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Do I need to read books 1-4 first?

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Kobe I think it would be best if you start off with along came a spider so you can get a good feel for Alex Cross and his family.
Charles Kerr You should read the books in order. Some of them continue people or refer to them and you could miss the importance of them.
Annotaré I agree. About the only book you can read out of sync is TRIAL. Patterson implies Cross is taking a break from busting crimes to write the history of his family.

Patterson nails it. I wonder if he researches himself or has a team?
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