Who Are Some Authors of Mystery Novels?


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Some authors of mystery novels include James Patterson, John Grisham and Stephen King. Although best know for their bestselling mystery novels, these authors also write in other genres.

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James Patterson is a bestselling author of mystery and thriller novels. He is best known for his "Alex Cross" series, which features forensic psychologist Alex Cross. His other popular novels include "Maximum Ride," "Michael Bennett," "Daniel X," "Women's Murder Club" and the "Witch & Wizard" series. He also writes stand-alone thrillers, romance novels and non-fiction and enjoys collaborating with other writers, such as Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro and Peter DeJonge.

John Grisham, Jr. specializes in legal thrillers, which leverage his criminal law background and his experience serving in the a House of Representatives. His work translates well into film, and many have become popular movies. These include his first novel, "A Time to Kill," his first best seller, "The Firm" as well as "The Client," "The Pelican Brief" and "The Chamber." Other popular John Grisham titles include "The Runaway Jury," "A Painted House" and "The Rainmaker."

Stephen King writes suspense, horror, science fiction and fantasy fiction. His books are popular materials for adaptation into television movies, feature films and comic books. He writes novels, short stories and non-fiction, some under his pen name, Richard Bachman. Some of his work in include "The Dark Tower" series, "The Green Mile" series, "The Tommyknockers," "The Shining" and "Dolores Claiborne."

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