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(updated Nov. 2013)

James Patterson has written a Lot of books, some good, some ehh and some that are truly remarkable. He’s also written a few with co-authors like Andrew Gross. It can be a little confusing trying to figure out the order to read them (although many of his stories are quite independent). So we’ve put together a James Patterson Book List.James Patterson book list

It can also be tricky just making sure that you have them all. Some James Patterson books have multiple titles depending on where they where published sop you may even think you have two of his books when it is really the same. I will also share some thoughts down at the bottom on exactly how Patterson goes about publishing so many books (does he even write anymore?). On to what you came for. Here now – James Patterson Books in chronological order.

This is a Full List of James Patterson books in order. Just below the master list you will find Alex Cross books in order as well as Patterson’s other series. We will also group his titles by the Co-Authors in case you like books written by specific co-writers.

James Patterson Book List

1976

  • The Thomas Berryman Number

1977

  • Season of the Machete

1979

  • The Jericho Commandment (also titled: See How They Run)

1980

  • Virgin (also titled Cradle & All)

1986

  • Black Market (also titled Black Friday)

1989

  • The Midnight Club

1992

  • Along Came a Spider

1995

  • Kiss The Girls

1996

  • Hide & Seek
  • Miracle on the 17th Green (with Peter de Jonge)
  • Jack & Jill

1997

  • Cat & Mouse

1998

  • When the Wind Blows

1999

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

2000

  • Roses Are Red

2001

  • 1st to Die
  • Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
  • Violets are Blue

2002

  • Second Chance
  • The Beach House (with Peter de Jonge)
  • Four Blind Miced

2003

  • The Jester (with Andrew Gross)
  • The Lake House

2004

  • The Big Bad Wolf
  • 3rd Degree (with Andrew Gross)
  • Sam’s Letter to Jennifer
  • santaKid (illustrated by Michael Garland)
  • London Bridges

2005

  • Honeymoon (with Howard Roughan)
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
  • 4th of July (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Lifeguard (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Mary, Mary

2006

  • The 5th Horseman (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Beach Road (with Peter de Jonge)
  • Maximum Ride: School’s Out-Forever
  • Judge & Jury (with Andrew Gross)
  • Cross

2007

  • Step on a Crack (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • The 6th Target (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The Quickie (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • You’ve Been Warned (with Howard Roughan)
  • Double Cross

2008

  • 7th Heaven (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Maximum Ride: The Final Warning
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s (with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
  • Sail (with Howard Roughan)
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Against Medical Advice, non-fiction (with Hal Friedman)
  • Cross Country

2009

  • Run For Your Life (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Maximum Ride: MAX
  • The 8th Confession (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Swimsuit (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Daniel X: Watch the Skies (with Ned Rust)
  • Alex Cross’s Trial (with Richard Dilallo)
  • The Murder of King Tut (with Martin Dugard)
  • I, Alex Cross
  • Witch & Wizard (with Gabrielle Charbonnet)

james patterson book list

2010

  • Worst Case (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Maximum Ride: Fang
  • Med Head, non-fiction (with Hal Friedman)
  • The 9th Judgement (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Private (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Daniel X: Demons & Druids (with Adam Sadler)
  • The Postcard Killer (with Liza Marklund)
  • Don’t Blink (with Howard Roughan)
  • Cross Fire
  • Witch and Wizard: The Gift
2011
  • Tick Tock (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel (with Neil McMahon)
  • Toys
  • The Christmas Wedding (with Richard Dilallo)
  • Daniel X: Game Over (with Ned Rust)
  • Kill Me If You Can (with Marshall Karp)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Fire (with Jill Dembowski)
  • Kill Alex Cross
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (with Chris Tebbetts)
  • Now You See Her (with Michael Ledwedge)
  • 10th Anniversary (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Bloody Valentine (with K.A. John ) *available in UK & Australia only
  • Private London: Book 1 (with Mark Pearson)  *available in UK & Australia only

