James Patterson Books In Order

You don’t just wake up one day and find yourself as POTUS 42’s writing collaborator. And you surely don’t just find yourself writing “Run, Rose, Run” with Dolly Parton.

Well, James Patterson did all these things and has mounds of books to his name.

He is an award-winning author and the world’s greatest bestselling author. Do you know how good you have to be for people to add “biggest/greatest” to “bestselling author?”

You have to be in the same league as Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Nora Roberts, Harold Robbins, and other literary greats.

That’s why I compiled all of James Patterson’s books in order.

Let’s get started.

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Who is James Patterson?

James Brendan Patterson, Jr. was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York. In high school, James was a brilliant student but didn’t like reading books casually.

James attended Manhattan College (where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English in 1969) and Vanderbilt University (where he graduated with an M.A. in English in 1970).

After graduating, Patterson started working as a junior copywriter at an advertising agency called J Walter Thompson in New York City. He then worked his way up, becoming the company’s CEO in 1988 and chairman in 1990.

James Patterson finished writing his first book, The Thomas Berryman Number, in 1976 but had to endure 31 rejections from publishers before seeing his book on the shelves of bookstores.

Then, in 1993, his breakout book, Along Came A Spider, was published, and he’s rumored to have sold over 350 million copies of his books.

Top 3 James Patterson Books

  1. Along Came a Spider (1992)
  2. Kiss the Girls (1995)
  3. 1st to Die

James Patterson Books In Order

Alex Cross Books In Order of Publication

  • Along Came a Spider (1992)
  • Kiss the Girls (1995)
  • Jack & Jill (1996)
  • Cat & 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 / Alex Cross (2006)
  • Double Cross (2007)
  • Cross Country (2008)
  • I, Alex Cross (2009)
  • Cross Fire (2010)
  • Kill Alex Cross (2011)
  • Alex Cross, Run (2013)
  • Cross My Heart (2013)
  • Hope to Die (2014)
  • Cross Justice (2015)
  • Cross the Line (2016)
  • The People vs. Alex Cross (2017)
  • Target (2018)
  • Criss Cross (2019)
  • Deadly Cross (2020)
  • Fear No Evil (2021)

Bookshots: Alex Cross Books In Order of Publication

Alex Cross Miscellaneous Books in Order of Publication

Women’s Murder Club Books (with Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro) In Order of Publication

  • 1st to Die (2000)
  • 2nd Chance (2002)
  • 3rd Degree (2004)
  • 4th of July (2005)
  • The 5th Horseman (2006)
  • The 6th Target (2007)
  • 7th Heaven (2008)
  • The 9th Judgment (2009)
  • The 8th Confession (2009)
  • 10th Anniversary (2011)
  • 11th Hour (2012)
  • 12th of Never (2013)
  • Unlucky 13 (2014)
  • 14th Deadly Sin (2015)
  • 15th Affair (2016)
  • 16th Seduction (2017)
  • The 17th Suspect (2018)
  • The 18th Abduction (2019)
  • The 19th Christmas (2019)
  • The 20th Victim (2020)
  • 21st Birthday (2021)
  • 22 Seconds (2022)

Ali Cross In Order Of Publication

  • Ali Cross (2019)
  • Like Father, Like Son (2021)
  • The Secret Detective (2022)

Bookshots: Women’s Murder Club Books In Order of Publication

Amy Cornwall Books (with Brendan DuBois) In Order of Publication

Black Book Books (with David Ellis) in Order of Publication

  • The Black Book (2017)
  • The Red Book (2021)
  • Escape (2022)

Chef Books in Order of Publication

Bookshots: Chef Books (with Jeffrey J. Keyes) in Order of Publication

Confessions Books (with Maxine Paetro) in Order of Publication

  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect (2012)
  • The Private School Murders (2013)
  • The Paris Mysteries (2014)
  • The Murder of an Angel (2015)

Crazy House Books (with Gabrielle Charbonnet) In Order of Publication

  • Crazy House (2017)
  • The Fall of Crazy House (2018)

