A prolific American thriller writer, born 1947. By "prolific", we mean he releases [[http://www.jamespatterson.com/comingReleases.php about one novel per month]], and in 2016 he's launching a brand of novellas. Patterson's work is partly known for 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.

As for Patterson's prolific output, he pulls this off by maintaining a stable of co-writers to help churn out new installments for some of his franchises. Patterson [[http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/books/380231/James-Patterson-the-best-seller-who-doesn-t-write-his-own-books writes a treatment of 60 to 80 pages]] containing all the key plot points, and then hands it off to his co-author to flesh out the details, periodically reviewing and providing feedback. This practice is often criticized in literary circles, but Patterson points out that collaboration is common in practically all media. It also doesn't hurt that he [[http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/james-patterson--scholastic-reading-club-award-first-round-of-grants-to-school-libraries-due-to-high-demand-for-funding-patterson-announces-an-additional-250000--bringing-total-to-175-million-to-help-libraries-across-the-u-300106642.html donates millions of dollars]] to school libraries and indie bookshops.

His main series of novels are:
* ''Literature/AlexCross'' - A detective in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- ''Film/AlongCameASpider'', ''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.