Creator / James Patterson

A prolific American thriller writer, born 1947. By "prolific", we mean he releases 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 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 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 donates millions of dollars to school libraries and indie bookshops.

His main series of novels are:
  • Alex Cross - A detective in Washington, D.C.. Three novels have been adapted for the big screen- Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls (where the character was played by Morgan Freeman) and Alex Cross (based on Cross where he is played by Tyler Perry).
  • Women's Murder Club - A detective, an ME, a DA and crime reporter. They Fight Crime!. Was adapted as a TV series in 2007, it lasted one season.
  • Michael Bennett - A widowed detective in New York City. 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 - Slice of Life part-illustrated novels with surprising depth that also inspired other books. One is called I Funny and stars 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 a fictional crime writer.

This author provides examples of:

  • About The Author: 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'.
  • Alpha Bitch: Three of them in My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar; collectively known as the Princess Patrol.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: In all of his works, the protagonist and his/her friends are described as attractive, no matter the age.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: All of Patterson's middle school books have it.
  • Crusading Widower: Michael Bennett.
  • Disabled Snarker: Jamie Grimm.
  • Expy: In Private: London, the lead character is Daniel Carter, a blonde, blue-eyed ladykiller with a military background and dry wit, even in crisis situations. The bad guy even turns out to 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 James Bond as a Private Detective, though a lot less sanguine about killing.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Micheal Bennett's ten children.
    • In My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar Rafe's sister, Georgia.
  • Message in a Bottle
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The celebrities taken hostage in Step on a Crack, particularly the Britney Spears-clone.
  • Shown Their Work: 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 Doctor Who 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.
  • Stealth Pun: At no point in Sail is the phrase "Dunne In" used.