The Alex Cross Series of books
James Patterson was born in Newburgh, NY, on March 22, 1947, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Manhattan College, along with a Master of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University. Patterson was a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt, but decided to stop the pursuit of that degree and get a job in advertising.
After he retired from advertising in 1996, he devoted his time to writing. He published his first novel in 1976 called "The Thomas Berryman Number." The novels featuring his character Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and FBI, are his most popular and the top-selling U.S. detective series in the past ten years.
Patterson has written 95 novels since 1976. He has had 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most bestselling hardcover fiction titles by a single author, a total of 76. That also happens to be a Guinness World Record. Patterson novels account for one in 17 of all hardcover novels sold in the United States. In recent years his novels have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined. His books have sold approximately 300 million copies worldwide.
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