James Patterson

The king of the page-turners on pages he loves to turn.

James Patterson is in a class by himself. Beginning with the Edgar Award-winning mystery The Thomas Berryman Number, he has gone on to top the bestseller lists with thrillers, romances, and young adult novels. Patterson’s mega-popular hero Alex Cross recently returned for his 16th outing in I, Alex Cross. We asked his creator to name his 3 favorite books.

Books by James Patterson

One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude is probably the novel that most influenced me as a young writer—simply because as I read it, I realized that I could never do anything half as good!”

The Day of the Jackal

By Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal was the first book that really woke me up to the possibilities of the thriller genre. It was like the pages turned themselves—a real eye-opening experience.”


By James Joyce

“James Joyce is one of the reasons why I decided to try my hand at writing thrillers. Like with One Hundred Years of Solitude, I read Ulysses and was blown away by the storytelling and realized my own strengths as a storyteller, and my limitations as well.”