James Patterson

James Patterson was born in the USA in 1947. He is one of the best known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: The Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery worlds highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

James is Passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-Based Charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted author of the year at the Children's Choice Book Awards

Book List in Order: 92 titles

  • (Volume 9)Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock have barely recovered from their last arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone-or some...


  • Jacky Ha-Ha is back and ready for the best summer ever in James Patterson's bestselling graphic novel series!  In Jacky Ha-Ha, Jacky Hart found a hidden talent in the performing arts. She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer --...


  • Justice in a small town can be hard to come by, when the judges, jailers, and jury all know each other—and only one lawyer sees the awful crimes getting passed over. A breathtaking new legal thriller from the author of Juror #3.​ You...


  • The #1 bestselling author has once again teamed up with the world's most famous genius to bring kids the next brilliant installment of the Max Einstein series.  So far, Max and her team of genius friends have solved problems that no one else...


  • A mysterious explosion kills thousands in the Pacific Northwest—and only two young girls survive. The newest in psychological suspense from the mind of James Patterson. Two sisters have always stood together. Now, they’re the only ones le...


  • The #1 kids' detective series of the decade! Ali Cross is back in the gripping sequel to James Patterson's bestselling mystery that introduced readers to detective Alex Cross's son.   Ali Cross just solved his first real case. ...


  • Even time cannot stop the Shadow.  Only two people know Lamont Cranston's secret identity as the Shadow, a vigilante of justice: his greatest love, Margo Lane — and his fiercest enemy, Shiwan Khan. Then Khan ambushes the couple...


  • This heartwarming ghost story from #1 bestselling author James Patterson is destined to become a modern classic.Finn McAllister is a completely normal middle schooler: he hangs out with his friends, he plays video games, he rides his bike... And then...


  • The wealthiest zip code in Florida doesn't just have billionaires, yachts, and private planes—it also has the best murder plots money can buy. The Palm Beach Murders (previously published as Let's Play Make-Belie...






  • In this hilarious installment of the bestselling Middle School series, Rafe faces a cranky crocodile, a quirky campout, and a dastardly diamond plot in his most topsy-turvy adventure yet. Things have quieted down for lovable troublemaker Rafe Khatcha...


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    The murder of a glamorous DC socialite becomes Alex Cross’s deadliest case since Along Came a Spider. Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public-she was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice pr...


  • James Patterson's blockbuster Alex Cross series has sold over 100 million copies--and now he's bringing those thrills to a new generation! Alex's son Ali is eager to follow in his father's footsteps as a detective, but when his best f...


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    When a mysterious serial killer known as "M" launches a deranged "investigation", Alex Cross and his partner must unearth long-forgotten secrets to survive -- or risk getting buried themselves. In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cros...


  • The House Next Door (with Susan DiLallo): Married mother of four Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch-and now things could go too far with a man who isn't what he seem...


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    TARGET: HEAD OF STATE A leader has fallen, and the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House is lined with hundreds of thousands of mourners. None feel the loss of a President more keenly than Alex Cross, who has devoted his life to th...


  • Bestselling author James Patterson is back with another charming board book. This time, the Candies are hosting an Easter party! No sugar, no fat. C'mon, take a look! The best Candies ever... Candies in a book! The Candies are back, and you'r...


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    The charges: explosive Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think the...


  • Bestselling author James Patterson's first ever board book! Christmas candy characters come to life in this charming holiday story. No sugar, no fat. C'mon, take a look! The best Candies ever... Candies in a book! Treat yourself to the sweetest story...


  • From the world's #1 bestselling writer--3 pulse-pounding novels in one book! THE FAMILY LAWYER with Robert Rotstein: Matthew Hovanes is living a parent's worst nightmare: his young daughter is accused of bullying another girl into suicide. But thi...


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    The suspect is your patient, Dr. Cross. An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too l...


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    In all of Alex Cross's years with Homicide, Washington, DC, has never been more dangerous. After shots pierce the tranquil nighttime calm of Rock Creek Park, a man is dead: what looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister. ...


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    Alex Cross, I'm coming for you--even from the grave if I have to. Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or some...


  • Author James Patterson's bestselling heroine Maximum Ride returns for a second sensational series! Max and her Flock are back - and more determined than ever to unlock the secrets of their past. But when a new stranger comes into their lives, she'll ...


  • When Dr. Martinez and her colleagues established the Coalition to Stop the Madness, spreading environmental awareness through the flock's public air shows, Max knew it could be dangerous. Never in her wildest dreams, though, did she imagine that ...


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    The toughest cases are the ones that hit close to home. When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a tow...


  • James Patterson's worldwide Best-selling series gets a Marvel makeover. Follow the soaring adventures of Max and her extraordinary "flock"- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel - as they try to escape their creators and defend themselves from the diab...


  • THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE! Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalypt...


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    Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and despera...


  • Joining a scientific expedition gives Max and the flock a perfect opportunity to distance themselves from the heated debate over their future, but frostbite isn't the only danger in the Antarctic! A powerful figure in the underworld has promised the ...






  • As school trips go, this one is pretty awesome. When I was told we were going to London to study Living History, I thought they were joking. But here I am! Rafe Khatchadorian - global jetsetter! Now all I need to do is find a way of avoiding th...


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    James Patterson raises the stakes to their highest level, ever-when Alex Cross becomes the obsession of a genius of menace set on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime. Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing ...


  • Fang's blog has brought ITEX and their cruel research to the world's attention, and his readers take a stand at the facility where Max and the girls are being held, shutting the organization down. But Max isn't through saving the world yet! When the ...


  • Although Whit and Wisty's magic and their control over it have matured, they still find themselves helpless to prevent The One Who Is The One from destroying everyone and everything they hold dear. But there's a reckoning on the horizon, and the sibl...


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    DON'T LOOK, ALEX CROSS Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and unin...


  • The time has come for Max and her winged 'Flock' to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of 'Re-evolution,' a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior maste...


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    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway be...


  • One last chance... for Max, Fang, and Dylan... before it all ends. Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one co...


  • When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established thems...


  • Daniel X's hunt to eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth is relentless, but this time, things are getting personal. Number three on the List of Alien Outlaws takes the form of raging fire - and fire reminds Daniel of the most traum...


  • Escaping ITEX in Florida, the Flock head west, with Max more burdened than ever by the knowledge that she's meant to save the world. But while their leader is keen to stay on the path leading to her destiny, Fang and the others are more interested in...


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    The only way to stop Alex Cross...is to kill him. Detective Alex Cross is on the biggest case of his career. The president's son and daughter have been abducted from their school. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the inves...


  • A train ride home from a school field trip turns sinister when two kids spot a body on the tracks. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka. ...


  • Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. That's what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Whisty. They went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. Accused of holding i...


  • In the sleepy town of Holliswood, a twisted alien TV producer is using his powers to throw the town into chaos - and documenting every minute of it. Fresh from his victory over Number 6, Daniel X is the only one who can stop this made-for-TV tyrant, ...


  • Despite their initial hesitation, living with Anne has softened the Flock, so Max is keenly aware that it's time to leave. With Thanksgiving so near, though, all of them want to stay, at least until they've had their first ever Thanksgiving turkey! B...


  • In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that...


  • This year Valentine's Day isn't for romance. It's for murder. Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine's Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who ...


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    A new killer strikes at the nation's capital as Alex Cross faces his oldest -- and most dangerous -- nemesis. Detective Alex Cross and Bree Stone's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the assassination scene of a dirty congressman an...


  • The Murder of King Tut adapts bestselling author James Patterson’s New York Times bestselling novel. As we visit the Egyptian landscapes back in the time of the Boy King, we also follow the trials and tribulations of his discoverer, Howard Carter,...






  • When his parents are murdered by an intergalactic criminal, Daniel X vows to take on his father's role as Earth's sole Alien Hunter. Life isn't easy, though, when you're a young boy on your own, tracking down the galaxy's deadliest outlaws. Luckily, ...


  • Narrowly surviving their encounter with Erasers in New York City, the flock is following up a lead on their pasts in Washington, D.C. But what they find waiting for them is...a home?! How will the flock adjust to a real school - one that doesn't invo...


  • Max and the Flock are flying high over Africa, but this time they're not alone. A sky full of cargo planes accompanies the team as they bring much-needed aid to the continent's poverty stricken regions. Among the volunteers is the mission's benefacto...


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    You can't run Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washingt...


  • Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the 'Flock'--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem...


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    THE CROSS FAMILY HAD MORE THAN ONE HERO Alex Cross tells the incredible story -- passed down through generations -- of an ancestor's courageous fight for freedom. SEPARATED BY TIME From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great un...


  • James Patterson's bestselling Maximum Ride series is back, with Max and the gang as The Protectors. Someone--or something--is decimating ships and sea life off Hawaii's coast, and Max and her flock find themselves sucked into the Navy's top-secret in...


  • Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the 'Flock'--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem...



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    Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered -- to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. Afte...


  • AS THE WORLD WARMS UP, THE FLOCK FEELS THE HEAT. The thrill ride wasn't over when Max and her flock of winged kids flew off into the sunset at the end of Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. Turns out retirement's kind of boring for the flock ...


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    Alex Cross rejoins the D.C. police force to confront two of the most diabolical killers he's ever encountered. Just when his life is calming down, Alex Cross is drawn back into a lethal game like no other. In Washington, D.C., a maniac stages his kil...


