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James Patterson

Born March 22, 1947 (1947-03-22) (age 62)
Newburgh, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist
Genres Thriller
Notable work(s) Alex Cross series
Maximum Ride series
The Women's Murder Club series
Official website

James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author of thriller novels, largely known for his series about American psychologist Alex Cross. Patterson also wrote the Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, and Daniel X series, as well as many standalone thriller, nonfiction, and romance novels.



He retired from advertising in 1996 and devoted his time to being a writer[1]. The novels featuring his character, Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation who now works as a private psychologist and government consultant, are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years. Patterson has written 65 novels over his 33 years as an author.[2] To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (48 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.[3] The world's best-selling author, his novels account for one in seventeen of every hard-cover novels sold in the United States; in recent years his novels have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined.[4].

He has won awards including the Edgar Award, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award[3]. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker’s top-ten list at the same time. He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 45 New York Times bestselling titles overall.[3] He appeared on the Fox TV show The Simpsons (in the episode "Yokel Chords") as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, and Peter DeJonge[5] and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories. He is currently collaborating with Swedish mystery writer Liza Marklund on a book called The Postcard Killers and set to be released in August 2010[6]. The story is set in Stockholm, Sweden, and tracks the investigation of young couples' murders across Europe.[6][7] The book will be released first in Sweden (January 2010) and the US version will arrive in bookstores in August 2010. In September 2009, Patterson signed a book deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and six for young adults by the end of 2012. Forbes reported the deal was worth at least $150 million, but Patterson said the estimate "isn't close."[8]

Holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 51 New York Times bestselling titles[9]

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards in 2005 to personally give away over $850,000 to reward “people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading.”[10] The PageTurner Awards were put on hold in 2008 to focus on Patterson's new initiative, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. There is also a social networking site for ReadKiddoRead, hosted by Ning.


Horror novelist Stephen King has dismissed Patterson's bibliography as being made up of "dopey thrillers," and in one interview called him a "terrible writer"[11]. Patterson responded dismissively, simply stating that "I just want to be the thrillingest thriller writer around."'[12]

Patterson has also been heavily criticised by Patrick Anderson, a reviewer of thriller novels for The Washington Post. Anderson once called him "the absolute pits, the lowest common denominator of cynical, scuzzy, assembly-line writing", and branded his second Alex Cross novel, Kiss the Girls, "sick, sexist, sadistic and sub-literate".[13]

In his 2009 book Junk Fiction: America's Obsession with Bestsellers, critic S. T. Joshi analyses The Lake House, Honeymoon and The Big Bad Wolf and criticises Patterson for absurd plotting, facile trickery and prose that is "simply dreadful" (italics in original).[14]

Patterson has also received criticism for his continued work with collaborators. His prolific output is partially owed to the relationship he has with his many co-authors who share an authorship credit on the cover. The authors, in their agreement with Patterson, have agreed not to disclose the terms of their working relationship, including how much involvement Patterson has on each co-authored book.[15]

Education and personal life

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College, and his Masters degree at Vanderbilt University.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Susan, and son Jack.



Alex Cross

  1. Along Came a Spider (1993, ISBN 0-446-36419-3)
  2. Kiss the Girls (1995, ISBN 0-446-60124-1)
  3. Jack & Jill (1996, ISBN 0-446-60480-1)
  4. Cat and Mouse (1997, ISBN 0-446-60618-9)
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel (1999, ISBN 0-375-40854-1)
  6. Roses are Red (2000, ISBN 0-446-60548-4)
  7. Violets Are Blue (2001, ISBN 0-446-61121-2)
  8. Four Blind Mice (2002, ISBN 0-446-61326-6)
  9. The Big Bad Wolf (2003, ISBN 0-446-61326-6)
  10. London Bridges (2004, ISBN 0-446-61335-5)
  11. Mary, Mary (2005, ISBN 0-316-15976-X)
  12. Cross (2006, ISBN 0-316-15979-4 )
  13. Double Cross (2007, ISBN 0-316-01505-9)
  14. Cross Country (2008, ISBN 0-316-01872-4)
  15. Alex Cross's Trial (2009, ISBN 0-316-07062-9, with Richard DiLallo)
  16. I, Alex Cross (2009, ISBN 0-316-01878-3)
  17. Cross Fire (November 15, 2010)

Women's Murder Club

Four San Francisco friends - a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner, and a crime reporter - join forces to solve mysteries.