Daniel X Books in Order of Publication

  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (With Michael Ledwidge) (2007)
  • Watch the Skies (With Ned Rust) (2009)
  • Demons and Druids (With Adam Sadler) (2010)
  • Game Over (with Ned Rust) (2011)
  • Armageddon (with Chris Grabenstein) (2012)
  • Lights Out (with Chris Grabenstein) (2015)

Daniel X Graphic Novels Books in Order of Publication

Detective Harriet Blue Books (with Candice Fox) in Order of Publication

  • Never Never (2016)
  • Fifty Fifty (2017)
  • Liar Liar (2018)
  • Hush (2019)

BookShots: Detective Harriet Blue Books in Order of Publication

David Shelley Books in Order of Publication

Honeymoon Books (with Howard Roughan) in Order of Publication

james patterson holding a honeymoon book
James Patterson holding a Honeymoon book. (Image credit: Blaues Sofa on Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.0)
  • Honeymoon (2005)
  • Second Honeymoon (2013)

Instinct Books (with Howard Roughan) in Order of Publication

  • Murder Games / Instinct (2017)
  • Killer Instinct (2019)
  • Steal (2022)

Invisible Books (with David Ellis) in Order of Publication

  • Invisible (2014)
  • Unsolved (2019)

Katt vs. Dogg Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

Maximum Ride Books in Order of Publication

Maximum Ride Graphic Novels Books in Order of Publication

  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 2 (2009)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3 (2010)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 4 (2011)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 5 (2011)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 6 (2012)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 7 (2013)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 8 (2014)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 9 (2015)
  • Max Ride: Ultimate Flight (2016)
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 10 (2021) 

Michael Bennett Books (with James Born, Michael Ledwidge) in Order of Publication

  • Step on a Crack (with Michael Ledwidge) (2007)
  • Run for Your Life (with Michael Ledwidge) (2009)
  • Worst Case (with Michael Ledwidge) (2009)
  • Tick Tock (with Michael Ledwidge) (2010)
  • I, Michael Bennett (with Michael Ledwidge) (2012)
  • Gone (with Michael Ledwidge) (2013)
  • Burn (with Michael Ledwidge) (2014)
  • Alert (with Michael Ledwidge) (2015)
  • Bullseye (with Michael Ledwidge) (2016)
  • Haunted (with James Born) (2017)
  • Manhunt (with James Born) (2017)
  • Ambush (with James Born) (2018)
  • Blindside (with James Born) (2020)
  • The Russian (with James Born) (2021)
  • Shattered (with James Born) (2022)

Bookshots: Michael Bennett Books in Order of Publication

Discovery’s Murder is Forever Books in Order of Publication

  • Murder, Interrupted (2018)
  • Home Sweet Murder (2018)
  • Murder Beyond the Grave (2018)
  • Murder Thy Neighbor (2020)
  • Murder of Innocence (2020)
  • Till Murder Do Us Part (2021)

NYPD Red Books with Marshall Karp in Order of Publication

  • NYPD Red (2012)
  • NYPD Red 2 (2014)
  • NYPD Red 3 (2015)
  • NYPD Red 4 (2016)
  • Red Alert (2018)
  • NYPD Red 6 (2020)

Private Books in Order of Publication

  • Private (with Maxine Paetro) (2010)
  • Private London  (with Mark Pearson)  (2011)
  • Private Games (with Mark Sullivan) (2012)
  • Private:#1 Suspect (with Maxine Paetro) (2012)
  • Private Berlin (with Mark Sullivan) (2013)
  • Private L.A. (with Mark Sullivan) (2014)
  • Private Down Under / Oz (with Michael White) (2014)
  • Private India (with Ashwin Sanghi) (2014)
  • Private Vegas (with Maxine Paetro) (2015)
  • Private Sydney / Missing (with Kathryn Fox) (2015)
  • Private Paris  (with Mark Sullivan) (2016)
  • The Games (with Mark Sullivan) (2016)
  • Private Delhi / Count to Ten (with Ashwin Sanghi) (2017)
  • Princess (with Rees Jones) (2018)
  • Private Moscow: (with Adam Hamdy) (2020)
  • Private Rogue (with Adam Hamdy) (2021)

Bookshots: Private Books (with Jassy Mackenzie, Rees Jones) in Order of Publication

