Novelist; attorney. Born– February 2, 1947, Berkeley, Calif. Parents– Richard W. and Marjorie Frances (North) Patterson. Married– Judith Anne Riggs, January 12, 1974. Children– Two. Education– Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1968; Case-Western Reserve University, J.D., 1971; creative writing classes at the University of Alabama. Admitted to Ohio Bar, 1971, Washington, D.C., 1973, and Alabama; practiced law in Birmingham, 1975-1978; attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1973-1975; attorney in San Francisco, 1978-93.  Member of advocacy groups concerned with gun violence, reproductive rights, and political reform.  Received Edgar Allan Poe Award for best first mystery novel, 1979; Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, 1995; Distinguished Alumni, Case Western Reserve University, 1997; Man of the Year, WWRAP, 2001; Maggie Award, Planned Parenthood, 2001; Distinguished Achievement Award, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2008; Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers Association, 2012.


Contemporary Authors online; Richard North Patterson website


Balance of Power.  Ballantine, 2003.

Caroline Masters.  Ballantine, 2000.

Conviction.  Random House, 2005.

Dark Lady.  Ballantine, 2000.

Degree of Guilt. New York; Knopf, 1993.

The Devil’s Light.  Scribner, 2011.

Eden in Winter, 2014.

Escape the Night. New York; Random, 1983.

Eclipse.  Henry Holt, 2009

Exile.  Henry Holt, 2007.

Eyes of a Child.  Knopf, 1995.

Fall from Grace.  Scribner, 2010.

The Final Judgment.  Knopf,  1996.

In the Name of Honor.  Henry Holt, 2010.

Lasko Tangent. New York; Norton, 1979.

Loss of Innocence, 2013.

No Safe Place.  Knopf, 1998.

Outside Man. Boston; Little, Brown, 1981.

Private Screening. New York; Villard Books, 1985.

Protect and Defend.  Knopf, 2000.

The Race.  Henry Holt, 2007.

Silent Witness.  Knopf, 1996.

The Spire.  Henry Holt, 2009.


The papers of Richard North Patterson are held by Boston University.