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The Best James Patterson Books

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List of the best James Patterson books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. Patterson is known for writing his books as part of a series, including the Maximum Ride, Alex Cross, and Women's Murder Club series. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that James Patterson is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of James Patterson who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

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  • Kiss the Girls1
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    Kiss the Girls

    James Patterson

    First Published1995-01-11

    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...  more
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  • Along Came a Spider2
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    Along Came a Spider

    James Patterson, Athena Alexis

    First Published1993

    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...  more
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  • 1st to Die3
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    1st to Die

    James Patterson

    First Published2001-12

    SubjectsCalifornia, Suspense, Adventure, San Francisco

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    1st to Die is the first book in the Women’s Murder Club series, written by James Patterson....  more
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  • The 5th Horseman4
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    The 5th Horseman

    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

    First Published2006-02-27

    Genres (Book)Mystery, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The 5th Horseman is the fifth book in the Women's Murder Club series featuring Lindsay Boxer...  more
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  • The Beach House5
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    The Beach House

    James Patterson
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  • The Quickie6
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    The Quickie

    James Patterson

    SubjectsMurder, Adultery

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    This James Patterson Bibliography contains the list of books written and published by James...  more
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  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment7

    First Published2005-04-11

    SubjectsAdventure, Schools, Genetic engineering

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is the first book in the Maximum Ride series by James...  more
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  • Roses Are Red8
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    Roses Are Red

    James Patterson

    First Published2005

    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...  more
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  • Maximum Ride: The Final Warning9

    First Published2008-03-17

    SubjectsAntarctica, Global warming, Schools, Genetic engineering

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Final Warning is the fourth novel in the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. It was...  more
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  • Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever10

    First Published2006-05-23

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Maximum Ride: School's Out—Forever is the second book in the sci-fi action-adventure series...  more
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  • London Bridges11
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    London Bridges

    James Patterson

    First Published2004

    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....  more
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  • The 6th Target12
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    The 6th Target

    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

    First Published2007-05-08

    SubjectsEspionage, Police procedural, California, Suspense, San Francisco

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The 6th Target is the sixth book in the Women's Murder Club series featuring Lindsay Boxer by...  more
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  • Honeymoon13
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    Honeymoon

    James Patterson, Howard Roughan

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Honeymoon is a 2005 thriller novel written by the American authors James Patterson and Howard...  more
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  • Pop Goes the Weasel14
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    Pop Goes the Weasel

    James Patterson

    First Published1999

    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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  • Step on a Crack15
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    Step on a Crack

    James Patterson, M. T. Coffin

    First Published2007-02-06

    SubjectsComputers, Espionage, Police, Adventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Step on a Crack is the first novel in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson and...  more
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  • Jack & Jill16
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    Jack & Jill

    James Patterson

    First Published1996

    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...  more
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  • MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel17
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    First Published2009-03-16

    SubjectsGenetic engineering

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Young adult literature, Science Fiction

    MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel is the fifth book in the Maximum Ride series, written by James...  more
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  • Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel18
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    First Published2011-02-14

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel is the seventh and penultimate novel in the Maximum Ride series...  more
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  • 3rd Degree19
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    3rd Degree

    James Patterson, Andrew Gross

    First Published2004-03-01

    SubjectsPolice procedural, California, Adventure, Terrorism, San Francisco

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    3rd Degree is a crime novel written by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. It is the third novel...  more
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  • 4th of July20
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    4th of July

    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

    First Published2005-05-02

    SubjectsComputers, California, Police, Adventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    4th of July is a mystery and legal thriller by James Patterson....  more
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  • Four Blind Mice21
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    Four Blind Mice

    James Patterson

    First Published2002

    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...  more
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  • The Lake House22
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    The Lake House

    James Patterson

    First Published2003

    SubjectsLiterary, Colorado, Adventure, Genetic engineering

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Lake House is a 2003 novel by James Patterson, a sequel to When the Wind Blows....  more
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  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports23

    First Published2007-05-29

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports is the third book in the Maximum Ride...  more
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  • Cat and Mouse24
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    Cat and Mouse

    James Patterson

    First Published1997

    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...  more
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  • Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel25
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    First Published2010-03-15

    Genres (Book)Young adult literature

    Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel is the sixth book in the Maximum Ride series written by James...  more
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