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Jack Reacher Books In Order

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Books

Killing Floor (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Die Trying (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripwire (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running Blind (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo Burning (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Without Fail (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Persuader (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Enemy (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Shot (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hard Way (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Luck And Trouble (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nothing To Lose (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gone Tomorrow (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
61 Hours (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worth Dying For (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Affair (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Wanted Man (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Go Back (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Personal (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Jack Reacher Books

In chronological order, The Enemy would be the first book to read, as it takes place while Reacher is still in the Military. The Affair would be the next book to read, as it covers the end of Reachers Military career, and leads into Killing Floor.

After that, all books would go by the order that they were published. Persuader also had flashbacks to during Reacher's military career.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Short Stories

Second Son (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Down (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Heat (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not a Drill (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Jack Reacher's Rules (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jack Reacher Biography:

Many individuals may be familiar with the Tom Cruise One Shot movie featuring the character of Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is the lead character and the protagonist in the series of books by British author Jim Grant who writes under the pseudonym of Lee Child. The books in the series follows Reacher as he goes through a number of exploits in his world. Lee child has been called a “master of his craft” by publications such as Entertainment weekly. One of his early novels (in fact the first) that has gotten outstanding acclaim is the Killing Floor. In his debut Reacher novel,in 1997, Child won the Barry award for the book of the year, and also the Anthony award for literary work. This book wowed readers and critics alike. Child is the author of 17 novels featuring the character of Reacher and goes on to detail his exploits in several books that detail the title character,drifter and assumed possible low life Reacher. Jack does show a number of redeeming characteristics however, and is a reminder not to judge a book by it’s cover.

The Jack Reacher books are well written, gripping, and allow individuals to identify with the title character. Thee are many ways to enjoy a good book and the action of Reacher allows you to do so. The books have continued to attract a certain segment of the population that enjoy mystery and adventure stories. These are quality books by a quality author.

The Killing Floor details the story of a ex military policeman and a drifter by the name of Jack Reacher. Reacher is just passing through a town by the name of Margrave, Georgia to find out information about a musician by the name of Blind Blake, and finds himself arrested for murder in less than an hour. Reacher is quite aware he did not kill anybody. The detective finds the phone number of a man named Hubble in the shoe of the dead man. Both Reacher and the next defendant Hubble are arrested for murder,and sent to the state prison. While in prison Reacher meets Roscoe a female police offiicer who helps with the two individuals defense.As Reacher alone is not about to convince anyone in Margrave, Georgia of his innocence.

The book details some of the exploits of Reacher as he tries to convince an unwilling populace that he is not guilty of the crime he is accused of committing. The book details Reacher’s interactions with a detective by the name of Findlay one of his main accusers.There are other characters that feature prominently in the novel as well. Some of the other characters of note that are part of the plot in the Kililng Floor include Chief Morrison and his wife who also are murder victims. There is also a multi billion dollar counterfeiting ring that comes in play in the action of this award wining book. There are other sorts of interesting plot twists within this novel that many people will read. Use this story for a great summer read and enjoy the time to delve into this exciting and powerfully written novel.

Some of the acclaim attached to this book includes USA today who stated the “indomitable Reacher burns up the pages. The New York Times called the action “Smart and Breathless.” Newsweek also called the action in he Killing floor “Subtle and nuanced with seductive writing and irresistible plot twists.” This book was followed by a succession of other novels featuring Reacher. All of them have been well regarded and well read. This book is something that you can find and take advantage of when you are looking for classic mysteries. This is one great read, and the Jack Reacher story The Killing Floor is a real page turner as literary critics and readers both agree.

The second Reacher novel to hit the scene was Die Trying. Although, the first novel the Killing Floor was widely acclaimed it did fall party to some critics who stated that the character of Jack Reacher was an unconvincing protagonist.Child attempted to address some of those concerns, in the second novel, lathough he largely paid no heed to the voices of the critics. The second novel may be one of the attempts to get the support of both readers and the voices of the critics.

In the second novel the ex military policeman Reacher is walking by a Chicago dry cleaner when an FBI agent also attractive and young, by the name of Holly comes by carrying some large packages. Holly is also the daughter of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. she is Kidnapped off the street along with Reacher. Only Reacher has the complex finely honed instincts to foil the kidnapping plot, and to see beyond the complex deadly plan of the Montana militia group that has kidnapped him and this young woman. The leader of the military group is a dangerous and charismatic leader who has some brutal action planned for both the kidnapped, and ruthless plans for the United States as a whole. This is a thrilling novel that has numerous plot twists to keep the reader entertained.

This novel is one of the things that you can look forward to when you are looking to find novels that have great stories and the great action that you need to stay involved This novel is one that will thrill the individual. It is one that makes a great summer time read.Readers will be stunned by the action with Die Trying when they decide to read this novel.
Both of these novels follows the larger than life character 6’5 Reacher as he gets very involved in the action and is a hero in his own way. His military training comes in handy within these novels. Read both of these novels as an introduction to the Jack Reacher character, and you may find that you wish to read more. These are some of the amazing novels by Child and can really be interesting and easy to find.

