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15th Dec '13 7:54:31 PM wuggles
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11th Dec '13 2:00:09 AM stuffedninja
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A prolific American thriller writer, born 1947. He releases roughly ten books a month. Partly known for his really short chapters, which were designed to keep the plot moving. Patterson was originally a lesser-known, yet award-winning novelist until he decided to shorten the chapters and [[FocusGroupEnding focus-test]] his books. Upon making those changes, he suddenly hit fame. He now has many co-writers churning out many of his books.

His main series of novels are:

* ''Literature/AlexCross'' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Along Came A Spider'', ''KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by TylerPerry) .
* ''Women's Murder Club'' - A detective, an ME, a DA and crime reporter. TheyFightCrime. Was adapted as a TV series in 2007, it lasted one season.
* ''Michael Bennett'' - A widowed detective in NewYorkCity. With ten kids. Adopted and multi-racial, naturally.
* ''Literature/MaximumRide'' - A teen science-fiction series with human-avian hybrids.
* ''Literature/WitchAndWizard'' - A teen fantasy series about fugitive magic users.
* ''[[Literature/TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]]'' - A teen science-fiction series about a teenage alien bounty hunter.
* ''Middle School'' - SliceOfLife part-illustrated novels with surprising depth that also inspired other books. One is called ''I Funny'' and stars [[DisabledSnarker crippled comedian]] Jamie Grimm, and another called ''Middle School: My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar'' written by Rafe's sister.

Other Works (incomplete):
* ''Sail'' (2008) - a tale of black underwear, black deeds and a message in a bottle.
* ''Swimsuit'' (2009)

Also played poker with [[Series/{{Castle}} a fictional crime writer]].
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!!This author provides examples of:

* AlphaBitch: [[RuleOfThree Three]] [[GirlPosse of them]] in ''My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar''; collectively known as the Princess Patrol.
* CerebusSyndrome: All of Patterson's middle school books have it.
* DisabledSnarker: Jamie Grimm.
* {{Expy}}: In ''Private: London'', the lead character is '''Daniel C'''arter, a blonde, blue-eyed ladykiller with a military background and dry wit, even in crisis situations. The bad guy even turns out to [[spoiler:be a lunatic out to destabalize a region of the world who kidnaps a scientist to that end]]. In short, he's very similar to JamesBond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.
* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: Rafe's sister, Georgia.]]
* MessageInABottle
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The celebrities taken hostage in ''Step on a Crack'', particularly the Britney Spears-clone.
* ShownTheirWork: Frequently in the ''Private'' series.
** For example, in ''London'', Dan Carter narrates that an actress, whose name he can't recall, in the restaurant he's in is rumoured to be the next Companion on ''DoctorWho'' and was "wearing a skirt even shorter than that worn the current one" (Amy Pond).
** Patterson's books in general have a tendency to describe travel and areas in exhaustive detail.
* StealthPun: At no point in ''Sail'' is the phrase [[spoiler: "Dunne In"]] used.
* WidowerHero: Michael Bennett.

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13th Nov '13 7:08:51 PM randomtroper89
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* MeaningfulRename: [[OnceAnEpisode Once a book]] in the {{Literature/Witch And Wizard}} series. At the very end, Patterson lists [[{{Parody}} parodied]] books and pop stars that have been banned. One banned book is called [[Literature/MaximumRide Ultimate Armstrong]]. [[InJoke Get it?]]



** For example, in ''London'', Dan Carter narrates that an actress, whose name he can't recall, in the restauraunt he's in is rumored to be the next Companion on ''DoctorWho'' and was "wearing a skirt even shorter than that worn the current one" (Amy Pond).

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** For example, in ''London'', Dan Carter narrates that an actress, whose name he can't recall, in the restauraunt restaurant he's in is rumored rumoured to be the next Companion on ''DoctorWho'' and was "wearing a skirt even shorter than that worn the current one" (Amy Pond).




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* WidowerHero: Michael Bennett.
10th Oct '13 2:14:44 PM stuffedninja
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* Expy: In ''Private: London'', the lead character is '''Daniel C'''arter, a blonde, blue-eyed ladykiller with a military background and dry wit, even in crisis situations. The bad guy even turns out to [[spoiler:be a lunatic out to destabalize a region of the world who kidnaps a scientist to that end]]. In short, he's very similar to JamesBond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: In ''Private: London'', the lead character is '''Daniel C'''arter, a blonde, blue-eyed ladykiller with a military background and dry wit, even in crisis situations. The bad guy even turns out to [[spoiler:be a lunatic out to destabalize a region of the world who kidnaps a scientist to that end]]. In short, he's very similar to JamesBond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.
10th Oct '13 2:14:21 PM stuffedninja
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Prolific American thriller writer, born 1947. He releases roughly ten books a month. Partly known for his really short chapters, which were designed to keep the plot moving. Patterson was originally a lesser-known, yet award-winning novelist until he decided to shorten the chapters and [[FocusGroupEnding focus-test]] his books. Upon making those changes, he suddenly hit fame. He now has many co-writers churning out many of his books.

