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All the Alex Cross Books, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated October 13, 2018 888 votes 208 voters 8.1k views25 items

List RulesVote up the best books in the Alex Cross series.

Detective extraordinaire Alex Cross has thrilled readers since the 1993, when James Patterson released Along Came A SpiderSince then, there have been 25 novels chronicling the adventures of the part-time detective, part-time psychologist. From chasing suspected killers to dealing with love and family, all Alex Cross books are entertaining. But which ones are truly the best of the best? Here, you'll find every Alex Cross book, ranked from best to worst by your votes!
 

Which books in the Alex Cross series stand out to readers? Kiss the Girls, the 1995 page-turner, gained major popularity when it was adapted into a film starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. Double Cross and I, Alex Cross received widespread critical acclaim. Still, you may have your personal favorites that you believe are underappreciated by the fan base. The best Alex Cross books are really a matter of opinion, so make yours known by voting below! 
 

Which Alex Cross book do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up. 

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  • 1

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Kiss the Girls is a psychological thriller novel by American writer James Patterson, the second to star his recurring main character Alex Cross, an African-American psychologist and policeman. It was...  more
  • 2

    AuthorJames Patterson, Athena Alexis

    SubjectsEspionage, Police procedural, Police

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Along Came A Spider is the first novel in James Patterson's series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross. First published in 1993, its success has led to eighteen sequels as of 2012. It was adapted...  more
  • 3

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Cat and Mouse is the fourth novel in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. It revolves around Cross dealing with Gary Soneji, the villain of Along Came a Spider, and a serial killer known only as...  more
  • 4

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsEspionage, Police procedural, Suspense, Police

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Double Cross is the 13th novel in the Alex Cross series featuring Detective Alex Cross by James Patterson. It was released on November 13, 2007. On December 2, 2007 Double Cross became the number 1...  more
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    AuthorJames Patterson, B. W. Battin

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    Mary, Mary is the 11th novel by James Patterson featuring the former Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychiatrist and current FBI agent Alex Cross. It is the most recent novel in the...  more
  • 6

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Roses Are Red is the sixth novel featuring the Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychiatrist Alex Cross written by James Patterson....  more
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    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Jack & Jill is the third novel in a series written by James Patterson which features Washington, D.C. psychologist and homicide police detective Alex Cross. The previous two books are Along Came a...  more
  • 8

    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    I, Alex Cross is the 16th novel in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. It was released on Hardcover and Paperback in November 16, 2009 to positive reviews and positive reception. It is preceded...  more
  • 9

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice procedural

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    Pop Goes the Weasel is the fifth novel in the Alex Cross series written by James Patterson....  more
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    Cross

    2006

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsEspionage, Suspense

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    Alex Cross is a book written by James Patterson....  more
  • 11

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Suspense, Police, Adventure, Mystery

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Violets Are Blue is the seventh novel by James Patterson to feature the Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychiatrist Alex Cross....  more
  • 12

    AuthorJames Patterson

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    AuthorJ. C. Pollock

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    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice procedural, Police, Adventure, Mystery

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    The Big Bad Wolf is the ninth novel in the Alex Cross series written by James Patterson and was published in November 2003. The novel was the seventh best-selling novel in 2004....  more
  • 15

    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Kill Alex Cross is a book written by James Patterson....  more
  • 16

    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Alex Cross, Run is the 20th novel in the Alex Cross series written by American author James Patterson. The novel focuses on the protagonist, detective Alex Cross, who must solve three cases at once...  more
  • 17

    AuthorJames Patterson

  • 18

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsEspionage, Police, Adventure, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    London Bridges is the tenth novel by James Patterson featuring the former Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychiatrist and current FBI agent Alex Cross....  more
  • 19

    AuthorJames Patterson

    SubjectsPolice, Adventure, Mystery, Legal

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Four Blind Mice is the eighth novel featuring the Washington, D.C. homicide detective and forensic psychologist Alex Cross written by James Patterson....  more
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    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    Cross Country is the 14th novel in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. According to the Library Journal it was the second most borrowed fiction book in United States libraries in 2009....  more
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    AuthorJames Patterson

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    AuthorJames Patterson

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    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Merry Christmas, Alex Cross is the 19th novel in the Alex Cross series. Detective Alex Cross is called out on Christmas Eve to deal with a hostage situation that has spiraled out of control. Released...  more
  • 25

    AuthorJames Patterson

    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageAmerican English, English Language

    Alex Cross's Trial is the 15th novel in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. It follows Cross Country in the series, and comes before his novel I, Alex Cross. It is written by Patterson and Richard...  more