James Patterson writes several types of novels, but he is most well-known for his crime thrillers that feature a Washington, D.C. Deputy-Chief/psychologist named Alex Cross. He also writes police procedural novels and children's books.
Patterson's Alex Cross series begins with the novel "Along Came a Spider." The latest book of the series is set to be released in late 2015. Throughout the series, Cross must use character profiling and psychology to find kidnappers and murderers.
Patterson's second-most popular series is the "Women's Murder Club." The titles of the series all feature a number; for example, the first book is titled "1st to Die." As of 2015, the latest book is titled "14th Deadly Sin." "Women's Murder Club" does not feature a single protagonist. It follows a group of women from different professions. Lindsay Boxer, Claire Washburn, Cindy Thomas and Jill Bernhardt are the original characters. Later in the series, defense attorney Yuki Castellano is introduced. All of the books take place in San Francisco.
Patterson's standalone books include thrillers, romances, non-fiction and a picture book. The two non-fiction books feature widely different themes. The first, "Against Medical Advice," documents a family's struggle with an inexplicable medical ailment. In the second non-fiction book, "The Murder of King Tut," Patterson adds suspense to the research into the unsolved death of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen.