New Release Books by James Patterson

James Patterson is the author of The Perfect Assassin (2022), Ali Cross: The Secret Detective (2022), Fear No Evil (2022), Escape (2022) and other 397 books.

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The Perfect Assassin

release date: Nov 15, 2022
The Perfect Assassin
Prof. Brandt Savage--grandson of the legendary action hero Doc Savage--is forced into a top-secret training program where he discovers his true calling...as the perfect assassin. Dr. Brandt Savage is on sabbatical from the University of Chicago. Instead of doing solo fieldwork in anthropology, the gawky, bespectacled PhD finds himself enrolled in a school where he is the sole pupil. His professor, "Meed," is demanding. She''s also his captor. Savage emerges from their intensive training sessions physically and mentally transformed, but with no idea why he''s been chosen, and how he''ll use his fearsome abilities. Then his first mission with Meed takes them back to her own training ground, where Savage learns how deeply entwined their two lives have been. To prevent a new class of killers from escaping this harsh place where their ancestors first fought to make a better world, they must pledge anew : Do right to all, and wrong to no one.

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective

release date: Jun 27, 2022
Ali Cross: The Secret Detective
The #1 bestselling kid detective is back! Mysteries, crime-solving, homeroom—all in a day''s work for Ali Cross. Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, the famous detective Alex Cross. And after helping to solve two big cases, Ali knows he has what it takes to follow in his father''s footsteps. Eager to keep solving crimes, Ali and his friends hack into police calls and go to crime scenes to watch the detectives at work—and try to crack the cases themselves. But when Ali witnesses something horrible, he has to grapple with tough questions about what it means to be a detective, and a detective''s son. Will Ali find a way to follow in his father’s footsteps . . . or will he be the one in danger’s path?

Escape

release date: Jun 20, 2022
Escape
#1 New York Times bestselling detective Billy Harney of The Black Book is chasing down a billionaire crime boss and a prison escape artist while a young girl''s life hangs in the balance. As Chicago PD’s special-ops leader, Detective Billy Harney knows well that money is not the only valuable currency. The filthy rich man he’s investigating is down to his last twenty million. He’s also being held in jail. For now. Billy’s unit is called in when an escape plan results in officers down and inmates vanished. In an empty lot, Billy spots two Kevlar vests. Two helmets. Two assault rifles. And a handwritten note: Hi, Billy Are you having fun yet?

Shattered

release date: Jul 18, 2022
Shattered
Nothing could tear #1 New York Times bestseller Detective Michael Bennett away from his new bride—except the murder of his partner and best friend. NYPD master homicide investigator Michael Bennett and top FBI abduction specialist Emily Parker have a history. Working case after case, each can predict the other’s next move. So when she fails to show at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Bennett risks venturing far outside his jurisdiction. The investigation he undertakes is the most brilliant detective work of his career…and the most intensely personal. A portrait begins to emerge of a woman as adept at keeping secrets as forging powerful connections. A woman whose enemies had both the means and the motives to silence the real Emily Parker—and her protectors.

The Runaway's Diary

release date: Jun 07, 2022
The Runaway's Diary
A page-turning graphic novel of sisters, secrets, and second chances. I’m running away. Not to a place—to a person. Eleanor is happiest when she''s left alone to dream up elaborate stories. Sam is polished, fun, and popular. Still, the sisters have always been there for each other—until everything changed. Now Sam is somewhere in Seattle, and Eleanor runs after her. Nothing is easy in the big, unforgiving city. As Eleanor faces new setbacks, she also makes new friends and tells new stories. Eleanor can rewrite her life in so many ways . . . but can she make a happy ending her reality?

22 Seconds

release date: May 02, 2022
22 Seconds
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 22 seconds... until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge—or her life. SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer has guns on her mind. There’s buzz of a last-ditch shipment of drugs and weapons crossing the Mexican border ahead of new restrictive gun laws. Before Lindsay can act, her top informant tips her to a case that hits disturbingly close to home. Former cops. Professional hits. All with the same warning scrawled on their bodies: You talk, you die. Now it’s Lindsay’s turn to choose.

