James Patterson's Alex Cross - 20 Years and still going strong

November 4 2013

"James Patterson is The Boss. End of."—Ian Rankin

To celebrate 20 years of James Patterson’s crime thriller favourite Alex Cross, get your hands on his two latest novels Cross My Heart (hardback) and Merry Christmas Alex Cross (paperback) as they both hit the shelves on 7th November.

Alex Cross continues to go strong 20 years on since his first appearance back in 1993 in the bestselling novel, Along Came a Spider. The Alex Cross novels are James Patterson's biggest-selling series, and to date has featured in 21 different books.

We have compiled some interesting facts on James Patterson and the Alex Cross franchise...

Alex Cross
• Alex Cross has been the number 1 crime detective for the last 20 years

• There are 21 books in the Alex Cross franchise

Kiss the Girls (1997), Along Came a Spider (2001) and Alex Cross (2012) have been adapted for the big screen 

• Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman portrayed Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider and Tyler Perry in Alex Cross

• Box office success over 3 films (Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spiderr, Alex Cross) was a total of $177,487,564

• Facts about Alex Cross

• Alex Cross is six foot three, weighs 200 pounds, and is athletic

• Alex Cross is a homicide detective and also a qualified psychologist

• He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with his PhD in psychology, and he can profile the criminal mind very well.

• He drives a Mercedes Benz R 350.

• Alex's best friend is John Sampson. John Sampson and Alex have been friends ever since he went to live with his grandmother

• The first book in the series “Along Came A Spider” introduces you to one of Alex Cross' nemeses Gary Soneji. He is perhaps the hardest, smartest criminal Alex has ever faced.

• Gary Soneji is killed by a bomb in Union Station in the fourth book “Cat and Mouse”

Movie Trivia:
• Who played Alex Cross in Along Came A Spider? Morgan Freeman

• What is the name of the serial Killer played by Matthew Fox in Alex Cross? Picasso

• What book from the series is the recent movie Alex Cross based on? Double Cross

• How many different actors have portrayed Alex Cross o the big screen? Two, Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry

• Who took Alex Cross in and raised him when he was 10 years old? His Grandmother (aka Nana Mama)

Alex Cross - The Collection
• Along Came a Spider

• Kiss the Girls

• Jack & Jill

• Cat and Mouse

• Pop Goes the Weasel

• Roses Are Red

• Violets Are Blue

• Four Blind Mice

• The Big Bad Wolf

• London Bridges

• Mary, Mary

• 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

James Patterson
• James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time

• He won  the Edgar Award in 1977 for his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number

• His books have sold more than 260 million copies worldwide.

• James Patterson has written 76 books which is a Guinness World Record

What other best-selling crime authors say about James Patterson:
"It's no mystery why James Patterson is the world's most popular thriller writer: his uncanny skill in creating living, breathing characters we truly feel for and seamless, lightning-fast plots. I do this for a living, and he still manages to keep me guessing from the first to last page. I've been a devoted Alex Cross fan for twenty years, when the first in the series appeared, and Cross My Heart proves that both author and his hero are at the top of their game. It's virtually a one-sitting read, and what a read it is: Get ready for sweaty palms and lost sleep—and prepare yourself for one of the most gripping endings of any thriller in recent memory. Simply put: Nobody does it better." —Jeffery Deaver

“Behind all the noise and the numbers, we shouldn't forget that no one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent—which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it. It just rolls along, irresistibly. Here's to the next twenty years."—Lee Child

“Twenty years ago, I wrote, ‘Along Came a Spider is the best thriller I've come across in many a year. It deserves to be this season's #1 bestseller and should instantly make James Patterson a household name.’ A household name, indeed. Congratulations, Jim, on twenty years of Alex Cross and on Cross My Heart, which I am loving. You the man.”—Nelson DeMille

"Every once in a while a writer comes along and fundamentally changes the way people read. He or she is so bright, so innovative, so industrious that what they envision and create becomes the measure by which all others are judged. In 1993 one such writer—James Patterson—began to do just that. Now, 20 years later, with his mission still unfolding, James Patterson is the gold standard by which all others are judged. Bravo, Jim."—Steve Berry

"Alex Cross is one of the best-written heroes in American fiction, and each Cross novel further defines what it means to be a professional, a husband, a father, and above all, a man. Congratulations to James Patterson on twenty years of Alex Cross—both of you only get better and better."—Lisa Scottoline

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