Rory Yates Books (with Andrew Bourelle) in Order of Publication

  • Texas Ranger (2018)
  • Texas Outlaw (2020)

Tom Moon Books (with James Born) in Order of Publication

  • Lost (2020)

Travis McKinley Books (with Peter de Jonge) in Order of Publication

  • Miracle on the 17th Green (1996)
  • Miracle at Augusta (2015)
  • Miracle at St. Andrews (2019)

When the Wind Blows Books in Order of Publication

  • When the Wind Blows (1998)
  • The Lake House (2003)

Witch & Wizard Books in Order of Publication

  • Witch & Wizard (with Gabrielle Charbonnet) (2009)
  • The Gift (with Ned Rust) (2010)
  • The Fire (with Jill Dembowski) (2011)
  • The Kiss (with Jill Dembowski) (2013)
  • The Lost (with Emily Raymond) (2014)
this image of james patterson signing books features the witch and wizard book cover as a backdrop
This image of James Patterson signing books features the witch and wizard book cover as a backdrop. (Image credit: “James Patterson” by Terry Ballard on Flickr CC BY 2.0)

Witch & Wizard Graphic Novels Books in Order of Publication

  • Battle for Shadowland (2010)
  • Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1 (with Gabrielle Charbonnet, Svetlana Chmakova) (2011)
  • Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 2 (with Ned Rust, Svetlana Chmakova) (2012)
  • Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 3 (with Jill Dembowski, Svetlana Chmakova) (2013)

Zoo Books (with Michael Ledwidge) in Order of Publication

  • Zoo (2012)
  • Zoo: The Graphic Novel (2012)

Bookshots: Zoo Books (with Michael Ledwidge) in Order of Publication

  • Zoo 2 (2016)

Standalone Novels in Order of Publication in Order of Publication

  • The Thomas Berryman Number (1976)
  • Season of the Machete (1977)
  • See How They Run / The Jericho Commandment (1979)
  • Black Market / Black Friday (1986)
  • The Midnight Club (1989)
  • Hide & Seek (1995)
  • Cradle and All / Virgin (Remastered) (1999)
  • Sam’s Letters to Jennifer (2001)
  • Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas (2001)
  • The Beach House (with Peter de Jonge) (2002)
  • The Jester (with Andrew Gross) (2003)
  • Lifeguard (with Andrew Gross) (2005)
  • Beach Road (with Peter de Jonge) (2006)
  • Judge & Jury (with Andrew Gross) (2006)
  • The Quickie (with Michael Ledwidge) (2007)
  • You’ve Been Warned (with Howard Roughan) (2007)
  • Sundays at Tiffany’s (with Gabrielle Charbonnet) (2008)
  • Sail (with Howard Roughan) (2008)
  • Swimsuit (with Maxine Paetro) (2009)
  • The Postcard Killers (with Liza Marklund) (2010)
  • Don’t Blink (with Howard Roughan) (2010)
  • Toys (with Neil McMahon) (2011)
  • Now You See Her (with Michael Ledwidge) (2011)
  • Kill Me If You Can (with Marshall Karp) (2011)
  • The Christmas Wedding (with Richard DiLallo) (2011)
  • Guilty Wives (with David Ellis) (2012)
  • Mistress (with David Ellis) (2013)
  • First Love (with Emily Raymond) (2013)
  • Homeroom Diaries (with Lisa Papademetriou) (2014)
  • Public School Superhero (with Chris Tebbetts) (2015)
  • Truth or Die (with Howard Roughan) (2015)
  • The Murder House (with David Ellis) (2015)
  • Woman of God (with Maxine Paetro) (2016)
  • Word of Mouse (with Chris Grabenstein) (2016)
  • Humans, Bow Down (with Emily Raymond) (2017)
  • Pottymouth and Stoopid (with Chris Grabenstein) (2017)
  • The Store (with Richard DiLallo) (2017)
  • Expelled / The Injustice (with Emily Raymond) (2017)
  • The President Is Missing (with Bill Clinton) (2018)
  • Juror #3 (with NancyAllen) (2018)
  •  The First Lady (with Brendan DuBois) (2018)
  • The Inn (with Candice Fox) (2019)
  • The Warning (with Robison Wells) (2019)
  • The Summer House (with Brendan DuBois) (2020)
  • Cajun Justice (with Tucker Axum) (2020)
  • 1st Case (with Chris Tebbetts) (2020)
  • The Midwife Murders (with Richard DiLallo) (2020)
  • The Coast-to-Coast Murders (with J D Barker) (2020)
  • Three Women Disappear (with Shan Serafin) (2020)
  •  The President’s Daughter (with Bill Clinton) (2021)
  • The Shadow (with Brian Sitts) (2021)
  • The Noise (with J D Barker) (2021)
  • The Jailhouse Lawyer (with NancyAllen) (2021)
  • 2 Sisters Detective Agency (with Candice Fox) (2021)
  • The Horsewoman (with Mike Lupica) (2022)
  • Run, Rose, Run (with Dolly Parton) (2022)
  • Death of the Black Widow (with J D Barker) (2022)
  • The Elephant Girl (with Celesta Rimington) (2020)
  • The Ninth Month (with Richard DiLallo) (2022)
  • Blowback (with Brendan DuBois) (2022)
  • The Girl in the Castle (with Emily Raymond) (2022)
the president is missing
The president is missing. (Image credit: “The President is Missing, Bill Clinton et James Patterson + Donald Trump – London Book Fair 2018” by ActuaLitté on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Short Stories/Novellas in Order of Publication

