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:

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 many 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.


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261 Responses to “Jack Reacher”

  1. dan: 11 months ago

    If possible (it’s not) the best actor to play Jack would be grafting the face of Liev Shreiber onto the body of Henry Cavill.

  2. Marianne Parker: 11 months ago

    Alexander Skarsgard for sure 6 ft 4 inch blonde, definitely NOT Tom Cruise .

  3. niraneht: 2 years ago

    This is not on the list

  4. Shirley Work: 2 years ago

    Mr. Childs has stated that he would go with a lesser known actor that will not bring any other background to the role and just be Reacher. Jeff Bosley is a trained working actor and a Green Beret who happens to be 6’5″ and 250. He is actively campaigning for the role ,he was born to play, and has actuality spoken to Mr. Child. Jeff continues to work everyday building his Reacher physic while waiting for casting to start Join us, Bosley Believers .and let Jeff convince you himself

  5. Dc Champion: 2 years ago

    I thought Tom Cruise did an excellent job portraying Jack Reacher. Throughout film history Many famous actors were short in stature: Kirk Douglas; Audie Murphy etc.They were portrayed as being big men; Shortened doorways, specific camera angles; all the things Hollywood can do to change our perception of things we see in films. Maybe there is someone more physically in tune with the book character, but I don’t think you’d find a better actor to do the job than tom Cruise+-

  6. Dc Champion: 2 years ago

    How Many Jack Reacher movies are there; and what are their names

  7. Gary Flandro: 2 years ago

    Not only the actor in the Reacher films doesn’t fit, but the handling of the plots and the details of the stories are completely trashed.

  8. Philadelphian: 3 years ago

    It’s obvious that a problem Child is dealing with is Reacher’s age. It’s hard to imagine a man in his mid to upper 50’s being as dominant over others physically.

    I believe this is why there’s little or no reference to Reacher’s age in later novels and why Child decided to write books that took place in Reacher’s past.

    Nevertheless Child proves he is a unique writer by his ability to come up with so many unique plots for one character. To me, who plays Reacher in the movies is insignificant because Reacher readers will never be satisfied.

  9. Muriel Kuri: 3 years ago

    I understand many of your views about how Tom Cruise doesn’t fit the profile of Reacher. I’ve seen that with many of Stephen King’s books made into movies not meeting with my approval of what I thought the hero should look like. I haven’t as yet read any of the Reacher novels, but intend to. I agree that Hugh Jackman would’ve been a great Reacher, also possibly Dwayne Johnson. But Cruise started playing him and seems to do a great job, so I can’t see anyone else playing Reacher now.

  10. Utah Bob: 3 years ago

    Cruise is box office gold. Very simple. But having read the series, his Reacher role did not really ruin anything for me. I still enjoy the Reacher books and view the movies as a separate entity.

  11. Ferd Smurf: 3 years ago

    I will not even watch the movie with Tom Cruise cast as Jack Reacher. I laughed out loud when I heard they had picked him. Tom Cruise was barely acceptable in Top Gun but fighter pilots are supposed to be wiry little self confident jack asses. Tom fit the role well. But Jack Reacher? No way can Tom pull that off. I’ve not even watched him in the Mission Impossible movies but that was mostly because the scripts and special effects were so ridiculous.

    Anyway, I’ve loved the Reacher series since I picked up my first one in an airport departure lounge. So far I’ve read 14 of them and have two more on hand for my next long flight. So far I think Persuader is my favorite. There’s only been one I didn’t really like.

    About my only complaint is I always catch Lee Child’s making a couple of factual errors per book. The one that I remember was Reacher seeing the “gleam of polished walnut” on the stock of an M16. There is no wood of any kind on an M16. Makes me laugh every time I think about it.

  12. mandy rivera: 3 years ago

    I have read every Jack Reacher novel and I have always thought that a younger Clint Eastwood would have made the perfect Reacher. Wishful thinking I know but that is the real beauty of reading, you can put ANY face
    you want on the characters you’re reading about.

  13. Joe: 3 years ago

    Tom Cruise if far to pretty to be Jack Reacher. Nuff said!

  14. Robert Reynolds: 3 years ago

    I think Chris Hemsworth would have been a good choice

  15. T.L. Briggs: 3 years ago

    First, I thoroughly enjoy these novels. Have read 5 so far and intend to read them all.

    However, I wonder why the author never did proper research on the US Army and the Army military police. Having left the Army after 3 years with the rank of Captain, I can say had the author known anyone who had served he could have avoided some painful lack of reality in Reacher’s background.

