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[in order of series, then date of publication with each entry dated to earliest edition. Each listing includes later editions and printings]
Alex Cross
2001. No. 9. The Big Bad Wolf
2004. No. 10. London Bridges
2006. No. 12. Cross
2008. No. 14. Cross Country
2011. No. 18. Kill Alex Cross
2012. No. 22. Hope to Die

Michael Bennett
2. 2009. Run For Your Life (Michael Bennett)
5. 2012. I, Michael Bennett (written with Michael Ledwige)

Novels
2006. Judge & Jury (written with Andrew Gross)

Women's Murder Club
2007. The 6th Target. Written with Maxine Paetro
2008. 7th Heaven. Written with Maxine Paetro
2015. 14th Deadly Sin. Written with Maxine Paetro

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Patterson, James "The Big Bad Wolf", published in 2001 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback, 314pp, ISBN 0755300211. Condition: very good, well looked-after with very good dustjacket (price-clipped). Price: £4.99, not including post and packing
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  • The Big Bad Wolf [top]
    Published in 2001 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback with dustjacket, 314pp, ISBN 0755300211
    9th book in the Alex Cross series

Storyline: Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a shadowy predator known only as The Wolf.

Who's Afraid? Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues perplexed. 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 is bringing a new reign of terror to organized crime.

You're Afraid. Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move. A lone wolf himself, he has to go ouot on his own in order to track his new prey and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.

As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home, too. His ex-fiancée, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

 
Patterson, James 'London Bridges', published in 2004 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback with dustjacket, 307pp, ISBN 0755305787. Condition: very good, well looked-after copy with very good dustjacket (price-clipped). Price: £4.99, not including post and packing
2004, Headline, hbk
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  • London Bridges [top]
    Published in 2004 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback with dustjacket, 307pp, ISBN 0755305787
    10th book in the Alex Cross series

Storyline: Alex Cross is on vacation when he gets the call. A city in Nevada has been annihilated and the Russian super-criminal known as the Wolf is claiming responsibility.

And so is the Wolf.

Major cities around the globe, including London, Paris and New York are threatened with total destruction. The Wolf has proven he can do it - the only question is who can stop him in time?

And so is the Weasel

Surveillance films of the blast reveal the presence of another of Alex Cross's most dangerous enemies: the Weasel. The thought of these two dark geniuses joining forces makes Alex's blood run cold.

Now are you scared?

In a matter of hours, Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger. Arriving in London to join forces with Scotland Yard and Interpol, Alex fights his way through a torrent of false leads, impersonators and foreign agents. Then, in the most unforgettable finale, Alex Cross confronts the truth of Wolf's identity - a revelation that even Cross himself may be unable to survive

Patterson, James. 'Cross', 1st edition, published in 2006 in hardback with dustjacket, 309pp, ISBN 0755323157. Very good condition, well looked-after with very good dustjacket (not priceclipped). The dustjacket has a scuff on the edge at the bottom of the spine and a vertical crease all the way down the middle of the front dustjacket flap. Price: £6.99, not including post and packing
2006, Headline, hbk
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  • Cross [top]
    First published in 2006 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback with dustjacket, 309pp, ISBN 0755323157
    12th book in the Alex Cross series; a.k.a Alex Cross

Storyline: Among the villains Alex Cross has faced - Gary Soneji, Casanova, Kyle Craig, The Wolf - one psychopath tops them all. Alex knows him as his wife's killer. Alex was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge - raising his children without their mother.

Years later, Alex makes a bold move: he leaves the FBI and sets up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at new love. Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favour. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything abou their attacker.

When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Will this be justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

 

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Patterson, James. 'Cross Country', published in 2008 in Great Britain by Century in hardback with dustjacket, 425pp, ISBN 9781846052569. Condition: 1st Edition, very good++ condition with very good dustjacket (not price-clipped). Price: £7.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
2008, Century, hbk
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  • Cross Country [top]
    Published in 2008 in Great Britain by Century in hardback with dustjacket, 425pp, ISBN 9781846052569
    Subject Category: Crime Fiction
    14th book in the Alex Cross series

Storyline: Alex Cross tracks the scariest killer of them all - to Africa and back.

Cross is drawn into a bitter personal battle against corruption, conspiracy and savage violence in a chase that takes him through a vast and uncompromising landscape.

When Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that the victim is an old friend. Angry, hurt and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this cruel 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 oil- and gas-theft are rife.