Death of the Black Widow

release date: Apr 19, 2022
Death of the Black Widow
She destroys the men she loves—and escapes every time. The most dangerous killer James Patterson has ever created is also his most seductive. On his first night with Detroit PD, Officer Walter O’Brien is called to a murder scene. A terrified twenty-year-old has bludgeoned her kidnapper with skill that shocks even O’Brien’s veteran partner. The young woman is also a brilliant escape artist. Her bold flight from police custody makes the case impossible to solve—and, for Walter, even more impossible to forget. By the time Walter’s promoted to detective, his fascination with the missing, gray-eyed woman is approaching obsession. And when Walter discovers that he’s not alone in his search, one truth is certain. This deadly string of secrets didn’t begin in his home city—but he’s going to make sure it ends there.

Dog Diaries: Dinosaur Disaster

release date: Apr 11, 2022
Dog Diaries: Dinosaur Disaster
Junior, the first dog author to top the New York Times bestseller list, leads the canine heist of the century to fetch the ultimate treasure: DINOSAUR BONES! We’re in luck, my person-pal, because we are going to see DINO-ROARS! Yes, we! Including me, Junior, everyone’s favorite PUP. Not even the pesky “no dogs in the museum” rule can keep me away from this fossil-tastic FEAST-A-SAURUS. So join me to discover: How I came snout-to-face with a TERRIER-SAURUS REX in the flesh (well, the BONE)! The dustiest, moldiest, most PAW-fect sniff-a-licious scents I''ve ever wrapped my nose around. Why my pack of pooch pals and I planned a BARK-tastic break-in. It’s going to be a HOWLING good time, so long as my friends and I don’t get caught. Otherwise this FUR-RAISING adventure might end with us in the DOG HOUSE!

Middle School: It's a Zoo in Here!

release date: Jan 24, 2022
Middle School: It's a Zoo in Here!
Rafe feels like a caged lion at his summer job at the zoo--until a real lion desperately needs his help. Rafe Khatchadorian is days away from sweet, sweet summer freedom until bad grades threaten to land him in . . . SUMMER SCHOOL. It’s impossible to fail out of a summer job, right? Wrong. He strikes out at the zoo then grosses out at a billionaire''s country club: Digging a pit for the annual clambake Scrubbing chewed bubblegum, sooty fireplaces, and . . . toilets Polishing the chrome on his boss''s ATV Rafe is destined for the Failed Jobs Hall of Fame until an encounter with an endangered lion puts his wildlife knowledge to the test . . . and it''s more than his grade on the line this time.

The Horsewoman

release date: Jan 10, 2022
The Horsewoman
Emotions rule us all—and turn two women’s lives into a ride they can barely control in this “hugely entertaining, riveting page-turner.” —#1 bestselling author Louise Penny Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter, both champion riders, vowed to never, ever, go up against one another. Until the tense, harrowing competitions leading to the Paris Olympics. Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best horsewoman in the world. Coronado is Maggie’s horse. An absolutely top-tier Belgian warmblood. Sky is Becky’s horse. A small, speedy Dutch warmblood. Only James Patterson could bring you such breakneck speed, hair-raising thrills and spills. Only hall of fame sportswriter Mike Lupica could make it all so real.

The Paris Detective

release date: Dec 28, 2021
The Paris Detective
The most revered detective in Paris puts his skills to the test in three thrilling cases from the creator of Alex Cross and Detective Michael Bennett. French Kiss: Very handsome and charming French detective Luc Moncrief joined the NYPD for a fresh start—but someone wants to make his first big case his last. Welcome to New York. The Christmas Mystery: In the heart of the holiday season, priceless paintings have vanished from a Park Avenue murder scene. Now, dashing French detective Luc Moncrief must become a quick study in the art of the steal—before a coldblooded killer paints the town red. Merry Christmas, Detective. French Twist: Gorgeous women are dropping dead at upscale department stores in New York City. Detective Luc Moncrief and Detective Katherine Burke are close to solving the mystery, but looks can be deceiving . . . .

City of the Dead

release date: Nov 29, 2021
City of the Dead
Hawk, the daughter of Maximum Ride, teams with her mother up to help save their beloved but dangerous city in this action-packed thriller. For Hawk, being a hero weighs heavily on her wings. In the City of the Dead, life happens in the shadows. That''s why a war is brewing against an enemy no one can see. Hawk and Maximum Ride never back down from a conflict, or from each other, and they argue more than they agree. But as the dead begin to outnumber the living, a mother''s experience and a daughter''s instinct can make for one powerful arsenal.

