What Is the Chronology of the "Alex Cross" Series?


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The chronology of the first eight books in the “Alex Cross” begins with "Along Came a Spider," "Kiss the Girls," "Jack & Jill" and "Cat & Mouse." "Pop Goes the Weasel," "Roses Are Red," "Violets Are Blue" and "Four Blind Mice" are the fifth through eighth books in the series.

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The chronology of the remaining books in the series is "The Big Bad Wolf," "London Bridges,” "Mary, Mary," "Alex Cross" and "Double Cross." Next are "Cross Country," "Alex Cross's Trial," "I, Alex Cross," "Cross Fire" and "Kill Alex Cross." The series concludes with "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross," "Alex Cross, Run," "Cross My Heart," and "Hope to Die."

The series debuted in 1993 when author James Patterson introduced Alex Cross. Patterson describes Alex Cross as a married man with three children: Damon, Janelle and Alex, Jr. He lives with his grandmother and his second wife, Bree, in Washington, D.C., where he works for the Maryland Police Department as a special consultant with the Major Case Squad.

Twenty-two books in the Alex Cross series have been published as of November 2014. Patterson wrote the majority of those books himself; however, two of the books, “Alex Cross’s Trial” and “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross,” were written with the help of co-authors. According to Patterson’s website, another book, “Cross Justice,” will be added to the series in November 2015.

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