At the centre of this terrifying world, Cross finds the Tiger, psychopathic leader of a fearsome gang of killers who are not what they seem. As Cross tracks the elusive killer through Africa, he knows that he must follow him.

Alex Cross discovers a world where justice is as foreign as he is and when the Tiger is on the prowl, he shows no mercy to others. But Alex Cross is hot on his heels in a heart-stopping chase that takes him across Africa and finds him not only hunting for an horrific killer but also fighting for his own survival

Patterson, James. 'Kill Alex Cross' published in 2011 in Great Britain by Century in hardback, 378pp, ISBN 9781846057649. Condition: 1st Edition, very good clean and tidy condition with a very good dustjacket (not price-clipped). Price: £6.99, not including post and packing2011, Century, hbk
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  • Kill Alex Cross [top]
    First published in 2011 in Great Britain by Century in hardback, with dustjacket, 378pp, ISBN 9781846057649
    18th book in the Alex Cross Series

Storyline: The President's children have been kidnapped. The water supply for Washington DC has been poisoned. Alex Cross is on both cases.

Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scence 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.

A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge.

With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive dimnishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. But even the highest security clearance doesn't get him any closer to the kidnapper - and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes in



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Patterson, James. "Hope to Die", published in 2014 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 1st Edition
2014, Century, hbk
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  • Alex Cross. Hope to Die [top]
    First published in 2014 in Great Britain by Century in hardback, 390pp, ISBN 9781780890159

    22nd book in the Alex Cross Series. Continues the Events in 'Cross My Heart'

Storyline: I am alone, I thought. Alone." Pain knifed through my head. I sank to my knees, bowed my head, and raised my hands toward heaven. 'Why?' I screamed. 'Why?'

Detective Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he's ever cared about. His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family hostage. Driven by feeilngs of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross forever. But Alex Cross is fighting back. In a race against time, he must defeat Mulch, and find his wife and children, no matter what it takes. The end-game has begun



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Patterson, James. "The 6th Target", published in 2007 in Great Britain in hardback, 328pp, ISBN 9780755330355. Condition: 1st Edition. Collectable. Well looked-after, but some of the shiny surface of the front cover over where there was a price sticker. A nice copy. Price: £7.00, not including post and packing,  which is £3.25 for UK orders, but which is more for overseas customers
1997, Headline, hbk
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  • The 6th Target [top]
    No. 6 in The Women's Murder Club Series
    Written with Maxine Paetro
    First published in 2007 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback, 328pp, ISBN 9780755330355
    Paperback first published 19th April 2007 in Great Britain, 336pp, ISBN 0755330366

Storyline: A crazed killer. When a lone gunman goes on a shooting spree aboard a packed San Francisco ferry, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is called in to investigate. Arriving at the scene, she finds the killer gone, three people dead and her best friend and fellow women's Murder Club member, Claire Washington, fighting for her life, Lindsay promises Claire that she'll bring whoever did this to justice. But it's a promise she may not be able to keep...

A Missing Child. As the gunman investigation makes its way to the courts, news comes through that a child has been abducted. Lindsay's put on the case and digging deeper, she discovers that more children have been taken. But with none of the families receiving ransom demands, the abductions don't seem to make sense - unless the kidnappers aren't planning on returning their hostages...

A Race Against Time. The clock is ticking as Lindsay tries to fit all of the pieces together

Patterson, James. "7th Heaven", published in 2008 in Great Britain in hardback, 377pp, ISBN 9781846052507. Condition: 1st Edition. Very good condition with very good dustjacket. Lovely, clean, collectable copy. Price: £12.99, not including post and packing, which is £3.25. First class and international postage available
2008, Century, hbk
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  • 7th Heaven [top]
    No. 7 in The Women's Murder Club Series
    First published in 2008 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Century, 377pp, ISBN 9781846052507
    Paperback edition published in 2008 in Great Britain, 496pp, ISBN 9780099514541

Storyline: Two cases have pushed Detective Lindsay Boxer to the limit.

A string of fatal arson attacks have broken out in San Francisco. The targets have one thing in common: they are all rich, successful, married couples. With four couples dead, Lindsay is determined to put a stop to the killings and trace the murderer.

Juggling cases, Lindsay has plenty on her mind. Michael Campion was a people's hero, a popular governor's son who publicly battled against a rare and debilitating heart illness. When he vanished without a trace one evening, his disappearance and the search to find him, dead or alive, hit the headlines daily. But the trail went cold very quickly. Now with a devastating new lead, Lindsay picks up the trail once more. But what is the link between the Campion case and the arson attacks?

