James Patterson plans true crime book on Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez during his trial in March.
Aaron Hernandez during his trial in March.Nancy Lane/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool

It was predictable perhaps that a book — or, more likely, books — would be written about Aaron Hernandez following the former football player’s suicide at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

Well, it’s happening. Little, Brown and Co. announced that best-selling author James Patterson is planning to write a true crime book “based on the troubled life and tragic death” of the onetime Patriots tight end who was serving life in prison. The book, which is untitled at the moment, is due to be published in 2018.

“I was stunned to hear about the tragic death of Aaron Hernandez last week. While his life was marred by controversy, he had incredible potential and undisputed talent. He came from nothing, was named a collegiate All-American, and went on to become a standout player for the New England Patriots,” Patterson said in a statement. “Along the way, his life spiraled out of control — and I felt compelled to ask: what went wrong? I hope that this book helps shed some light on the events that led to his all too public and heartbreaking demise.”


The author said a portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit education and pro-reading initiatives.

Patterson, who’s enjoyed enormous success thanks in part to his series of crime/mystery novels featuring the fictional psychologist Alex Cross, announced last fall he planned to write a book titled “The Murder of Stephen King,” about an obsessed fan who stalks the best-selling author from Maine. It seemed like a dubious idea at best and Patterson later decided not to write the book, saying he didn’t want to cause King “any discomfort.”