  • James Patterson calls this the best adventure story he's ever written. There's one last chance to save the world ...and it's in the hands of six extraordinary kids who can fly. Only they, led by the valiant Max, can stop a deadly plot to annihilate h...


  • IT'S YOUR BEST DREAM AND WORST NIGHTMARE: SCHOOL'S OUT-FOREVER! Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, Angel, and Maximum Ride: six incredible kids genetically engineered with the ability to fly, free as birds ... until Max and her gang are discovered by an FBI ...


  • in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

    PREPARE TO BE THRILLED AS YOU'VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE. THRILLER is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-w...


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    Alex Cross's most terrifying--and emotional--case may destroy him. Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife. But his need for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his childr...


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    Somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-list. Her calling card: "You've got mail." On a family vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross is asked to investigate the shooting of a top actress...and an e-mail sent to the Los Angeles Times with shocking details about ...


  • WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. Do not put this book down. I'm dead serious -- your life could depend on it. I'm risking everything by telling you -- but you need to know. -- Max Her full name is Maximum Ride. And the girl can fly. MAX'S MISSIONS: • Pr...


  • Join the Claus family as they bring Christmas magic back to the North Pole in James Patterson's uplifting story of holiday cheer.When Warrie Ransom, the Big Boss of the Exmas Express Company, decides to buy Christmas and rename it Exmas, the Claus fa...


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    Minutes after soldiers evacuate a Nevada town, a bomb completely destroys it. On vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross gets the call: the blast was perpetrated by the Wolf. A supercriminal and Cross's deadliest nemesis, the Wolf threatens to obliterate majo...


  • Dear Reader, Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? It happened to me once. I still can feel the urgency that overtook me as I opened the envelope and the hunger I felt for whatever that letter would say. It seemed as if m...


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    Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, beautiful women are being kidnapped-to be bought and sold as slaves. Behind this depraved scheme stands a shadowy figure known only as The Wolf, a maste...


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    The memorable story begun in When the Wind Blows continues in this thrilling new novel, and it's one that really soars! Frannie O'Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI a...


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    On the verge of resigning from the D.C. police force, Detective Alex Cross knows he can't refuse this case. His partner John Sampson has a friend who has been framed for murder and is facing the gas chamber. His accusers? The United States Army. As a...


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    D.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park--killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrifi...


  • Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man--but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child's ...


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    You're about to begin James Patterson's most exciting thriller yet. In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked--and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends...Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department...Claire, a...


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    In this heart-pounding new thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he's ever confronted, a mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind. In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been ...


  • In Boston and an ocean away, in Ireland, two young women - both virgins - find themselves pregnant. Around the world, epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse threaten major cities. Terrifying forces of light and darkness are gathering, and fo...


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    Detective Alex Cross is back--and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect,...


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    Frannie O'Neill is a talented Colorado veterinarian haunted by her husband's murder. But the course of her life is about to change again. After another bizarre killing, Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep. A...


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    In Cat & Mouse, things get too close to home. Two killers, one operating in America--one in Europe--believe Alex Cross is the only worthy opponent in the deadly game each has planned. And Alex must contend with something he hasn't known since the los...


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    Someone has killed one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Senate--and the whole world is watching. Someone has murdered a small black girl on the mean streets of Washington--and no one seems to care. But only D.C. homicide cop Alex Cross suspects t...


  • It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because ev...


  • Cool and glamorous, they could be a successful couple on a holiday. But Damian and Carrie Rose are psychopathic murderers for hire. Their new venue is a picture-perfect vacation island. Their adversary will be Peter Macdonald, the dashing young Ameri...


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    First came the stunning number-one bestseller Along Came a Spider. Now comes the scariest, most unforgettable novel in several years. In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful ...


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    A missing little girl named Maggie Rose. A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher. A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son ...


  • A stunningly brilliant psychopathic killer who has skillfully eluded the police from London to Paris to New York. A beautiful woman journalist suddenly in grave danger. An unorthodox New York detective whose motive for stopping the killer couldn't be...


  • THE DESTRUCTION OF WALL STREET IS JUST THE BEGINNING The action begins with a shocking, surprise attack on Wall Street by a mysterious group army called the Green Band. All that stands between the clever saboteurs and economic world war are two u...


  • A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer--only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group--and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of BLACK F...


  • ONLY A MIRACLE CAN SAVE US NOW. As the world prays, the Vatican watches, waiting in horror as the terrifying prophesy long held secret is about to be fulfilled. One young virgin shall bear the child of light. Another shall spawn the beast of everl...


  • Outside New York City, the palatial home of Dr. David Strauss's parents is attacked by gunmen during a glittering party. As he watches helplessly, his wife is murdered. In Los Angeles, Strauss's brother is killed during the Academy Award ceremonies. ...


  • THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER begins with three terrifying murders in the South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North. In between is the riveting story of a chilling assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is ...