    Reacher is a West Point graduate and never would have been an investigator. Criminal investigation is handled by Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and while officers supervise CID the highest rank of a military CID investigator is Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4).

    “As the U.S. Army’s primary criminal investigative organization and the Department of Defense’s premier investigative organization, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is responsible for conducting criminal investigations in which the Army is, or may be, a party of interest.”

    Until 1971 the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Agency was under the direction of The Provost Marshal General. On September 17, 1971, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command was established as a major Army command removed from the direction of the Provost Marshal General of the Army.

    In 1971 the CID Command was vested with command and control of all Army criminal investigation activities and resources worldwide. Granting major command status to the CID facilitated CID communications with all levels of the military and civilian governments while providing a centralized controlling authority over the Army’s investigative resources and activities. The Commander of CID is directly responsible to the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Secretary of the Army. The organization of the CID command brought to an end the 50-year-old problem of how to administer the CID. It has been said that the removal for cause of two Provost Marshals between 1964-1970 led the Army to decide to take the CID out from under Provost Marshals.

    CID does not employ commissioned officers as Special Agents (investigators) and CIA battalions and groups are commanded by commissioned officers from the Military Police Corps. CID special agents may be military personnel (NCOs or warrant officers), or appointed civilian personnel (special agents).

    By my calculation, Reacher entered on active duty in the early 1980s and being a West Point graduate would have been a 2nd Lieutenant. At the time of his separation from active service he was a Major. If he had spent his service time in the military police he would not have ever been an investigator. Perhaps, he might have been a military police commissioned officer supervising CID activities, but never an actual investigator.

    In my day, enlisted military policemen were military occupation specialty (MOS) 94B, however that was changed to 31B in today’s Army. Military police (MOS 31B) protect the lives and property on Army installations by enforcing military laws and regulations. They also control traffic, prevent crime and respond to all emergencies. They are supervised by commissioned military police officers.

    MP job duties include: law enforcement patrols; Interview witnesses, victims and suspects in investigations; crime scene security and processing; arrest and charge criminal suspects. The duty of interviewing in investigations is similar to what uniformed beat cops do in civilian police forces, i.e., initial interviewing before the plain clothes detectives take over.

    Reacher could not have spent 12 years as an investigator and reached the rank of Major doing it.

    Military assignments are usually for 2 years, may be for 6 months from time to time, and can be for 3 or 4 years. No one spends 12 years in one short assignment after another. As an officer West Point graduate Reacher would have lived in Bachelor Officer’s Quarters (BOQ) not in barracks.

    Right now, I can’t think of other anomalies in Reacher’s Army background but this seems to be enough to highlight the author’s inadequate research on US Army military police.

  16. Valerie Luscott: 3 years ago

    I have read the Jack Reacher book as they were published and thoroughly enjoyed them.Like many I was disappointed to see Tom Cruise as “ Jack Reacher” I guess the almighty American dollar was the reason .

  17. Kathy: 3 years ago

    I never read a Jack Reacher book until I saw the movie with Tom Cruise. I thought he was great in the movie and being from Pittsburgh where the first movie was filmed, I was thrilled to see Tom Cruise come to the movie theater for the premier of the movie. He went to each theater and spoke. He was so polite and charismatic. I have since started reading the books and even though, the character is described as a big guy, I picture Tom Cruise as I read the books and am thoroughly enjoying them. I guess you are either a Tom Cruise fan or not, I am a fan. Everyone has their favorites.

  18. Psst: 4 years ago

    SInce there are 16/17 books and all have been optioned for films, even if Cruise wanted too, by the time the last one is being done he won’t be around, having died on during the filming of MI9 at the age of 66 trying to prove that he could still do all his own stunts.

  19. Warren Blum: 4 years ago

    Tom cruise is the wrong person to play jack reacher. I’d like to see the guy from grimm, Sasha roiz, who played the captain of the police dept.

  20. Johnny Thorne: 4 years ago

    I just found out today that Jack Reacher is a series of books. I loved Tom Cruise as Reacher. Tomorrow I’m planning to visit my local library to borrow a Jack Reacher novel.

    I love the Joe Picket series by CJ Box. I’ve nearly read all the Clive Cussler adventures. I set aside 3 hours nightly to read and I’ve never fallen asleep at the book yet.

  21. Teresa: 4 years ago

    Chris Hemsworth would make a much better Jack Reacher!! He has the build for him!!

