Random House, Inc. ALONG CAME A SPIDER begins with a double kidnapping: the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century; Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him; Jezzie Flanagan, the female supervisor of the Secret Service; all of them thrown together in one of the most unusual suspense triangles ever. Simply and powerfully written, this is the first in the Alex Cross series. Full of thrills and suspense, Patterson brilliantly explores the dark crevices of an aberrant mind in one of the most popular mysteries of the past decade.