Alex Cross is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by novelist James Patterson. A few of the books were adapted into the 1997 film Kiss the Girls and the 2001 prequel Along Came a Spider starring Morgan Freeman in the title role. In 2012, he was portrayed in the stand-alone action thriller Alex Cross starring playwright and actor Tyler Perry in the title role.
Alex Cross in the novelsEdit
Cross is a detective and psychologist living and working in the Southeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. He works in the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD), but eventually becomes a Senior Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After his stint with the FBI, Alex returns to private psychology practice, but continues to consult for the MPD and the FBI as needed, ultimately rejoining the MPD as a special consultant to the Major Case Squad.
As portrayed by author Patterson, Cross is a cynical, deeply lonely man, but nevertheless a model father and quite empathetic in dealing with the public. Despite the fact that he is well-educated and makes a decent living, he chooses to live in the Southeast quadrant of D.C. He is very involved in the community, most notably volunteering at St. Anthony's Parish in his neighborhood.
He appears in the novels: Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Jack & Jill, Cat and Mouse, Pop Goes the Weasel, Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Four Blind Mice, The Big Bad Wolf, London Bridges, Mary, Mary, Cross, Double Cross, Cross Country, Alex Cross's Trial, I, Alex Cross, Cross Fire and Kill Alex Cross