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James Patterson 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 world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

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If you like James Patterson you might also like to read books by Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Lisa Gardner.

Featured Books, with extracts, by James Patterson

Bullseye by James Patterson
Bullseye
James Patterson
As the most powerful men on earth gather in New York for a meeting of the UN, Detective Michael Bennett receives intelligence warning that there will be an assassination attempt on the US president. Even more shocking, the intelligence suggests...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2017
Crazy House by James Patterson
Crazy House
James Patterson
June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Twins fight for freedom under an authoritarian system This slickly plotted dystopian thriller set in a terrifying totalitarian regime will keep fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Never Never by James Patterson
Never Never
James Patterson
Detective Harriet Blue needs to get out of town, fast. With her brother under arrest for a series of brutal murders in Sydney, Harry's chief wants the hot-headed detective kept far from the press. So he assigns her a deadly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Woman of God by James Patterson
Woman of God
James Patterson
Brigid Fitzgerald would be the first female Pope in history but she has made a legion of powerful enemies and is a target for all those who fear that the Church has lost its way - dangerous adversaries who won't...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/01/2017
Cradle and All by James Patterson
Cradle and All
James Patterson
January 2017 NewGen Book of the Month. A book to make you flinch! Virulent diseases and natural disasters are sweeping the world, the church and a private investigator seek out the truth behind the reports of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/12/2016
Woman of God by James Patterson
Woman of God
James Patterson
St Peter's Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope. It's a turning point that could change the Catholic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Cross Justice by James Patterson
Cross Justice
James Patterson
The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on and just sank into the depths of the story. A character makes a beguiling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/10/2016
Private Paris by James Patterson
Private Paris
James Patterson
When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from one of his most important...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
15th Affair by James Patterson
15th Affair
James Patterson
Latest thriller from James Patterson
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Murder House by James Patterson
Murder House
James Patterson
No 7 Ocean Drive is a multi million-dollar beach front house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
NYPD Red 4
James Patterson
In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in when a case involves the rich, famous and connected. When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Alert by James Patterson
Alert
James Patterson
New York has seen more than its fair share of horrific attacks, but the city is about to be shaken in a way it never has before. After two devastating catastrophes in quick succession, everyone is on edge. Detective Michael...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson
Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson
The sequel to Miracle on the 17th Green published in 2005 where Travis’ golf turned a corner but he loses everything else in his life. It is very untypical for a Patterson, short and happy. So now Travis is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/03/2016
Truth or Die by James Patterson
Truth or Die
James Patterson
New York attorney Trevor Mann's world shatters when he receives a phone call telling him his girlfriend has been shot dead in a mugging. But the circumstances point to something more calculated than a random attack. Claire was a New...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2016
Private Sydney by James Patterson
Private Sydney
James Patterson
Craig Gisto has promised Eliza Moss that his elite team at Private Sydney will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn't be difficult to find. Despite the most advanced...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
Cross Justice by James Patterson
Cross Justice
James Patterson
November 2015 Book of the Month. The rather wonderful and fascinating Alex Cross returns in his 23rd novel, ‘Cross Justice’. I almost forgot I was supposed to have my reviewing hat on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2015
Hope to Die by James Patterson
Hope to Die
James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he's ever cared about. His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family. Driven by feelings of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross for ever. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/10/2015
14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson
14th Deadly Sin
James Patterson
Another ace in one of his best series with one of his best co-authors, Maxine Pietro. It is a Women’s Murder Club which, if this is your first, fear not, you’ll be fine reading it without having read the others....
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/08/2015
NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson
NYPD Red 3
James Patterson
New York's best detectives, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald, are on the case. But by getting closer to the truth, Zach and Kylie are edging ever closer to the firing line...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
Burn by James Patterson
Burn
James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett is coming home to New York. And a world of unimaginable evil awaits. Having brought an end to the vengeful mission of the ruthless crime lord who forced the Bennett family into hiding, Michael is finally back...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
Private Vegas by James Patterson
Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running at the same time, some are interwoven, some not. You’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson
Miracle at Augusta
James Patterson
The sequel to Miracle on the 17th Green published in 2005 where Travis’ golf turned a corner but he loses everything else in his life. It is very untypical for a Patterson, short and happy. So now Travis is suspended...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson
14th Deadly Sin
James Patterson
Another ace in one of his best series with one of his best co-authors, Maxine Pietro. It is a Women’s Murder Club which, if this is your first, fear not, you’ll be fine reading it without having read the others....
