James Patterson’s NYPD Red Series

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James Patterson and Marshall Karp wrote this suspense-filled detective series that started in 2012 and continues today with the 6th book coming out on December 1st, 2020. James Patterson’s NYPD Red series is about an elite police unit that confronts only high-profile criminals in Manhattan. The main protagonists in this series are NYPD Red Detectives, Zach Jordan, and Kylie MacDonald who team up to investigate cases involving the rich, famous, and connected citizens of New York.





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NYPD Red Series in Order


1. NYPD Red (2012)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-NYPD RedManhattan is filled with celebrities, producers, directors, paparazzi, and fans. Restaurants are closed for private parties, red carpet and limousines are everywhere. It’s ‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ week and NYPD Red is on high alert amidst this glamorous film festival.

Detective Zach Jordan is getting a new (not unfamiliar) partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald. Jordan and MacDonald met at the academy and boy do they have a history.

Distinguished producer Sid Roth collapses during a breakfast social at the Regency Hotel and while Detectives Jordan and MacDonald are investigating the case, another horrific ‘accident’ takes place on a set at Silver Cup Studios.

A deranged and disgruntled wanna-be actor has a whole script of crimes up his sleeve and each is more sinister than the last. NYPD Red must stop this psychopath before it’s too late.


2. NYPD Red 2 (2014)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-NYPD Red 2Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are called to a crime scene in Central Park. Nobody could be prepared for what they were about to find.

They find a carousel spinning round and round, its painted horses grinning eerily in the early morning dark. There is only one rider: a brutally slaughtered woman, her body tied up and dressed in a Hazmat suit, on display for the world to see. The victim, a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections is the fourth in a string of shocking murders that have hit the city.

As the public pressure mounts and political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance, Zach and Kylie must find out what’s really behind the murderer’s rampage. But Kylie has been acting strange recently-and Zach knows whatever she’s hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.


3. NYPD Red 3  (2015)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-NYPD Red 3Zach and Kylie’s New Year’s celebrations are cut short when they’re called to the home of billionaire businessman Hunter Alden Jr. after he makes a grisly discovery in his townhouse garage.

Alden’s teenage son goes missing soon afterward and his father seems oddly reluctant to find him. Zach and Kylie find themselves in the middle of a chilling conspiracy that threatens everyone in its wake-especially their city’s most powerful citizens.



4. NYPD Red 4 (2016)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-NYPD Red 4New York’s most elite police force chases a ruthless murderer with an uncontrollable lust for money and blood.
It’s another glamorous night in the heart of Manhattan. At a glitzy movie premiere, a gorgeous starlet dripping in millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry makes her way past a horde of fans and paparazzi. But then there’s a sudden loud noise, an even louder scream, and a vicious crime with millions of witnesses and no suspect.

From celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan’s criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie are soon in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer with everything to lose, and millions to gain if he can just shake the detectives on his trail. With the city on edge, the mayor out of patience, and the flames of their personal relationship threatening to reignite and ruin everything, Zach and Kylie are facing down their worst fears-and their most dangerous enemy yet.


5. Red Alert (2018)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-Red AlertThe richest of New York’s rich gather at The Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. A fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism or a homicide?

A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die in a desolate corner of New York City. Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald investigate. But the crimes keep escalating as a shadowy killer masterfully plays out his vendetta and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain.



6. NYPD Red 6 (2020)

James Patterson's NYPD Red Series-NYPD Red 6The most lavish wedding of the season invites the most brazen kidnapper in New York City to make the bride disappear.

Reality star Erin Easton’s “Wedding of the Century” may have a cable crew documenting every extravagant bridal detail. But when “Airhead Easton” disappears from the reception, it’s no diva turn. Her dressing room is empty but for a blood-spattered wedding gown and signs of a struggle.

Detective Kylie MacDonald of NYPD Red, already on-scene as a plus-one, loops in her partner, Detective Zach Jordan to activate Level One mobilization for this PR nightmare. But when Erin’s “proof of life” video makes it to air,    rather than to evidence. Every A-lister on the guest list becomes a target of suspicion or just a target.




As usual with James Patterson, this series has short easy to read chapters that most people love. The series is filled with action and suspenseful twists and turns. It seems that the majority of readers love this series and for some, the books get better as the series progresses.

If you enjoy this series, you may also like Alex Cross Series, Michael Bennett Series, and the Women’s Murder Club series. Have you read the NYPD Red series? Let me know your thoughts and leave your comments below. If you are enjoying Alex Cross Addict SUBSCRIBE today. Happy Reading!

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  1. TheEccentricLad

    Hello Tracy,

    This is the first I’m hearing about these books, But you’ve succinctly described each of them without giving out any spoilers. Such balance is difficult to achieve.

    I’m sure avid readers of detective books will be intrigued enough to make a purchase. Best of luck with all that you do.

    Yours truly,

  • Tracy

    Hey there EccentricLad! Thank you for your kind words, I’m happy to hear that the article is intriguing, I do try not to give out any spoilers. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Let me know if I can help you choose a great James Patterson novel. Have a great evening.

  • Krafty

    As always, wonderfully descriptive teasers to draw people into these stories without ruining the plot =D

    • Tracy

      Hi there Krafty! It’s always a pleasure to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words. Drawing you in and never ruining the plot is my first name, LOL. That’s a really long first name. I think you would enjoy the NYPD Red series… Thanks for visiting! Happy Reading!

  • Kirkman

    I have always been a fan of James Patterson and I have in my catalogue, great books from the author. I have only managed to read the red 2 in the series. this was given to me by a friend. now that I have an idea of the entire series I would love to start it again from the first one. thank you

    • Tracy

      It’s always fun meeting fellow James Patterson fans, thank you so much for your comments! I’m glad that you’re interested in reading the full NYPD Red series. Enjoy! 

  • Mikhail

    I love your article about the NYPD Red series! This is the first I’m hearing about it, but it seems very interesting. I can tell you’re passionate about books, and I admire your drive to support small independent bookstores.

    I enjoy reading and watching detective series, and this series looks very suspenseful. I love the storyline you’ve laid out in the intro, and I like how you give a description of each book in the series.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work, blessings to you.

    • Tracy

      Thank you Mikhail! I am very passionate about books and I’m glad it shows. I”m really happy to hear that you have an interest in the NYPD Red series. I also enjoy detective series, I love watching Joe Kenda, Homicide Hunter, lol. Have you read other James Patterson books? Let me know if you would like some other suggestions, I’d be happy to help. Happy Reading!

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