Bookshots: Detective Luc Moncrief Books (with Richard DiLallo) in Order of Publication

  • French Kiss (2016)
  • The Christmas Mystery (2016)
  • French Twist (2017)

Bookshots: Diamond Trilogy Books (with Elizabeth Hayley) in Order of Publication

  • Dazzling (2016)
  • Radiant (2016)
  • Exquisite (2017)

Bookshots: Jon Roscoe Thriller Books (with Robert Gold) in Order of Publication

  • The Hostage (2016)
  • The Verdict (2016)
  • Kidnapped (2016)

Bookshots: Owen Taylor Books (with Brendan DuBois) in Order of Publication

  • The End (2017)
  • After the End (2017)

BookShots: Flames Books in Order of Publication

  • Learning to Ride (with Erin Knightley) (2016)
  • Sacking the Quarterback (with Samantha Towle) (2016)
  • The Mating Season (with Laurie Horowitz) (2016)
  • The Return (by Erin Knightley) (2016)
  • Bodyguard (with Jessica Linden) (2016)
  • Hot Winter Nights (with Codi Gary) (2016)
  • Seducing Shakespeare (by Tabitha Ross) (2017)
  • Bedding the Highlander (by Sabrina York) (2017)
  • Sabotage (by Jessica Linden) (2017)
  • 50 Hidden Desires  (with Jessica Lemmon) (2017)
  • Sexy Summer Flings (with Codi Gary) (2017)
  • Love Me Tender (with Laurie Horowitz) (2017)
  • The Experiment (by HelenKay Dimon) (2017)
  • The Weekend Wife (by Beth Ciotta) (2017)
  • Dawn’s Early Light (by Jessica Scott) (2017)
  • Christmas Sanctuary (by Lauren Hawkeye) (2017)
  • Shopping for Love (by Renee Carlino) (2018)
  • Once Upon a Kiss (by Sara Jane Stone) (2018)  

Bookshots: Mitchum Books (with James Born) in Order of Publication

  • Hidden (2017)
  • Malicious (2017)
  • Malevolent (2020)

Bookshots: Standalone Novels in Order of Publication

Non-Fiction Books in Order of Publication

violets are blue and the beach house by james patterson
Violets Are Blue and The Beach House by James Patterson. (Image credit: “Collecting More James Patterson Masterpieces” by Leyram Odacrem on Flickr CC BY 2.0)

Children’s Books in Order of Publication

Candies Books with Andy Elkerton in Order of Publication

House of Robots Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

  • House of Robots (2014)
  • Robots Go Wild! (2015)
  • Robot Revolution (2017)

I Funny Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

  • I Funny (2012)
  • I Even Funnier (2013)
  • I Totally Funniest (2015)
  • I Funny TV (2015)
  • School of Laughs (2017)
  • Laugh Out Loud (2017)
  • The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest I Funny Ever (2018)