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
Invisible by James Patterson
Invisible
James Patterson
A female FBI analyst uses all her powers of persuasion to track a killer she believes murdered her sister and others in what the force is putting down to accidental fires. Interspersed between the investigation chapters are entries from the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
First Love by James Patterson
First Love
James Patterson
They met on a cancer ward, one is in remission, one is not. Axi is 16, Robinson 17 and their sweet relationship blossoms so gently and tenderly here until it hits them both and we, the reader, have to go...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
Private Vegas by James Patterson
Private Vegas
James Patterson
The ninth in his Private series sees Jack Morgan, head of Private Investigations, in heaps of trouble, mostly in LA, despite the title. You’ve got three or four sub-plots running at the same time, some are interwoven, some not. You’ve...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13) by James Patterson
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13)
James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club series of which this is one vies with Alex Cross as the best books Patterson puts out. This one knocks spots off the last few Cross’. It has a very clear main story along with several...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
Hope to Die (Alex Cross 22) by James Patterson
Hope to Die (Alex Cross 22)
James Patterson
The 22nd in the Alex Cross series, the books that Patterson actually writes himself. This is classic stuff. The sequel to Cross Your Heart but fine to read alone with adequate catch up right at the start. With short chapters...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
Cross My Heart (Alex Cross 21) by James Patterson
Cross My Heart (Alex Cross 21)
James Patterson
Several sub-plots run through this fast-moving tale, some linked, some there to confuse you! Cross, one of Patterson’s finest creations and the series he writes by himself, is a devout family man and throughout this book he is determined to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Burn (Michael Bennett 7) by James Patterson
Burn (Michael Bennett 7)
James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City - and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson
NYPD Red 2
James Patterson
This is a real page turner. It gets straight into the action. There are several key characters and as the book unfolds it becomes clear that most of them are linked in some way. The plot is not too far-fetched...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
Private India (Private 8) by James Patterson
Private India (Private 8)
James Patterson
The Private Investigation Agency now opens a branch in India. Not knowing how the India police operate it’s difficult for me to comment on but I did feel it was unusual for them to hand over a whole murder case...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
Invisible by James Patterson
Invisible
James Patterson
A female FBI analyst uses all her powers of persuasion to track a killer she believes murdered her sister and others in what the force is putting down to accidental fires. Interspersed between the investigation chapters are entries from the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
Second Honeymoon
James Patterson
Two main strands and lots of side issues keep you turning the pages here. We have a killer of newly-weds and a killer of anyone named John O’Hara. Random deaths, no connection and two special agents, one official, one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson
NYPD Red 2
James Patterson
This is a real page turner. It gets straight into the action. There are several key characters and as the book unfolds it becomes clear that most of them are linked in some way. The plot is not too far-fetched...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
Private LA (Private 7) by James Patterson
Private LA (Private 7)
James Patterson
A good, meaty read with several stories running alongside each other. There are two main crime strands, a kidnapping of a celebrity family and a group killing of random people if certain demands are not met. Add the trials and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
Gone (Michael Bennett 6) by James Patterson
Gone (Michael Bennett 6)
James Patterson
The sixth in the Michael Bennett series which picks up right where the last finished, 'I, Michael Bennett', where drug ‘king’ Manuel Perrine broke free from court. Now Perrine is on a killing spree, very savage, very gruesome, with little...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Mistress by James Patterson
Mistress
James Patterson
One of James Patterson’s collaborative novels and not the author at his best, this is certainly more David Ellis’s work than a Patterson masterpiece. Still it’s an interesting and creepy premise (particularly in our age of government and journalist tension)...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13) by James Patterson
Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club 13)
James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club series of which this is one vies with Alex Cross as the best books Patterson puts out. This one knocks spots off the last few Cross’. It has a very clear main story along with several...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
First Love by James Patterson
First Love
James Patterson
They met on a cancer ward, one is in remission, one is not. Axi is 16, Robinson 17 and their sweet relationship blossoms so gently and tenderly here until it hits them both and we, the reader, have to go...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2014
Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
Alex Cross, Run
James Patterson
The short chapters, the cliff-hangers, the relentless action keep you turning the pages as Cross once again gets too close to danger. The villain of the piece is a plastic surgeon able to change his appearance; add a suicide, a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
Private LA (Private 7) by James Patterson
Private LA (Private 7)
James Patterson
A good, meaty read with several stories running alongside each other. There are two main crime strands, a kidnapping of a celebrity family and a group killing of random people if certain demands are not met. Add the trials and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
12th of Never (Women's Murder Club 12) by James Patterson
12th of Never (Women's Murder Club 12)
James Patterson
The 12th in the Women’s Murder Club series. They’re great, short chapters often ending in cliff hangers so making it so difficult to put down, sharp wisecracking dialogue with the added edge of the main protagonist, Lindsay Boxer, having only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/12/2013
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
James Patterson