With the help of her friends and fellow Women's Murder Club members - Yuki, an attorney feeling the strain of a high profile court case; Claire, a medical examiner trying to balance her career and her pregnancy, and Cindy, the reporter for a San Francisco newspaper - Lindsay must race to find the suspects and stop the cold-blooded killers, fast


2015, Century, hbk
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  • 14th Deadly Sin [top]
    No. 14 in The Women's Murder Club Series
    First published in 2015 in Great Britain by Century in hardback with dustjacket, 373pp, ISBN 9781780892870

Storyline: A new terror is sweeping the streets of San Francisco. And the killers look a lot like cops... As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates whether the perpetrators are brilliant impostors or police officers gone rogue, she receives a chilling warning to back off.

On the other side of the city, an innocent woman is murdered in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses. But there are no clues and no apparent motive.

With killers in disguise, a maniac murderer on the loose, and danger getting ever closer to Lindsay's door, could this be one case too many for the Women's Murder Club?

Patterson, James. 'Run For Your Life', published in 2009 in Great Britain in hardback, with dustjacket, 390pp, ISBN 1846052645. Condition: 1st Edition: very good, with very good dustjacket. Price: £15.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK customers and more for customers overseas
2009, Century, hbk
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About this book/synopsis: First came Alex Cross. Then the Women's Murder Club. Meet Detective Michael Bennett, NYPD

Detective Michael Bennett is on the trail of a deadly killer terrorising New York

The Teacher has a meticulous and calculated plan. Cold-hearted and cunning, no-one knows who he is or where he came from. Until now. Now it is time for everyone to learn his name as he teaches New York a lesson it will never forget.

Intent on exacting revenge and causing mass hysteria, he embarks on the worst killing spree the city has ever seen. The whole New York Police Department is tested to its limits, none more so than Detective Michael Bennett. As the Teacher leads him on a terrifying chase, Bennett follows in his tracks but just as he seems to be on the brink of a breakthrough, he is pulled deeper and deeper into an unfolding terror. The killer has one more victim in his sights and it brings Bennett's investigation frighteningly close to home.

With only one man standing in his way, how far will the Teacher go to complete what he set out to do? And at what price?

 

Patterson, James; Ledwidge, Michael. 'I, Michael Bennett', published in 2012 in Great Britain in 2012, in paperback, 519pp, ISBN 9780099550037. Condition: very good++, read once. Price: £2.20, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers)
2012, Arrow, pbk
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About this book: Detective Michael Bennett arrests infamous South American crime lord Manuel Perrine in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett’s lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain terror down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett.

Perrine's men create chaos: police officers are shot, judges murdered. As Bennett is engulfed in the struggle against this widening organised violence, he realises that not only is he being targetted, the lives of everyone he loves are under threat.

Patterson, James. 'Judge & Jury', 1st edition, published in 2006 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 341pp, ISBN 0755330471. Condition: very good, well looked-after. Has some very slight wrinkling to the dustjacket in a couple of places and a price sticker has taken the sheen off some of the lettering. A nice copy. Price: £6.00, with £3.25 post and packing (UK buyers). First class and international postage are available
2006, Headline, hbk
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  • Judge & Jury [top]
    Written with Andrew Gross
    First published in 2006 in Great Britain by Headline in hardback, with dustjacket, 341pp, ISBN 0755330471
    Paperback edition published in 2006 in Great Britain by Headline, 435pp, ISBN 9780755330492

Storyline: Andie DeGrasse, an aspiring actress and single mother, is not your typical juror. Hoping to get dismissed from the pool, she tells the judge that most of her legal knowledge comes from a bit part curling around a stripper's pole in The Sopranos. But she still ends up as Juror No. 11 in a landmark legal trial against a notorious mob boss.

But the judge is terrified of the defendant and the case quickly becomes the new Trial of the Century. Mafia Don Dominic Cavello, known as the Electrician, is linked to hundreds of gruesome, unspeakable crimes. Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante has been tracking him for years. He knows Cavello's power reaches far beyond the courtroom, but the FBI's evidence against the ruthless killer is iron-clad. Conviction is a surety.

The jury is also terrified of the defendant. As the jury is about to reach a verdict, the Electrician makes one devastating move that no-one could have predicted. The entire nation is reeling, and Andie's world is shattered. The fight with the Electrician becomes personal, and she and Pellisante come together in an unbreakable bond: they will exact justice - at any cost

 



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