There is an incredibly, insane number of them and they include just about every genre imaginable.
I previously mentioned this in another post, yet I feel the need to say it again. There absolutely is something for everyone when it comes to choosing books by James Patterson.
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James Patterson’s First Book
James Patterson published his very first book in 1976. A Stand-alone book and classic American suspense novel ‘ The Thomas Berryman Number’. This is a ‘must-read’.
Although this is not a super fast read like J.P.’s later books and series such as The Alex Cross Series and The Women’s Murder Club Series. I’m perfectly content reading anything by James Patterson. Owning his very first book is an honor however, I do wish that I had the first edition.
James Patterson’s Stand-Alone Books
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The Thomas Berryman Number is a riveting story about prejudice and murder in the south. Set in the 1970s, a black, rising politician (Jimmie Horn) is murdered. Reporter (Ochs Jones), who is writing the story of the murder, suspects that predominantly racism and prejudice had something to do with it.
Damian and Carrie Rose are contract killers hired by a mafia family. They are sent to the Caribbean to bring some ‘excitement’ to a vacation Island. Brutal slayings are leaving bodies slashed by machetes to suggest rebels are the murderers. Without witnesses, this case is going to be very difficult to solve.
Jewish survivors from the extermination camps of Nazi Germany had devised a plot for revenge. Their plan is in full force when a group of terrorists delivers a shocking ultimatum at the Moscow Olympics.
Pope Pius XIII is the only one who knows that the Apocalypse is imminent and that two virgins will soon give birth, one to the Beast of Revelation and one to the Savior. In the meantime signs such as locust plagues and Polio, epidemics are happening all over the world.
John Stefanovitch (Stef) was shot in the back and left for dead by a man called the ‘Grave Dancer’ and restricted to a wheelchair. After returning to the police force, Stef is called to the location of a shooting where the Grave Dancer has been murdered. Tapes were found as evidence and Stef partners up with writer Sarah McGinniss to continue the investigation. One of the tapes shows a convicted killer discussing ‘The Midnight Club’.
Archer Carroll, head of the State Department Special Terrorist Force, and Caitlin Dillon, Director of enforcement for the SEC, together, race against time to investigate the fourteen explosions on Wall Street and end the Green Band’s (a group of disgruntled Vietnam Veterans) efforts to destroy Wall Street. and take over America.
The trial that electrified the world. Celebrity and favorite singer/songwriter, Maggie Bradford is on trial for killing her husband Will Shepard, an internationally admired athlete and it appears that she may have killed two of her husbands.
Katie Wilkinson, a book editor, found the man she had dreamed of, Matthew Harrison, a writer. But one day without any explanation he vanishes from her life, leaving nothing but a diary. This diary was written by a woman named Suzanne, a new mother writing to her son Nicholas. As Kate reads what seems to be a love letter, she realizes that her lover may be the husband and father that Suzanne speaks of.
Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when he gets the news that his brother Peter, has drowned. Jack knows that this was no accident, but power and money have paid for the truth to be hidden. While Jack searches to find answers he finds out that Peter not only parked cars for the rich, but was also paid fantastically for satisfying the sexual needs of the richest women and men in town as well.
A struggling lawyer in the Hampton’s, Tom Dunleavy lands the case of his lifetime. His friend, Dante Hallleyville, is arrested for a triple homicide near a movie stars mansion. Tom knows that there is no way that Dante did this, he recruits ex-girlfriend and super lawyer, Kate Costello to assist in exposing the real killer.
Juror # 11, and single mom, Andie De Grasse tried everything to get out of jury duty but ends up in the Trial of the Century. Mafia made man, Dominic Cavello (The Electrician), has been involved in hundreds of gruesome crimes and his conviction should be a sure thing. However, the Electrician makes a devastating move that nobody could have ever seen coming. For Andie, things get personal.
In an attempt to put her family back together after the death of her husband, Anne Dunne plans a sailing trip for her and her three children. Right from the start this vacation is not going well and then something tragic happens and the family struggles to survive.
