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tautly written crime thrillers and series (The Murder Club novels and the Michael Bennett series). He also has written books for children and teens, science romance, and graphic novels. He is the biggestselling author in the world: 170 million copies of 65 books. Patterson is listed in the Guinness World Records for newest having the most New York Times detective, Jack Morgan, makes bestsellers: 45. That number his debut in is already obsolete; now 54 June in Private. bestsellers, 37 of them reaching No. 1. The Times estimated that, currently, one out of every 17 novels sold in the United States bears name. The author generates so many new ideas that he long ago abandoned writing the novels himself and now uses co-authors for his books. As a 20year advertising agency veteran and the former chairman of industry icon J. Walter Thompson, Patterson also has strong ideas on how those ideas should be marketed. It was Patterson who convinced his publisher that TV advertising would help boost book sales (it did) and that releasing more than one of his books at a time dilute his
Morgan Freeman and Monica Potter in the 2001 thriller, Along Came a Spider.
As if he needs any help at all. Patterson is used to breaking records. been shattering them ever since 1993, when Along Came a Spider, his book featuring Washington, D.C., homicide detective Alex Cross, became a New York Times bestseller. Since then, the record-breaking statistics have piled up faster than the dead bodies in his
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