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James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch & Wizard, Private and Middle School series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction, and romance novels. His books have sold more than 425 million copies, and he was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million. In November 2015, Patterson received the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation. Patterson has donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarship to various universities, teachers' colleges, independent bookstores, school libraries, and college students to promote literacy. Early life James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York, the son of Isabelle (née Morris), a homemaker and teacher, and Charles Patterson, an insurance broker. The family was working-class and of Irish descent. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. Career Patterson was a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt when he took a job as an advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson. After he retired from advertising in 1996, he devoted his time to writing. His greatest influence, he said later, was probably Evan S. Connell's 1959 debut novel Mrs. Bridge. In 1976, he published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. The novels featuring his character Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington DC. Metropolitan Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation who now works as a private psychologist and government consultant, are his most popular and the top-selling U.S. detective series of the 2010s. Patterson has written more than 200 novels since 1976. He has had more than 114 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most #1 New York Times bestsellers by a single author – 67 – which is also a Guinness World Record. His novels account for one in 17, roughly 6%, of all hardcover 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. His books have sold approximately 305 million copies worldwide. In 2008, he replaced Jacqueline Wilson as the most borrowed author in Britain's libraries. He retained this position at least until 2013. In 2018, he worked with Stephen David Entertainment on the true crime television series James Patterson's Murder Is Forever. Patterson's awards include the Edgar Award, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Children's Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. He is the first author to have No. 1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTrackr's top-ten list at the same time. In 2019, Patterson was awarded a National Humanities Medal. He appeared on the Fox TV show The Simpsons (in the episode "Yokel Chords") and in various episodes of Castle as himself. Patterson works with a variety of co-authors, such as J.D. Barker, Candice Fox, Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Mark Sullivan, Ashwin Sanghi, Michael Ledwidge, and Peter de Jonge. In May 2017, it was announced that Patterson would also co-author a crime fiction book with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Patterson said the novel, The President Is Missing, would provide a level of detail that only a former U.S. president can offer. Patterson has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories. Of his process, he has said that he is simply more proficient at dreaming up plots than crafting sentence after sentence. In September 2009, Patterson signed a deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and 6 for young adults by the end of 2012. Forbes reported the deal was worth at least $150 million, but according to Patterson the estimate was inaccurate. Patterson founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards in 2005 to donate over $100,000 that year to people, companies, schools, and other institutions that find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading. The PageTurner Awards were put on hold in 2008 to focus on Patterson's new initiative, ReadKiddoRead.com, which assists parents, teachers, and librarians in finding books for their children. The social networking site for ReadKiddoRead is hosted by Ning. The website is inspired by methods Patterson used with his own son, Jack, who had been a reluctant reader. He has also set up the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship in the schools of education at Appalachian State University, Michigan State University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Florida. Patterson also runs the College Book Bucks scholarship program. Recently, his JP Entertainment company signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One. In June 2022, Patterson set off a controversy when he said in an interview that older white males find it difficult to find work in film, theater, television and publishing, and that the problem is "just another form of racism". Patterson's publishing house, Hachette, has a workforce that is 65% white and 78% of senior positions are filled by whites. Following publication of data confirming that white males are overrepresented in the publishing field, Patterson apologized on Facebook for his accusations of racism. "I apologize for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism. I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers. Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard—in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere." In March 2023, Patterson signed an exclusive first-look deal with Skydance Television. Reception Patterson has been criticized for co-authoring many of his books and for being more of a brand that focuses on making money than an artist who focuses on his craft. In an interview for USA Weekend, Stephen King said Patterson was "a terrible writer but he's very successful." King also implied, when asked on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert about how many hours it takes him to write a book, that Patterson needed only 12 hours for two books, noting he and Patterson had "a mutual respect—sort of". Patterson said of King in a Wall Street Journal interview, "He's taken shots at me for years. It's fine, but my approach is to do the opposite with him—to heap praise." Legal thriller writer Lisa Scottoline said in a review of Patterson's Kill Alex Cross, "They used to say that 50 million Elvis Presley fans couldn't be wrong, and James Patterson makes 50 million fans look like a good start. He has sold more than 230 million books, and his f.... Discover the James Patterson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular James Patterson books.

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  • Gone synopsis, comments


    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why.Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic, ruthless strongman, he slaughters ...

  • Haunted synopsis, comments


    James Patterson & James O. Born

    Detective Michael Bennett and his family are ready to escape New York for a vacation in Mainebut a shocking scene deep in the woods reveals a dark world of drugs and murder.Haunted...

  • Cross My Heart synopsis, comments

    Cross My Heart

    James Patterson

    The stakes are higher than ever for Alex Cross as he faces his most personal enemy yet: a criminal who threatens his family.Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart: nothing m...

