Pop Goes The Weasel, by James Patterson- Finished the book
Alex Cross is the main character in this book, and he doen't have very many internal conflicts compared to his external conflicts. Alex is a detective and gets caught up in a lot of the most popular cases with the most ruthless killers. His main internal conflict is when his fiance is kidnapped by a mastermind killer. He blames himself for ever asking her to marry him while he has this job. Alex was planning on quitting the job eventually, but could never bring himself to do it and now he feels like this is a consequence for not quitting. His external conflicts are plentiful, but the one that sticks out the most is the stress that his job puts on his body. Working sometimes 16 hours a day keeps growing on him, and eventually he will be too exhausted to fight crime. In the book it shows that he is fatigued by the way his mood sways and how he feels groggy all the time. He attempts to solve the problem of his fiance missing by not giving up on the case, but in turn this makes his main external conflict worse because he is not getting the rest and nutrients he needs. By solving the case it would hopefully get his fiance back and he would be able to take a break from work for a while to recuperate. I think what he is doing is the best choice, because if someone you love is missing you shouldn't give up on them. The exhaustion would be worth it in the end when you finally get them back safe and sound.