By Jodie L. Ball

Dr. Alex Cross' old friend, John Sampson, asks him to help a friend accused of murdering three women. Cross declares the case his last and agrees to help his friend.

During the investigation, the detectives learn of similar cases where Army men are falsely accused of murder and are found guilty. Thanks to the mysterious Foot Soldier, Cross knows the names of these men, making it easier for the detectives to speak with the soldiers' wives.

From the first chapter, the reader knows who the real killers are. However, there is another person directing the three killers, the three blind mice and telling them who to frame next. Like the reader, these three men don't know who is directing them commit these murders.

As if finding a murderer isn't enough to deal with, Cross' Nana Mama has been ill. Though she constantly tells him she's fine, he knows better. He just wishes he knew what was wrong with her.

FOUR BLIND MICE is just as much a whydunit as a whodunit, making the sometimes sketchy prose more interesting. Patterson's glimpses into the lives of Cross' family make Cross seem more real.

Though not a must read book, FOUR BLIND MICE is enjoyable and will help you pass the time in the doctor's office or during your lunch hour.