James Patterson New Releases 2023

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Welcome to the exhilarating world of James Patterson! If you’re hooked on the high-stakes suspense and intriguing characters that populate James Patterson books, then you’re in for a treat in 2023.

James Patterson New Books 2023

We’ve curated the ultimate guide to James Patterson’s new books releasing this year – complete with release dates and titles. So, whether you’re an Alex Cross aficionado, a Women’s Murder Club devotee, or looking to explore fresh, electrifying stories, this guide has the latest and most anticipated books by James Patterson in 2023. Be sure to bookmark this page to stay in the know, and share it with friends who are equally passionate about James Patterson’s captivating tales. Say hello to your new obsession – this guide is packed with every James Patterson new book 2023 has to offer!

House of Wolves

House Of Wolves

Release Date: January 9, 2023

‘Simply put: nobody does it better.’ Jeffrey Deaver
‘A writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting.’ 
Guardian
‘James Patterson is The Boss. End of.’ Ian Rankin
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The dynamics are simple in the Wolf family. They eat you if you let them.

Joe Wolf has raised his children to have the same cut-throat mentality that built his own California business empire: kill or be killed.

When Joe’s body is discovered adrift in the San Francisco Bay, his daughter Jenny finds herself head of the Wolf empire.

With her brothers trying to seize her newfound power and assets from under her, Jenny discovers that each of them has the means and motive to kill.

Which of them is capable of murder?
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Praise for James Patterson:

‘No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades.’ Lee Child
‘Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It’s what fires off the movie projector in the reader’s mind.’ Michael Connelly

The Jailhouse Lawyer

The Jailhouse Lawyer

Release Date: January 17, 2023

From James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling author: a young lawyer takes on the judge who is destroying her hometown—and ends up in jail herself.

In picture-perfect Erva, Alabama, the most serious crimes are misdemeanors. Speeding tickets. Shoplifting. Contempt of court.

Then why is the jail so crowded? And why are so few prisoners released? There’s only one place to learn the truth behind these incriminating secrets.

Sometimes the best education a lawyer can get is a short stretch of hard time. 

3 Days To Live 

3 Days To Live

Release Date: February 2, 2023

A collection of three gripping new stories from the world’s bestselling thriller writer

3 DAYS TO LIVE
A CIA-agent bride is on her European honeymoon when she and her husband are poisoned – leaving her seventy-two hours to take revenge.

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
When a deal goes bad on a tech executive in Washington, DC, he turns an order to kill his family into a chance to relive his military glory days.

THE HOUSEKEEPERS
A Los Angeles doctor trusts her two housekeepers, but when she’s murdered in a botched attempt to steal drugs, the pair of grifters vie to control their former employer’s estate – facing off against the Russian mob.

Walk the Blue Line

Walk The Blue Line

Release Date: February 6, 2023

Police officers risk their lives every day to protect and serve our homes, families and communities. Here is “a notable collection of heartfelt stories from the front line told with honesty and compassion” (Kirkus).

Protect

These men and women are our eyes. Our ears. Our protectors. Those who wear a badge, doing their best to help people.

Serve

These cops serve their communities. They serve their country. They’re in the business of saving lives—even at the risk of their own.

Defend

These patrol officers and K9 handlers, sheriffs and detectives, reveal what it’s really like to wear the uniform, to carry the weight of the responsibility they’ve been given.

This is a calling. This is the job.

Walk the Blue Line is the book that the law-enforcement community has been waiting for. These stories showcase the courage, the hurt, the anger and the joy that can be found in every officer’s DNA—and above all, their commitment to making difficult situations a little bit better.” —Jim Pasco, Executive Director, National Fraternal Order of Police

American Cops

American Cops

Release Date: February 16, 2023

For these men and women, it isn’t just a job. It’s a calling.

PROTECT

They are our eyes. Our ears. Our protectors. Those who wear a badge, doing their best to help people.

SERVE
These cops serve their communities. They serve their country. They’re in the business of saving lives-even at the risk of their own.

DEFEND
These patrol officers and K9 handlers, sheriffs and detectives reveal what it’s really like to wear the uniform, to carry the weight of the responsibility they’ve been given.

American Cops is the extraordinary first-person account of America’s police force.

23rd Midnight (Women’s Murder Club #23) 

23rd Midnight (Women’s Murder Club #23) 

Release Date: March 2, 2023

‘Smart characters, shocking twists’ Lisa Gardner
‘A compelling read with great set pieces and, most of all, that charismatic cast of characters’ Sun
‘I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough’ Heidi Perks
‘Terrific, high-octane, really pacy’ Jo Spain
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Detective Lindsay Boxer put serial killer Evan Burke behind bars. Now a new killer has recreated Burke’s most infamous crimes-and disappeared without a trace.