  • Praveen

    Why isn’t “The Visitor” mentioned in the List of Books?

    • http://www.bookseriesinorder.com/ Graeme

      Hi Praveen,

      The Visitor is the UK title for “Running Blind”, Jack Reacher #4. They are both the same book. However the list SHOULD note that I’ll make a note to update that.

    • wes

      it is under the america name

  • Henry Wolpert

    Whoever wrote the Biography above needs to hire a good editor.

  • babygirl

    Anyone know what the chronological order of the jack reacher books is??

  • MSMOMMYGJ

    My absolute favorite author! Thanks for the great reads!!

  • Steve Speidel

    The poll below puzzles me. Really? A plurality of readers think “Tom Cruise ruined the series”? That’s just weird. I enjoyed the movie and started reading lee child novels because of it. I’m about half-way through everything he’s written. His direct prose reminds me of Hemingway.
    About Cruise. Although he’s a short guy, he has the presence to carry off a big role like jack reacher. Cruise inhabits a role. I’m never aware I’m watching a big shot movie star, but the character he’s playing. Ok, that’s my defense of Tom Cruise, like he needs my defense: he’s the richest guy in Hollywood!

    • charmain

      It would not be weird if you had read the books first. After 10 plus books of picturing a 6’5 hunk whose powerful body is a character of its own, an image gets ingrained in your head. You love it and want to keep it. Watching someone 5’7 shatters the image and makes it hard to reconnect to the person in the book, especially when the author tries to reemphasize that image after he has sold out.

      • Anona Mouse

        Guess Mr. Cruise must be one hell of an actor to shatter the image of a literary character in the hearts and minds of men/women readers. I expect most readers can get past the movie, and enjoy it too. So every author whose book is made into a movie has ‘sold out’? I suppose that could be seen as literally true, no double meaning intended… Jim Grant/Lee Child was co-writer on the screenplay, but usually selling out means either no product left on the shelf, or some kind of disservice for personal gain. Have the two books since the movie been compromised by the movie release somehow? Did the literary character get chopped off at the knees? Do authors have to ‘pass’ on movie deals to keep their ‘integrity’? Mr. Cruise is a producer on the movie and may have been the force to get the first movie of a Reacher book made… And so perhaps wanted to star in it himself. Oh well… too bad for fragile mental images. Just pretend the movie is about Jack Creature and let it go… and stop blaming the author for his payday.

      • http://david-molliere.net/en/ david_molliere

        I wouldn’t say it shatters the image but it certainly falls short of the character, as you say the way he is described is very much part of his character. Also Reacher is quite the “good bad guy” and no matter how hard he’ll try, it’s not Tom Cruise forte. My take is, Hugh Jackman would have been perfect for the role, Viggo Mortensen or maybe Russel Crowe but definitely not Tom Cruise.

        • James Hoffman

          The books came out long before the movie. The movie and word of mouth got me interested in the books. However, I made sure I watched the movie first, and I preach this, if at all possible, always always watch the movie first. Inevitably the books are almost always better. If one reads the books first, the movie will probably be a letdown. IMO this is a classic example. Hollywood likes to take liberties with a story that avid readers will frown upon.

  • Josh

    Can we include the short stories too? I’m trying to figure out where in the series each belongs and when they were released.

    • ben10011

      They are all over. Second son is when reacher is 13 and is about him and his brother in Okinawa. High heat reacher is 16 or 17. Attending west point but the story takes place in Manhattan during the heatwave/blackout of the summer of Sam. Deep Down
      reacher is a captain MP he’s undercover trying to figure out who is selling secrets to the Russians. They are good stories but nit add great as the books.

  • MissCassieAnn

    Ive been a Michael Connelly fan for about ten years…just read FACEOFF (head to head short story thrillers) looking for new authors to get interested in and came away starting with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher… I’m thrilled with the Reacher series … in about a month I’m through to the seventh book. Great Stuff … look for faceoff it is good stuff

  • Kat Denton

    I also stgarted reading the books after the movie. I almost didn’t see the movie because I dislike Tom Cruise as an actor. (Sorry, Steve Speidel, he just doesn’t work for me.) However, I enjoyed the movie, started reading the books and discovered that I, too, would have prefered an actor with the same stature as Reacher. I am reading the books in order and have just finished The Persuader. It’s almost like being addicted. I can’t wait to start The Enemy!!

  • mormorme

    Why do the audio books use someone with a gruff, old man’s voice?..

  • Shannon

    I have to agree and disagree about Tom Cruise portraying Jack Reacher. I did enjoy the movie, he may not have been the best pick for it, but he did do a very good job. It was disappointing to see that the character we’ve all come to know and love in the books was not shown on the screen. But unlike a few of the comments I’ve read, he didn’t ruin the literary character for me. I like the books and the author enough to move past Tom Cruise as the visual character. As would anyone that is an avid Reacher reader.