While on a shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii, Kim McDaniels, one of the world’s most beautiful supermodels is kidnapped by a psychopathic killer. Her parents receive a terrifying phone call and head to Hawaii where they meet Ben Hawkins, an ex-cop turned reporter. Ben offers to help the McDaniels find their daughter. But are they safe?
After a terrible secret shattered her life 18 years ago, she moved away and changed her identity. Nina Bloom has been lying to everyone including her daughter, in order to protect the life that she has built in New York. When an innocent man is charged with murder, Nina knows that she can’t keep her secrets any longer.
A poverty-stricken art student finds a duffel bag of diamonds in New York City during an attack at Grand Central Station. Matthew Bannon begins to plan a much different life with his girlfriend Katherine, but everything changes when he realizes that he is being hunted by one of the worlds greatest assassins (Ghost),
Ben Casper has an obsessive personality and he is in love with a woman he knows he can’t have. When the “love of his life” Diana Hotchkiss is found dead outside of her apartment, Ben is on a mission to find out what happened to her. He finds out that Diana had been living a double life and now someone is trying to stop him from uncovering the truth.
Alexandria Moore (Axi) is madly in love with her best friend Robinson. Good girl Axi decides to run away on a cross country road trip and leave everything behind, she tells Robinson that he is going with her. The two are happy and carefree, they even break some rules. Their adventure quickly becomes out of control when they have to run from the police and Axi has to face the truth when Robinson suddenly collapses. This may be his last trip.
The abandoned Murder House, at #7 Ocean Drive is a beautiful beachfront estate in the Hamptons that hides a horrifying secret past. Detective Jenna Murphy, a former New York City police officer has not been back since she was just a girl. When a high profile power broker and his mistress are found dead in the Murder House, the crime scene is more gruesome than anything Jenna had ever seen. What looks to be an open and shut case, turns out to have more secrets than the Murder house itself.
Massive crowds gather in Rome as a new Pope is chosen. The top candidate may be a turning point that could change the world forever. However, SHE has made many powerful enemies who are not afraid to kill for the cause. Brigid Fitzgerald must convert her enemies before she loses her faith.
Michael and David have been best friends that have been ridiculed since preschool. Not much has changed in the seventh grade. The kids still call Michael ‘Pottymouth” and David ‘Stoopid’. Michael lives with his bickering unsupportive parents and people call him Pottymouth because he makes up funny words or noises when he’s flustered or upset. David lives with his overworked single mom and people call him Stoopid because he once dropped some paint. These best friends deal with bullies and terrible teachers in some amusing ways.
Enemies are planning an attack on America, there is talk of cyber-terror and espionage as well as a possible traitor in the cabinet. The President, Jonathon Lincoln Duncan has no idea who he can trust with highly classified information on a terrorist threat and he, himself becomes a suspect and goes missing.
Three separate stories in one book, the first is Dead Man Running. Randall Beck, a psychiatrist who has an inoperable brain tumor chooses to live the rest of his days helping others through therapy. Randall discovers a plot to kill a presidential candidate and tries to stop it. He has nothing to lose and is running out of time.
Next is 113 Minutes. Molly Rourke is a loving mother who just got the news that her son Alex has died from a drug overdose. She knows who supplied the drug and gets her brothers and a friend to make sure that justice is served.
Lastly, 13 Minutes with Michael Ryan an obsessive-compulsive assassin who is very thorough with his hits. Ryan plans to take down the son of a Croatia crime boss. However this time. Nothing goes according to plan and he soon finds himself the target.
A top-secret service agent, Sally Grissom, is forced to secrecy when she investigates the disappearance of the First Lady. Afterword got out of the President’s affair the First Lady was presumably in Virginia until getting back on her feet. But soon the White House receives a ransom letter with a finger included.
Oscar is a happy dogg who loves being a scout. He knows that snobby katts are good for nothing except climbing trees. Molly despises drooly, disgusting doggs. She is a clever katt and knows that she is destined to be an actress. Oscar and Molly find themselves lost in the woods and eventually learn that the only way to get back home is to put aside their mutual hatred and work together. Ha Ha Ha.
