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 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:
- Alex Cross - A detective in Washington, DC. 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:
- Alpha Bitch: Three of them in My Brother Is A Big Fat Liar; collectively known as the Princess Patrol.
- Cerebus Syndrome: All of Patterson's middle school books have it.
- 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: 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.
- Widower Hero: Michael Bennett.