James Patterson Books

James Patterson is a world renowned American author. His full name is James Brendan Patterson and was born on March 22, 1947. He hails from Newburgh, New York in the US. James Patterson writes in various genres ranging from thriller, young adult fiction, comedy, romance to realistic fiction. He has been writing novels from 1976.

Order of Alex Cross Series

Order of Confessions Series

Order of Daniel X Graphic Novels Series

Order of Daniel X Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Dangerous Days of Daniel X 2007
2 Alien Hunter 2008
3 Watch the Skies 2009
4 Demons and Druids 2010
5 Game Over 2011
6 Armageddon 2012
7 Lights Out 2015

Order of Detective Harriet Blue Series

# Read Title Published
1 Black & Blue (Short Story) 2016
2 Never Never 2016

Order of Detective Luc Moncrief Bookshots Series

# Read Title Published
1 French Kiss (Short Story) 2016
2 The Christmas Mystery (Short Story) 2016

Order of Honeymoon Series

# Read Title Published
1 Honeymoon 2005
2 Second Honeymoon 2013

Order of House of Robots Series

# Read Title Published
1 House of Robots 2014
2 Robots Go Wild! 2015
3 House of Robots: Robot Revolution 2017

Order of I Funny Series

# Read Title Published
1 I Funny 2012
2 I Even Funnier 2013
3 I Totally Funniest 2015
4 I Funny TV 2015

Order of James Patterson Non-Fiction Novels

Order of James Patterson Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 The Thomas Berryman Number 1976
2 Season of the Machete 1977
3 The Vision 1977
4 See How They Run 1979
5 Cradle and All 1980
6 Black Friday 1986
7 The Midnight Club 1988
8 Hide and Seek 1995
9 Miracle on the 17th Green 1996
10 You've Been Warned 2000
11 Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas 2001
12 Sam's Letters to Jennifer 2001
13 The Beach House 2002
14 The Jester 2003
15 SantaKid 2004
16 Lifeguard 2005
17 Judge & Jury 2006
18 Beach Road 2006
19 The Quickie 2007
20 Sail 2008
21 Torn Apart 2008
22 Against Medical Advice: A True Story 2008
23 Sundays at Tiffany's 2008
24 Swimsuit 2009
25 The Postcard Killers 2010
26 Med Head 2010
27 Don't Blink 2010
28 Toys 2011
29 The Christmas Wedding 2011
30 Bloody Valentine (Short Story) 2011
31 Kill Me If You Can 2011
32 Now You See Her 2011
33 Guilty Wives 2012
34 Homeroom Diaries 2014
35 Invisible 2014
36 Public School Superhero 2015
37 Miracle at Augusta 2015
38 Truth or Die 2015
39 The Murder House 2015
40 Jacky Ha-Ha 2016
41 Dead Heat 2016
42 Woman of God 2016
43 Filthy Rich 2016
44 Word of Mouse 2016
45 The Black Book 2017
46 The Lifesaver 2017
47 Crazy House 2017
48 Dr. Death 2017

Order of Jon Roscoe Thriller Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Hostage (Short Story) 2016
2 The Verdict 2016

Order of Maximum Ride Graphic Novels Series

Order of Maximum Ride Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Angel Experiment 2005
2 School's Out - Forever 2006
3 Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports 2007
4 The Final Warning 2008
5 Max 2009
6 Fang 2010
7 Angel 2011
8 Nevermore 2012
9 Maximum Ride Forever 2015

Order of Michael Bennett Series

# Read Title Published
1 Step on a Crack 2007
2 Worst Case 2009
3 Run for Your Life 2009
4 Run for Your Life 2009
5 Tick Tock 2010
6 I, Michael Bennett 2012
7 Gone 2013
8 Burn 2014
9 Alert 2015
10 Bullseye 2016
11 Bullseye 2016
12 Chase 2016

