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If you’re a fan of master storyteller James Patterson, you’ve probably noticed that he’s been writing across more genres in recent years. 

With more than 114 New York Times bestsellers under his belt, Patterson has expanded from his signature thrillers to include hilarious middle grade books, as well as other fiction works that he coauthors with budding writers. 

And here we welcome another round of new James Patterson books to add to your shelves! 

New James Patterson Mystery and Thriller Books

Best known as a thriller writer, James Patterson continues to challenge readers’ minds with the plot twists in these books.

1. 1st Case 

Coauthored with Chris Tebbetts 
Published: July 27, 2020

When brilliant computer programmer Angela Hoot is expelled from MIT, she kisses her career dreams goodbye. Little does she know what’s in store when she’s offered an internship with the FBI. How will she fare when her first case endangers everyone around her? 

2. Cajun Justice 

Coauthored with Tucker Axum 
Published: July 14, 2020 

This thriller follows Secret Service agent Cain Lemaire, whose last assignment to protect the president ended in a scandal. Now he wants to start over with a new job as head of security in Tokyo, Japan, to protect a powerful business tycoon. But instead of a straightforward, honest job, he ends up uncovering layers of greed and corruption that will require all his skills to survive. 

3. The Summer House

Coauthored with Brendan DuBois 
Published: June 8, 2020 

The Summer House used to be a luxurious getaway by a beautiful lake, but when seven people are murdered in this small town, it’s suddenly associated with a nighttime mass murder. Former NYPD cop Jeremiah Cook comes to investigate, clashing with local law enforcers who make his job even more challenging. 

4. Hush 

Coauthored with Candice Fox 
Published: June 2, 2020 

When Harriet Blue seeks justice for her brother’s murder, she spirals from her position as a top cop to a criminal behind bars. Each day she learns just how dangerous a place prison can be for someone who used to be in law enforcement, and she fights to survive. 

5. The Midwife Murders

Coauthored with Richard DiLallo
Published: August 11, 2020

Two patients suddenly disappear and a third is stabbed in a New York hospital, leading midwife Lucy Ryan to partner with an NYPD detective. As they try to figure out if the murders are linked to an underground network of illegal adoptions and the Russian Mafia, they discover something even more sinister going on. 

6. The House of Kennedy 

Coauthored with Cynthia Fagen 
Published: April 13, 2020 

This nonfiction book, the second in Patterson’s portfolio in the straightforward history genre, follows four generations of the charismatic Kennedy family, combining truth and rumor in a fast-paced storytelling that highlights many of the most well-known events in the family’s life. 

7. Revenge

Coauthored with Andrew Holmes 
Published: April 7, 2020 

This standalone thriller follows David Shelley, a former SAS soldier who was part of the special forces covert operations. He’s now settled in London for what he hopes is a more stable and safer civilian existence. But can he ever be just a face in the crowd? 

8. Texas Outlaw

Coauthored with Andrew Bourelle
Published: March 30, 2020 

Sent to the far-flung town of Rio Lobo in West Texas, Ranger Rory Yates holds closely to black and white justice. When Rory investigates the accidental death of a local councilwoman, which detective Ariana Delgado believes was a murder, he uncovers a web of secrets and lies that forces him to bend the law to keep more people from dying. 

9. Blindside

Coauthored with James O. Born 
Published: February 24, 2020 

The daughter of New York’s mayor is missing, and although the mayor always disliked Michael Bennett, the detective who has a son in jail, it seems that Bennett may be the one investigator who can help him find his daughter. 

New James Patterson Middle Grade Books 

A strong advocate for literacy, James Patterson has diversified into children’s books, with many exciting additions this year.

10. Hawk 

Coauthored with Gabrielle Charbonnet 
Published July 6, 2020 

This new series to thrill Maximum Ride fans follows Max and Fang’s daughter Hawk, now 17 years old and growing up in a post-apocalypse version of New York City. Without knowing her true identity, she keeps finding a way to survive. 

11. Max Einstein Saves the Future 

Coauthored with Chris Grabenstein 
Published: August 31, 2020 

A combination of mystery, humor, and science fiction, this exciting middle grade book follows Max Einstein, who was abandoned as a baby and is now threatened with kidnapping. She builds a time machine to learn what happened in her past, while she works with the Change Makers on their mission of ending childhood hunger.

12. Treasure Hunters: The Plunder Down Under 

Coauthored with Chris Grabenstein 
Published June 1, 2020 

En route to Australia where the Kidd family hopes to find Lasseter’s Gold, they encounter hostile fellow treasure hunter Charlotte Badger. The Kidds need to cross the Australian Outback by themselves, retrieve stolen jewels, and win over pirates to save their captured parents. 

13. Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel 

Coauthored with Chris Grabenstein 
Published: May 4, 2020 

Class clown Jacky Ha-Ha is the star of this graphic novel. In order to keep people from laughing at her, Jacky is quick to crack jokes and make people laugh. But what if telling a joke ends up being a not-so-good idea after all? 

14. Middle School: Master of Disaster

Coauthored with Chris Tebbetts
Published: February 17, 2020 

For the first time in the Middle School series, Rafe and may other characters from James Patterson’s children’s books come together in this comedy-rich adventure. Troublemakers Jimmy and Rafe are finally in charge of a celebration of reading and books, but a small problem snowballs into a large issue that threatens to destroy the whole event. 

15. Dog Diaries: Mission Impawsible 

Coauthored with Steven Butler
Published: March 30, 2020 

This hilarious children’s adventure book features Junior on his very own doggie vacation, full of mischief and excitement that will surely thrill animal lovers everywhere. 

Discover New James Patterson Books 

Patterson’s wide array of coauthors has definitely helped in producing the high volume of books published in his name each year. With Patterson’s name prominently on the front cover, these collaborators get to hone their craft under his tutelage, writing from a framework that Patterson himself prepares.  

If you haven’t tried his other genres, you may wish to take a shot at some of these titles and enjoy his fast-paced signature storytelling. 

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