Thursday, June 24, 2010

Along Came a Spider

This is an okay book written by James Patterson. The daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury have been kidnapped. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to become famous for taking children and for the highest number of murders. Brilliant homicide detective Alex Cross is teamed with Jezzie Flanagan, the female supervisor of the Secret Service, to track down the killer and to discover if there are any remaining hostages.

This is the first novel in the series and was adapted into a 2001 film starring Morgan Freeman. The Lindbergh kidnappings refer to famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's toddler son who was abducted from the family home and found dead two months later with a skull facture. Almost three years later, Bruno Hauptmann was charged with the crime and was later executed by an electric chair. There have been disputes about whether he really was guilty, but according to a 2005 episode of Forensic Files there is enough physical evidence to suggest that he really did commit the murder.

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