  22. Brandi Marie Court: 4 years ago

    Was very disappointed with the 2nd movie. They didn’t follow the story very well. Tomorrow Cruise is not the right actor for the part. the physical aspect is obvious but he still doesn’t feel like the Jack Reacher I have grown to love over the last 18 books. The first movie at least stayed close to the storyline. The second movie wasn’t even close. If you haven’t read or seen Never Go Back skip the movie. Unless you’re really bored. I very much love the series and am looking forward to Personal. Lee Child you are a brilliant writer. Don’t let them make another movie please.

  23. Brandi Marie Court: 4 years ago

    I have just read Never Go Back and it was phenomimal! I have read all the previous 17 books and have watched the first movie. I haven’t watched the second movie but will be very shortly. I agree with the Tom Cruise thing. He just doesn’t fit the character. Not only physically but how he acts too. I can’t really put it into words but the way Cruise “acts” as Reacher doesn’t feel like the book. It just doesn’t fit. Tom does a great job as always but I don’t feel he was right for the part in many ways. They May have cast him because he is a big name and they thought he might make the movie more profitable. I honestly think that the story would have sold it just as well. that being said I absolutely fell in love with this series. I am looking forward to the next three and any more that may be written. Thank you Lee Child!

  24. I survived the GAY kenyan: 4 years ago

    Great series. Read all 20 books. Reacher gets nastier as the series goes on.
    The two movies did’t match up. Cruise was not REACHER. I would have been better.

  25. borngiantsfan: 4 years ago

    Interesting comments here about Cruise ruining the series. My take – he didn’t ruin the books for me because when I read the books I picture what is described, not Tom Cruise.
    On the other hand, I think he ruins the movies – but for a different reason than just his height. It’s the money. Cruise movies need to hit $200M for them to continue into a series, in part because of his high salary and the production costs of the action sequences his fans want. Jack Reacher hit that mark, but Never Go Back did not (or has not yet). If a third is made, it will probably generate even lower revenues and that will be the end of the series.
    So by making Jack Reacher just another Tom Cruise action flick with the high costs of Cruise productions, it is effectively killing the movie series.

    If on the other hand they had found a more suitable and lesser known actor to play Reacher in terms of looks, size, demeanor, etc AND if they kept the story line closer to that of the book (fewer high costly explosions, etc), the movie would have had lower revenues but a higher likelihood of continuing as a series.

    There is just something about Cruise that is polarizing. Someone else here commented that when they see a Cruise movie they picture the character not Cruise. For me it is the opposite, he seems pretty much the same from movie to movie so all I see is Tom Cruise. And now that he has done the first 2 Reacher movies, it is unlikely another actor would be able to take over the role because he is such a big name. So I just don’t see how the movie series will continue after 1 more Reacher movie (if even that).

  26. Sher: 4 years ago

    I have read all of the Lee Child’s, Jack Reachers series books but the latest one. I am sorry but Tom Cruise is no way a Jack Reacher.

    • frank o'shea: 4 years ago

      Don’t apologise, Cruise is a huge minus-force in the series. So give him credit for that😱

  27. jack burton: 4 years ago

    The perfect actor to have filled the Reacher movie role was James Arness. Alas, he was about 40 years too early. Chuck Conners could have done a decent job also.

    • Roguewave1: 4 years ago

      Chuck Conners would have been a prefect visual from my mind and his gayness never leaked through, which Reacher would definitely not understand.

  28. ArgleBjargle: 4 years ago

    I enjoy the books and enjoyed the movies. In my humble opinion, if someone’s mind is incapable of working around or through inconsistencies in life, (especially in fiction) too bad for them.

  29. Simon Cutts: 4 years ago

    I have just watched a interview with Lee Childs on the main news channel in the UK and he said the only reason that Tom Cruise got the part as JR was that Lee and the directors was having a really hard time finding a good looking 6’5 actor for the role and that Tom is a avid Lee Childs follower that really likes the JR books. As to a comment about always watch the film before reading the books is not quite right….more often if you watch the film you wont enjoy the book and like wise if you read the book first you might enjoy it and really hate the film. Its everyone’s choice what order to watch/read. Although Tom Cruise is the total opposite to the JR character he played JR really well and look forward to seeing the new film. On a final note I love watching movies and I really love reading the JR books however I also think that the movies are a lazy way to use your minds compared to reading, the movie tells you everything who the characters are and what they are doing where as with the books you still have to use your minds as well as your eyes. And last of all keep on writing the JR story’s Lee we all love them.

  30. Bynx: 4 years ago

    When doing the Reacher books in chronological order I wish someone would include the 9 or 10 short stories – novellas as well. It says above, the first book to read is The Enemy. I think it should be the short story Second Son since it takes place in 1977 when Reacher was a boy.