  • 4th of July synopsis, comments

    4th of July

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    The world's bestselling detective series has never been more suspenseful. Trapped in deadly showdowns, courtroom trials, and dangerous secrets, the Women's Murder Club must fight f...

  • Kill Alex Cross synopsis, comments

    Kill Alex Cross

    James Patterson

    With relentless danger around every corner, Detective Alex Cross is hunting down a kidnapper . . . but only if someone powerful doesn't kill him first.The President's son and daugh...

  • Alert synopsis, comments


    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    In this New York Times bestseller, Detective Michael Bennett must race against time to save New York City from chaos by tracking down the source of two mysterious attacks.New Yorke...

  • The Witnesses synopsis, comments

    The Witnesses

    James Patterson & Brendan DuBois

    This family has a very dark secretbut even with a retired NYPD cop next door, they can't hide from danger forever . . . The Sanderson family has been forced into hiding after one o...

  • 15th Affair synopsis, comments

    15th Affair

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    When an alluring blonde with ties to the CIA disappears from a murder scene, Detective Lindsay Boxer turns to the Women's Murder Club to help her track down an elusive suspect: her...

  • Step on a Crack synopsis, comments

    Step on a Crack

    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    As he faces a devastating personal loss, Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career: a kidnapping crisis that could destroy the most po...

  • Unlucky 13 synopsis, comments

    Unlucky 13

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she ...

  • The 5th Horseman synopsis, comments

    The 5th Horseman

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Dare to face the most terrifying heights of suspense. From hospital murders to explosive court battles, the Women's Murder Club takes on their most harrowing challenge yet.It is a ...

  • Cross the Line synopsis, comments

    Cross the Line

    James Patterson

    Homicide Detective Alex Cross teams up with his wife to beat a D. C. criminal at his own game.Washington, DC, has never been more dangerous. After shots pierce the tranquil nightti...

  • Hope to Die synopsis, comments

    Hope to Die

    James Patterson

    Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's familyhis loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and...

  • Invisible synopsis, comments


    James Patterson & David Ellis

    Read the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller Invisible, then continue the series with Unsolved. Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between h...

  • 16th Seduction synopsis, comments

    16th Seduction

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Still recovering from her husband's betrayal, Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a series of heartstopping crimes and a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy San Francisco.Fifteen...

  • 14th Deadly Sin synopsis, comments

    14th Deadly Sin

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    With San Francisco under siege and every cop a suspect, the Women's Murder Club must risk their lives to save the cityand each other. With a beautiful baby daughter and a devoted h...

  • Tick Tock synopsis, comments

    Tick Tock

    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problemthe Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!When a rash ...

  • Insidious synopsis, comments


    Catherine Coulter

    In this thrilling entry in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series, FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen...

  • The 6th Target synopsis, comments

    The 6th Target

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    When a horrifying attack leaves one of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.Lindsay Boxer and h...

  • The People vs. Alex Cross synopsis, comments

    The People vs. Alex Cross

    James Patterson

    With explosive charges and shocking evidence, Alex Cross is about to face the trial of the century in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Alex Cross is on the wrong side of th...

  • 12th of Never synopsis, comments

    12th of Never

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in laborwhile two killers are on the loose.Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter...

  • Kiss the Girls synopsis, comments

    Kiss the Girls

    James Patterson

    Join Alex Cross on his most terrifying murder case yet in this #1 New York Times bestseller and one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads."In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a s...

  • Never Never synopsis, comments

    Never Never

    James Patterson & Candice Fox

    The #1 New York Times bestseller of a brilliant investigator facing the shock of her brother's murder arrest . . . and her own exile in the Australian outback.Harry Blue is the top...

  • 3rd Degree synopsis, comments

    3rd Degree

    James Patterson & Andrew Gross

    In James Patterson's shockingly suspenseful #1 New York Times bestseller, one member of the Women's Murder Club is hiding a secret so dangerous that it could destroy them all.One o...

  • I, Michael Bennett synopsis, comments

    I, Michael Bennett

    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    Police officers shot . . . judges murdered . . . and Detective Michael Bennett is the killer's next target.Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a dea...

  • 11th Hour synopsis, comments

    11th Hour

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Your best friend . . . or a vicious killer? You won't know until the 11th Hour.Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smit...

  • Roses Are Red synopsis, comments

    Roses Are Red

    James Patterson

    Alex Cross races against time as a series of crimes stuns Washington, D. C.and he might be facing his most brilliant enemy yet.   In a series of terrifying crimes, bank robbe...

  • 7th Heaven synopsis, comments

    7th Heaven

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Discover the Women's Murder Club's most terrifying case ever in this New York Times bestseller. As a terrible series of fires blazes through California, the heat begins to rage too...

