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For the character of the same name, go here: Alex Casey

Alan's books

The first 5 books of the Alex Casey series

Alex Casey is an action-thriller series of 6 books written by Alan Wake.



  • The series has been found to have similarities with one of Remedy Entertainment's other game franchises, called Max Payne.
  • On the Harry Garret Show Alan remarks “No, seriously now - seven years and six books is a long time. He (Alex Casey) was a gloomy guy to spend all your working hours with, and it was a good run. But it’s time to explore new things.”
  • Adding two years of writer’s block before the Wakes traveled to Bright Falls, this would place the publish date for the first novel in 2001 - the same year Max Payne was released.
  • The Alan Wake Files feature the first chapter of Return to Sender.
  • In the live-action short "Alan Wake's Return", Sam Lake's character shares Casey's name, but is ranked as an FBI Agent rather than a (presumably) Private Investigator.
  • The name of the books 5 and 6 share the mindset of Richard B. Riddick's quote: "It ain't the fall that gets you. It's the sudden stop at the bottom", from The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay game; Casey died in The Sudden Stop.
  • "Return to Sender" seems to be a reference to the Return to Sender maraton "Address Unknown" - and in-universe series in the Max Payne games.
  • "The Fall of Casey" seems to be a reference to the title of the second Max Payne game in the franchise, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, while "The Things That I Want" name of the fourth book is a reference to a chapter in the same game.
  • A small goof in both versions of Alan Wake shows that all books, with the exception of "The Sudden Stop", uses the same cover as "Return to Sender".
  • Alex Casey's investigation of the Cult of the Word in Alan Wake 2 mirrors the plot of one of the books.


Book covers[]

Pages of Alex Casey used by The Cult of the Word[]