Alex Cross Books in Order: How To Read James Patterson Series?

Last Updated 6 days ago.When I watched Along Came a Spider and Kiss The Girls with Morgan Freeman a long time ago, I didn’t even know they were movie adaptations of James Patterson’s novels. So, you know, we learn new things every day. That said, I was aware of the books when they did the Tyler Perry one. Didn’t watch it though. I don’t know why I tell you all of this. We are here to talk books, not movies!

Who is Alex Cross?

Alex Cross is the main protagonist in a long-running series of books by James Patterson. He is an African-American Police Department detective in the city of Washington, D.C.

He often chases after serial killers and other violent criminals who target him in return. This is mostly simple as that for us, not for Cross who end up losing a lot and risking even more.

Alex Cross Reading Order:

The Alex Cross series is not a short one. There are a lot of novels and the titles are sometimes pretty similar. Even if most of the books can be read independently, it’s recommended to read them in order, especially if you don’t want to spoil the previous books if you didn’t read them.

Along Came a Spider Alex Cross Reading Order Kiss the Girls Alex Cross Reading Order Jack and Jill Alex Cross Reading Order Cat and Mouse Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. Along Came a Spider – When a killer kidnapped two well-known rich kids, and one of them was found dead, Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan, an ambitious young Secret Service agent are on the case.
  2. Kiss the Girls – Alex Cross is about to be thrust into a case with two killers preying on opposite sides of America. One is terrorizing Los Angeles, the other is abducting women on college campuses on the east coast – both are cooperating, communicating … and competing.
  3. Jack and Jill – Alex Cross faces a pair of ice-cold killers who are picking off the capital’s rich and famous one by one with chilling professional efficiency. As the whole country awaits the identity of the next celebrity victim, only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case – but will he discover the truth before ’Jack and Jill’ set their sights on Washington’s ultimate celebrity target?
  4. Cat and Mouse – Just as Alex Cross is beginning to feel that life is good and he is finally coming out of the depression he’s been in since the death of his wife, he is called to Union Station train terminal – a man is on the loose, firing at random into the swarming crowds of travelers.

Pop Goes the Weasel Alex Cross Reading Order Roses are Red Alex Cross Reading Order Violets are Blue Alex Cross Reading Order Four Blind Mice Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. Pop Goes the Weasel – Alex Cross: senior Washington, DC homicide detective, he is determined, whatever the consequences, to unmask the man he has nicknamed the weasel, the prime suspect for a spate of killings that Cross has been forbidden to investigate.
  2. Roses are Red – A series of meticulously planned bank robberies ends in murder, and detective Alex Cross must pit his wits against the bizarre and sadistic mastermind behind the crimes. Although torn between dedication to his job and commitment to his family, Cross cannot ignore the case, despite the risks he knows will come with hunting down a killer – and the heartbreaking cost.
  3. Violets are Blue – Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco – bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes and the FBI’s Kyle Craig.
  4. Four Blind Mice – Three young military wives have been brutally killed during a ‘girls’ night out’ and Sampson’s friend, a master sergeant at the army base, stands accused. Uncovering evidence of a series of suspicious murder convictions, Alex and Sampson are determined to infiltrate the closed world of the military.

The Big Bad Wolf Alex Cross Reading Order London Bridges Alex Cross Reading Order Mary, Mary Alex Cross Reading Order Cross Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. The Big Bad Wolf – Across the country, men and women are kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappear completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it seems The Wolf is the master criminal behind this terrible trade and who is bringing a new reign of terror to organized crime.
  2. London Bridges – Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets the call. A town in Nevada has been annihilated and the Russian super-criminal known as the Wolf is claiming responsibility. Major cities around the globe are threatened with total destruction and the thought of such dark genius at work makes Alex’s blood run cold.
  3. Mary, Mary – A well-known actress has been shot outside her Beverly Hills home. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles Times receives an email describing the murder in vivid detail. It is signed Mary Smith. More killings and emails follow – the victims are all major Hollywood players.
  4. Cross – Years after his wife’s death, having left the FBI and returned to practising psychology, Alex Cross finally feels his life is in order…Until his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. John’s tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown and he needs Alex to help find this brutal predator.

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  1. Double Cross – Just when Alex Cross’s life is calming down, he’s drawn back into the game to confront the Audience Killer – a terrifying genius who stages his killings as public spectacles in Washington, DC and broadcasts them live on the net. In Colorado, another criminal mastermind is planning a triumphant return.
  2. Cross Country – When Alex Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that one of the victims is an old friend. Angry, grieving, and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this vicious crime. He is drawn into a dangerous underworld right in the heart of Washington DC that leads him on a life-threatening journey to the Niger Delta, where heroin dealing, slave trading and corruption are rife.
  3. Alex Cross’s Trial – From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he’s written – a novel called “Trial’.
  4. I, Alex Cross – Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.

Cross Fire Alex Cross Reading Order Kill Alex Cross Alex Cross Reading Order Merry Christmas, Alex Cross Alex Cross Reading Order Alex Cross, Run Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. Cross Fire – Alex Cross is planning his wedding to the woman he loves, Brianna Stone. But this blissful existence begins to unravel when Cross is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington DC’s most corrupt and publically hated political figures.
  2. Kill Alex Cross – Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close.
  3. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross – It’s Christmas Eve in Washington DC, Alex Cross is at home with his family decorating the tree when he receives a phone call that causes the festivities to be put on hold. Across town in a mansion house, Henry Fowler, a hard-nosed corporate lawyer turned small-time drug hustler, is holding his children, his ex-wife, her new husband and a neighbour at gun point.
  4. Alex Cross, Run – Three killers are on the rampage in the capital and dead bodies are piling up almost as fast as the police can count them. Alex Cross is in charge of all three investigations and has never been under more pressure. But with a crisis at home that threatens to tear his family apart, Alex’s attention is divided.