2012

  • I, Michael Bennett (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Middle School, Get Me Out of Here (with Chris Tebbetts)
  • 11th Hour (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Guilty Wives (with David Ellis)
  • Private Games (with Mark Sullivan)
  • Private: #1 Suspect (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
  • Zoo (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect (with Maxine Paetro)
  • NYPD Red (with Marshall Karp)
  • Daniel X: Armageddon (with Chris Grabenstein)
  • I Funny (children’s book with Chris Grabenstein)
  • Merry Christmas Alex Cross

2013

  • Private Berlin (with Mark Sullivan)
  • Alex Cross, Run
  • Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar (with Lisa Papademetriou)
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (with Chris Tebbets)
  • 12th of Never (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Second Honeymoon (with Howard Roughan)
  • Private Down Under (with Michael White)
  • Mistress (with David Ellis)
  • Treasure Hunters (with Mark Shulman and Chris Grabenstein)
  • Gone (with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders (with Maxine Paetro)
  • Cross My Heart
  • I Even Funnier (with Chris Grabenstein and Laura Park)
There’s your list of James Patterson Book List, we’ll try to keep things up to date as new books are released. Below are some of his series also in order for you.

Alex Cross books in chronological order

  • Along Came a Spider (1993)
  • Kiss the Girls (1995)
  • Jack & Jill (1996)
  • Cat and Mouse (1997)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (1999)
  • Roses are Red (2000)
  • Violets Are Blue (2001)
  • Four Blind Mice (2002)
  • The Big Bad Wolf (2003)
  • London Bridges (2004)
  • Mary, Mary (2005)
  • Cross (2006 )
  • Double Cross (2007)
  • Cross Country (2008)
  • Alex Cross’s Trial (2009)
  • I, Alex Cross (2009)
  • Cross Fire ( 2010)
  • Kill Alex Cross (2011)
  • Merry Christmas Alex Cross (2012)
  • Alex Cross, Run (2013)
  • Cross My Heart
Alex Cross books in order

Tyler Perry as Alex Cross

Women’s Murder Club books in order

  • 1st to Die (2001)
  • 2nd Chance (2002, with Andrew Gross)
  • 3rd Degree (2004, with Andrew Gross)
  • 4th of July (2005,  with Maxine Paetro)
  • The 5th Horseman (2006, with Maxine Paetro)
  • The 6th Target (2007,  with Maxine Paetro)
  • 7th Heaven (2008, with Maxine Paetro)
  • 8th Confession (2009, with Maxine Paetro)
  • The 9th Judgment (2010, with Maxine Paetro)
  • 10th Anniversary (2011,  with Maxine Paetro)
  • 11th Hour (2012 with Maxine Paetro)
  • 12th of Never (2013 with Maxine Paetro)

Confessions Books in Order

  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect (2012)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders (2013 with Maxine Paetro)

Jack Morgan series in order

  • Private (2010, with Maxine Paetro)
  • Private London (2011)
  • Private Games with Mark Sullivan (2012)
  • Private: #1 Suspect (2012)
  • Private Berlin (2013)

Michael Bennett series in order

  • Step on a Crack (2007, with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Run For Your Life (2009, with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Worst Case (2010, with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Tick Tock (2011, with Michael Ledwidge)
  • I, Michael Bennett (2012, with Michael Ledwidge)
  • Gone (2013, with Michael Ledwidge)

Middle School Books in order

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2011 with Chris Tebetts)
  • Middle School: Get Me Out of Here (2012 with Chris Tebbetts)
  • Middle School: My Brother is a Big Fat Liar (2013 with Lisa Papademetriou)
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (2013 with Chris Tebbets)

Witch and Wizard series

  • Witch and Wizard (2009, with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Gift (2010, with Ned Rust)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Fire (2011, with Jill Dembowski)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Kiss (2013 with Jill Dembowski)

James Patterson book list ordered by Co-Authors

Adam Sadler

  • Daniel X: Demons & Druids (2010)

Andrew Gross

  • The Jester (2003)
  • 3rd Degree (2004)
  • Judge & Jury (2006)

Chris Grabenstein

  • Daniel X: Armageddon (2012)
  • I Funny (2012)

