James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is a prolific American thriller writer. 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:
* ''Alex Cross'' - 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 in UsfulNotes/SanFrancisco. 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.
* ''Maximum Ride'' - A teen science-fiction series with human-avian hybrids.
* ''Witch & Wizard'' - A teen fantasy series about fugitive magic users.
* ''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]].
!!Works by this author with their own pages:
* ''Literature/AlexCross'' series
* ''Literature/DanielX'' series
* ''Literature/MaximumRide'' series
* ''Literature/WitchAndWizard'' series

!!Other works by this author provide 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.
* AnimalsHateHim: In ''Zoo'', the mysterious animal attacks are found to be a result of [[spoiler:pollution-induced pheromones emitted by human beings which are similar to the attack-pheromones of insects]]. Thus, this trope applies to ''everyone on the planet''.
* BlackBraAndPanties: In ''Sail'', it is stated that a lawyer likes it best when his mistress is wearing black underwear.
* BlackWidow: Nora Roberts, the main character in ''Honeymoon''. She kills two rich guys a short while after they propose to her with her two piece signature dish: an omelet laced with one poison, and sparkle water mixed with a second poison.
* 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.
* FalseRoulette: In ''Sail''.
* FreeRangeChildren: In ''I Funny'', Jamie Grimm goes to another town by himself for a comedy contest on his own -- did we mention he's paraplegic? -- and it's strongly implied he wheeled himself home in the middle of the night.
* HappilyAdopted:
** Micheal Bennett's ten children.
** In ''My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar'' [[spoiler:Rafe's sister, Georgia.]]
* HatePlague: Played with in ''Zoo'', in which a Hate Plague that affects all mammals except humans appears to be triggering an escalating global epidemic of animal attacks. [[spoiler:It turns out that, while animals' behavior is indeed being altered, it's more of a ''Hate Me'' Plague: thanks to pollution plus radiation from cell phones, humans have begun emitting pheromones which incite other mammals to attack them.]]
* HighClassCallGirl: In ''Sail''.
* {{Imprinting}}: The bird kids do this to the heroine of ''The Lake House''.
* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: In ''Zoo 2'', Jackson's group in Las Vegas is attacked by feral humans, whose clothes clearly peg them as casino employees, tourists, and (inevitably) an ElvisImpersonator.
* IrishPriest: Mike Bennett's grandfather Seamus (he become a priest after he was widowed).
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The celebrities taken hostage in ''Step on a Crack'', particularly the Britney Spears-clone.
* {{Pheromones}}: A major plot point in ''Zoo'' involves pheromone signals.
* PostRapeTaunt: In ''The Jester'', one of the antagonists pulls this on the hero, whose wife was kidnapped while he was participating in the crusades.
* RoboticSpouse: In ''The Lake House'', Dr. Ethan Kane, the head of the hospital where Max and the other children were kept, has a robotic wife that is "honored" to perform oral sex on him at any time and any place and even has a perfectly measured vagina.
* ShownTheirWork: 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).
* StealthPun: At no point in ''Sail'' is the phrase [[spoiler: "Dunne In"]] used.
* TooDumbToLive: ''Judge and Jury'' is about the trial of a mob leader who is a powerful sociopath. The judge lets him hear the jury's names during selection. Even after he gets someone to break into her alarmed house, leave the evening paper under her pillow, and all but openly threatens her, she does nothing. By the end of the day, all but one of the jurors is dead. The retrial is locked down like Fort Knox.