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Stephen King or James Patterson
Who Will Eventually Win the "Competition"?

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There is no question that the two most prolific writers to have the most number one best sellers on the New York Times Best Seller List are Stephen King and James Patterson. Not sure who's ahead in the "competition"? Here is the current listing of all of their books to reach number one in date order. Each have had a few that did not make number one, so remember that this is not a complete listing of their works. Come back and keep track of the "competition"!

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Stephen King

James Patterson

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Stephen King

Title
Publisher
Date First Reached
Number One
1
The Dead Zone
Viking
October 14, 1979
2
Firestarters
Viking
September 28, 1980
3
Cujo
Viking
August 23, 1981
4
Different Seasons
Viking
August 15, 1982
5
Pet Sematary
Doubleday
November 13, 1983
6
The Talisman (with Peter Straub)
Viking
October 28, 1984
7
Thinner (as Richard Bachman)
NAL Books
April 28, 1985
8
Skeleton Crew
Putnam
June 23, 1985
9
It
Viking
September 14, 1986
10
The Eyes of the Dragon
Viking
February 1, 1987
11
Misery
Viking
June 7, 1987
12
The Tommyknockers
Putnam
November 29, 1987
13
The Dark Half
Viking
November 5, 1989
14
The Stand
Doubleday
May 13, 1990
15
Four Past Midnight
Viking
September 16, 1990
16
Gerald's Game
Viking
July 19, 1992
17
Dolores Claiborne
Viking
December 6, 1992
18
Insomnia
Viking
October 23, 1994
19
Desperation
Viking
October 13, 1996
20
Bag of Bones
Scribner
October 11, 1998
21
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Scribner
May 2, 1999
22
Dreamcatcher
Scribner
April 8, 2001
23
Black House (with Peter Straub)
Random House
September 30, 2001
24
Everything's Eventual
Scribner
April 7, 2002
25
From a Buick 8
Scribner
October 13, 2002
26
Song of Susannah
Donald M. Grant/Scribner
June 27, 2004
27
The Dark Tower
Donald M. Grant/Scribner
October 10, 2004
28
Cell
Scribner
February 12, 2006
29
Lisey's Story
Scribner
November 12, 2006
30
Duma Key
Scribner
February 10, 2008
31
Under the Dome
Scribner
November 29, 2009
32
11/22/63
Scribner
November 27, 2011
33
The Wind Through the Keyhole
Scribner
May 13, 2012
34
Doctor Sleep
Scribner
October 13, 2013
35
Mr. Mercedes
Scribner
June 22, 2014
36
Revival
Scribner
November 30, 2014
37
Finders Keepers
Scribner
June 21, 2015
38
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Scribner
November 22, 2015
39
End of Watch
Scribner
June 26, 2016
40
Sleeping Beauties (with Owen King)
Scribner
October 15, 2017

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James Patterson

Title
Publisher
Date First Reached
Number One
1
1st to Die
Little, Brown
March 25, 2001
2
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
Little, Brown
August 5, 2001
3
2nd Chance (with Andrew Gross)
Little, Brown
March 24, 2002
4
The Beach House (with Peter de Jonge)
Little, Brown
June 30, 2002
5
Four Blind Mice
Little, Brown
December 8, 2002
6
The Jester (with Andrew Gross)
Little, Brown
March 23, 2003
7
The Lake House
Little, Brown
June 29, 2003
8
3rd Degree (with Andrew Gross)
Little, Brown
March 21, 2004
9
Sam's Letters to Jennifer
Little, Brown
July 18, 2004
10
London Bridges
Little, Brown
November 28, 2004
11
Honeymoon (with Howard Roughan)
Little, Brown
March 6, 2005
12
4th of July (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 22, 2005
13
Lifeguard (with Andrew Gross)
Little, Brown
July 31, 2005
14
Mary, Mary
Little, Brown
December 4, 2005
15
The 5th Horseman (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
March 5, 2006
16
Beach Road (with Peter de Jonge)
Little, Brown
May 21, 2006
17
Judge & Jury (with Andrew Gross)
Little, Brown
August 20, 2006
18
Cross
Little, Brown
December 3, 2006
19
Step On a Crack (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
February 25, 2007
20
The 6th Target (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 27, 2007
21
The Quickie (with Michale Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
July 22, 2007
22
You've Been Warned (with Howard Roughan)
Little, Brown
September 30, 2007
23
Double Cross
Little, Brown
December 2, 2007
24
Sunday At Tiffany's (with Gabrielle Charbonnet)
Little, Brown
May 18, 2008
25
Sail (with Howard Roughan)
Little, Brown
June 29, 2008
26
Against Medical Advice (non-fiction) (with Hal Friedman)
Little, Brown
November 9, 2008
27
Cross Country
Little, Brown
December 7, 2008
28
The 8th Confession (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 17, 2009
29
Alex Cross's Trial (with Richard DiLallo)
Little, Brown
September 13, 2009
30
I, Alex Cross
Little, Brown
December 6, 2009
31
Worst Case (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
February 21, 2010
32
The 9th Judgment (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 16, 2010
33
Private (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
July 18, 2010
34
The Postcard Killers (with Liza Marklund)
Little, Brown
September 5, 2010
35
Cross Fire
Little, Brown
December 5, 2010
36
Tick Tock (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
February 13, 2011
37
Toys (with Neil McMahon)
Little, Brown
April 3, 2011
38
Now You See Her (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
July 17, 2011
39
Kill Me If You Can (with Marshall Karp)
Little, Brown
September 18, 2011
40
Kill Alex Cross
Little, Brown
December 4, 2011
41
Private: #1 Suspect (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
January 22, 2012
42
Private Games (with Mark Sullivan)
Little, Brown
March 4, 2012
43
11th Hour (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 27, 2012
44
Private Berlin (with Mark Sulllivan)
Little, Brown
February 10, 2013
45
Alex Cross, Run
Little, Brown
March 10, 2013
46
12th of Never (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 19, 2013
47
Private L.A. (with Mark Sullivan)
Little, Brown
March 2, 2014
48
NYPD Red 2 (with Marshall Karp)
Little, Brown
April 13, 2014
49
Unlucky 13 (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 25, 2014
50
Invisible (with David Ellis)
Little, Brown
July 13, 2014
51
Burn (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
October 19, 2014
52
Hope to Die
Little, Brown
December 14, 2014
53
14th Deadly Sin (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 24, 2015
54
The Murder House (with David Ellis)
Little, Brown
October 18, 2015
55
Cross Justice
Little, Brown
December 13, 2015
56
NYPD Red 4 (with Marshall Karp)
Little, Brown
February 14, 2016
57
Private Paris (with Mark Sullivan)
Little, Brown
April 3, 2016
58
15th Affair (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 22, 2016
59
Bullseye (with Michael Ledwidge)
Little, Brown
August 21, 2016
60
Woman of God (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
October 16, 2016
61
Cross the Line
Little, Brown
December 11, 2016
62
Never Never (with Candice Fox)
Little, Brown
February 5, 2017
63
The Black Book (with David Ellis)
Little, Brown
April 16, 2017
64
16th Seduction (with Maxine Paetro)
Little, Brown
May 21, 2017

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