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A prolific
American thriller writer, born 1947. He releases roughly ten books a month. Partly known for his really short chapters, which were designed to keep the plot moving. Patterson was originally a lesser-known, yet award-winning novelist until he decided to shorten the chapters and [[FocusGroupEnding focus-test]] his books. Upon making those changes, he suddenly hit fame. He now has many co-writers churning out many of his books.



* The ''Middle School'' Series - SliceOfLife part-illustrated novels, recently expanded into two subseries, ''I Funny'' having a different protagonist (Jamie Grimm) and cast than the Rafe Khatchadorian ones.

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* The ''Middle School'' Series - SliceOfLife part-illustrated novels, recently expanded into two subseries, novels with surprising depth that also inspired other books. One is called ''I Funny'' having a different protagonist (Jamie Grimm) and cast than the Rafe Khatchadorian ones.
stars [[DisabledSnarker crippled comedian]] Jamie Grimm, and another called ''Middle School: My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar'' written by Rafe's sister.


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* AlphaBitch: [[RuleOfThree Three]] [[GirlPosse of them]] in ''My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar''; collectively known as the Princess Patrol.
* CerebusSyndrome: All of Patterson's middle school books have it.


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* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: Rafe's sister, Georgia.]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[OnceAnEpisode Once a book]] in the {{Literature/Witch And Wizard}} series. At the very end, Patterson lists [[{{Parody}} parodied]] books and pop stars that have been banned. One banned book is called [[Literature/MaximumRide Ultimate Armstrong]]. [[InJoke Get it?]]
29th Aug '13 6:45:45 AM Jonn
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* Expy: In ''Private: London'', the lead character is '''Daniel C'''arter, a blonde, blue-eyed ladykiller with a military background and dry wit, even in crisis situations. The bad guy even turns out to [[spoiler:be a lunatic out to destabalize a region of the world who kidnaps a scientist to that end]]. In short, he's very similar to JamesBond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.


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* ShownTheirWork: Frequently in the ''Private'' series.
** For example, in ''London'', Dan Carter narrates that an actress, whose name he can't recall, in the restauraunt he's in is rumored to be the next Companion on ''DoctorWho'' and was "wearing a skirt even shorter than that worn the current one" (Amy Pond).
** Patterson's books in general have a tendency to describe travel and areas in exhaustive detail.
13th May '13 6:09:41 PM sliz225
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* ''Michael Bennett'' - A widowed detective in NewYorkCity. With ten kids. Adopted, naturally.

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* ''Michael Bennett'' - A widowed detective in NewYorkCity. With ten kids. Adopted, Adopted and multi-racial, naturally.
20th Apr '13 11:12:28 AM StarSword
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* ''[[TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]]'' - A teen science-fiction series about a teenage alien bounty hunter.

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* ''[[TheDangerousDaysofDanielX ''[[Literature/TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]]'' - A teen science-fiction series about a teenage alien bounty hunter.
9th Apr '13 2:13:08 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Alex Cross'' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Along Came A Spider'', ''KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by TylerPerry) .

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* ''Alex Cross'' ''Literature/AlexCross'' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Along Came A Spider'', ''KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by TylerPerry) .



* AerithAndBob: Cross is just ''way'' too badass a last name.
** Samson is also pretty badass a name.
* AmoralAttorney: (''Sail'', more extreme than the norm)
* BestServedCold:
* BlackBraAndPanties: (''Sail'')
* BlackWidow: (Nora Roberts, the antagonist of ''Honeymoon'')
* BloodLust: Soneji in ''Cat and Mouse'' incorporates blood as a trademark.
* TheButcher: The hitman antagonist of ''Cross''.
* TheCameo: Patterson himself, along with StephenJCannell, appears in a couple episodes of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', playing poker with the titular crime writer.
* TheCasanova: The villain of ''Kiss the Girls'' is actually named Casanova, a criminal who builds a modern day harem of kidnapped women.
* DanBrowned: Cross's encounters with role-playing gamers and vampires/goths. Might be a case of Did Not Do the Research.
* DepravedBisexual: Gary Shafer aka the Weasel is implied to be one.



