What Is the Chronological Order of the “Alex Cross” Books?

The chronological order of the first 10 books in the “Alex Cross’ series is: “Along Came a Spider”; “Kiss the Girls”; “Jack & Jill”; “Cat & Mouse”; “Pop Goes the Weasel”; “Roses are Red”; “Violets are Blue”; “Four Blind Mice”; “The Big Bad Wolf”; and “London Bridges.”

The chronological order of the rest of the series is: “Mary, Mary”; “Alex Cross”; “Double Cross”; “Cross Country”; “Alex Cross’s Trial”; I, Alex Cross”; “Cross Fire”; “Kill Alex Cross”; “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross”; Alex Cross, Run”; “Cross My Heart”; and “Hope to Die.”

Author James Patterson introduced the Alex Cross character in 1993, with the first book in the series,”Along Came a Spider.” On his website, Patterson describes Cross as: “He joined the Washington, D.C., Police Department as a psychologist, working in Homicide and Major Crimes. Cross is a profiler. He worked with VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) as a liaison between the FBI and D.C. police. After his stint as an FBI Senior Agent, Alex returned to private psychology practice and continued to consult for the MPD and the FBI as needed. He rejoined the MPD as a special consultant to the Major Case Squad.”

As of November 2014, there were 22 books in the series. Patterson wrote 20 of the books by himself. “Alex Cross’s Trial” and “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross” were written with co-authors.