If you like James Patterson's novels, you might enjoy these authors, too. Their stories are typically fast-paced, hard-edged suspense, with details of crimes and criminals as well as police procedures and usually a clear distinction between good guys and bad.
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Jeffery Deaver - Lincoln Rhyme series
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This series contains forensics, police work, and fast-paced plots. Violent action and quick dialogue keep you turning pages and create a sense of anxiety...Show more This series contains forensics, police work, and fast-paced plots. Violent action and quick dialogue keep you turning pages and create a sense of anxiety. Deaver looks to create psychological depth in both his heroes and villains, and will take you into the thoughts and motivations of both. Show less
Jonathan Kellerman - Alex Delaware series
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Kellerman's Alex Delaware is a psychologist and consultant to the L.A. Police Department. This series is not quite as fast-paced and action-packed as man...Show more Kellerman's Alex Delaware is a psychologist and consultant to the L.A. Police Department. This series is not quite as fast-paced and action-packed as many of Patterson's novels, but does feature complex investigations and psychological details and motivation. (Kellerman describes his books as being "whydunits" as much as "whodunits.") The L.A. setting plays an important role in setting the tense tone of this series. Show less
Stuart Woods - Stone Barrington series
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These are engrossing page-turners that feature investigations, often political or legal, and storylines with plot twists, non-stop action, and lots of dia...Show more These are engrossing page-turners that feature investigations, often political or legal, and storylines with plot twists, non-stop action, and lots of dialogue. Barrington is a former NYPD detective turned lawyer who provides counsel to a prestigious law firm and handles cases with which the firm does not wish to be publicly associated. Stone's exploits often include women, travel and fine dining. Show less
John Sandford - Lucas Davenport series
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Lucas Davenport is suave, street-wise, independently wealthy, and known for his unorthodox and manipulative behavior as a detective. These stories are fa...Show more Lucas Davenport is suave, street-wise, independently wealthy, and known for his unorthodox and manipulative behavior as a detective. These stories are fast-paced, bleak, and pervaded by a menacing atmosphere. Psychological details play a big role in the unfolding of the plots, which often contain strong language and graphically portrayed violence. Show less
Ridley Pearson - Lou Boldt series
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Pearson is known for writing fast-paced page-turners, filled with forensic details, psychological insights, and surprising plot twists. His characters ar...Show more Pearson is known for writing fast-paced page-turners, filled with forensic details, psychological insights, and surprising plot twists. His characters are memorable and well-developed and he often examines how Boldt's police work affects his personal life. Show less
Greg Iles
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Like James Patterson, these are complex and gritty suspense stories, filled with plot twists and graphic violence. His early novels are set during WWII a...Show more Like James Patterson, these are complex and gritty suspense stories, filled with plot twists and graphic violence. His early novels are set during WWII and involve Nazi/Cold War intrigue, while the more recent novels have contemporary settings, many of them in Natchez, Mississippi where Iles is from. Show less
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