Order of Middle School Series

Order of Mitchum Bookshot Series

Order of NYPD Red Series

# Read Title Published
1 NYPD Red 2012
2 NYPD Red 2 2014
3 NYPD Red 3 2015
4 NYPD Red 4 2016

Order of Owen Taylor Series

# Read Title Published
1 The End (Short Story) 2017
2 After the End (Short Story) 2017

Order of Private Series

Order of Standalone Bookshots

Order of Treasure Hunters Series

Order of When the Wind Blows Series

# Read Title Published
1 When the Wind Blows 1998
2 The Lake House 2003

Order of Witch & Wizard Graphic Novels Series

Order of Witch & Wizard Series

# Read Title Published
1 Witch & Wizard 2009
2 The Gift 2010
3 The Fire 2011
4 The Kiss 2013
5 The Lost 2014

Order of Women's Murder Club Series

# Read Title Published
1 1st to Die 2000
2 2nd Chance 2002
3 3rd Degree 2004
4 4th of July 2005
5 The 5th Horseman 2006
6 The 6th Target 2007
7 7th Heaven 2008
8 The 8th Confession 2009
9 The 9th Judgment 2009
10 10th Anniversary 2011
11 11th Hour 2012
12 12th of Never 2013
13 Unlucky 13 2014
14 14th Deadly Sin 2015
15 15th Affair 2016
16 The Trial (Short Story) 2016
17 16th Seduction 2017
18 The Medical Examiner 2017

Order of Zoo Series

# Read Title Published
1 Zoo 2012
2 Zoo: The Graphic Novel 2012
3 Zoo 2 (Short Story) 2016


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After graduating from Vanderbilt University with an MA in English, Patterson moved into the world of advertising, which is the career he stayed in until the mid 1990s. It was during this period in advertising that Patterson wrote and published his first novel. The Thomas Berryman Number was Patterson’s first foray into the world of published literature, and the titular character is a hit-man named Thomas Berryman. The book follows Berryman on his hits and also those leading the manhunt for him.

Since his debut novel back in 1976, Patterson has put his name to currently 150 books, with the majority of them being in the crime fiction genre. He has created several series based around multiple characters, with his most prolific being the Alex Cross series, which has seen some of the books, such as Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider turned into movies. As well as the Alex Cross series, Patterson has created the Private series of novels, which feature cities across the world such as London, Berlin and Sydney. Michael Bennett is another character to feature in one of Pattersons’ series, as well as the Women’s Murder Club.

Patterson’s move into youth fiction saw the creation of the Maximum Ride series of novels, as well as Daniel X and Witch and Wizard series of books, as well as the Confessions series. James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series features the young woman who can fly, Maximum Ride, the Daniel X series is based around the character of Daniel X, the Witch and Wizard series features Whit and Wisty Allgood and the Confessions series features the Tandy Angel, and her mysterious family, who all seem to be keeping secrets from each other.

While he has put his name to so many books, it is important to add that, especially in recent years, Patterson has shared writing credits with authors such as Maxine Paetro and Mark Sullivan. Patterson claims that sharing the responsibilities allows for more ideas to come to the fore, and helps to keep his novels and plots fresh.

James Patterson is mostly known for his famous Alex Cross novel series. The novels center on the character Alex Cross, a fictional psychologist. “The Thomas Berryman Number” was Patterson’s first novel and was published in 1976. There have been many more novels in the series. Incidentally, the Alex Cross series has been the most popular and best-selling detective series in the US in the past decade. Some of the novels in the series have been made into many films, movies, and TV series.

Patterson has often stated that his stories gain interesting and new ideas when he collaborates with others. In this regard, he has worked with co-authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Maxine Paetro, and Mark Sullivan among many others. In fact, Patterson signed a deal in September 2009. The deal committed him to co-write or write six young adult novels and eleven adult novels. He was to complete this ambitious project by the end of the year 2012.

