List of James Patterson Books

List of James Patterson Books
An overview of James Patterson books and a list of his best-selling novels.

According to the Guinness World Records, author James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer. Many of his books involve police detectives and private investigators, so loves and enthusiastically recommends his books. This article lists James Patterson’s books and briefly summarizes the most popular.

Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, writer and storyteller James Patterson’s books, have sold more than 280 million copies worldwide. He authors the remarkable Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including the gripping Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, which was turned into movies for the big screen. In addition, Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. recommends all of his books to anyone who loves good crime mysteries and can’t get enough of good detective work.

According to Guinness World Records, James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer. Since writing his first novel, which won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 230 million copies worldwide. He is considered to be the hands-down master of the page-turner.

James Patterson is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.

James Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes novels full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

List of James Patterson Books

Bestseller No. 1
Crosshairs: Michael Bennett is the Most Popular NYC Detective of the Decade (A Michael Bennett Thriller)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Patterson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 395 Pages – 02/12/2024 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Holmes, Marple & Poe: The Greatest Crime-Solving Team of the Twenty-First Century (Holmes, Margaret & Poe Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Patterson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 345 Pages – 01/08/2024 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
Missing Persons: The Most Exciting International Thriller Series Since Jason Bourne (Private Middle East Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Patterson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 362 Pages – 01/30/2024 (Publication Date) – Grand Central Publishing (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
Eruption: The Big One is Coming—Michael Crichton and James Patterson—the Thriller of the Year
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Crichton, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 432 Pages – 06/03/2024 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
The 24th Hour (A Women’s Murder Club Thriller)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Patterson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages – 05/06/2024 (Publication Date) – Little, Brown and Company (Publisher)

Alex Cross Series

Following is a list of books in the Alex Cross Series (in release order).

Along Came a Spider (#1 – the first book in the series of 28)

Published in 2003, Along Came a Spider is the book that started it all. The first novel in the psychological thriller series introduces us to Alex Cross, a D.C. homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. His latest investigation puts him on the chase to find a serial killer, Gary Soneji.

Kiss the Girls (#2 of 28)

The second book is a sequel to Along Came a Spider. In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a medical suddenly disappears. Seemingly, the two cases have nothing to do with one another. However, two maniacal killers collaborate, cooperate, and even compete with one another.

Jack & Jill (#3)

A United States Senator is murdered in a house blocks from where Detective Cross lives. Unfortunately, the police only find one piece of evidence at the crime scene, a rhyme signed by Jack and Jill. Nobody in Washington, D.C., will be safe until this killer is caught.

Cat & Mouse (#4)

Gary Soneji escaped from prison. However, he’s dying, but he still wants revenge. Meanwhile, another dangerous killer is on the loose.

Pop Goes The Weasel (#5)

Cross is challenged to find the killer behind a series of brutal murders.

Roses Are Red (#6)

This detective novel begins with a daring bank robbery. The bank robbers kidnap the bank manager’s family and threaten to kill them if the robbery takes too long. However, a man known as the “Mastermind” kills the thieves and the family.

Violets Are Blue (#7)

Four Blind Mice (#8)

The Big Bad Wolf (#9)

London Bridges (#10)

Mary, Mary (#11)

Alex Cross (#12)

Double Cross (#13)

Cross Country (#14)

Alex Cross’s Trial (#15)

In this book, Alex passes along the family tale of his Great Uncle Abraham Cross in a book called Trial. In the book, he describes how a D.C. lawyer works with Abraham and his granddaughter, Moody, to investigate the Ku Klux Klan.

Cross Fire (Alex Cross #16)

In this outrageous detective novel, the investigation focuses on the assassination of two corrupt congressmen and a dirty D.C. lobbyist. Kyle Craig also re-enters the D.C. scene and threatens to kill Cross and his family. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Cross Fire (#17)

Kill Alex Cross (#18)

This book involves the investigation of one of the most outrageous kidnappings imaginable: the President’s children. Cross runs into difficulty during the investigation, as someone compelling doesn’t want him to get too close to the answers. Amid the investigation, a deadly virus threatens to contaminate the D.C. water supply and potentially kill thousands, if not millions, of people in the metro area.

There is a horrific hostage situation that is beginning to spiral out of control. Required to be away from his own family on the most precious of holidays, Alex Cross must leverage every bit of his law enforcement training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex must put everything on the line and may not make it back alive to finish the holiday celebration with his family. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, never more so than in this story of family, action, and the most profound moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years.

