Jack Reacher Books In Order

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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 / The Visitor (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
Make Me (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night School (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midnight Line (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Past Tense (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Moon (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sentinel (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Better Off Dead (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chronologically, The Enemy should be read first followed by Night School and then The Affair.You can then read the rest of the novels in publication order.

The short story Second Son features Jack Reacher at 13 years old and High Heat has Reacher as 16.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Short Stories/Novellas

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
Good and Valuable Consideration: Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Wars (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Scorpion (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cleaning the Gold (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Man is not available for purchase.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Collections

No Middle Name (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jack Reacher Biography:

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 follow Reacher as he goes through a number of exploits in his world. Reacher has been called one of “this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes” by the Washington Post. While Lee Child himself has been called a master of his craft by publications such as Entertainment Weekly and the series has drawn quite a following.

In his debut Reacher novel, The Killing Floor, Child won the Barry award for the book of the year, and the Anthony award for literary work. Over the years, there have been many comparisons drawn between Jack Reacher and Lee Child himself. They both drink a lot of coffee, have the same height, dress the same, and have similar builds and height. Child has admitted that these observations have some merit and he based a lot of Reacher’s childhood on his own memories.

There are also those who think that Child created this series based on his anger after being made redundant from his job at Granada Television. The Jack Reacher books are well written, gripping, and many people have related to the character of Jack Reacher. The books have continued to attract a certain segment of the population that enjoy mystery and adventure stories. The Jack Reacher movie was made into two movies featuring Tom Cruise, and now a TV show on Prime Video.

Lee Child wrote the majority of the series himself, although in 2020 co-wrote with his brother Andrew Child, with the plan to hand Andrew the reins of the Reacher character down the road. The Killing Floor is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. Child was awarded with both the Anthony Award and Barry Award for Best First Novel. The book starts with Jack Reacher getting off of a Greyhound bus in the town of Margrave, Georgia for the simple reason that he heard that a blues musician that he liked had died in that town.

However, to his surprise he is arrested shortly after on the orders of the local sheriff. The sheriff claims that he saw Reacher leave the scene of a murder and arrests him for that crime. What they don’t know is what Reacher is capable of. Reacher meets the detective, Finlay, and a female officer named Roscoe who believes that Reacher is innocent. Jack will work together with them on the case to bring the right killer to justice. The series continues in Die Trying.

This book sees Jack Reacher heading to Chicago where he is witness to a woman being kidnapped off of the street. He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time which leads to him being kidnapped with her. The two are chained together and locked in the back of the van as it heads to an unknown destination. The men who kidnapped them are looking for an impossible ransom. The woman is worth a lot of money to someone and they just might get it.

However, the bad luck turns out to belong to the kidnappers. Jack may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, but they kidnapped the wrong guy. Jack will do what it takes to save them both from this ordeal – or die trying. Another popular book in the Jack Reacher series is called One Shot. The book starts with six shots and five people are left dead. A city is thrown into a state of terror and the police need to work fast to apprehend the killer.

They do just that and make a quick arrest, but the man claims to be innocent. Worse the police, he’s asking for help from one man: Jack Reacher. Reacher heads to town and he knows the shooter well, a trained military sniper who would never miss a shot. That extra bullet is telling to him and he knows that something is not right here. Reacher teams up with a beautiful young defense lawyer as they work to clear the name of this man and find the real enemy who is pulling the strings here.

Whoever the enemy is, Reacher knows that the only way to stop him is to match his ruthlessness and cunning, and beat him at his own dangerous game. The Affair is the sixteenth entry in the Jack Reacher series. This book is actually a jump back in time to 1997 when Reacher was still in the U.S. Army. The story sees the elite military cop sent to Carter Crossing, Mississippi where he is sent to uncover all that he can after a murder. A young woman died and there was a cover-up.

The evidence points to a soldier from a local military base who has someone powerful friends that could help to cover up something like this. Reacher meets with the local sheriff who is looking for justice in this case, but the two are uncertain if they can trust each other. As Reacher looks to uncover the truth, there are others trying to bury it forever. He’ll end up uncovering a conspiracy that threatens his faith in his mission and turns him into the scary man that readers know well.

Another flashback book is Night School. This one takes place in 1996 and sees Reacher sent back to school by the army. He’s one of three in the class with the other two being an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Like Reacher, they are both wondering why they were sent to this school. They all find out when they learn of a Jihadist sleeper cell in Germany that has received an unexpected visitor with a message.

