Perhaps I've not been paying attention, but it appears that the manner in which James Patterson writes his novel is an open secret. Apparently he comes up with the synopsis, teaches a group of writers his style, and then these writers write the book. One of his writers has now gone off on his own and the story about Peter de Jonge , his new novel Shadows Still Remain and his time with Patterson is in The New York Times.
Apparently Patterson books that are co-written in this manner do have reference to the fact that other writers were involved. One could say that the name James Patterson is like Mills and Boon, for example. It is a style of writing. It's no longer about him as an author. I suppose from that perspective it seems okay. But I think for the most part the general book buying public sees a James Patterson book and thinks, "I like that author" and buys the book. In that sense it seems wrong.
What do you think?