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Murder games


Deaver, Jeffery — Jeff Deaver's gripping suspense novels rival those of James Patterson -- both write stories characterized by clever plot twists, memorable characters, menacing atmospheres, psychological overtones, and often nightmarish qualities. -- Kim Burton
Kellerman, Jonathan — Jonathan Kellerman and James Patterson write gritty, suspenseful series that combine psychological insights into crime and criminals with police procedures. For both, vividly drawn characters, page-turning pacing, and cinematic story lines create compelling and twisted crime stories filled with violence and grisly details. -- Joyce Saricks
Sparks, Nicholas — While James Patterson is better known for his suspenseful mysteries, he has a few heartwarming love stories that are similar in tone to Nicholas Sparks' books. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Siegel, James — Though there's no doubt that James Patterson is the better-known author, both he and James Siegel use similar writing styles--short chapters and paragraphs--to keep the tension high. Both authors also feature twists and turns, which fuel fast-paced plots. -- Shauna Griffin
O'Reilly, Bill — Both authors' books are practically guaranteed to hit the bestseller lists, whether they are written for adult or youth audiences. James Patterson partners with many co-writers for his youth fiction; Bill O'Reilly generally sticks to nonfiction adaptations of his adult books. The two have also partnered on a bestselling picture book. -- Autumn Winters
Pearson, Ridley — James Patterson and Ridley Pearson both feature serial murders, series detective protagonists, bleak outlooks, graphic violence, and psychological implications, though Pearson's novels are more densely written and reflective in tone than those of Patterson. -- Kim Burton
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- — Like James Patterson, John Sandford writes hard-edged, suspenseful novels of detection. Sandford offers similarly fast-paced, bleak stories, pervaded by a menacing atmosphere. Psychological details are often the key to the case, and the story unfolds with strong language and graphically portrayed violence. -- Kim Burton
Iles, Greg — Greg Iles writes more elegantly than James Patterson, but tells equally complex stories of gritty suspense. Plot twists, contemporary settings (although he has also written suspenseful thrillers set in World War II), alternating points of view, and graphic violence feature prominently. -- Kim Burton
Clark, Mary Higgins — These authors' works are Suspenseful, Plot-driven, and Fast-paced, and they share: the genres 'Thrillers and suspense' and 'Mysteries' and the subject 'Murder investigation'.
Lehane, Dennis — These authors' works are Compelling and Fast-paced, and they share: the genres 'Thrillers and suspense' and 'Mysteries' and the subjects 'Detectives' and 'Murder investigation'.
Coben, Harlan, 1962-; Abrahams, Peter, 1947- — These authors' works are Suspenseful, Compelling, and Fast-paced, and they share: the genres 'Thrillers and suspense' and 'Mysteries' and the subject 'Murder investigation'.

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