Turning the usual crime thriller on its head, The People Vs Alex Cross is a fast-paced mystery with Patterson's tell-tale style that keeps you gripped from start to finish.
Keeping up to date with the times, Patterson has injected the story with current affairs issues like criminals using the dark web, cybercrime and protests against police shooting members of the public.
It is in this climate that Detective Cross is on trial for shooting people who were unarmed, but there are plenty of twists along the way.
The action isn't just set in the courtroom either as Cross's trial runs alongside an investigation into kidnapped women that the detective can't help but get involved with.
Opening the book in the midst of one of the kidnappings, Patterson grabs your attention straight away with all the ingredients of a juicy thriller. Within the first chapter, there's a child murder, masked men and lesbian blondes thrown into a van, and that's just the beginning.
James Patterson is one of the most read authors in the world.
For fans of the Alex Cross dramas - this is the 25th in the series - they won't be disappointed in following his latest dilemma. Family relationships with his wife Bree, Nana, children as well as close friends all play a part in the plot.
There's also the development of new characters within the FBI, like the vibrant IT specialist Krazy Kat, real name Keith Karl Rawlins, who has a red Mohawk hairstyle and dances the night away at gay clubs.
Cross' nemesis from a previous tale - Gary Soneji - is also key to the storyline, which adds continuity for regular Cross readers but doesn't spoil the novel for those that are new to the series as it is a self-contained story in its own right.
As the world's bestselling thriller writer and Britain's most popular author, Patterson has knocked out several novels a year, often co-written with other authors of late, but the Cross series is one that he prefers to write on his own.