Two stories linked by Christmas and Cross. The first sees Cross convincing a crazy ex-attorney out of killing his family and a neighbour’s wife on Christmas Eve. Home for a few precious moments with his family, then Cross is off...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
Cross My Heart by James Patterson
Cross My Heart
James Patterson
Several sub-plots run through this fast-moving tale, some linked, some there to confuse you! Cross, one of Patterson’s finest creations and the series he writes by himself, is a devout family man and throughout this book he is determined to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
Private Berlin (Private 5) by James Patterson
Private Berlin (Private 5)
James Patterson
Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she's seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague - and until recently, her fiance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2013
Gone (Michael Bennett 6) by James Patterson
Gone (Michael Bennett 6)
James Patterson
The sixth in the Michael Bennett series which picks up right where the last finished, I, Michael Bennett, where drug ‘king’ Manuel Perrine broke free from court. Now Perrine is on a killing spree, very savage, very gruesome, with little...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
Mistress by James Patterson
Mistress
James Patterson
How well can you ever really know someone? As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change. Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Guilty Wives
James Patterson
Sitting in a dark, dank prison cell in Paris, serving a life sentence for murder, Abbie Elliot tries to piece together the story of how she came to be here. It all happened in Monte Carlo, where she was having...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
NYPD Red by James Patterson
NYPD Red
James Patterson
Every cop wants to be part of NYPD Red. It is the elite team in New York's police department, handling the cases involving the most important and high-profile individuals in the city. It's Detective Zach Jordan's dream job, but he's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2013
Zoo by James Patterson
Zoo
James Patterson
All over the world, brutal animal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/04/2013
11th Hour (Women's Murder Club 11) by James Patterson
11th Hour (Women's Murder Club 11)
James Patterson
Is one of Detective Lindsay Boxer's colleagues a vicious killer? She won't know until the 11th hour. A notorious drug dealer is gunned down using a weapon taken from the evidence locker in Lindsay's own department! Lindsay must investigate her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2013
Private: No. 1 Suspect by James Patterson
Private: No. 1 Suspect
James Patterson
Since former US Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most successful detective agency. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack's bed, Jack is instantly the number one suspect.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/01/2013
Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
Kill Me If You Can
James Patterson
Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a leather bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
Private Berlin (Private 5) by James Patterson
Private Berlin (Private 5)
James Patterson
Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin, and believes she's seen the worst of people in her previous life with the Berlin police force. That is until Chris, her colleague - and until recently, her fiance...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/01/2013
I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett 5) by James Patterson
I, Michael Bennett (Michael Bennett 5)
James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett arrests infamous South American crime lord Manuel Perrine in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain terror down upon New York City - and to get...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/10/2012
Now You See Her by James Patterson
Now You See Her
James Patterson
A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. Nina's secret life began eighteen years ago. She had...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/08/2012
Private Games by James Patterson
Private Games
James Patterson
July 2012: The Games have arrived in London and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. When Sir Denton Marshall, a key member of the London Olympic organising committee, is found brutally murdered,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2012
Don't Blink by James Patterson
Don't Blink
James Patterson
Reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with an infamous celebrity recluse in a renowned New York restaurant. But the interview is cut short by a horrific murder that takes place just yards from their table. The assassin escapes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/10/2011
Cross Fire by James Patterson
Cross Fire
James Patterson
With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever. Alex Cross’ deadliest adversary, The Mastermind (Kyle Craig) is back, and he’s about to destroy everything – and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/11/2010
Run For Your Life by James Patterson
Run For Your Life
James Patterson
A man who calls himself 'the Teacher' is devising a meticulous plan. Cold-hearted and cunning, it is time for everyone to learn his name as he teaches New York a lesson it will never forget. Intent on exacting revenge and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/12/2009
Beach Road by James Patterson
Beach Road
James Patterson
Fast-paced and gripping as always. If you're a fan of James Patterson then you won't be disappointed. If you haven't discovered him yet then where have you been? Try him!
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2006
Mary, Mary by James Patterson
Mary, Mary
James Patterson
For all James Patterson fans the wait is over and you can now get your hands on the latest Alex Cross novel. Pace, cliff hanging chapters - basically unputdownable. Comparison: Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Michael Connelly
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2005
London Bridges by James Patterson
London Bridges
James Patterson
This compulsive author brings Alex Cross to London as global terrorism escalates and the city is under threat. Patterson’s short chapters all seem to end in cliff hangers so it’s nigh near impossible to put him down. Comparison:
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2005
Sam's Letters To Jennifer by James Patterson
Sam's Letters To Jennifer
James Patterson
If you have heard of this author you might wonder why I am recommending him to you for doesn’t he write thrillers? Correct, and strange, futuristic stuff as well as historical novels. Those he will continue to do. He seems...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 20/06/2005

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