Cross and Sampson receive a new case.