"Pretty close to a remission," Harper's doctor says.
March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York, USA
James Patterson was one of the most ambitious, prolific and commercially successful novelists of his day. For more than two decades, Patterson cultivated an enormously successful career in advertising while he pursued his passion for writing in his spare time. His debut novel, 1976's The Thomas Berryman Number earned him an Edgar Award, but little in the way of sales. After a number of undistinguished follow-ups in a variety of genres, Patterson hit pay dirt with the first of his long-running series of thrillers featuring psychologist-detective Alex Cross in 1993's Along Came a Spider. Massive bestsellers, the series soon begat film adaptations of "Kiss the Girls" (1997) and "Along Came a Spider" (2001) starring Morgan Freeman as Cross. Equally successful forays into literary genres like romance and female-centric thrillers were adapted into such television offerings as "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (CBS, 2005) and "Women's Murder Club" (ABC, 2007-08). By the mid-2000s Patterson was annually selling more books than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined. Additionally, the author broke into the Young Adult book market with such best-sellers as Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment and Witch & Wizard, each of which kicked off franchises of their own. While producing as many as 10 novels per year, Patterson's main protagonist was next portrayed on screen by Tyler Perry in the action-thriller "Alex Cross" (2012). As much a corporate brand as an author, Patterson's influence on the publishing industry and the reading habits of America could not be overstated. LessJames Patterson was one of the most ambitious, prolific and commercially successful novelists of his day. For more than two … More