Detective Lindsay Boxer put serial killer Evan Burke in jail.

Reporter Cindy Thomas put Burke on the bestseller list, in her true-crime book about the case.

An obsessed fan is studying every detail-and committing fresh horrors that carry Burke’s signature.

Now Lindsay’s tracking an elusive suspect, one who’s penning a deadly playbook featuring Cindy’s name in blood-red ink.
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Praise for James Patterson

‘The master storyteller of our times’ Hillary Rodham Clinton
‘Nobody does it better’ Jeffrey Deaver
‘One of the greatest storytellers of all time’ Patricia Cornwell
‘James Patterson is The Boss. End of.’ Ian Rankin

Countdown: Patterson’s Best Ticking Time-Bomb of a Thriller since The President Is Missing (Amy Cornwall #2)

Countdown (Amy Cornwall #2)

Release Date: March 20, 2023

5 days to save the world, 4 days to save her family, 3 hours to find the world’s most dangerous double-agent. James Patterson’s biggest ticking time bomb of a thriller is the ultimate test for a young CIA agent who’s been handed an impossible mission.

Agent Amy Cornwall excels at working from the shadows—until a botched field operation reveals dark dealings between her bosses and an informant. And a hidden plot by a terrorist genius that could kill thousands of Americans. Among them: her husband and daughter.

She has to go dark. The Division wants to erase her. And they know every detail about her identity, her history, and her family.

Agent Cornwall’s countdown has begun.

Things I Wish I Told My Mother

Things I Wish I Told My Mother

Release Date: April 10, 2023

For fans of One Italian Summer, Things I Wish I Told My Mother is a book club selection for the ages. A mother and daughter unpack a lifetime’s secrets while on vacation in Paris.

Every daughter has her own distinctive voice, her inimitable style, and her secrets.

Laurie Ormson is an artist, a collector of experiences. She travels the world with a worn beige duffel bag.

Every mother has her own distinctive voice, her inimitable style, and her secrets.

Laurie’s mother is the famous “Dr. Liz.” An elegant perfectionist. She travels the world with a matched set of suitcases.

When Laurie invites her mother on a trip to Paris and Norway, she sees an unexpected sparkle in her mother’s eyes. So begins Things I Wish I Told My Mother. You will wish this novel never ends.

Laurie and Dr. Liz are the female version of The Odd Couple.

Authors Susan Patterson and Susan DiLallo were inspired to write their moving novel by the shared experience of beloved mothers who lived into their nineties then died in the same year. Their co-author, James Patterson, was usually around to fetch coffee, tea, and sandwiches while the two Susans wrote.

Minerva Keen’s Detective Club

Minerva Keen’s Detective Club (Minerva Keen #1)

Release Date: May 1, 2023

Living in the luxurious Arcanum building-with its interior balconies perfect for playing tag, an elevator like an iron birdcage, and quirky neighbours behind every apartment door-has always been fun and games for twelve-year-old Minerva Keen…until her neighbours start getting poisoned. Anyone could be next, and everyone is a suspect, including Minerva herself.

To clear her name and help the police crack the case, Minerva starts her own detective club. So what if it only has two other members, one Minerva’s accident-prone daredevil brother and the other the biggest and quietest kid in school, who happens to be afraid of his own shadow? Minerva knows that with her brainpower, the club’s sleuthing skills, and case files full of suspects, they can unmask the poisoner. . . hopefully before it’s too late.

Cross Down

Cross Down (Alex Cross #31) 

Release Date: June 5, 2023

‘James Patterson is the gold standard by which all others are judged.’ Steve Berry
‘James Patterson is The Boss. End of.’ Ian Rankin
‘Nobody does it better.’ Jeffrey Deaver
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With the country in chaos and corruption on all sides, there’s only one person to turn to.

When a series of military-style attacks erupt across the United States, Detective John Sampson is called in to investigate. The attacks are untraceable, with patterns too random to decipher, leaving Sampson struggling to find a link amongst the carnage.

As Sampson discovers a lead through an ex-military contact, his partner Alex Cross is brutally side-lined, leaving him certain about one thing: he can trust no one.

With soldiers called on secret assignments and others mysteriously disappearing, Sampson must revisit his military past if he’s to save his country’s future.
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Praise for the Alex Cross series

‘Alex Cross is a legend’ Harlan Coben
‘A character for the ages’ Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
‘Alex Cross. . . only gets better and better’ Lisa Scottoline
‘No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it’ Lee Child

Treasure Hunters: The Greatest Treasure Hunt (Treasure Hunters #9)

Treasure Hunters: The Greatest Treasure Hunt (Treasure Hunters #9)

Release Date: June 8, 2023

Rappel out of helicopters, off-road along the Baltic coast, and smile for the camera! It’s all in a day’s work for the Collier kids!

