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Some of James Patterson’s best work is shown in his most popular series and here you will find the Alex Cross Series in Order. It is written in first-person narration and tends to switch to the killers’ point of view in third-person. With extremely short and very intense chapters, these books are very hard to put down.

James Patterson’s novels are mega-bestsellers having sold more than 350 million copies. The Washington Post once said, “The way he writes, he may as well be printing money”. He was the first person to sell 1 million e-books and has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, so many in fact, that he made the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Alex Cross SeriesWho is Alex Cross?

One of mystery fiction’s most iconic characters, Dr. Alex Cross is the leading character and narrator of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series.

Cross is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was lead to believe that his mother died from lung cancer when he was only nine and that his alcoholic father died a year later. Alex was sent to Washington D.C. to live with his grandmother.

At six-foot-tall 200 pounds, Alex Cross is a well-educated, devoted family man who is undoubtedly, very much involved with his community.

He’s a brilliant forensic psychologist/homicide detective who works as a profiler for the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC. A job that brings Alex Cross into the crosshairs of many villains.

Alex is also the widowed father of two children (Janelle and Damon). Together, they reside on Fifth Street in Washington D.C. under the care of their grandmother (Nana Mama).

His wife and first love (Maria) who worked as a social worker, was shot by an unknown sniper and died in Alex’s arms. Maria is the reason for Alex’s motivation of taking on cases.




Alex Cross Series About the Alex Cross Series

In the beginning, Alex cross takes on a case when two children are kidnapped by their teacher (Gary Soneji). Thereafter, his niece goes missing and Cross believes that her disappearance is the work of an insane killer known as (Casanova).

The intense suspense goes on through the entire series. While trying to protect and hold his family together, Cross faces many threats to his family and to the city of Washington D.C.

Often he confronts serial killers and criminal masterminds who wish to kill him and others close to him. His life becomes very complicated. At some point, Cross discovers who killed his wife and he will do anything to bring down her murderer.

Of course, there are many more exciting twists and turns, including, love interests and villains. Alex Cross loses a lot and risks even more.

I am certainly not about to ruin the stories for anyone by saying too much. On that note, there are thirty books in the Alex Cross series from 1993 to 2022 and next, I am going to put them in order for you. I hope you’re excited! I know I am!




Alex Cross Series in Order

Of course, you can read any book at any time, however, I highly recommend reading the Alex Cross Series in order, as to not miss anything relevant to one book or another. 




Alex Cross Series-Along Came A Spider1. Along Came a Spider (1993)

Two very high profile children have been kidnapped. A family of three and an elementary teacher has been brutally murdered. Gary Soneji is a terrifying serial killer and kidnapper that has outsmarted the police, FBI, and the Secret Service. Now, thirty-eight-year-old Homicide Detective Alex Cross must evade the psychopath who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh.


Alex Cross Series-Kiss the Girls2. Kiss the Girls (1995)

Twenty-two-year-old Naomi Cross has been missing for four days. After receiving the devastating news about his niece, Detective Alex Cross along with his best friend and partner John Sampson, head to North Carolina to meet up with the local police and FBI. The Detectives soon learn that Naomi is just one of several beautiful and intelligent young women who have gone missing and Det. Cross suspects that the sadistic serial killer who calls himself ‘Cassanova’, may be responsible.


Alex Cross Series-Jack & Jill3. Jack & Jill (1996)

When a U.S. senator is found murdered, the police find only one clue. A rhymed note that promises that this is just the beginning, signed, ‘Jack and Jill’. Detective Alex Cross must piece together the clues of not one, but two gruesome murders. No one in Washington is safe, including the President of the United States.


Alex Cross Series-Cat & Mouse4. Cat & Mouse (1997)

Alex cross is falling deeply in love and Gary Soneji is back for revenge. He escaped from prison and he wants the Cross family dead. On top of that, panic spreads throughout Europe as another game of Cat and Mouse is being played by a serial killer known as Mr. Smith.


Alex Cross Series-Pop Goes the Weasel5. Pop Goes the Weasel (1999)

Alex and Christine are happy and deeply in love but their happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders. A British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer is playing a sick game called The Four Horsemen and his player is called ‘Death’. Detective Alex cross faces a villain he won’t soon forget.