Princess Sophia has lost both her mother and father in a ghastly world that urgently needs a queen. The kingdom is hers until she is imprisoned by the beasts that she read about as a child. The beasts are real and the people look to Sophia for protection. If she doesn’t unlock an ancient secret the kingdom will perish.
After losing his loving wife, former police detective Billy Robinson moved from Boston to Gloucester and has taken over the secluded Inn that his wife once ran. The Inn has many long term tenants and while helping Billy through his grieving process they also become a family. A family that will do what they have to in order to protect each other and their town. When a group of criminals arrives they bring drugs and violence to the town of Gloucester. Billy builds a team to try and save his family and his town.
James Patterson and James O. Born bring us three thrilling suspense stories in one. Hidden, Malicious, and Malevolent.
HIDDEN: After being rejected from the Navy SEALs, Mitchum becomes his small town’s unofficial private eye. But his investigation skills are put to the test when he must find his missing teenage cousin–and uncovers a government conspiracy in the process.
A new standalone thriller. Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the special forces. Now settling down to civilian life in London, he has plans for a safer and more stable existence. But the shocking death of a young woman Shelley once helped protect, puts those plans on hold.
James Patterson with Cynthia Fagen. Those who dwell in the House of Kennedy work hard, live hard, and win at all costs. But just how much has it cost them? With assassinations. murder. plane crashes. fatal accidents. mental illness. drug overdoses. alcohol abuse, and plenty of sex scandals. This family of widows and fatherless children has been cursed with unimaginable losses yet even today, there remains a glamorous aura around the indomitable Kennedys.
One historic lake house. Seven murder victims. Four accused Army Rangers. Two versions of the truth. Only one can survive. Sullivan County, Georgia, belongs to Sheriff Emma Williams. But not when Army Rangers posted to the local base are implicated in a major crime. To an elite team of investigators led by Major Jeremiah Cook, the physical evidence Williams swears by presents clues to an entirely different story. The small-town sheriff has never worked a multiple homicide, and Cook knows it. Unless he can convince the locals that the recent crimes are part of a larger mystery, this outsider may never unlock the century of secrets hidden inside The Summer House.
The Bayou is a unique place to live and it provides grit and passion to any who hail from it, including Cain Lemaire, an ex-Secret Service agent from New Orleans. Cain had the dream job he had always wanted, protecting the President until a single night resulted in a scandal that cost him his post.
When computer genius Angela Hoot, is kicked out of MIT for hacking another student’s computer, she’s certain that she has blown her chance at a successful career. However, Angela was offered an internship with the FBI’s cyber forensics unit. A messaging app with sophisticated tracking capabilities surfaces. the beta users, all young women, are only identified when they turn up dead in their bedrooms. Now Angela must pull off her greatest hack yet and it just might get her killed.
When a rich stockbroker is found dead, the police deem it a suicide. Until suspicious facts start to come up and point the finger at 3 women: his personal chef, his housekeeper, and his ex-wife. But all women have gone missing. Is it because they’re all guilty? Or is the truth even more shocking?
John Lennon was one of the world’s most influential people Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible.
By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade, a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, “it’s the perfect time to be coming back.”
Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles’ controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, “You might as well put a target on me.” The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. If only the agents hadn’t been so intently focused on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman’s powerful, ever-growing obsession with the man he’d grown up idolizing. Chapman, himself a tragic nowhere man, ultimately achieved the notoriety he craved by making the target on Lennon very real and single-handedly wounding the spirit of a generation.
Some people prefer to experience stories through film rather than reading the books. Here are a couple of movies from James Patterson’s stand-alone books, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas and Sunday’s at Tiffany’s
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The list of stand-alone books is long. It can be hard to keep up with over two hundred books. With that being said, I hope you found a good book to curl up to. You can find the list of James Patterson’s book series HERE.
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