  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross synopsis, comments

    Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    James Patterson

    On Christmas Eve, Alex Cross must risk everything to solve a mystery and stop a hostage situation from spiraling out of control.It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been...

  • Burn synopsis, comments


    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York Cityand to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career in this #1 New York Times bestseller.At last, Detective Michael Be...

  • The 9th Judgment synopsis, comments

    The 9th Judgment

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    The Women's Murder Club takes on two deranged killers, but Detective Lindsay Boxer begins to wonder if the mysterious case is also breaking apart her closest friendships.During an ...

  • The 8th Confession synopsis, comments

    The 8th Confession

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Join the Women's Murder Club on an exhilarating thrill ride as love and murder test their friendships like never before.Someone is killing the richest people in the cityand the Wom...

  • 10th Anniversary synopsis, comments

    10th Anniversary

    James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

    Secrets. Lies. Murder. In this pulsepounding Women's Murder Club novel, mysteries and lives unravel.Detective Lindsay Boxer's longawaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memo...

  • 2nd Chance synopsis, comments

    2nd Chance

    James Patterson & Andrew Gross

    The Women's Murder Club returns for another thrilling crime investigation. Will their skills be enough to take down a brutal madman?A brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of c...

  • The Black Book synopsis, comments

    The Black Book

    James Patterson & David Ellis

    The "thrilling" #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller (Karin Slaughter): when three bodies are found in a Chicago bedroom, a black book goes missing . . . and the city has nev...

  • I, Alex Cross synopsis, comments

    I, Alex Cross

    James Patterson

    When a beloved relative is murdered, Detective Alex Cross vows to hunt down the killer . . . and discovers a secret that could rock the entire world.Detective Alex Cross is pulled ...

  • Alex Cross, Run synopsis, comments

    Alex Cross, Run

    James Patterson

    If Alex Cross stops running, he will die . . . three serial killers are on the loose, and they want revenge.Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for s...

  • Paradox synopsis, comments


    Catherine Coulter

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter delves into the mind of an escaped mental patient obsessed with revenge in this “eerie, unsettling, and breathlessly terrifyi...

  • The Russian synopsis, comments

    The Russian

    James Patterson & James O. Born

    When a serial killer crashes Detective Michael Bennett's wedding, he and his new partner uncover a gruesome string of coldcase homicides across the country.Weeks before NYPD Detect...

  • Postmortem synopsis, comments


    Patricia Cornwell

    Discover the “dazzling…fascinating” (Los Angeles Times) forensic thriller that launched the New York Times bestselling Kay Scarpetta series from #1 bestselling crime writer Patrici...

  • Texas Ranger synopsis, comments

    Texas Ranger

    James Patterson

    In James Patterson's #1 New York Times bestselling thriller, a Texas Ranger fights for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his exwife's murder.Across th...

  • Along Came a Spider synopsis, comments

    Along Came a Spider

    James Patterson

    Discover the classic thriller that launched the #1 detective series of the past twentyfive years, now one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads"Alex Cross is a homicide detective with...

  • Worst Case synopsis, comments

    Worst Case

    James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

    Alex Cross has Washington, D. C. The Women's Murder Club has San Francisco. Detective Michael Bennett has all of New York City, chaos capital of the world.The son of one of New Yor...

  • The Christmas Wedding synopsis, comments

    The Christmas Wedding

    James Patterson & Richard DiLallo

    Experience the magic of the Christmas season with a holiday wedding, an exciting secret, and a lifechanging gift from the bride to her family.The tree is decorated, the cookies are...

  • Cross Fire synopsis, comments

    Cross Fire

    James Patterson

    Alex Cross encounters his most explosive case ever as a D. C. assassin picks off politicians . . . and his most deadly enemy is waiting to kill everyone he loves. Detective Alex Cr...

  • James Patterson by James Patterson synopsis, comments

    James Patterson by James Patterson

    James Patterson

    How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world? This "fizzing, funny, often deeply moving" (Daily Mail) #1 New York Times bestse...

  • Cross Justice synopsis, comments

    Cross Justice

    James Patterson

    For Alex Cross, the toughest cases hit close to homeand in this deadly thrill ride, he's trying to solve the most personal mystery of his life.When his cousin is accused of a heino...

  • 1st to Die synopsis, comments

    1st to Die

    James Patterson

    Four crimesolving friends face off against a killer in San Francisco in the Women's Murder Club novel that started James Patterson's thrilling series.Each one holds a piece of the ...

  • Bullseye synopsis, comments


    James Patterson

    In a stunning thriller from the world's #1 bestselling writer, New York Detective Michael Bennett is caught in the crossfire of a deadly standoff, and he must kill . . . or be kill...