The message is what draws their attention as the courier states that an American wants one hundred million dollars. They don’t know who is asking, who they are asking from, or what they are giving in return; and this group is tasked with finding all that out. Time isn’t on their side and all they know is that they need to find this man before an epic act of terrorism is committed. Their mission will send them from Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev as they try to stop this act of terror.

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279 Responses to “Jack Reacher”

  1. Phred: 2 weeks ago

    I’m finding many of the comments above amusing. My daughter’s book recommendations, along with my father’s hatred for Tom Cruise being cast as Jack Reacher, are the two main reasons for me getting back into reading a few years ago. My Dad is a pretty chill dude, but he was adamant that Tom Cruise should not have been Jack Reacher. I saw the movie before reading any of the books, and enjoyed it. In roughly the year following the movie’s release… I read every Jack Reacher book in order. (I just had to ‘see’ why my Dad felt so strongly about ol’ Tom Cruise.) And I’ve enjoyed the books too. True, Tom Cruise does not does not physically fill Reacher’s shoes, but as an actor, he does have the presence to be a passable intelligent, good, well intentioned, brute.

    The second movie wasn’t very good. But I really enjoyed the first.

    I’m two or three books behind now and am looking forward to catching up soon.

    There are numerous actors that would better fit Reacher’s dimensions… but I’m not sure any would have Tom’s presence. I’m not Tom’s biggest fan, for sure. But more often than not, he does what he does quite well.

  2. Gloria Pfefferle: 3 weeks ago

    I love Jack Reacher. the perfect actor to play him is Vince Vaughan. He is 6′ 5″, and weighs approx 225 to 250. he is dark haired and has the look of how I imagine Jack looks. If any more movies are made about Jack, it must NOT be Tom. I never saw the 2 movies made because of the horrible casting. Tom should have left his ego somewhere else!!!

  3. John Cowling: 1 month ago

    I read “Killing Floor” and I thought it was passable but a bit boring. Since then I have read 4 others and they are getting progressively worse. They are too linear with lots of long boring sections. 61 hours is typical.
    Can someone please explain how such a mediocre writer sells so many books?
    Oh: my favourite author is Val McDermid. Lee Child could take some lessons from her. Try reading “The Grave Tattoo”.

  4. Carrol S: 1 month ago

    I love the Reacher books. They fulfill a need for the hero we are all looking for. The guy who will stand up for what is “the right thing to do”.

    I am hoping Mr Childs will hear us when we ask that he continue writing the books. Jack has lost his edge and he now talks more than he used to. He is a “kinder and more gentler” person and I am not certain we want that.

    None of your readers want to lose Jack. We need our hero in this most disquieting times. Someone we can look to and have hope.

    Oh and get rid of Tom Cruise.

  5. Disappointed Fan: 2 months ago

    I am seeing a trend in all of my favorite authors, Lee Child included. They actually have the poor sense to buckle to publisher’s request and actually make political statements on actual politicians. I am disappointed in this new behavior, I look to my fiction to step away from reality and not have someone’s manicured political leanings interrupt the story line.
    In the past, when needed, authors cleverly created fictional politicians that they would use for the purpose of plot movement and then move on.

    This was not the case with the Sentinel. As such, rather than buy another copy of Mr. Lee’s new book, I will wait until my public library has a copy available and read it. If this behavior continues, I will drop him completely. Please support me in keeping our favorite authors non-political. tx

    • Rich: 2 months ago

      I agree with keeping politics out of fiction. While Reacher wasn’t killed, he’d be better off dead. Lee’s brother had a terrible impact on the character. The Sentinel featured a woke, gutted and all too talkative Reacher. My wife and I bought every book as soon as it was on sale and also bought audio books for long car trips. We are done. RIP Jack Reacher. Won’t even read them from the library. The last book was dumber than casting Tom Cruise in the roll.

  6. Miroslav: 2 months ago

    I’ve read all Reacher books. And I love them.
    When the first movie had been announced I imagined Dolph Lundgren as Reacher. I know Dolph is a bit too old, but he is much better Reacher than shorty 😀

    • Mommyo: 2 months ago

      I’m not sure why but I always imagine Reacher as a Jim Caviezel character. Maybe because the part he played on the show Person of Interest. I know he doesn’t have sandy colored hair but he’s who I see in my head when I read these books.

