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YMMV: James Patterson
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The final showdown between Cross and Soneji in Cat and Mouse
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: In Along Came a Spider the rescue of Maggie Rose Dunne. Truthfully any time a kidnapping victim is reunited with their family.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some interpretations of the Mastermind.
  • Fridge Logic: Micheal Bennett is the only breadwinner in his family even before his wife dies, yet somehow he is able to afford to provide for ten children on a cop's salary.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The 2012 children's novel I Funny is set on Long Beach, Long Island and was written well before but hit the shelves a month after Superstorm Sandy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Almost all of the villains start out as somewhat likable in an evil way until a certain point, but a particularly good example is Gary Schaefer and the murder of Patsy Hampton.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Thriller fiction runs on it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jill has a single brief playable scene in the Hidden Object Game Women's Murder Club: Twice in a Blue Moon: Riding around the archives on a segway, trying to not hit law clerks.
  • Paranoia Fuel: His works portray the personal weaknesses of the police that citizens trust with their lives, as well as how difficult and unpredictable the monstrous criminals can be.
  • Squick: Given the nature of his work, this was a given. However, it runs rampant in Kiss the Girls. One scene in particular involves Casanova using warm milk to lead a live snake into the rectum of one of his victims. Many reviews cite this scene as so disturbing it ruins the entire novel. (Note: Snakes don't actually drink milk. Blame Arthur Conan Doyle for this one.)
    • The latest book also has Zeus, who possibly tops Casanova in terms of being a disgusting murderous sex fiend.
    • Also the lovingly detailed description of The Mastermind having sex with a corpse in Roses Are Red, thanks James.
    • Four Blind Mice has three contract killers (hence the title), and one of them is described as getting hard at the memory of murder.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Mike's wife, Maeve, from cancer, in Step on a Crack, made worse because it's been set up for much of the book).
    • Anything and everything involving Jill in 3rd Degree.

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