Cross My Heart Alex Cross Reading Order Hope to Die Alex Cross Reading Order Cross Justice Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. Cross My Heart – Alex Cross’ whole world is crashing down around him. He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill. Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now he’s unable to protect even those closest to him. As a police detective, he has made many enemies, but never like this.
  2. Hope to Die – Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he’s ever cared about. His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family. Driven by feelings of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross for ever. But Alex Cross is fighting back.
  3. Cross Justice – When his cousin is accused of an unthinkable crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin’s innocence in a town where justice is hard to find, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known.

Cross the Line Alex Cross Reading Order The People vs. Alex Cross Reading Order Target Alex Cross Reading Order Criss Cross Alex Cross Reading Order

  1. Cross the Line – Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers. Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case. But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region.
  2. Cross Kill (BookShots*) – Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister?
  3. Detective Cross (BookShots*) – An anonymous caller has promised to set off deadly bombs in Washington, DC. A cruel hoax or the real deal? By the time Alex Cross and his wife, Bree Stone, uncover the chilling truth, it may already be too late….
  4. The People vs. Alex Cross – Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law.
  5. Target – A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives must solve the case or lose her position. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope.
  6. Criss Cross – In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse. “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as “M” lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details.

Deadly Cross Alex Cross Books in Order Fear No Evil Alex Cross Books In Order

  1. Deadly Cross – Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public — she was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice-president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers — and across Alex Cross’ mind.
  2. Fear No Evil – Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness—where they will be the prey. They’re not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until they’re attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest.

*BookShots are Lightning-fast stories by James Patterson, novels you can devour in a few hours.

25 thoughts on “Alex Cross Books in Order: How To Read James Patterson Series?”

  1. I could never really put a face to Alex Cross until Tyler Perry did his movie. Perry is the consummate Alex Cross!!! I only wish they would make more of the Alex Cross stories into movies!!! So great to see them come to life!!!

      1. I agree he is a very good choice for Alex Cross the only problem is if Hollywood to agree to do another set of movers for Alex Cross only time will tell,

      2. After falling for Luther, I too pictured Idris Elba as my Alex Cross! Tyler Perry was more his best friend John!

    1. I wish the same thing as well those is so many good actors that portray Alex Cross if they made him into movers again,and some really good stories with all 26 books that should hopefully turn into movies even though some of them have already have , all these books I’ve read should an turn into epic movies

  2. I have read the whole “Alex Cross” series and wondering if there are more to be written. Does he have other series? “Detective Cross” is the last one I am finishing now.

    1. He does have another, Detective Harriet Blue. I read Fifty Fifty, and liked it. I don’t think he has another one with her coming out until later this year.

      1. I have the whole Alex Cross series and hope to heck he keeps writti g Alex Cross books. Are there going to be any new ones coming out?

    2. I have just got the 20h Womens Murder Club book from the library Mary. As good as Cross.

      There is also a Michael Bennett series with about ten or so books up to date. One was made into a film – “The Lincoln Lawyer”.



  3. Have just read, and enjoyed very much, “Cross My Heart”. Have read only one other Alex Cross book. Very helpful to have the order they were written in. Now I intend to go back and start at the beginning and, hopefully, read them all.

    1. That’s what I’m going to start doing even though I’ve read all the early of books out of order but now I will be going back to the start.

  4. I have a couple of questions, the first should be straight forward.

    1. For those who have read the books in release order? Do you feel it was the correct way?

    2. I have just finished ‘Cross the line’ which containd an extra for ‘Cross Kill’. However, i cannot find the second listed above, and where i can find it listed, its show as before pre dating Cross Kill despite the extra containing a piece of information which took place during Cross the line.

    I hope someone can help. I have read afew of the books now and I would like to feas them in order without missing any.

  5. Do not read the books in chronological order when it comes to the book shots.

    I read book 23 Cross Justice and was about to read book 24 Cross The Line. I realised that I hadn’t got the book shot ‘Cross Kill’, which chronologically came out before Cross The Line and is listed as book 23.5.

    This is wrong, however. Cross The Line (24) should be read before Cross Kill (which is actually 24.5) and the next book shot ‘Detective Cross’, which is essentially 24.6 comes next and comes before book 25 The People Versus Alex Cross.

    I am about to read Cross The Line then the two-book shots and then The People Versus Alex Cross, and I have it on good authority from another Cross fan that the above is the way to do it because he read Cross Kill before Cross The Line and it ruined Cross The Line for him.

    I will post at a later date to clarify after I have read them, but I am confident that it is as follows:

    Cross The Line – Book 24
    Cross Kill – Book 24.5
    Detective Cross – Book 24.6
    The People Versus Alex Cross – Book 25

    Hope this helps as I know loads of Cross fans frustrated by the book shots.

  6. What are you calling “book shots”, please? I’m just getting to Patterson’s books. I have only Criss Cross, as gift, so I am trying not to disappoint the gifter. Is it safe to read before I double back to start in order?

  7. @Lee : Thanks for your help Lee. I added the novels from BookShots. I didn’t know what those were.

    @David : You can read those books individually. Of course, there will be references that you’ll not understand, but the stories are meant to be read as standalone and as part of the whole series. If you like it, you can go back to the beginning.

  8. Thanks Fabien,
    I have read many James’s books and have listed them in order. I am reading Violets are blue and Kyle Craig is still in this one, I thought he revealed himself in Roses are red.
    Thank you.
    Neridah Beecroft.

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