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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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    James Patterson
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    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 second to star his recurring main character Alex Cross, an African-American psychologist and policeman. It was...  more
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    James Patterson, Athena Alexis
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    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 Alex Cross. First published in 1993, its success has led to eighteen sequels as of 2012. It was adapted...  more
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    James Patterson
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    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. The series is about four friends who pool their skills together to crack San Francisco's toughest murder...  more
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    James Patterson
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    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 Patterson. The book was released in the US on April 11, 2005 and in the UK on July 4, 2005. The book is set in...  more
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    James Patterson
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    First Published2008-11-17

    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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  • 7

    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 released in the US and in the UK on March 17, 2008....  more
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  • 8

    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 Maximum Ride by James Patterson, published by Little, Brown. The book was released in the US and the UK on...  more
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  • 9
    James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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    13

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Honeymoon is a 2005 thriller novel written by the American authors James Patterson and Howard Roughan....  more
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  • 10
    James Patterson
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    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 forensic psychiatrist Alex Cross written by James Patterson....  more
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    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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    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 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro first published on February 2006. The novel like many in the series...  more
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  • 12

    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 series by James Patterson. It was released in the UK and the US on May 29, 2007. The series is set in...  more
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    James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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    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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    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 created by James Patterson. It was released on February 14, 2011....  more
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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 Patterson. The book was released on March 16, 2009. MAX was published by Little, Brown and Company....  more
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    James Patterson, M. T. Coffin
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    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 Michael Ledwidge featuring Detective Michael Bennett and his 10 kids. It was released on February 6, 2007....  more
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    James Patterson
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    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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    James Patterson
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    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 forensic psychologist Alex Cross written by James Patterson....  more
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    James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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    10

    First Published2008-06-10

    SubjectsEspionage, Suspense

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Sail is a mystery novel by the bestselling author, James Patterson, and co-author, Howard Roughan, that was released on June 10, 2008....  more
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  • 20
    James Patterson
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    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 Washington, D.C. psychologist and homicide police detective Alex Cross. The previous two books are Along Came a...  more
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  • 21
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    First Published2001-01-01

    Genres (Book)Romance novel

    Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a 2001 novel by James Patterson that argues the importance of balance within one's life. Two interwoven stories are told throughout the novel. The framing story is...  more
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    James Patterson
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    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. homicide detective and forensic psychiatrist and current FBI agent Alex Cross....  more
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    James Patterson, B. W. Battin
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    First Published2006-10

    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
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    James Patterson
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    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 around Cross dealing with Gary Soneji, the villain of Along Came a Spider, and a serial killer known only as...  more
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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 Patterson. It was released on February 5, 2010 in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and was released in the US...  more
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