Wait-what?

The Kidd siblings have rescued some of the world’s greatest treasure, without ever seeking fame and glory. So they aren’t happy when the Collier kids start treasure hunting for the camera, more focused on looking good and selling ads than actually recovering treasure. When the Kidds are invited to compete with the Colliers for the title of ‘The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunting Kids,’ they jump at the chance to show the world real treasure hunting.

But with rumors swirling of a mistake made by the Kidds’ great-grandfather years ago, the Kidds discover that fame and glory aren’t the only things on the line. Will they be able to solve the mystery, restore their family name, and recover their biggest treasure haul yet?

Private Moscow (Private #15)

Private Moscow (Private #15)

Release Date: June 13, 2023

An invitation from an old friend draws Jack Morgan into a deadly conspiracy in this action-packed P.I. thriller.

On a cold January morning, Jack Morgan stands inside the New York Stock Exchange with his former US Marine comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, eagerly awaiting the opening bell.

But before the bell rings, a bullet rips through the air and finds its mark.In the aftermath of the murder, the victim’s wife hires Jack to find the killer. As the head of Private, Jack has at his disposal the world’s largest investigation agency. What he discovers shakes him to his core. Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences.

With powerful forces plotting against him, will Jack Morgan make it out alive?

Circle of Death (The Shadow #2)

Circle of Death (The Shadow #2)

Release Date: July 3, 2023

It’s The Shadow vs. the end of the world. Nothing more, nothing less.

In the year 2088, the doomsday clock inches towards midnight.

The Command, synonymously the World Destroyer, is on the loose. Not even Lamont Cranston, the Shadow’s alter ego, knows who he is, but the clock is ticking as people around the world drop dead by the day, with the attack at the World’s Fair the most sinister yet. It’s up The Shadow and his band of allies to stop the end of the world..

Obsessed: (Michael Bennett #15)

Obsessed (Michael Bennett #15)

Release Date: July 6, 2023

The fifteenth instalment in the globally bestselling Michael Bennett series.

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Detective Michael Bennett must discover who’s murdering glamorous young women – before his eldest daughter is targeted.Detective Michael Bennett and the NYPD are aboard a police boat in the Hudson River searching for a murder victim – a young college student.
They find her tossed in the dark waves, dressed for a night out. The gruesome sight fills Bennett with dread only a father could fathom.
As the obsessive killer extends his spree, a pattern emerges. One that Bennett’s eldest daughter fits to a harrowing degree.

Now NYPD’s top detective must lure the murderer into the light of day before the next deadly strike lands closer to home than Bennett could ever bear – as a parent and a protector.

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Praise for James Patterson

‘Nobody does it better.’ Jeffery Deaver
‘One of the greatest storytellers of all time.’ Patricia Cornwell
‘James Patterson is The Boss. End of.’ Ian Rankin
‘No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades.’ Lee Child

Lion & Lamb

Lion & Lamb

Release Date: August 3, 2023

There are two sides to every story.

Husband and wife Archie and Francine Hughes are heroes in their hometown of Philadelphia. Archie is a football star, while Francine is a Grammy-winning singer.

So everyone is in a state of shock when news breaks about the seemingly perfect couple.

One spouse is murdered. The other is Suspect Number One.

Even before the case hits the courtroom, it’s the hottest ticket in town. For the defence: Cooper Lamb, private investigator to the stars. For the prosecution: Veena Lion, an attorney so bright she’s got to wear shades.

Between them, they know every secret in the Hughes household. Together, they prove how two wrongs can make a right.

Private Rome

Private Rome (Private #18)

Release Date: August 31, 2023

A priest is murdered and a Private agent is the number one suspect.

Jack Morgan is in Rome celebrating the opening of the new local Private office, when the party takes a deadly turn. Private agent Matteo Ricci is found at the party standing over the body of a dead priest with a gun in hand, swearing he did not kill the man.

As Jack tries to prove Matteo’s innocence, he uncovers a much deadlier conspiracy – which leads straight to the heart of the Vatican.

With corruption closing in on all sides, Jack must decide who he can trust before the city falls.

23 ½ Lies (A Women’s Murder Club Novella)

Release Date: September 12, 2023

Three brand-new heart-racing thrillers from the master of suspense.