E.R. Nurses

release date: Oct 11, 2021
E.R. Nurses
They save our lives every day, and we’ve never heard their stories. The life-or-death intensity of working on the front lines, from America’s greatest unsung heroes. “The compassion, the work ethic, and the selflessness of nurses … are given the respect they deserve and captured beautifully here.” –Sanjay Gupta, MD, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent, CNN "James Patterson''s account of the twilight world between life and death that nurses inhabit is one of the most moving things I have ever read.” –Sebastian Junger, author of Freedom and The Perfect Storm Around the clock, across the country, these highly skilled and compassionate men and women sacrifice and struggle for us and our families. You have never heard their true stories. Not like this. From big-city and small-town hospitals. From behind the scenes. From the heart. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you understand. When we’re at our worst, E.R. nurses are at their best.

James Patterson by James Patterson

release date: Jun 06, 2022
James Patterson by James Patterson
“It''s quite a life, Patterson''s, and this fizzing, funny, often deeply moving memoir is a perfect way to understand the dizzying world of a best-selling writer." —Daily Mail “Damn near addictive. I loved it . . . that Patterson guy can write!” –Ron Howard THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world? On the morning he was born, he nearly died. His dad grew up in the Pogey– the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse. He worked at a mental hospital in Massachusetts, where he met the singer James Taylor and the poet Robert Lowell. While he toiled in advertising hell, James wrote the ad jingle line “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.” He once watched James Baldwin and Norman Mailer square off to trade punches at a party. He’s only been in love twice. Both times are amazing. Dolly Parton once sang “Happy Birthday” to James over the phone. She calls him J.J., for Jimmy James. How did a boy from small-town New York become the world’s most successful writer? How does he do it? He has always wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and reread so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart. As he says, “I’m still working on that one.” James Patterson by James Patterson is the most anticipated memoir of 2022.

The Noise

release date: Aug 16, 2021
The Noise
If you hear it, it’s too late. “A really entertaining thriller [that] like Michael Crichton . . . keeps racheting up the suspense.” –Booklist In the shadow of Mount Hood, sixteen-year-old Tennant is checking rabbit traps with her eight-year-old sister Sophie when the girls are suddenly overcome by a strange vibration rising out of the forest, building in intensity until it sounds like a deafening crescendo of screams. From out of nowhere, their father sweeps them up and drops them through a trapdoor into a storm cellar. But the sound only gets worse . . .

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son

release date: Jun 28, 2021
Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son
Alex Cross’s son Ali is an accomplished mystery-solver and #1 bestseller. A crime at a concert near his school sparks his newest investigation, and it gets dangerous fast. Sometimes it’s good to have a father in the detective business. u200b Ali Cross just solved his first real case. Alex Cross knows it''s only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble. Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickly. Ali and his friends were just hanging out in Anacostia Park . . . then they became witnesses to a crime. Alex wants Ali to stay far away from the investigation. But Ali isn''t going anywhere, not when his new friend Zoe is in trouble. It''s up to Ali to figure out why she''s lying to the police—and who she''s protecting. This is Ali''s toughest case yet. As long as he trusts his Cross instincts, he may just have a shot at solving it . . .

