What Is the Order of the Alex Cross Novels?


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The Alex Cross novel series began in 1993, with the release of the novel "Along Came a Spider." The 21 novels by James Patterson follow a detective, Alex Cross, who solves deadly mysteries while simultaneously seeking to reconcile with his family.

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What Is the Order of the Alex Cross Novels?
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The order of the series is as follows:

  1. "Along Came a Spider"
  2. "Kiss the Girls"
  3. "Jack & Jill"
  4. "Cat and Mouse"
  5. "Pop Goes the Weasel"
  6. "Roses Are Red"
  7. "Violets Are Blue"
  8. "Four Blind Mice"
  9. "The Big Bad Wolf"
  10. "London Bridges"
  11. "Mary, Mary"
  12. "Cross"
  13. "Double Cross"
  14. "Cross Country"
  15. "Alex Cross's Trial"
  16. "I, Alex Cross"
  17. "Cross Fire"
  18. "Kill Alex Cross"
  19. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross"
  20. "Alex Cross, Run"
  21. "Cross My Heart"

Cross’s archenemy is Kyle Craig, a dangerous criminal who goes by the name the “Mastermind." Over the course of the series, Cross frequently clashes with Craig, who seeks to harm him and his family.

Several of the novels have been adapted into films. In 1997, a film version of "Kiss the Girls" was released, starring Morgan Freeman as Cross and Ashley Judd as a surgeon who escaped from a mass murderer. "Along Came a Spider" was released several years later in 2001. This adaptation, also starring Freeman as the protagonist, was about a “math teacher" who kidnapped the child of a famous actress.

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