      • dave l: 2 months ago

        i agree only one guy can play reacher jim caviezel

        • Fred Havn: 1 month ago

          They should never used TC for that movie because he can’t act. Jim is the only that can play JR

  7. Miss Kitty: 2 months ago

    I agree with Mario as to the choice of our beloved Jack Reacher. I like Tom Cruise but he is not Jack Reacher. If another movie is married a new actor would be a great improvement and just because Tom Cruise starred in the first one doesn’t mean we have to watch him in a second because as a matter of fact if he stars in another Jack reacher movie I don’t believe I’ll go see it. I’m 78 and I’m reading the child’s books for the third time and it’s not because of memory loss it’s because they’re so good thank you Mr. Childs please keep writing.

  8. jack burke: 4 months ago

    Dear Sir, I am an 84yr old who came upon your very first book in the 90’s and for the last 25 years or so, have read the series more than two times and have been one of your most supportive fans from the beginning and enjoyed every minute of telling other readers of your work. Now I come across “Past Tense” this A.M. in an Amazon ad and find it listed nowhere else. What”s up?

    • Bob: 3 months ago

      I’m a 6 year Veteran of US Submarine service , 31 years in Los Angeles as a Firefighter !
      Had horrible injury at brush Fire , I read every Reacher book and am on last one !
      Outstanding story telling !
      Thank you
      Looking at last book and totally taking time to read makes me appreciate the author !
      So so many times I looked at new words
      Thank you
      Bob Launius

  9. Geraldina Pinkham: 4 months ago

    Im 80 years old,and I,have being reading your books for the last four years, my husband was a ex Militery Police, and I use to pretend,.That Reacher was my husband.I have read some of your books twice,i just finish the Sentinel…WHY ,WHY, do you have to kill him,you wrote all this other books,..Im really piss at you.

    • Graeme: 4 months ago

      Hi Geraldina,

      I’m not sure if you misread but Reacher didn’t die in The Sentinel. There’s a new Reacher book coming out later this year 🙂

  10. Reader Michael John drakereader: 5 months ago

    I am Nearly 83 years old and love the Teacher books. I have read most of them at least twice, especially during lockdown. Thank you. Lee, keep on writing them Mike

  11. Julia: 6 months ago

    I’ve been reading the Reacher series in publication order and have found that to be perfect and the books relating to his earlier life slot in very well. I’m sure we’d all like a Jack Reacher in our lives, a rolling stone with a strong sense of doing what he believes is right – and I absolutely hated it when he did end up with a broken nose in one of his many reckless encounters!

  12. Matthew Gerrey: 6 months ago

    I’m 42 in July, just got into this series, these are incredible stories, I’m fixed. A absolutely amazing author, and a brilliant, brilliant, character!!!!
    Jack (no name) Reacher, your legendary!!

  13. Fred: 7 months ago

    It seems to me that Jack doesn’t jump into bed with women nearly as often as he did in the earlier books. I think as he ages his libido has decreased. I’m not complaining, I’m just observing, but in fairness, I haven’t gone back and reread any of the books. I started reading them about 10 years ago and just look forward to a new one every fall. Perhaps I’ve misremembered.

  14. Donna Hargreaves: 7 months ago

    I have all of the Jack reacher books except the 2020 and 2021 publications. Most I have read twice. I love this series and the reacher character. I highly recommend them to readers who enjoy a good mystery, little or a lot sometimes of sex thrown in.

  15. Claude d'Estree: 7 months ago

    Your review suggests reading “Killing Floor” and “Die Trying” first, but you also note that to read it in chronological order to read “The Enemy,” “Night School,” and “The Affair” first. As I am about to order some of Child’s books in this series, which would you suggest? Thank you.

    • Graeme: 7 months ago

      Hi Claude,

      We just list the chronological order as some people prefer reading it in that manner. For the Reacher series I would 100% read it in publication order. There is a lot of growth to the Reacher character as well as the way Lee Child writes and I think that would be off-putting reading some of the later books first.

  16. Mario Spagetti Os: 8 months ago

    Read the books. The movie came out and i choose to not mar my mind with 5’5″ wimpy tommy. Would have been nice to have a Reacher movie with a ‘new’ actor. Not a retread. And cruise as an actor has two or three facial moves. His deepth as an actor/(human), is that of an earth worm.

  17. MoBetter2: 1 year ago

    I’m pretty adept at “willing suspension of disbelief”, but it is too far a stretch to believe Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Reacher, besides being described by his physical size has also been referred to as ‘ugly’. In my mind the perfect actor to portray Reacher is Ron Perlman. He’s actually 5’11, 190, but carries himself on the screen with a commanding presence.


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