Little, Brown, and Company publishes the book Reissue edition in hardcover format and style. It was published on November 5, 2013, as a part of the Alex Cross series. It has a total of 352 pages and was written in English. The ISBN is ISBN-10: 0316399531 and ISBN-13: 978-0316399531. Physically, the book is 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches in size and weighs 1.3 pounds.

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (#19)

James Patterson is the author of the unbelievably successful series of Alex Cross detective novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years. Mr. Patterson’s most recent detective book, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, is released just in time for the holiday season. This book is another Alex Cross detective novel that fans will love. It is Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross has been called upon to apprehend the person robbing his church’s collection box for the poor and needy. After completing that assignment, Detective Cross returns to celebrate Christmas with his family, Bree, Nana, and his children. The Christmas tree decorating is barely underway when his phone rings again, and he is called away.

Alex Cross, Run (#20)

This is another exciting detective thriller in the signature Cross series. Readers say this book is one you just can’t put down. For instance, the book is fast-paced, with something exciting happening around every corner. The primary villain in this novel is plastic surgeon Elijah Creem, who gives himself a facelift, making him harder to catch. Alex becomes so focused on the case that he doesn’t realize someone has been watching him. Check out this roller-coaster ride from America’s most prolific detective series writer.

Cross My Heart (#21)

Hope to Die (#22)

Cross Justice (#23)

Cross the Line (#24)

The People vs. Alex Cross (#25)

Target: Alex Cross (#26)

Criss Cross (#27)

Deadly Cross (#28)

Michael Bennet Series

There are 13 books in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson.


A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why. Manuel Perrine doesn’t fear anyone or anything. Manuel is a charismatic and ruthless leader who kills rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once put Perrine in prison, the only official in the United States to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Detective Michael Bennett and everyone dear to him. Detective Michael Bennett and his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather are hidden safely on a rural California farm with guards courtesy of the FBI’s witness protection program.

Perrine begins to embark on an escalating series of assassinations across the country, killings whose brazenness and audacity bring into question the possibility of safety and law in the US. The FBI has no choice but to ask Detective Bennett to risk everything in Perrine’s war on America. With explosive action and fierce villainy that rivals James Bond movies at their best, GONE is the next astounding novel by James Patterson if you love a fast-paced detective thriller that delivers in the end.

Private Series

There are 14 books in the Private series, written by James Patterson and various co-authors.

Private (#1)

This is likely the best on the list of James Patterson books for private investigators. Jack Morgan is a former U.S. Marine who runs a prestigious private investigation company. Jack’s team of seasoned investigators uses cutting-edge forensic tools and technology to take on the most high-profile cases. Jack is in the middle of investigating multiple cases when someone close to him gets murdered. Jack has to pull out all the stops to catch the killer. Is he out for revenge or justice?

#1 Suspect (#2)

Jack Morgan’s love is murdered in his bed, and he is determined to be the primary suspect. Fortunately, Jack Morgan is a former Marine who owns his private investigator agency, PRIVATE, one of the world’s best investigation firms. Private’s team of investigators is the smartest, fastest, and most technologically savvy, and they always solve the case.

Private Games (#3)

Private London (#4)

Private Berlin (#5)

Private Down Under (#6)

Private L.A. (#7)

Private India (#8)

Private Vegas (#9)

Missing (#10)

Private Paris (#11)

The Games (#12)

Count to Ten (#13)

Princess (#14)

Women’s Murder Club Series

There are 21 books in the Women’s Murder Club series.

The Women’s Murder Club – 10th Anniversary 

The 10th installment in James Patterson’s famous Women’s Murder Club book series is one of the most chilling detective novels. A true page-turner in every sense of the word. Also, check out the other books in this long-running series. They are all a good read, and you won’t be disappointed.

Unlucky 13: Women’s Murder Club

The Women’s Murder Club members are being stalked by a crazed killer who has nothing to lose and wants only to cause mayhem and commit murder.

Lindsay Boxer, a detective in San Francisco Detective, is enjoying her life as a new mom. She is married to an attentive and wonderful man, has a job she loves, and has a great circle of friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder. Things seemingly could not get any better than this.

Then, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sends Lindsay a photo of a deranged killer from her past, and her happy world is suddenly turned upside down. The picture shows a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Detective Lindsay sees is a psychopath, Mackie Morales, the most deranged and terrifying mind and killer the Women’s Murder Club has ever known.

In this pulse-racing and emotionally charged detective novel by writer James Patterson, the Women’s Murder Club must find a serial killer before she finds them.

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