Author of the Month: JAMES PATTERSON

                                                 Author of the Month: James Patterson
                                                                  by Conchita Olivares

September is a month dedicated to reading and literacy. And if there is one author (aside from J. K. Rowling) who moved the world into reading, it has to be James Patterson!

Patterson was born on March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York. He was the CEO of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson until the late 1990s. He stayed on even after becoming a bestselling author.

Patterson ranked first in the list of Top Ten highest paid authors of 2011.According to Forbes, he made a cool $84 million between May 2010 and April 2011 and signed a 17-book, $150-million contract with Hachette Book Group. The reason Patterson is doing so well while fiction sales across the publishing industry have plummeted? He’s cornered the adult and the young adult markets. Adults will be familiar with his Alex Cross series – thrillers about an American psychologist – while kids will know him as the author of the “Maximum Ride” series.

Patterson releases several books every year, thrilling his fans with page turners that are easy to read and entertaining. Wondering if you have missed one of Patterson’s releases? Check out this complete list of James Patterson books by year.

1976 – The Thomas Berryman Number
1977 – Season of the Machete and The Jericho Commandment (published again in 1997 as See How They Run)
1980 – Virgin
1986 – Black Market (published again in 2000 as Black Friday)
1988 – The Midnight Club
1992 – Along Came A Spider (Alex Cross Series)
1994 – Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross Series)
1996 – Jack & Jill (Alex Cross Series), Hide & Seek and Miracle on the 17th Green (with Peter De Jonge)
1997 – See How They Run (published previously as The Jericho Commandment) and Cat and Mouse (Alex Cross Series)
1998 – When the Wind Blows
1999 – Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross Series)
2000 – Black Friday (previously published in 1986 as Black Market), Cradle & All (previously published in 1980 as Virgin) and Roses are Red (Alex Cross Series)
2001 – Violets are Blue (Alex Cross Series), Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club)
2002 – Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross Series), Beach House(with Peter De Jonge)and 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, with Andrew Gross)
2003 – The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross Series), The Jester(with Andrew Gross) andThe Lake House (sequel to When The Wind Blows)
2004 – 3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, with Andrew Gross), London Bridges (Alex Cross Series) and Sam’s Letters to Jennifer
2004 – Santa Kid
2005 – 4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, with Maxine Paetro), Mary, Mary (Alex Cross Series), Honeymoon(with Howard Roughan), Lifeguard(with Andrew Gross)and Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
2006 – Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever, Cross(Alex Cross Series), Beach Road(with Peter De Jonge), Judge and Jury(with Andrew Gross) and 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, with Maxine Paetro)
2007 – Step on a Crack, Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports , 6th Target , The Quickie , You’ve Been Warned and Double Cross
2008 – 7th Heaven , Maximum Ride #4: The Final Warning, Sundays at Tiffany’s, Sail, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Against Medical Advice, and Cross Country
2009 – Run for Your Life, The 8th Confession , Daniel X: Watch the Skies , The Murder of King Tut and Witch & Wizard
2010 – Worst Case, Fang, The 9th Judgment, Don’t Blink, Private, Postcard Killers, Cross Fire and Witch & Wizard: The Gift
2011 – Tick Tock, Angel and Toys

For those James Patterson readers out there, check the LIRC for Patterson books that are available in the collection. Happy Reading!


James Patterson Book ListComplete List of James Patterson Books. Retrieved September8, 2011 from

James Patterson Official website. Retrieved September7, 2011 from

The World’s highest paid- authors.Retrieved September 7, 2011 from



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