23 1/2 LIES: Lindsay Boxer’s estranged father is gunned down execution-style, and her investigation uncovers life-altering truths. (with Maxine Paetro)

FALLEN RANGER: To Rory Yates, being a Texas Ranger means absolute loyalty to the badge. But he’s put through the ultimate test when an armored car robbery suspect might be an ex-Ranger gone rogue. (with Andrew Bourelle)

WATCH YOUR BACK: When a starving artist is paid to expose his client’s cheating wife, can he paint the picture that will save his own life? (with Loren D. Estleman)

12 Months To Live

12 Months To Live

Release Date: September 25, 2023

Criminal attorney Jane Smith, tough as nails, has received a terminal diagnosis and doesn’t have much time.  Is her own client trying to kill her first?

Jane Smith is an ex-NYPD beat cop, indefatigable private investigator, undefeated defense attorney.

She’s hip-deep in the murder trial of the century. Actually, her charmless client might’ve committed several murders.

She’s fallen in love with a wonderful guy.  And an equally wonderful dog, a mutt.

But Jane has just fourteen months to live.

Unless she’s murdered before her expiration date.

Blowback

Blowback

Release Date: November 14, 2023

A brilliant American president is also a psychopath. He has his finger on the red button. And he’s about to start a world war with our most dangerous enemy. Put your finger on the order button. Push it to read James Patterson’s best and scariest novel yet. 

“Pure Patterson… Blowback asks us to imagine what would happen if a narcissistic psychopath were elected to the White House [and] to experience the terror of the world hanging in the balance at a moment when only a handful of determined patriots can save us.” –Ron Charles, Washington Post

US President Keegan Barrett has swept into office on his success as Director of the CIA. Six months into his first term, he devises a clandestine power grab with deadly consequences.

Barrett personally orders CIA agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel to execute his plan, but their loyalties are divided. The CIA serves at the pleasure of the president, yet they’ve sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

When the threat comes directly from the Oval Office, that’s where the blowback begins.

Alex Cross Must Die

Alex Cross Must Die (Alex Cross #32)

Release Date: November 20, 2023

Inspiration for Cross, coming soon to Prime Video—Alex Cross, fresh from a brush with death himself, is on the trail of the Dead Hours Killer.

Detectives Cross and Sampson are tracking a serial killer who’s fatally ambushing young men in the “Dead Hours” murders. They don’t hear the machine gun fire. At first.

“Drop whatever you’re doing, Dr. Cross, and head to Reagan Airport,” DC Metro Police dispatch says. “A plane just crashed and exploded on the runway. The chief and the FBI want you and John Sampson there pronto.”

The weapon that took down the plane is a remote-controlled Vietnam-War-era machine gun. The list of those who possess the training and expertise to operate the stolen, .50-caliber weapon is short. And time runs even shorter.

As Cross and Sampson race to prevent another mass murder, their fearsomely armed opponent once again looks skyward.

What Happens In Vegas

What Happens In Vegas

Release Date: December 4, 2023

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – until now.

Whether you’re a Vegas regular or have only heard the city’s tales through whispers, this book will surprise and astound you… It’s not just the five-star dining, or the casinos, or the clubs, or the crowds. It’s the electrifying chemistry of America’s most round-the-clock city.

Fuelled by original interviews and in-depth reporting, 24 Hours in Vegas explores the vice, crime and entertainment that made Sin City an American desert mecca. As the saying goes, once you get that desert sand in your shoes, it’s hard to kick it out.

It’s 24 Hours in Vegas, filled with never-before-told stories about the people who make the city tick, simmer – and even explode.

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PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON

‘Patterson knows where our deepest fears are buried… there’s no stopping his imagination’ NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘A writer with an unusual skill at thriller plotting’ GUARDIAN

‘The master storyteller of our times’ HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades’ LEE CHILD

Patterson boils a scene down to the single, telling detail, the element that defines a character or moves a plot along. It’s what fires off the movie projector in the reader’s mind’ MICHAEL CONNELLY

James Patterson is The Boss. End of.’ IAN RANKIN

It’s no mystery why James Patterson is the world’s most popular thriller writer … Simply put: nobody does it better’ JEFFREY DEAVER


Who Is James Patterson?

As an author who has sold over 300 million copies of his books and has had numerous New York Times bestsellers, James Patterson has made an indelible mark on the world of literature. His contributions have also extended beyond writing, as he is actively involved in various philanthropic efforts, particularly in promoting literacy and education.

What books does James Patterson write?

James Patterson is an acclaimed American author, renowned for his fast-paced and engaging novels. He was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked in advertising. His literary career skyrocketed in the late 20th century and he has since become one of the most commercially successful authors in the world.

