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Friday, October 27, 2006

James Patterson

James Patterson

James B. Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid". Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels— featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant— are the most popular books among Patterson readers.

In 2006, James Patterson sold more than 12 million books in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 130 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was named "the man who can't miss" in Time Magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children's best sellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker'stop-ten list at the same time. In 2005 alone, James Patterson had five consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling original hardcover books – a record held by no other author to date. He broke that record again in 2006. He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward “people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson’s bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon, slated to premiere in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

Alex Cross 01 - Along Came a Spider

"Along Came a Spider is a first-rate thriller-fasten your seatbelts and keep the lights on!"
-Sidney Sheldon

"Along Came a Spider is the rarity—a psychological thriller that truly breaks new ground as James Patterson brilliantly explores dark crevices of the aberrant mind. Detective Alex Cross is real and fascinating! When can I meet Cross again? Soon. I hope. Spider is a sure winner; Cross is the fictional detective of the nineties!"
-Ann Rule

"All at once comes Along Came a Spider, with terror and suspense that graps the reader and won't let go. Just try running away from this one."
-Ed McBain
Alex Cross 02 - Kiss The Girls

"Patterson hit the ball out of the park with his last go-round, the bestselling Along Came a Spider. Kiss the Girls is even better."
-Dallas Morning News

"Tough to put down...ticks like a time bomb, always full of threat and tension."
-Los Angeles Times

"A ripsnorting, terrific read."
-Larry King, USA Today

"As good as a thriller can get...with Kiss the Girls, Patterson joins the elite company of Thomas Harris and John Sanford."
-San Francisco Examiner

Alex Cross 03 - Jack And Jill

Fortunately Patterson has brought back homicide detective Alex Cross....He's the kind of multilayered character that makes any plot twist seem believable. From the book's opening murder to its haunting cliff-hanger ending, Patterson has created a dark and scary thrill ride that keeps your heart pounding and your eyes glued to the pages."

"Captivating....As always, Patterson provides a fast-paced thriller full of surprising but realistic plot twists....Cross is one of the best and most likable characters in the modern thriller genre."
-San Francisco Examiner

"Cross, a brilliant homicide cop, is one of the great creations of thriller fiction."
-Dallas Morning News

"Flawless....Patterson, among the best novelists of crime stories ever, has reached his pinnacle with this one."
-Larry King, USA Today

"The pages turn rapidly, and Patterson juggles twist after twist with genuine glee."
-San Francisco Chronicle

After Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls, you thought James Patterson couldn't get better. You were wrong. "He's unbeatable....In Jack & Jill [he] again proves himself master of the hair-raising thriller with a climactic, double-twist ending, the trick that made his Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls memorable nail-biters."
-Buffalo News

"Quick and scary."
-New York Daily News

"Chilling....this book is hard to put down."
-Associated Press

"A gripping game of death....Through crisp crosscutting, Patterson grabs readers right from the beginning and sweeps them along toward riveting dual climaxes....It's fine, full-blooded entertainment from start to finish, with a last-page surprise."
-Publishers Weekly

Alex Cross 04 - Cat & Mouse

I've just started James Patterson's Cat & Mouse and I can't stop turning pages."
-Larry King, USA Today

"Fast-paced...the prototype thriller for today."
-San Diego Union-Tribune

"A ride on a roller-coaster whose brakes have gone out."
-Chicago Tribune

"Cat & Mouse is a pulsating game....The action is fast and furious....The pages turn in a blur....You might just finish this in one sitting. It's that kind of book."
-Rocky Mountain News

"A quick-paced adventure...with a protagonist worthy of admiration. Alex Cross is a hero. Patterson moves readers along with short chapters, snappy dialogue, and creepy chills....Read it at your own risk."
-Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Fantastic reading entertainment...does not disappoint....The reader is deluged with horror....If you have been a James Patterson fan in the past then you are just waiting for Cat & Mouse. If you have never read any Patterson books then you should go back to Along Came a Spider and read all of the intervening stories. If you don't have time for that you can still enjoy Cat & Mouse as a stand-alone story."
-Daily Sun

Black Friday (Paperback (mass market))
Alex Cross 05 - Pop Goes the Weasel
Alex Cross 06 - Roses Are Red
Alex Cross 07 - Violets Are Blue
Alex Cross 08 - Four Blind Mice
Alex Cross 09 - The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross 10 - London Bridges
Club 01 - First to Die 3
Club 02 - Second Chance
Club 03 - 3rd Degree
Cradle and All
Hide and Seek
Season of the Machete
The Jester
The Lake House
When the Wind Blows

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