Alex Cross Series-Roses are Red6. Roses are Red (2000)

With troubles at home, Detective Alex Cross reluctantly takes on the case of a mysterious criminal who calls himself the ‘Mastermind’. Bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building and when their instructions are not followed to the letter, they kill the bank employees and their families.


Alex Cross Series-Violets are Blue7. Violets are Blue (2001)

Detective Alex Cross takes on an unbelievable case that is leaving a trail of bodies all across America. San Francisco police and the FBI are horrified when they find two dead joggers that look like they had been killed by savage beasts rather than a human. Meanwhile, a shocking secret is revealed as the ‘Mastermind’ is stalking and threatening Cross and his family.


Alex Cross Series-Four Blind Mice8. Four Blind Mice (2002)

The very morning that Detective Alex Cross planned to resign from the D.C. Police, there was a knock at his door. Sampson had one more case for Cross. Sampson’s oldest friend, Ellis Cooper, an Army Ranger and a Vietnam Veteran. has been arrested for murder. Sampson knows Cooper too well and he knows that he is being framed. Cross and Sampson go deep behind enemy lines to confront the most terrifying and deadly killers they have ever encountered. Things between Cross and Jamilla Hughes are heating up.


Alex Cross Series-The Big Bad Wolf9. The Big Bad Wolf (2003)

Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and disappearing completely. This is Cross’s first case since joining the FBI. Cross soon realizes that these men and women are being bought and sold. He’s dealing with a Russian mobster and master criminal called the ‘Wolf’. Also, Christine is back in the picture and not for the reasons Alex may have hoped for.


Alex Cross Series-London Bridges10. London Bridges (2004)

A huge bomb is detonated in Sunrise Valley, Nevada, the town was annihilated. Alex and his girlfriend Jamilla were on vacation in San Francisco when he got the call. The Wolf is back and so is the Weasel. The Wolf is claiming responsibility and surveillance reveals the presence of the Weasel. The thought of these two joining forces makes Alex’s blood run cold.


Alex Cross Series-Mary Mary11. Mary, Mary (2005)

A famous actress was shot outside of her home in Beverly Hills. A short time later, an editor for the L.A. Times receives an email that recounts the murder in shocking detail, The email was signed, Mary Smith. FBI Agent Alex Cross is on a Disneyland vacation with his family when he gets the call, This case is nothing like Alex has ever seen before. Someone is murdering Hollywoods’ A-List.


Alex Cross Series-Cross12. Cross (2006)

Alex has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life finally starts to feel like it’s in order. That is until Sampson calls in a favor. He’s tracking down a serial rapist in Georgetown. The case triggers a connection to Maria’s death. Among the villains Alex Cross has faced, one psychopath tops them all, his wife’s killer.


Alex Cross Series-Double Cross13. Double Cross (2007)

Alex Cross is back in the game and this time he is being targeted by two psychopath killers. A series of elaborate murders are occurring in Washington D.C. and the whole East Coast is on edge. This killer enjoys an audience. In Colorado, another mastermind is planning to get back at Cross


Alex Cross Series-Cross Country14. Cross Country (2008)

Detective Alex Cross is called to the worst murder scene he has ever encountered. Someone with less than zero regard for human life has slaughtered a family. More and more killings soon follow, each one more ruthless than the last. Alex Cross must track this killer alone and cross country.


Alex Cross Series-Alex Cross's Trial15. Alex Cross’s Trial (2009)

After his return from halfway around the world, Detective Alex Cross decides that it’s time to write the book he’s been wanting to write for years. The story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. He’s ready to pass the stories from his grandmother on to his children.


Alex Cross Series-I Alex Cross16. I, Alex Cross (2009)

Alex Cross was celebrating his birthday with everyone he loves when the phone rang. His niece, Caroline, had been murdered in the most gruesome way imaginable. It seems that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington D.C.’s wildest scenes and Alex vows to catch her killer.


Alex Cross Series-Cross Fire17. Cross Fire (2010)

Alex and Bree’s wedding is put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.’s most corrupt. This seems to be the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims’ movements. Information that only a Washington insider could possess. On top of all that is going on, the Mastermind is back and he intends to eliminate Cross and his family for good.


