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Years ago, as a teenager, I was browsing the family bookshelf when I came upon a paperback titled Along Came a Spider. Written by James Patterson, Along Came a Spider was a page-turning thriller centered on forensic psychologist Alex Cross. As I dove in to the story, I had no idea that I was starting down a road with a character that would run 21 books and counting.
James Patterson arrived on the literary scene with the 1976 publishing of his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. The novel featured the same Alex Cross that Patterson would develop into the Cross series of books. That year Patterson was awarded the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. He hasn’t looked back since. As of today 121 novels bear his name on their cover (many co-written with others), and that number will jump to 130 when 2014 concludes…
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