The complete list of James Patterson novels contains 137 books, as of 2015. James Patterson has written several series of books featuring recurring themes and characters, including Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett, NYPD Red, Maximum Ride, Daniel X and Confessions.
As of 2015, the Alex Cross series is the most expansive with 23 books based on the Alex Cross character, a psychologist and former FBI agent who works in Washington, D.C. There are 14 books in the Women's Murder Club series, set in San Francisco. Each title in the series corresponds to the number of the book. For example, "1st to Die" is the first in the series, "7th Heaven" is the seventh and "The 8th Confession" is the eighth. Women's Murder Club follows women of different crime investigation professions and has been adapted into a procedural police TV drama.
The Michael Bennett series contains books that follow the life of Detective Michael Bennett, a man who works for the New York Police Department. The Private series consists of four main books and five additional stories based on Jack Morgan and his detective agency. Morgan is an ex-Marine who rebuilt his father's detective business after retiring from active duty.
Additionally, 41 books by James Patterson are standalone novels, some co-written with authors including Michael Ledwidge. Predominant standalone James Patterson book genres are crime, thrillers, romance and nonfiction.