Alex Cross Series-Kill Alex Cross18. Kill Alex Cross (2011)

The President’s two children have been kidnapped and the first one on the scene is Detective Alex Cross. Somebody high up in the ranks is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital.


Alex Cross Series-Merry Christmas Alex Cross19. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (2012)

It’s Christmas Eve and Alex Cross has just returned home from catching a church thief. He is celebrating with his family and barely finishes the tree decorating when as usual, the phone rings. A hostage situation is spiraling out of control and Alex must risk everything to save another family.


Alex Cross Series-Alex Cross Run20. Alex Cross, Run (2013)

Three serial killers are on the loose. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window and she had just given birth, yet the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Detective Alex Cross can begin searching for the baby and the killer, a second crime has occurred and the capital city is in a panic when a third body is found. Detective Cross is so consumed that he doesn’t even realize that someone is watching him.


 Alex Cross Series-Cross My Heart21. Cross My Heart (2013)

Nothing in the world is more important to Alex Cross than his family, they are his strength. One man uses this against him and if Alex dares to protect his family, they will die. This time, the stakes are higher than ever as Cross faces his most personal enemy yet.


Alex Cross Series-Hope to Die22. Hope to Die (2014)

Bree, Nana Mama, and Alex’s children have all been ripped away. He must give this madman what he wants if he has any chance of saving them. The stakes have never been higher and Cross is being forced to play the deadliest game of his career in order to save the ones he loves.


Alex Cross Series-Cross Justice23. Cross Justice (2015)

When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his hometown in North Carolina for the first time in over thirty years. While trying to prove his cousin’s innocence, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known. While dealing with all of that Cross also helps the local police search for a brutal killer.


Alex Cross Series-Cross the Line24. Cross the Line (2016)

Washington D.C. has never been more dangerous. A man is dead from what looks like road rage, however, it seems to be from something far more sinister. After the murder of his former boss and beloved mentor to Bree, Homicide Detective Alex Cross teams up with his wife to beat a criminal at his own game.


Alex Cross Series-The People vs. Alex Cross25. The People vs. Alex Cross (2017)

Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. He’s charged with gunning down the followers of his nemesis, Gary Soneji in cold blood. As the prosecution presents its case, and the nation watches, even those closest to Cross begin to doubt his innocence. When Sampson shows up needing his help, Cross jumps at the chance, even if it may end up costing him what’s left of his career.


Alex Cross Series-Target Alex Cross26. Target: Alex Cross (2018)

Alex Cross teams up with the Secret Service and the FBI to take down a dangerous threat that could destroy America. A leader has fallen and a sniper strikes a target in the heart of D.C. Bree Stone must solve the case or lose her position as Chief of Detectives


Alex Cross Series-Criss Cross27. Criss Cross (2019)

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime, with a note that says, “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” signed, M. Details conjure up Cross family secrets that could destroy him.


Alex Cross Series-Deadly Cross28. Deadly Cross (2020)

A scandalous double homicide in the nation’s capital opens the psychological case files on Detective Alex CrossUntil Kay Willingham’s shocking murder inside a luxury limousine, the Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and ex-wife of the sitting vice-president led a public life. Yet few including her one-time psychologist had any inkling of Kay’s troubled past in the Deep South.

Murdered alongside her is Randall Christopher, a respected educator whose political ambitions may have endangered both their lives. While John Sampson of DC Metro Police tracks Randall’s final movements, Alex Cross and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to investigate Kay’s early years.

They discover that although Kay had many enemies, all of them needed her alive. Alex is left without a viable suspect and facing a desperate choice between breaking trust and losing his way — as a detective, and as the protector of his family.

Alex Cross Series - Fear No Evil29. Fear No Evil (2021)

Alex Cross enters the final battle with the all-knowing genius who has stalked him and his family for years.

Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness—where they will be the prey.

They’re not on the job but on a personal mission.

Until they’re attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years.

Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest.

No backup. No way out. Fear no evil. 


Alex Cross Series - Cross Over30. Cross Over (2022)

Detective Alex Cross hunts down a serial killer who’s murdering entire families, and who will be coming for Cross next.

A methodical killer is targeting multigenerational families in and around Washington, DC, striking under cover of darkness, triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence of any kind.

Alex isn’t the only one investigating. Also on the case is a charismatic true-crime author who sees patterns the detectives’ miss.