Little Geniuses Books (with Susan Patterson) in Order of Publication

  • Big Words for Little Geniuses (2017)
  • Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses (2018)
  • Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (2019)

Jacky Ha-Ha Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

  • Jacky Ha-Ha (2016)
  • My Life is a Joke (2017)

Max Einstein Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

  • The Genius Experiment (2018)
  • Rebels with a Cause (2019)
  • Saves the Future (2020)
  • World Champions! (2021)

Middle School Books in Order of Publication

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (with Chris Tebbetts) (2011)
  • Get Me Out of Here! (with Chris Tebbetts) (2012)
  • How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (with Chris Tebbetts) (2013)
  • My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar (with Lisa Papademetriou) (2013)
  • Ultimate Showdown (with Julia Bergen) (2014)
  • How I Got Lost in London (2014)
  • Save Rafe! (with Chris Tebbetts) (2014)
  • Just My Rotten Luck (with Chris Tebbetts) (2015)
  • Going Bush (with Martin Chatterton) (2016)
  • Dog’s Best Friend (with Chris Tebbetts) (2016)
  • Hollywood 101 (with Martin Chatterton) (2016)
  • Escape to Australia / Million-Dollar Mess Down Under (with Martin Chatterton) (2017)
  • From Hero to Zero (with Chris Tebbetts) (2017)
  • Born to Rock (with Chris Tebbetts) (2019)
  • Master of Disaster (with Chris Tebbetts) (2020)
  • Field Trip Fiasco (with Martin Chatterton) (2021)
  • It’s a Zoo in Here! (with Brian Sitts) (2022)

Treasure Hunters Books (with Chris Grabenstein) in Order of Publication

  • Treasure Hunters (2013)
  • Danger Down the Nile (2014)
  • Secret of the Forbidden City (2015)
  • Peril at the Top of the World (2016)
  • Quest for the City of Gold (2017)
  • All-American Adventure (2019)
  • The Plunder Down Under (2020)
  • The Ultimate Quest (2022)

Christopher Farnsworth Short Stories/Novellas (with Christopher Farnsworth) in Order of Publication

Graphic Novels in Order of Publication

Short Stories/Novellas (with Jessica Lemmon)

Anthologies in Order of Publication

Best 5 James Patterson Books

1.  Along Came a Spider (1992)

“Along Came a Spider” is James Patterson’s breakout novel and Book#1 in the Alex Cross series.

The story follows Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist, as he tries to stop a psychopathic serial murderer (Gary Soneji) from kidnapping and killing more people.

A clip from the movie Along Came a Spider adopted from the 1993 novel with the same title by James Patterson.

2. Kiss the Girls 

Another Alex Cross classic, and in this psychological thriller, Alex Cross tries to solve another murder mystery.

The novel was published in 1995, and in 1997, it was adapted into a movie.

3. 1st to Die

Four friends (a medical examiner, a police inspector, a reporter, and an assistant DA) attempt to solve a mystery and catch a killer who is killing newlyweds.

The four friends are women who call themselves the Women’s Murder Club. 1st to Die is the first book in the Women’s Murder Club series.

4. The Thomas Berryman Number

Going all the way back to 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number is James Patterson’s first-ever novel, and it follows Ochs Jones, the narrator, who is a reporter for a Nashville paper.

Ochs attempts to solve the assassinations of Jimmie Horne, the first African American mayor of Nashville, and of the assassin who killed Jimmie.

5. NYPD Red

First published in 2012, the story is about NYPD Red, an elite special task force tasked with protecting the interests of Manhattan’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens.

Last Words On James Patterson Books in Order

James Patterson is one of the best-selling authors in the world. He has written over 100 books, including the Alex Cross series, Women’s Murder Club series, Private Novels, and Maximum Ride series.

His books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide.

And… James Patterson is still active, so we have not seen the last of this literary genius. 

About Jessica Majewski

Jessica started off as an avid book reader. After reading one too many romance novels (really... is it ever really enough?), she decided to jump to the other side and started writing her own stories.

She now shares what she has learned (the good and the not so good) here at When You Write, hoping she can inspire more up and coming wordsmiths to take the leap and share their own stories with the world.