* EmbarrassingNickname: Although the embarrassing part is debatable, Sampson calls Cross "sugar".
* ExtrudedBookProduct
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Kyle Craig.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Some of his villains have very painful reasons for what they do. Examples include:
** Gary Murphy/Soneji: [[spoiler:he was abused by his father and stepmother when he was young.]]
** TheButcher from ''Cross'': [[spoiler:his father molested him.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: It's not uncommon for a chapter to end vaguely hinting at what has taken place. A particularly disturbing example from ''I, Alex Cross'' when the BigBad, Zeus, visits the sex club that he frequents and takes two girls to his private room. After binding and gagging the two girls, [[spoiler:he pulls out a taser gun and a pair of pliers]] before the chapter ends.
* IncrediblyLamePun: (In ''Cat and Mouse'' [[spoiler:Mr. Smith "pierced" Isabella's heart.]])
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cross and Sampson
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: At first children's rhymes, now with "cross" in the title. Still, if you can have a murder mystery titled ''Double Cross'', you should.
* TheLastDance: In ''Cat and Mouse,'' Gary Soneji, now dying of [=AIDS=], goes on one last frenzied rampage, killing everyone he feels the need to and dead set on murdering Cross.
* MadnessMantra: In ''Cat and Mouse'', [[spoiler:I MURDERED ISABELLA CALAIS. AND I CAN'T STOP THE KILLING. The first sentence is spelled out in his victims' initials. The second would have been.]]



* MurderDotCom: The DC Audience Killer from ''Double Cross''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Butcher, The Tiger and the Wolf. Cross himself also goes by the nickname of The Dragon Slayer.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Happens in both ''Maximum Ride'' and the ''Daniel X'' series.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The vampire cult in ''Violets Are Blue'' is more like the Manson Family than a group of vampires. Then again it's not exactly common for real vampires to appear in police fiction.
* RacistGrandma: Nana Mama does ''not'' trust white people.
* ReallyGetsAround: Whenever Cross or Sampson aren't [[ILetGwenStacyDie losing their wives]] to the job, they're romancing new ones.
* ScaryBlackMan: John Sampson. PlayedStraight when he's on the job, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when he isn't.
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: Well, characters. Do not confuse Rafe Khatchadorian with [[WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin Kevin Khatchadourian]].



* TortureCellar
* WidowerHero: [[spoiler: Mike Bennett]].
** Cross and Sampson are also prone to losing their [[ReallyGetsAround many]] wives over the course of the books.
* XanatosRoulette ''Four Blind Mice'' has a huge one. [[spoiler:Neither Alex nor the contract killers figure out what the guy hiring them is doing.]]
* YouFailHistoryForever: ''Alex Cross's Trial'' is a prime example of this. In fact, it could be the poster child for this trope.

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* TortureCellar
* WidowerHero: [[spoiler: Mike Bennett]].
** Cross and Sampson are also prone to losing their [[ReallyGetsAround many]] wives over the course of the books.
* XanatosRoulette ''Four Blind Mice'' has a huge one. [[spoiler:Neither Alex nor the contract killers figure out what the guy hiring them is doing.]]
* YouFailHistoryForever: ''Alex Cross's Trial'' is a prime example of this. In fact, it could be the poster child for this trope.
7th Apr '13 2:18:17 AM Xtifr
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* '''Alex Cross''' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Along Came A Spider'', ''KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by TylerPerry) .
* '''Women's Murder Club''' - A detective, an ME, a DA and crime reporter. TheyFightCrime. Was adapted as a TV series in 2007, it lasted one season.
* '''Michael Bennett''' - A widowed detective in NewYorkCity. With ten kids. Adopted, naturally.
* '''Literature/MaximumRide''' - A teen science-fiction series with human-avian hybrids.
* '''WitchAndWizard''' - A teen fantasy series about fugitive magic users.
* '''[[TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]]''' - A teen science-fiction series about a teenage alien bounty hunter.
* The '''Middle School''' Series - SliceOfLife part-illustrated novels, recently expanded into two subseries, ''I Funny'' having a different protagonist (Jamie Grimm) and cast than the Rafe Khatchadorian ones.

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* '''Alex Cross''' ''Alex Cross'' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Along Came A Spider'', ''KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by TylerPerry) .
* '''Women's ''Women's Murder Club''' Club'' - A detective, an ME, a DA and crime reporter. TheyFightCrime. Was adapted as a TV series in 2007, it lasted one season.
* '''Michael Bennett''' ''Michael Bennett'' - A widowed detective in NewYorkCity. With ten kids. Adopted, naturally.
* '''Literature/MaximumRide''' ''Literature/MaximumRide'' - A teen science-fiction series with human-avian hybrids.
* '''WitchAndWizard''' ''Literature/WitchAndWizard'' - A teen fantasy series about fugitive magic users.
* '''[[TheDangerousDaysofDanielX ''[[TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]]''' X]]'' - A teen science-fiction series about a teenage alien bounty hunter.
* The '''Middle School''' ''Middle School'' Series - SliceOfLife part-illustrated novels, recently expanded into two subseries, ''I Funny'' having a different protagonist (Jamie Grimm) and cast than the Rafe Khatchadorian ones.
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