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James Patterson

James Patterson plays poker with Castle in A Deadly Game, © 2009-2010 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

James Patterson is a real-life author who appears in Castle as himself for Richard Castle's periodic poker games at his loft. He appears in Flowers For Your Grave and A Deadly Game.


Born March 22, 1947, Patterson is best known for his Alex Cross series of books, but is a prolific writer and arguably one of the most popular writers of all time, having written over 70 novels in a career spanning thirty years. According to a New York Times article published in January, 2010, his books have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, Dan Brown, and John Grisham combined [1]. Besides thrillers for adults, he has written multiple books for young people. He frequently collaborates with co-authors which allows him to increase his productivity and keep his writing fresh.

He originally worked in advertising before pursuing writing full-time and creating the character of Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist in private practice and government consultant.

He has also worked to found nonprofit entities to encourage people of all ages to pursue reading. In 2005, he founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to schools, companies, and individuals for the purpose of spreading the word about the fun of books and reading. However, he put that initiative on hold to start the website ReadKiddoRead.com, which also encourages youth to read, much like Nathan Fillion and P.J. Haarsma did with their Kids Need to Read Foundation.

He lives in Florida with his wife and son.


Patterson's books largely fall into 7 series:

  • Alex Cross: 18 books featuring protagonist Alex Cross. The first book was published in 1993 and the next is expected in 2011
  • Maximum Ride: 7 books of science fiction and fantasy books for young adults
  • Michael Bennett: 4 books, all co-authored with writer Michael Ledwidge
  • Jack Morgan: 3 books
  • Daniel X: 4 books in the science fiction genre for young adults
  • Witch & Wizard: 3 books
  • Women's Murder Club: 10 books about 4 women, a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a crime reporter who come together to solve mysteries

He has also authored several graphic novels, all continuing from either the Daniel X, Maximum Ride, or Witch & Wizardseries as well as numerous stand alone novels that do not feature the characters in his other series.

Many of his books have also been adapted for television or the movies. These include Kiss the Girls, released in 1997, and Along Came a Spider, released in 2001, wherein Morgan Freeman plays Alex Cross in both. The Women's Murder Club series was made into a TV series which ran for 13 episodes from 2007-2008 and featured Angie Harmon in the role of police detective Lindsay Boxer.

The Novels

  • (2012) Private Games (Co-authored with Mark Sullivan)
  • (2012) Private: #1 Suspect (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2011) The Fire (A Witch and Wizard Novel) (Co-authored with Jill Dembowski)
  • (2011) The Christmas Wedding (Co-authored with Richard DiLallo)
  • (2011) Kill Alex Cross (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2011) Kill Me If You Can (Co-authored with Marshall Karp)
  • (2011) Game Over (A Daniel X Novel) (Co-authored with Ned Rust)
  • (2011) Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life (Co-authored with Chris Tebbetts)
  • (2011) Now You See Her (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2011) 10th Anniversary (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2011) Toys (Co-authored with Neil McMahon)
  • (2011) Angel (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2010) Tick Tock (A Michael Bennett Novel) (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2010) The Gift (A Witch and Wizard Novel) (Co-authored with Ned Rust)
  • (2010) Cross Fire (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2010) Don't Blink (Co-authored with Howard Roughan)
  • (2010) The Postcard Killers (Co-authored with Liza Marklund)
  • (2010) Demons and Druids (A Daniel X Novel) (Co-authored with Adam Sadler)
  • (2010) Private (A Jack Morgan Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2010) The 9th Judgment (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2010) Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2010) Worst Case (A Michael Bennett Novel) (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2009) Witch and Wizard (A Witch and Wizard Novel) (Co-authored with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
  • (2009) I, Alex Cross (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2009) The Murder of King Tut (Co-authored with Martin Dugard)
  • (2009) Alex Cross's Trial (An Alex Cross Novel) (Co-authored with Richard DiLallo)
  • (2009) Watch the Skies (A Daniel X Novel) (Co-authored with Ned Rust)
  • (2009) Swimsuit (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2009) 8th Confession (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2009) Max (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2009) Run For Your Life (A Michael Bennett Novel) (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2008) Cross Country (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2008) The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (A Daniel X Novel) (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2008) Sail (Co-authored with Howard Roughan)
  • (2008) Sundays at Tiffany's (Co-authored with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
  • (2008) The Final Warning (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2008) 7th Heaven (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2007) Double Cross (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2007) You've Been Warned (Co-authored with Howard Roughan)
  • (2007) The Quickie (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2007) Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2007) The 6th Target (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2007) Step on a Crack (A Michael Bennett Novel) (Co-authored with Michael Ledwedge)
  • (2006) Cross (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2006) Judge and Jury (Co-authored with Andrew Gross)
  • (2006) School's Out Forever (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2006) Beach Road (Co-authored with Peter de Jonge)
  • (2006) The 5th Horseman (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2005) Mary, Mary (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2005) Lifeguard (Co-authored with Andrew Gross)
  • (2005) 4th of July (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Maxine Paetro)
  • (2005) The Angels Experiment (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2005) Honeymoon (Co-authored with Howard Roughan)
  • (2004) London Bridges (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2004) Sam's Letters to Jennifer
  • (2004) 3rd Degree (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Andrew Gross)
  • (2003) The Big Bad Wolf (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2003) The Lake House (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (2003) The Jester (Co-authored with Andrew Gross)
  • (2002) Four Blind Mice (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2002) The Beach House (Co-authored with Peter de Jonge)
  • (2002) 2nd Chance (A Women's Murder Club Novel) (Co-authored with Andrew Gross)
  • (2001) Violets are Blue (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (2001) Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
  • (2001) 1st to Die (A Women's Murder Club Novel)
  • (2000) Roses are Red (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (1999) Pop Goes the Weasel (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (1998) When the Wind Blows (A Maximum Ride Novel)
  • (1997) Cat & Mouse
  • (1996) Jack & Jill (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (1996) Miracle on the 17th Green (Co-authored with Peter de Jonge)
  • (1996) Hide & Seek
  • (1995) Kiss the Girls (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (1993) Along Came a Spider (An Alex Cross Novel)
  • (1989) The Midnight Club
  • (1986) Black Market (Retitled in 2000 as Black Friday)
  • (1980) Virgin (Revised and retitled in 2000 as Cradle & All)
  • (1979) The Jericho Commandment (Retitled in 1997 as See How They Run)
  • (1977) Season of the Machete
  • (1976) The Thomas Berryman Number

External Links[edit]


  1. "James Patterson, Inc.", by Jonathan Mahler, January 10, 2010