James Patterson primarily writes in the thriller genre. He is best known for his series featuring psychologist Alex Cross. The first book in the series, “Along Came a Spider,” was published in 1993 and quickly became a hit. Some other popular books in the Alex Cross series include “Kiss the Girls” and “Cross.”

In addition to the Alex Cross series, Patterson has written a variety of other series and stand-alone novels, including:

  • The Women’s Murder Club series, which follows a group of female friends who solve murder cases. The first book is “1st to Die.”
  • The Michael Bennett series, about a New York City detective juggling work and a large family.
  • The Private series, focusing on a global detective agency.
  • The Maximum Ride series, a young adult science fiction series.
  • The Middle School series, which is aimed at young readers and revolves around the life of a middle school student named Rafe Khatchadorian.

Patterson also often collaborates with other writers. Some of his co-authors include Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, and Michael Ledwidge.

What is James Patterson’s net worth?

As of 2023, James Patterson’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $825 million.

What are the best James Patterson books?

Here’s our take on the best James Patterson books. We’ve listed five and it wasn’t easy as there are so many that could’ve made the cut:

  1. Along Came a Spider (1993) – This is the first book in the Alex Cross series and is one of Patterson’s most famous works. The novel introduces the character of Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist, and follows his pursuit of a serial kidnapper.
  2. Kiss the Girls (1995) – This is the second book in the Alex Cross series and is another one of Patterson’s best-known books. In this novel, Alex Cross investigates a serial kidnapper and murderer known as “Casanova.”
  3. 1st to Die (2001) – This book is the first in the Women’s Murder Club series, which became one of Patterson’s most popular series. It follows four women – a detective, a reporter, a medical examiner, and a prosecutor – as they work together to solve crimes.
  4. When the Wind Blows (1998) – A standalone novel that later spawned a series, When the Wind Blows is a blend of thriller and science fiction. It follows the story of a veterinarian who discovers a mysterious young girl with wings.
  5. The President Is Missing (2018) – Co-authored with former President Bill Clinton, this political thriller was highly anticipated and became a bestseller. It tells the story of a US President who goes missing amidst a looming cyber-terror attack.

James Patterson New Books 2023

Here’s a recap of the latest James Patterson books expected to be release in 2023:

  1. House Of Wolves – Release Date: January 9, 2023
  2. The Jailhouse Lawyer – Release Date: January 17, 2023
  3. 3 Days To Live – Release Date: February 2, 2023
  4. Walk The Blue Line – Release Date: February 6, 2023
  5. American Cops – Release Date: February 16, 2023
  6. 23rd Midnight (Women’s Murder Club #23) – Release Date: March 2, 2023
  7. Countdown (Amy Cornwall #2) – Release Date: March 20, 2023
  8. Things I Wish I Told My Mother – Release Date: April 10, 2023
  9. Maximum Ride: Manga (Maximum Ride #10) – Release Date: April 27, 2023
  10. Minerva Keen’s Detective Club (Minerva Keen #1) – Release Date: May 1, 2023
  11. Cross Down (Alex Cross #31) – Release Date: June 5, 2023
  12. Treasure Hunters: The Greatest Treasure Hunt (Treasure Hunters #9) – Release Date: June 8, 2023
  13. Private Moscow (Private #15) – Release Date: June 13, 2023
  14. Circle of Death (The Shadow #2) – Release Date: July 3, 2023
  15. Obsessed (Michael Bennett #15) – Release Date: July 6, 2023
  16. Lion & Lamb – Release Date: August 3, 2023
  17. Private Rome (Private #18) – Release Date: August 31, 2023
  18. 23 ½ Lies (A Women’s Murder Club Novella) – Release Date: September 12, 2023
  19. Jane Smith – Release Date: September 25, 2023
  20. Blowback – Release Date: November 14, 2023
  21. Cross Out (Alex Cross #32) – Release Date: November 20, 2023
  22. What Happens In Vegas / 24 Hours In Vegas – Release Date: December 4, 2023

10 Authors Like James Patterson

Can’t get enough of James Patterson’s gripping tales? Keep the excitement alive with our handpicked selection of authors who master the art of thrill and suspense just as brilliantly – here’s who to read after indulging in James Patterson’s eye-wateringly expansive collection:

  1. Michael Connelly
  2. David Baldacci
  3. Harlan Coben
  4. John Grisham
  5. Jeffery Deaver
  6. Sue Grafton
  7. Lee Child
  8. Patricia Cornwell
  9. Lisa Gardner
  10. Tess Gerritsen

Now over to you: Which James Patterson new books are you most excited about? Which have you already read? Share your James Patterson 2023 journey in the comments below!

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