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'', ''Film/KissTheGirls'' (where the character was played by Creator/MorganFreeman) and ''Film/AlexCross'' (based on ''Cross'' where he is played by Creator/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 UsefulNotes/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/DanielX'' - 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]].
!!This author provides examples of:

* AboutTheAuthor: Is found on most, if not all of his hardback books. Typically more serious in his adult novels, but are sometimes a bit humorous for his middle school and teen series'.
* AlphaBitch: [[RuleOfThree Three]] [[GirlPosse of them]] in ''My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar''; collectively known as the Princess Patrol.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In all of his works, the protagonist and his/her friends are described as attractive, no matter the age.
* CerebusSyndrome: All of Patterson's middle school books have it.
* CrusadingWidower: Michael Bennett.
* 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 Film/JamesBond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.
* HappilyAdopted:
** Micheal Bennett's ten children.
** In ''My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar'' [[spoiler: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 ''Series/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.