The writer calls “The Family Man” a perfect crime story. Alex knows there is no perfect crime, the investigation should never become the story. Unless the ending falls somewhere between fact and fiction.

BookShots in the Alex Cross Series

In a nutshell or a BookShot LOL, A BookShot is a novella, not quite a short story, and yet, not a novel. A lightning-fast read that packs a lot of punch! At twenty-five to fifty thousand words, these books are sure to keep you in the hot seat for around five dollars or less! The two BookShots in the Alex Cross Series are Cross Kill (2016) and Detective Cross (2017).

More Like the Alex Cross Series

The Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennet Series, NYPD Red, Private Series, and the Detective Harriet Blue Series. Be sure to check out Ali Cross too, a new Alex Cross spinoff series for the younger generation!


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A great place to start reading James Patterson books is with the Alex Cross Series (the only place in my opinion) Are you already reading Along Came a Spider? Have you seen one of the movies, Along Came A Spider, Kiss the Girls, or Alex Cross? I’ve seen all three and they are exceptional.

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  1. Deepanshi

    Hi! I really enjoyed reading about the Alex cross series. I can’t believe how many books are in the series, I’m going to start with Along Came A Spider and Kiss the Girls. Thanks for sharing such a useful guide. I was looking at all the other pages on your website and I am just amazed at how many James Patterson books there are.

  • Tracy

    There is definitely a lot of books! I’m glad to hear that you are interested in the Alex Cross series, it’s my favorite series. I hope you enjoy Along Came A Spider and Kiss the Girls, if you’re anything like me, you will be hooked right off the bat. Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading!

  • Bai Asha

    I would will check out the first book as I am a big fan of James Petterson’s work but I have never had the opportunity to get to read his first book in the Alex Cross series.I never knew that there were still some books in the series that I haven’t read. I am off to get them now. Thank you for sharing

    • Tracy

      It’s always fun to meet fellow James Patterson fans. I’m sure you will love Along Came A Spider, have you seen the movie by chance? Enjoy catching up on the Alex Cross series, Happy Reading!

  • Tashibaarzu

    Many thanks for this post on Alex Cross Addict. I’m a huge fan of James Patterson’s work. I’m a reader but haven’t read the first book in the Alex Cross series. I will read the book very soon. You have given a link to purchase the book and made the book much easier to find.

    I appreciate your efforts. Your article is instructive. I will share your article with book lovers. I hope they benefit and soon share their experiences with you. Thank you for making the purchase easy.

    • Tracy

      I’m glad that you are a fan and I’m even happier that my article was useful. I really think you will enjoy the Alex Cross Series. Thanks for the comment and thanks for sharing! Happy Reading!

  • jahangir alam

    Hi, TRACY. Thanks for writing a nice article about the Alex Cross Series.There are hardly any people who haven’t heard the name, James Patterson. His novels are quite popular and there are so many top sellers. I have never seen a series of novels on a website before, which is why I really like your website. I’m even more happy that I can buy any novel from Amazon. I’m looking forward to more beautiful related articles from you in the future. I will share the article with friends, so they can read it and make a beautiful novel collection.

    • Tracy

      Thanks for the comments, I’m glad that you found  Alex Cross Series and the series in order useful. Writing about James Patterson’s novels is certainly my pleasure. I thank you for sharing and I look forward to hearing more from you! 

  • Sam

    I haven’t read any of James Patterson’s novels before but he’s my moms’ favourite author. I’m not sure if shes read the Alex Cross series yet but it sounds like she would enjoy. If she hasn’t read them I might pick up the first book in the series for Mothers day.

    • Tracy

      Hi Sam, I love that your mom is a fan! If she has not read the Alex Cross series, I’m sure she would enjoy Along Came A Spider for Mother’s Day. You should give James Patterson books a try too, what are you interested in? There are so many genres, something for everyone. : ) Thanks for visiting!

  • Md Millat

    Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. Your article was really interesting and informative. I have got a lot of information about the Alex cross series. I’m a huge fan of James Patterson. I have read several of his books in the Alex series. I love reading his books. However, I did not read all the books in the Alex series. So I am very benefited by this link. I can read other books very easily. I personally found your article to be extremely helpful after receiving links to it. I will share your website on my social media so that my social media friends can benefit from this website by getting links to all the books in the Alex series.