James Patterson: The Stories of My Life

release date: Jun 06, 2022
James Patterson: The Stories of My Life
''The master storyteller of our times takes us on a funny, poignant, and ultimately triumphant journey'' HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ''The whole story of his truly astonishing life'' BOB WOODWARD ''The book was damn near addictive. I loved it'' RON HOWARD ''Anyone who has ever started a James Patterson thriller knows how damned difficult it is to put down. And the same is true of this vivid, invigorating memoir'' DAILY MAIL ''What an insightful and invigorating read. So much content and inspiration from one of the world''s most successful authors'' SIR DAVID JASON ''I love the pithy, bright anecdotes, and at times his poignant narrative will bring you to tears'' PATRICIA CORNWELL ''A compelling account of the life events that shaped an extraordinary man'' NICHOLAS SPARKS ''This is a poignant, funny and inspiring account of a phenomenally successful career from a master storyteller'' JAKE HUMPHREY ______________________________ HIS BEST STORIES ARE THE STORIES OF HIS LIFE · His father grew up in a New York poorhouse called the ''Pogie''. · He worked at a psychiatric hospital where he met the singer James Taylor and the poet Robert Lowell. Both were patients. · He was at Woodstock and was also an usher at the Fillmore East. · He was CEO of advertising agency J. Walter Thompson North America when he was thirty-seven. He wrote the ad jingle, ''I''m a Toys ''R'' Us Kid''. · He once watched Norman Mailer and James Baldwin square off to fight. · He''s played golf with three US presidents and has nine holes-in-one. · Dolly Parton sang Happy Birthday to him over the phone. She calls him Jimmy James. James says, ''I always wanted to write the kind of novel that is read and re-read so many times the binding breaks, and the book literally falls apart, pages scattered in the wind. I''m still working on that one.'' ______________________________ ''A masterpiece of storytelling! Funny, poignant, brutally honest'' ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. McRAVEN ''Will delight fans, and even non-fans, of America''s storied storyteller'' BEN BRADLEE JR. ''James Patterson''s first rule of storytelling is "be there". And that''s the genius of his autobiography'' MIKE LUPICA ''Some people are just born to tell stories. James Patterson makes his own life as addictively enjoyable as his novels'' NADINE DORRIES ''Jim Patterson''s life is a thriller itself . . . This book is a pure joy to read'' STEPHEN A. SCHWARZMAN ''Always entertaining . . . You will enjoy the read'' PHIL KNIGHT

Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel

release date: May 04, 2021
Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel
Adapted from James Patterson''s #1 New York Times bestselling series, this hilarious and heartwarming graphic novel introduces Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can''t laugh at her! With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when it''s a bad idea--Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who''s hardly ever home. But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can''t entirely escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together...even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that''s who she really is? Bright, funny, and fast-paced artwork will have readers laughing their way through Jacky''s ha-ha-heartwarming story!

21st Birthday

release date: May 03, 2021
21st Birthday
In this thrilling novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Detective Lindsay Boxer takes a vow to protect a young woman from a serial killer long enough to see her twenty-first birthday. When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife—until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. While Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas pursues the story and M.E. Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the SFPD’s, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender . . . who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn''t a woman in the state of California who''s safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat.

Best Nerds Forever

release date: May 03, 2021
Best Nerds Forever
When a lifelong friendship just isn''t long enough, two friends connect from beyond the grave in this heartwarming ghost story from a New York Times bestselling author. One minute, Finn was biking home from school, and the next, he was run off the road by a maniac in a big van. Now, he''s a ghost. He can do lots of fun things, like try every ice cream flavor in the store, sneak up on people, and play as many video games as he wants. Finn even has a new ghost friend, Isabella, to show him the ropes. But he also has a lot of BIG questions, like: who wanted him dead? And can he stop the maniac from striking again? Packed with hilarious moments, epic friendships, and fun art, Best Nerds Forever celebrates the nerd in each of us and the joy of living life to its fullest.

The Red Book

release date: Mar 29, 2021
The Red Book
Detective Billy Harney’s reputation as a dirty cop may be the only thing keeping Chicago clean in James Patterson’s most critically-acclaimed thriller since The Black Book. u200bFor Detective Billy Harney, getting shot in the head, stalked by a state’s attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is a normal week on the job. So when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago''s west side turns political, he leads the way to a quick solve. But Harney''s instincts—his father was once chief of detectives and his twin sister, Patti, is also on the force—run deep. As a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realizes that the three known victims are hardly the only casualties. When Harney starts asking questions about who''s to blame, the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones. On the flip side, the less he seems to know, the longer he can keep his clandestine investigation going . . . until Harney''s quest to expose the evil that''s rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return: his own troubled past.

The Russian

release date: Jan 25, 2021
The Russian
When a serial killer crashes Detective Michael Bennett''s wedding, he and his new partner uncover a gruesome string of cold-case homicides across the country. Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome. Tasked with working alongside the FBI, Bennett and his gung-ho new partner uncover multiple cold-case homicides across the country that fit the same distinctive pattern—proving the perpetrator they seek is as experienced at ending lives as he is at evading detection. Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won''t affect their upcoming wedding. But as Bennett prepares to make a lifetime commitment, the killer has a lethal vow of his own to fulfill.

