Now he is to write 17 books in the next three years (through 2012) according to the New York Times:
...on Tuesday, the Hachette Book Group announced that it had signed a deal with Mr. Patterson that would cover 17 books. Hachette said that 11 of the books would be for adult readers and released by Little, Brown & Company (in hardcover) and Grand Central Publishing (in paperback); the remaining 6 would be handled by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The books will be divided among Mr. Patterson’s various best-selling series and feature his detective characters Alex Cross and Michael Bennett as well as the Women’s Murder Club.Right, I can just imagine the high quality of books written at that pace. How does he get away with it? Do some readers only buy off the best seller list - and only the five authors they have ever heard of, at that?