One of my favorite things to read are series books. I get so invested in the characters that I just want to read more and more with them in it. The Alex Cross series by James Patterson is the first series I remember reading. I read my first one about 20 years years ago and I was hooked from the start. Not only did James Patterson immediately become my favorite author, but Alex Cross became my favorite character.
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If you aren’t familiar with James Patterson, then you need to stop what you are doing and pick up one of his books right now. If you like series books like I do, then you will want to give the Alex Cross books a try. The first book in the series is Along Came A Spider. And yes…it was eventually made into a movie that, if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to (after you read the book, of course)!
About Alex Cross and Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross is a homicide detective with the D.C. police department. Having a degree in psychology, with a special concentration in abnormal psychology and forensic psychology, Alex Cross is able to get into the minds of the criminals he’s after.
Life changes for Deputy Chief of Detectives Alex Cross when he is drawn into a high-profile case. Two nine-year-old children are kidnapped by a teacher, Gary Soneji, from the prestigious Washington Day School. Maggie Rose Dunne is the daughter of an actress, and Michael “Shrimpie” Goldberg is the son of the Secretary of Treasury. A ransom of $10 million is demanded.
Just from the blurb on the back of Along Came a Spider, I was hooked. Little did I know, I would also become hooked on the character of Alex Cross and begin 20 years of reading the Alex Cross series (newest one comes out in November). James Patterson does an excellent job with character development. You really get to know all of the characters in each of his books. I truly believe that his strong point, as an author, is his various series he has on the market. With strong character development, you become invested in the characters as if you truly knew them and you want to read more with them!
With close to 25 books in the series already out, you will have plenty of books to keep you busy! My favorite way to start a new series is when there are several books already out! For a complete list of the books in this series and the order you should read them in, visit the official James Patterson website.