James Patterson plans to write book about Aaron Hernandez

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday, April 14, 2017 in Boston. Days later, Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell in what authorities ruled a suicide.

Stephan Savoia, AP

NEW YORK -- Aaron Hernandez's trial dominated headlines and captivated the nation, and best-selling author James Patterson was not immune to the public's fascination. 

Hernandez, the former NFL player and convicted murderer found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, will be the subject of an upcoming true crime book by Patterson.

Little, Brown and Co. told The Associated Press on Thursday that Patterson's book, not yet titled, is scheduled for early 2018. Patterson is also putting together a collection of true crime stories in partnership with Investigation Discovery, to come out on the TV network and in print next January.

Patterson, one of the world's most popular and prolific novelists, said in a statement that he was "stunned" by Hernandez's death and wanted to know "what went wrong." He's donating a portion of his author proceeds to education and reading initiatives.