Chris Tebbetts

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2011)
  • Middle School, Get Me Out of Here (2012)
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill (2013)

David Ellis

  • Guilty Wives (2012)

Gabrielle Charbonnet

  • Sundays at Tiffany’s (2008)
  • Witch & Wizard (2009)

Hal Friedman

  • Against Medical Advice, non-fiction (2008)
  • Med Head, non-fiction (2010)

Howard Roughan

  • Honeymoon (2005)
  • You’ve Been Warned (2007)
  • Sail (2008)
  • Don’t Blink (2010)
  • Second Honeymoon (2013)

Jill Dembowski

  • Witch and Wizard: The Fire (2011)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Kiss (2013)

Liza Marklund

  • The Postcard Killer (2010)

Mark Sullivan

  • Private Berlin (2013)

Marshall Karp

  • NYPD Red (2012)

Martin Dugard

  • The Murder of King Tut (2009)

Maxine Paetro

  • 4th of July (2005)
  • Lifeguard (2005)
  • The 5th Horseman (2006)
  • The 6th Target (2007)
  • 7th Heaven (2008)
  • The 8th Confession (2009)
  • Swimsuit (2009)
  • The 9th Judgement (2010)
  • Private (2010)
  • 10th Anniversary (2011)
  • 11th Hour (2012)
  • Private: #1 Suspect (2012)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect (2012)
  • 12th of Never (2013)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders (2013)

Michael Garland, Illustrator

  • SantaKid (2004)

Michael Ledwidge

  • Step on a Crack (2007)
  • The Quickie (2007)
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (2008)
  • Run For Your Life (2009)
  • Worst Case (2010)
  • Now You See Her (2011)
  • I, Michael Bennett (2012)
  • Zoo (2012)
  • Gone (2013)

Ned Rust

  • Daniel X: Watch the Skies (2009)
  • Daniel X: Game Over (2011)
  • Witch and Wizard: The Gift (2010)

Peter de Jonge

  • Miracle on the 17th Green (1996)
  • The Beach House (2002)
  • Beach Road (2006)

Richard Dilallo

  • Alex Cross’s Trial (2009)
  • The Christmas Wedding (2011)

 

 

A few notes on the methodology or business plan used by James Patterson.

This from Entertainment Weekly

But Patterson, of course, is more than just a proverbial book factory. He’s an actual book factory, typically using credited co-authors to compose “first drafts” from elaborate outlines that he sends (as he detailed in a 2006 Time profile). Like Patterson himself, most of his collaborators have a background in advertising: There’s Richard DiLallo on the Alex Cross thrillers, Michael Ledwidge on the Michael Bennett thrillers and the Daniel X young-adult series, Maxine Paetro on the Women’s Murder Club mysteries, and Howard Roughan on various standalone thrillers. And while there is no co-author listed on the cover of the popular Maximum Ride YA series, about a group of kids who are part bird and part human, the copyright on those books is listed not as “James Patterson” (as it is on most of his titles) but the cryptic “SueJack, Inc.”  full article…

And a little more insight provided by USA Today

And for the first time, Patterson has done a joint interview with a collaborator — opening a window for USA TODAY on how two people write a novel when one is famous and one isn’t. Sitting with Ledwidge in a New York hotel suite, Patterson mentions his 3-inch-thick folder filled with story ideas.

“It’s a nice problem to have,” says Ledwidge, 36, who has written three crime novels on his own. Their combined sales were about 20,000 copies, he says. The first printing for his collaboration with Patterson is 1.25 million.

They met a decade ago when Ledwidge was a doorman in Manhattan, trying to publish his first novel. Both had been English majors at Manhattan College in the Bronx (Patterson, class of ’69; Ledwidge ’92), and the would-be novelist used that connection to ask Patterson for advice. Patterson helped him find an agent, and in 1998, Ledwidge’s The Narrowback was published by Grove Atlantic. He went on to publish two more crime novels. With three children, he kept his day job and eventually became a telephone repairman.

When Ledwidge asked Patterson to look at a draft of what he hoped would be his fourth novel, Patterson had a counteroffer: Would he be interested in collaborating on a novel Patterson had in mind?

