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James Patterson Bio

James PattersonJames B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kids". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels— featuring his character, Alex Cross, an African-American forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant— are the most popular books among Patterson readers.

"These books are entertainments. It's a very different process than if you're trying to write Moby Dick, or The Corrections. That's painful. That's different from very simple, plot-oriented storytelling. If I was writing serious fiction, I'd want more rest time." ~ James Patterson

In 2006, James Patterson sold more than 12 million books in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 130 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. In total, Patterson’s books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. 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. Patterson was called "the man who can’t miss" in Time magazine. 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. He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons (in the episode "Yokel Chords") as himself.¹

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James Patterson Novels In Order

Along Came a Spider (1993)

Kiss the Girls (1995)

Jack & Jill (1996)

Cat & Mouse (1997)

Pop Goes the Weasel (1999)

Roses Are Red (2000)

Violets Are Blue (2001)

Four Blind Mice (2002)

The Big Bad Wolf (2003)

London Bridges (2004)

Mary, Mary (2005)

Cross (2006)

Double Cross (2007)

Cross Country (2008)

Alex Cross's Trial (2009)

I, Alex Cross (2009)

Cross Fire ( 2010)

Kill Alex Cross (2011)

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (2012)

Alex Cross, Run (2013)

Cross My Heart (2013)

Hope to Die (2014)

Cross Justice (2015)

Cross Kill (2016)

Cross the Line (2016)

Detective Cross (Bookshots 2017)

The People vs. Alex Cross (2017)

Target: Alex Cross (2018)

Criss Cross (2019)

Deadly Cross (2020)

Fear No Evil (2021)

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The Angel Experiment (2005)

School's Out Forever (2006)

Saving the World (2007)

The Final Warning (2008)

MAX (2009)

Fang (2010)

Angel (2011)

Nevermore (2012)


1st to Die (2001)

2nd Chance (2002)*

3rd Degree (2004)*

4th of July (2005)**

The 5th Horseman (2006)**

The 6th Target (2007)**

7th Heaven (2008)**

8th Confession (2009)**

The 9th Judgment (2010)**

10th Anniversary (2011)**

11th Hour (2012)**

12th of Never (2013)**

Unlucky 13 (2014) **

14th Deadly Sin (2015) **

15th Affair (2016) **

The Trial (2016 Book Short)

16th Seduction (2017)

The Medical Examiner (2017) **

The 17th Suspect (2018) **

The 18th Abduction (2019) **

The 19th Christmas (2019) **

The 20th Victim (2020) **

21st Birthday(2021) **
* with Andrew Gross
** with Maxine Paetro


Step on a Crack (2007)

Run For Your Life (2009)

Worst Case (2010)

Tick Tock (2011)

I, Michael Bennett (2012)

Gone (2013)

Burn (2014)

Alert (2015)

Bullseye (2016)

Chase (2016)

Haunted (2017)

Ambush (2018)

Blindside (2019)

The Russians (2021)


NYPD Red (2014)

NYPD Red 2 (2014)

NYPD Red 3 (2015)

NYPD Red 4 (2016)

Red Alert (2018)


Witch & Wizard (2009)

The Gift (2010)

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