James has sold more than 350 million books worldwide and continues to build on that number. He is the current Guinness Book of World Records record holder for most #1 New York Times bestsellers. Patterson has been very charitable with his success as he has donated over a million books to schools and youth programs in under-privileged areas throughout the country. He’s also donated over $26 million dollars to both his and his wife’s college alma maters. Perhaps most impressive of all is the Patterson Family Foundation that has awarded over seven million dollars in college scholarships at twenty-four different colleges.

While best known for his work on the Alex Cross series that has featured twenty-two books and three big picture adaptions, James Patterson is also a prolific writer of children’s books as well as books aimed towards teens.

Daniel X is one of these series and is set in a more sci-fi world where Daniel has abilities where he is able to manipulate animals and objects with his mind as well as re-create himself in any shape he chooses. Daniel’s adventures take him intergalactic in this six-part series.

Patterson’s most popular children’s series has to be the Middle School series. Starting with Middle School: The Worst Years of my life, Patterson tells the story of Rafe Khatchadorian who has to fight the power at an oppressive middle school. In the first book, Rafe sets out to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. The book has proven so successful that it was made into a major motion picture.


All of James Pattersons books – be it the Alex Cross or Womens Murder Club series – currently run in the same chronological order as the publication order.


James Patterson has had an illustrious career as an author. He has won several awards of note during his sterling career. His awards include the BCA Mystery Guilds Thriller of The Year, Edgar Award and the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Year. In 2015, the National Book Foundation awarded him with the Literarian Award.

Apart from receiving awards, Patterson also issues awards. In 2008, the James Patterson PageTurner Award was founded by the author. The Award donated more than US $ 100,000 to individuals, companies and institutions that found an effective way to spread excitement associated with reading books.


Many novels written by Patterson have been adapted for the silver screen. Some of his novels have formed the basis for great Hollywood movies and films.

In 1991, the TV series “Child of Darkness”, “Child of Light” were inspired by Patterson’s novel Cradle and All. Other TV series based on Patterson’s novels include Miracle On 17th Green (1999), 1st To Die (2003) and Women’s Murder Club (2002) among many others.

In 1997, the movie “Kiss the Girls”, based on Patterson’s novel, made its big screen debut. Along Came a Spider and Alex Cross are also Hollywood blockbusters based on popular novels by James Patterson. In 2016, his novel made the basis for a children’s film series known as “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” .


Some of the best novels by James Patterson include:

Tis is probably one of Patterson’s best novels. It was published in 1993 and is the first novel in the Alex Cross novel series. It centers on the main character Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist. It has even been adapted to a highly grossing Hollywood movie that bears the same name.

This is Patterson’s first novel in the Women’s Murder Club novel series. It was published in 2001. It is mainly set in San Francisco. The novel revolves around four friends who come together and try to solve the most difficult murder cases in the American city.

Unlucky 13: This is the thirteenth novel in Patterson’s popular Women’s Murder Club novel series. In centers on Detective Lindsay Boxer who seems to be living the American dream. That is until Mackie Morales, her dangerous enemy resurfaces. The detective fights to protect her young family by finding Morales before she finds her.

James Patterson FAQs

Q: How many books has James Patterson written?

A: At the time of writing, James Patterson has written 150 books, and that number will continue to grow.

Q: What book is the film Alex Cross based on?

A: The film Alex Cross was based on the book Cross, which was released in 2006 and is the 12th novel in the Alex Cross series.

Q: What is the name of James Patterson’s first published novel?

A: The Thomas Berryman Number, which was published in 1976, is the first book James Patterson had published.

Q: What is James Patterson’s date of birth?

A: The author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947.

  • jacobyte

    I could never wait for new releases of James Patterson books that is until they started to be ‘co authored’…seems he outlines the books then passes them on to be written by someone else.

    The base is still there but something is missing so not really a Patterson book and no longer as enjoyable so given up on buying them…i doubt I’m the only one of his very appreciative fans that have done so.