Ledwidge says he agreed “at about the speed of light.”  Full Story…

I will say one thing about James Patterson, he’s no sham artist. He is quite frank about the system he uses when collaborating on a story. He freely admits that he does none of the actual writing. He comes up with a plot then reviews drafts submitted by an author.  For an interesting and fairly in-depth article with Patterson from The Guardian read on…

There is plenty of room in the comments below. Let us know what you think of our James Patterson book list as well as this new trend of Book Marketing.

Bruce K. Hollingdrake

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29 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Hunter says:

    Hello,
    I’ve noticed from the above listing that Now You See Her is not listed. However, Crossover is with the adder that it may be subject to title change. Can you reply if Now You See Her is now Crossover?
    Thanks in advance,
    Mary Jane.

  2. I would like to see some of the series in large book,, with that I mean three or four together then you could read the who
    E series and not stop untl you’re done hahahaha just a thought

  3. i love James Patterson books, eps. Alex Cross.
    I am almost finished with Cross series, hope the others are just as good.

  4. carol moody says:

    I just want to say that I enjoy every book of yours, I read, I have almost every book you wrote. Keep up the great writing. waiting for the next book. I keep all your books so i can reread them. Great collection, some day I will give them to someone who will enjoy them as much as I did. thank you, your number 1 fan

  5. I stayed in the hospital, with my Dad, while he was dying, in 2010. There were only two books in the book rack. One of them was a paperback, titled ’1st to Die’, so I picked it up and started reading, and have been hooked ever since. I haven’t read a James Patterson book, since then, that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. Thank You

  6. lois ann womack says:

    I love his books and try to get all of them. Lately more of his books contain curse words. I liked them better when there weren’t any. They don’t add anything to the enjoyment. That way I could pass them on to anybody and not be afraid that I would offend them.

  7. Eileen Williams says:

    I have just finished I Michael Bennett, but has left me wanting more. Will there be a sequel?

  8. love love love your books. cant get enough. do you write anything for 8 years old. my daughter is 8 and I want to introduce her to middle school but is a little big for her.(age wise). she loves to read, and as I might have mentioned I love your books. I actually collect them. did you consider writing for a younger audience? keep the great books coming. from Trinidad n Tobago.

  9. I enjoyed reading the Alex Cross series but found the parts on Nana Mama and little Alex nauseating (I always skip these parts)

  10. I have read 20 or so Pattersons, especially love the Cross series and can’t wait for the next one to come out. Keep them coming.

  11. I just finished reading Cross My Heart. I hope there is going to be another book that takes up where this one left us hanging….. I can’t wait…..
    I have been reading your books for a long time & enjoy them. Keeps you
    coming back for more. Keep them coming…

  12. Try reading the womens murder club series there’s 12 books at the moment an no 13 on its way in march this is an excellent series

  13. I think you left out “The Lake House,” which I wasn’t crazy about. It was , obviously the beginning of maximum ride series, get it never seems that the book is it knowledged that group. What I don’t understand is why certain books that are identical have different titles. I don’t understand the fact that they are printed in different areas. It doesn’t seem to make sense to me. I love his stand alone books like honeymoon, swimsuit, second honeymoon, Beach Rd., Beachhouse, etc. etc , and nothing beats his Alex Cross series!!!! Love you James

  14. V. Anderson. says:

    Have an extensive library but after reading just one of your books I am Hooked. Being a senior citizen I hope to live long enough to read all of them.

  15. I read Cross My Heart in two days, then went back and read it again. All I can say is I hope the next Cross book is finished and published soon. Reading the Michael Bennett series just too see how your writing changes. Thank you for your dedication to the world of books.

  16. I enjoy reading James Patterson books. I can not wait until Unlucky 13 comes out. I love the women’s murder club series and the Alex Cross series. the ones I do not really care for are the Maximum, Daniel X and the Fang series, but all in all, I love his books. Thanks for being such a good author.

  17. Looking for the title of book which has Cross chasing and catching Kyle Craig?

  18. When will the sequel to Cross My Heart coming out.

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