  1. 1st to Die (2001, ISBN 0-446-61003-8)
  2. 2nd Chance (2002, ISBN 0-446-61279-0, with Andrew Gross)
  3. 3rd Degree (2004, ISBN 0-316-60357-0, with Andrew Gross)
  4. 4th of July (2005, ISBN 0-316-71060-1, with Maxine Paetro)
  5. The 5th Horseman (2006, ISBN 0-316-15977-8, with Maxine Paetro)
  6. The 6th Target (2007, ISBN 0-316-01479-6, with Maxine Paetro)
  7. 7th Heaven (2008, ISBN 0-316-01770-1, with Maxine Paetro)
  8. 8th Confession (2009, ISBN 978-1846052583, with Maxine Paetro)
  9. 9th Judgment (April 26, 2010, with Maxine Paetro) (title change from 9th Victim)

Maximum Ride

  1. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (2005 | ISBN 031615556X)
  2. Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever (2006 | ISBN 0316155594)
  3. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (2007 | ISBN 0316155608)
  4. Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (2008 | ISBN 0316002860)
  5. MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel (2009 | ISBN 0316002895)
  6. Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel (2010 | ISBN 0316036196)

Michael Bennett

  1. Step on a Crack (2007) (with Michael Ledwidge)
  2. Run for Your Life (2009) (with Michael Ledwidge)
  3. Worst Case (February 1, 2010) (with Michael Ledwidge)

Jack Morgan

  1. Private (June 28, 2010) (with Maxine Paetro) Title & Release Date subject to change

Daniel X

  1. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (2008) (with Michael Ledwidge)
  2. Watch the Skies (2009) (with Ned Rust)
  3. Demons & Druids (July 26, 2010)

Witch & Wizard

  • Witch & Wizard (December 14, 2009, ISBN 0-316-03624-2) (with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
  • Witch and Wizard Book 2 (December 13, 2010) Title & Release Date subject to change

Graphic novels

  • Daniel X: Alien Hunter (with Leopoldo Gout) (2008, ISBN 0-316-004251)
  • Maximum Ride, Vol. 1 Manga (with NaRae Lee) (2009, ISBN 0-759-529515)
  • Maximum Ride, Vol. 2 Manga (with NaRae Lee) (2009, ISBN 0-759-52968X)
  • Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (with Dara Naraghi) (2010, ISBN 1-600-107591)

Standalone novels


  • Against Medical Advice: A True Story (October 20, 2008) (with Hal Friedman)
  • The Murder of King Tut (September, 2009) (with Martin Dugard)


Novel Adapted Year of Adaptation Film / TV Extra Information
Child of Darkness, Child of Light 1991 TV Child of Darkness, Child of Light was adapted from the novel Virgin.[17]
Kiss the Girls 1997 Film Forensic detective/author Alex Cross investigates the disappearance of his niece from her North Carolina campus, and learns seven other women are also missing.[18]
Miracle on the 17th Green 1999 TV A 50 year old adman (Robert Urich) loses his job. Rather than facing trying to find a new job, he decides to try to make it on the senior golf tour. This causes him to neglect his wife (Meredith Baxter) and family.[19]
Along Came a Spider 2001 Film Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is through playing mind games with criminals—that is until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji kidnaps the young son of a United States senator and the daughter of a famous actress from an elite school and lures Cross into the case. Soneji's not out for ransom, he wants something much bigger—a place in the history books. His every move is planned with the precision of a spider spinning his web, and Cross and secret service agent Jezzie Flannigan are in a race against time to stop him.[20]
1st to Die 2003 TV Based on James Patterson's bestseller, this three-hour thriller is about a homicide inspector—Lindsay Boxer (Tracy Pollan) -- who teams with three other professional women to catch an ingenious serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding nights. But while Boxer is trying to solve the biggest case of her career, she is also falling in love with her partner (Gil Bellows) -- and privately waging her own battle with a life-threatening illness.[21]
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas 2005 TV
Women's Murder Club 2007 TV Based on James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. This TV series revolved around San Francisco homicide Inspector Lindsay Boxer (Angie Harmon) and her three friends: Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, and reporter Cindy Thomas.
Maximum Ride 2010 Film James Patterson has had an "online rally" which has led him to arrange to have a movie based on his best selling teen series; Maximum Ride. The movie will be based on the first three books, but it is unknown whether it will also be based on the recently published fourth installment and newly released fifth novel, MAX.
Cross 2011–2012 Film James Patterson confirmed in an online newsletter from his website that this will be the 3rd Alex Cross movie. It will be based on the book of the same name. Although no Studio has as yet picked up the treatment, it is being shopped around (Paramount are the only studio that has not been included) and Lloyd Levin has signed on as producer.
  • Daniel X has also been optioned by New Regency.
  • Appeared on the Series Premiere of Castle on ABC in March 2009.


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