This is one of the new "Bookshots" short novels that Patterson is writing along with his team of co-authors. I recently saw a news story about Patterson on the CBS morning show where he shows that he has scores of these short novels in the works!
Anyway, not sure how these will pan out. This story was very fast-paced and I was able to read it in a few hours...it's only 113 pages. Cross's old nemesis, Gary Soneji, apparently has returned from the dead and ambushes Cross and his partner, John Sampson, while they were assisting at a Catholic School cafeteria. Sampson is seriously injured with a shot to the head while Cross is protected by his flack vest. Cross then is on a hectic chase to try to find Soneji before he can strike again. But is it really Soneji? After all, Cross had seen him die 10 years earlier as related in Cat and Mouse.
Overall, this wasn't a bad story but the ending leaves you with a major cliffhanger. Not sure how this will be resolved...maybe in the next full length Cross novel or in another "Bookshots" story. If this is considered part of the overall Cross canon, then readers of the series will need to read this along with the other novels. I may check out some of the other Bookshots in the works including ones written in the Michael Bennett and Private series to see how they compare, but generally, I think I prefer the full-length novels.