As of 2017, there have been approximately 3,276 sequels written in the Alex Cross series, which has done well for author James Patterson, who is one of the few sure-fire writers that can churn out bestseller after bestseller thanks to this defining character. At this point, it doesn’t even matter if some of the books may or may not be ghostwritten. (This is not a claim. I have no source. Just a thought.)
While the dangling spider is amusing, there’s not much else interesting happening on this cover, and much the same could be said for other books in the series.
I’ve not read a single one but props and kudos and good vibes to Patterson for his success despite the awful covers. Speaks to his ability to write and entertain a vast amount of readers, which is kinda the point.