Till Murder Do Us Part

release date: Jan 19, 2021
Till Murder Do Us Part
From the world''s #1 bestselling author comes a collection of Discovery ID true crime stories where the bonds of matrimony and love can tear you brutally apart. Til Murder Do Us Part: Kathi Spiars can''t believe she''s found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn''t who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn''t realize that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. (with Andrew Bourelle) Ramp Up to Murder: Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to California from Arizona, to model and live with her new boyfriend, a professional skateboarder. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigators hunt for a missing girl. It’s a case that seems to plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it’s more haunting than they could have imagined. (with Max DiLallo)

The Last Days of John Lennon

release date: Dec 07, 2020
The Last Days of John Lennon
Discover one of the greatest true crime stories in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. “We were the best bloody band there was,” he says. “There was nobody to touch us.” Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar—but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He’s convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman’s not staying away any longer. By the summer of 1980, Lennon is recording new music for the first time in years, energized and ready for it to be “(Just Like) Starting Over.” He can’t wait to show the world what he will do. Neither can Chapman, who quits his security job and boards a flight to New York, a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage. The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day—and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

Deadly Cross

release date: Nov 23, 2020
Deadly Cross
The murder of a glamorous DC socialite becomes Alex Cross’s deadliest case since Along Came a Spider. Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public—she was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers—and across Alex Cross''s mind. Kay had been his patient once. And maybe more. While John Sampson of DC Metro Police investigates the last movements of Christopher Randall, the educator killed along with Kay Willingham, detective Alex Cross and FBI special agent Ned Mahoney find unanswered questions from Willingham''s past, before she arrived in DC and became known in DC society as someone who could make things happen. They travel to Alabama to investigate Kay''s early years. There they find a world of trouble, corruption, and secrets, all of them closed to outsiders like Cross and Mahoney. Kay had many enemies, but all of them seemed to need her alive. The harder the investigators push, the more resistance they find when they leave behind the polite law offices and doctors'' quarters of the state capital. Alex Cross will need to use all his skills as a doctor, a detective, and a family man to prevent that resistance from turning lethal . . . again.

Murder of Innocence

release date: Nov 17, 2020
Murder of Innocence
Dive into two dark stories of crime and murder from a New York Times bestselling author, inspired by true crime horrors where murder isn''t always the worst thing that can happen to you . . . Murder of Innocence: It''s impossible to resist Andrew Luster. He''s rich, charming, and good-looking, and dozens of women have fallen under his spell. But Andrew is no mere womanizer. He''s a predator, and it''ll take a global effort to put him behind bars. (with Max DiLallo) A Murderous Affair: Mark Putnam is a rookie FBI agent given his first assignment in a remote part of Kentucky, a land of coal miners and meth dealers. Within his first months on the job, a young female informant named Susan Smith helps him make a big break in an important case. Rumors begin circulating that the agent and his informant are having an affair. After Susan starts telling people that she is pregnant with the FBI agent''s baby, she suddenly disappears. (with Andrew Bourelle)

The Midwife Murders

release date: Aug 11, 2020
The Midwife Murders
In this psychological thriller, a missing patient raises concerns in a New York hospital, but as others start disappearing every dark possibility becomes more and more likely. To Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan, pregnancy is not an unusual condition—it''s her life''s work. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch in a university hospital in Manhattan, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. Rumors begin to swirl, blaming everyone from the Russian Mafia to an underground adoption network. Lucy teams up with a skeptical NYPD detective to solve the case, but the truth is far more twisted than a feisty single mom could ever have imagined.

23 Hours to Midnight

release date: Mar 02, 2023
23 Hours to Midnight
Detective Lindsay Boxer put serial killer Evan Burke behind bars. Now a new killer has recreated Burke''s most infamous crimes-and disappeared without a trace. Detective Lindsay Boxer put serial killer Evan Burke in jail. Reporter Cindy Thomas put Burke on the bestseller list, in her true-crime book about the case. An obsessed fan is studying every detail-and committing fresh horrors that carry Burke''s signature. Now Lindsay''s tracking an elusive suspect, one who''s penning a deadly playbook featuring Cindy''s name in blood-red ink.
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