Alex Cross is the fictional character created by James Patterson, and is a detective slash psychologist based in Washington.

Cross lives with his kids and Nana Mama. Below is the order of all of the Alex Cross novels:

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Publication Order of Alex Cross Books

Along Came a Spider(1992)Description / Buy at
Kiss the Girls(1995)Description / Buy at
Jack & Jill(1996)Description / Buy at
Cat & Mouse(1997)Description / Buy at
Pop Goes the Weasel(1999)Description / Buy at
Roses Are Red(2000)Description / Buy at
Violets Are Blue(2001)Description / Buy at
Four Blind Mice(2002)Description / Buy at
The Big Bad Wolf(2003)Description / Buy at
London Bridges(2004)Description / Buy at
Mary, Mary(2005)Description / Buy at
Cross / Alex Cross(2006)Description / Buy at
Double Cross(2007)Description / Buy at
Cross Country(2008)Description / Buy at
I, Alex Cross(2009)Description / Buy at
Cross Fire(2010)Description / Buy at
Kill Alex Cross(2011)Description / Buy at
Alex Cross, Run(2013)Description / Buy at
Cross My Heart(2013)Description / Buy at
Hope to Die(2014)Description / Buy at
Cross Justice(2015)Description / Buy at
Cross the Line(2016)Description / Buy at
The People vs. Alex Cross(2017)Description / Buy at
Target(2018)Description / Buy at
Criss Cross(2019)Description / Buy at
Deadly Cross(2020)Description / Buy at
Fear No Evil(2021)Description / Buy at
Triple Cross(2022)Description / Buy at
Cross Down(2023)Description / Buy at
Alex Cross Must Die(2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Bookshots: Alex Cross Books

(By: James Patterson, Brent Gargan)

Publication Order of Alex Cross Miscellaneous Books

Alex Cross's Trial(2009)Description / Buy at
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross(2011)Description / Buy at

If You Like Alex Cross Books, You’ll Love…

Alex Cross Synopses: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson is the first Alex Cross novel. Alex Cross is a homicide detective who has his a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the D.C. ghettos and many say he resembles Muhammad Ali back in his prime. He’s a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and enjoys playing Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano in his spare time. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.

Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman to ever hold a highly sensitive position as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blonde, mysterious, seductive, she’s got an outer shell that’s as tough as it is beautiful. When she rides her motorcycle, she’ll ride it at speeds of at least 100 mph. Is there something she’s running from? Does she have a secret?

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair – at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the “crime of the century,” is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outmaneuvered the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next target?

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson is the second book in the Alex Cross series. A reporter investigating multiple connected murders is killed in L.A. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, an attractive medical intern suddenly goes missing. Washington D.C.’s Alex Cross is tasked with solving the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing – even on opposite coasts.

Jack and Jill is the third Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police only have one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed “Jack and Jill” promising more to come. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and won’t stop until their terrifying plan is executed.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross heads to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he works. This time, the victim is a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten and dumped in front of the elementary school – the one Cross’s own son attends. No one in Washington is safe – not children, not politicians, not even the President. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to solve the case, but will he be able to find the truth in time?

Cat & Mouse by James Patterson is book 4 in the Alex Cross series. Gary Soneji, a prison escapee facing his final days, is looking for revenge on Alex Cross, while another deranged murderer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce – an intelligent and hardworking detective who may even be better than Cross. As more bodies are found, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse sets up one final trap…

The body count is high, the tension even higher, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What could the the final trap be, and where is it? And who survives?

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20 Responses to “Order of Alex Cross Books”

  1. WITTE: 3 years ago

    In whi thank youch Alex Cross book is the Pres.and Vp killed

    thank you MEWITTE


  2. Amy: 6 years ago

    I couldn’t get Mary Mary, so went on to Cross (Alex cross). How did Alex get Little Alex back again from Christine?


  3. Roby Pottenger: 6 years ago

    Alex Cross is the best detective series out there! Love, love, love Alex Cross!!


  4. Rick`: 9 years ago

    Alex Junior was born at the end of “Pop Goes the Weasel”


  5. James Dickison: 9 years ago

    I am just starting Cross Fire, I love the Alex Cross series, I started them out of series and went back, now I’m reading them in order, it really helps.


  6. Sherry: 9 years ago

    I am a huge Alex Cross fan, no matter who is writing them….hopefully, they are getting paid well


  7. Patti Jones: 9 years ago

    Does anyone know where little Alex came from? In the book “Cross” His wife is killed when Jannie is 6 months old, then 7 to 10 years later little Alex is mentioned. No second wife or even a girlfriend is mentioned.


    • Graeme: 9 years ago

      I stopped reading these books a few years ago – but if memory serves me correct you are talking about Ali, who is Alex Cross Jr. This was the child they had with Christine. There was big custody battles over it and all that.


      • info: 8 years ago

        They mention her in Cross Fire


    • jjazzy1: 7 years ago

      Little Alex came from his girlfriend Christine who was kidnapped while they (his family and the girlfriend Christine) were in Bermuda vacationing. Little did he know that she was pregnant for him when she was kidnapped. She had the baby while in captivity for 10 months.


  8. Rex Dixon: 9 years ago

    I dont think he’s written half thge books he’s supposed to have. I’m sure that he has two or three writers and he gives them a start on a story and then leaves them to it.
    I read once that he spends a lot of time down South playing golf with D.Trump so I’m sure that doesn’t leave him much time for writing but plenty for going to the bank.


  9. David Winfrey: 10 years ago

    Mary, Mary … is the peak of the Alex Cross novels.

    Cross Country.. I don’t think Patterson even wrote that one.

    the latest book, no one is mentioning that it didn’t finish the story.. a total gimmick to get readers to buy the next one. And its not a cliff hanger. its simply Unfinished…. And I like Alex Cross.


    • DeAnna Wing-Larson: 10 years ago

      I’m reading Cross Country right now and it is most definitely written by James Patterson. 🙂 and the part you read is a preview, his book hasn’t been published yet!!


  10. Sherry Burnisky: 10 years ago

    When is the next book after Cross My Heart


    • Dean Cowie: 10 years ago

      Hope To Die is due out this year, although very little information is known at this point.


    • Amy: 6 years ago

      Hope to Die


  11. Stacy Jolley: 10 years ago

    What about cradle and all?


  12. Gwendolynhill: 11 years ago

    I’m truly in love with Alex Cross and hate that I didn’t start reading them earlier


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