    • Tracy

      I love meeting fellow James Patterson fans and I’m really happy that you found Alex Cross Addict! Thank you for commenting and sharing, Happy Reading!

  • Abel

    I didn’t know Alex Cross had lost his mother and also his wife. I know that these event’s especially losing your mom at a young age, show in any situation. I’m surprised that Cross’s work is not that saturated with these tragedies. A big shout out for him that he has healthily managed these things. 

    • Tracy

      I agree Abel. Alex Cross is a very strong character. I think the tragedies he has suffered make him an even better Detective and Dr. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Happy Reading!

  • Harish

    Hell, Alex Cross is my favorite series although there are so many great books by James Patterson, I see you have listed the whole lovely collection. I am planning to buy a few now and hope to read them with in a few months. Now my main focus is to update as much as possible. I am also planning to publish my own book soon. I hope everyone will enjoy it!

    • Tracy

      I’m a bit of an Alex Cross fan myself! I’m really excited for you too read some new ones! I would love to check out your new book, congratulations! Happy Reading!

  • Naksh

    Wow very awesome. The Alex Cross series truly is a great place to start reading his books. Love me some James Patterson and Alex Cross for sure. Patterson has done a remarkable job of bringing his character to life.

    Anyone who enjoys this type of drama and intrigue will thoroughly enjoy the Cross series. I should enjoy the read. Thanks for making the purchase much more easier.

    • Tracy

      The Alex Cross series is by far, my favorite series although there are so many great books by James Patterson, I have a lot of favorites. Have you read any other series? I think you would really enjoy the Michael Bennett Series. Let me know if I can help you find anything new. Happy Reading!

  • Feji ben

    I would will check out the first book as I am a big fan of James Petterson’s work but I have never had the opportunity to get to read his first book in the Alex Cross series. Thanks alot for the link as it made getting the book a lot easier.

    • Tracy

      You are very welcome, I’m glad that you found this article and you have the book on the way. I know you will be very happy with your purchase. I’m so excited for you, please come back and tell me what you thought of Along Came A Spider. Happy Reading!

  • Benny

    Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. I am amazed at the successful productions of James Patterson. Here i was thinking that I was the biggest fan, I never knew that there were still some books in the series that I haven’t read. I am off to get them now. Thank you

    • Tracy

      Ha, thanks Benny! I’m really glad that you found some new Alex Cross books to add to your list. Come back often because there is always something new from James Patterson!

  • RoDarrick

    Wow! This is golden to me. I just got into a fiction class and I was told by my tutor to read as many as possible books of James Petterson. Though I have heard of the Alex cross series but I never gave it a go because I’m not really a great reader. However, I decided to join a reading group to hone my skills and this is my first assignment. These series look rather interesting and tempting. I should enjoy the read. Thanks for making the purchase much more easier.

    • Tracy

      I’m really happy to hear this and I am quite sure that these books will not disappoint you. Your tutor must know from experience just how well written and easy to read. James Patterson’s books are. The Alex Cross series truly is a great place to start reading his books. Good luck to you in your fiction class and reading group, I hope these help you become a book lover. Thank you for your comment, I hope I get to hear from you again, Have a great day!

  • Jason

    Love me some James Patterson and Alex Cross for sure. Patterson has done a remarkable job of bringing his character to life. Anyone who enjoys this type of drama and intrigue will thoroughly enjoy the Cross series, as well as, any of Patterson’s other works too. Great find here….well done. Thanks for sharing.

    • Tracy

      Me too Jason! James Patterson did a fantastic job with Alex Cross. You really get to know the character and oh boy, what a rush!  Thank you so much, your visit and comment is greatly appreciated, Have a wonderful day!

  • Pentrental

    I’m always on the lookout for good books, especially e-readers. It’s nice to know that someone as well known as James Patterson has his books listed on Amazon. This will give any budding author confidence to self-publish. With the Alex Cross series I see that there is an interesting protagonist. I do like a good thriller. There sure are lot’s of these books out there, so I better get moving. I’ll check out the first one through your link here, thank you!

    • Tracy

      I love a good thriller too! I’m sure that after you read the first one in this series (Along Came A Spider), you won’t be disappointed. I appreciate your comment and look forward to hearing from you again. Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

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