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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 (With: Andrew Child) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Better Off Dead (With: Andrew Child) (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 (With: Joseph Finder) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Small Wars (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Scorpion (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cleaning the Gold (With: Karin Slaughter) (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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Jack Reacher's Rules (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hero (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Harold Middleton Books

The Chopin Manuscript (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Copper Bracelet (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Starling Project: An Audible Drama (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Harold Middleton books are serial thrillers which are compiled by various authors.

Publication Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Books

The Cocaine Chronicles (With: Laura Lippman,Ken Bruen,Jervey Tervalon) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Marijuana Chronicles (By:Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nicotine Chronicles (With: Joyce Carol Oates,Hannah Tinti,,Cara Black,,,Jonathan Ames) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Like a Charm(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greatest Hits(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cocaine Chronicles(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best British Mysteries IV(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer Year: Stories to Die For...(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
First Thrills(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark End of the Street(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rich and the Dead(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Study in Sherlock(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love is Murder(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inherit the Dead(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
FaceOff(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Belfast Noir(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manhattan Mayhem(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
MatchUp(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dear NHS(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Lee Child Books:

1: Second Son (Short Story) 2: High Heat (Short Story) 3: The Enemy 4: Night School 5: The Affair Then read it in publication order.

Lee Child Biography:

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Lee Child is best known for his main character, Jack Reacher. In fact, Lee Child has written all of the “Jack Reacher” books although has started co-writing with his brother since 2020.


The plan eventually is for Andrew Child to take over the series.

Tom Cruise starred as the main character in a movie titled, simply, “Jack Reacher.” and a sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.


Lee Child has also been the recipient of several awards including the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery for his first Jack Reacher novel, “Killing Floor.”

Another Reacher novel, “The Enemy”, won the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. With all of these accolades one would think Lee Child was born to be an author. But as usually is the case, his success story has many twists and turns that lead him on the path to writing his best selling novels and to ultimately create this alluring character. Born Jim Grant on October 29, 1954 in Coventry England, Child and his family moved to Birmingham when he was four years old.

At the age of 20, in 1974, Child entered Law School in Sheffield, England. It is said that he never intended to actually practice law. Upon graduation, he decided instead to get a job in commercial television and joined Granada TV in Manchester. Child would end up working there for 18 years before being fired as a result of “corporate restructuring.” During that time he wrote countless commercials, news stories and trailers. It was 1995 and Child was 40 years old.

After purchasing six dollars worth of paper and pencils, he decided to try his hand at writing. Lee Child then wrote his first Reacher novel, “Killing Floor.” Reacher novels are not the only works that Lee Child has published. He has also written the short stories, “Second Son” and “Deep Down.” These are now available as eBooks. Child moved to New York in the summer of 1998. This is where he met his wife, Jane. It is to her that his 2012 book, “A Wanted Man” is dedicated. Together they have a grown daughter, an apartment in Manhattan and a home in the south of France. Child also counts his numerous plane rides between his two domiciles as his “third home.”

His brother, Andrew Grant is also a thriller novelist. In his spare time, Child likes to read, listen to music and watch the New York Yankees. He was elected President of the Mystery Writers of America in 2009. He is also available for speaking engagements and has his own website, www.leechild.com. Never before has one character – especially from a book – become such an enigma. As one reads these novels, an immediate image of who Jack Reacher is and what he looks like can be visualized.

Jack Reacher has his own biography and statistics. He was born on October 29th with no middle name. This is referenced a few times throughout the books. Reacher frequently tells people his name on his birth certificate is “Jack None Reacher.” He is a large man – extremely large and ominous – weighing between 220 and 250 pounds and standing 6 and a half feet tall. His chest is 50 inches across and he wears a size 3XL coat and the inseam on his pants measures 95 centimeters.

Born on an Army base in Berlin, Jack Reacher and his brother Joe moved around a lot as kids. Now both his mother and his father and his brother are all deceased. Reacher left home at the age of eighteen and then graduated from West Point. He served 13 years in the Army bouncing from Major down to Captain and finally back up to Major before leaving the service in 1997. Reacher has no drivers license, receives no Federal Benefits and will not file taxes. It is often wondered what he does for money.

He is a decorated military serviceman. Reacher buried his Silver Star with his Mother and has also received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, to name a few. To say he has special “skills” is probably an understatement. In many of the novels, Reacher is in the wrong place at the wrong time but ends up using his skills to solve even the most perilous situations. In “Killing Floor”, for example, the first of the Reacher novels, Reacher is arrested for murder shortly after arriving in Margrave, Georgia.

The victim happens to be his own brother who he has not seen in seven years. It does not help that the main eyewitness happens to be the police chief who claims to have seen Reacher at the scene. Reacher knows he was boarding a bus in Tampa at the time. With the help of a Harvard-graduate chief detective and a female officer, Reacher traces his brother’s steps to solve the mystery. Of course this all happens in a span of only three days.

This superb adventure easily captivates the reader and creates a relationship with Reacher that is hard to forget. In the second Reacher novel, “Die Trying,” a Chicago dentist is attacked and thrown into the trunk of his own car. Coincidentally, Reacher and a woman he does not even know are taken hostage in the light of day.

Ever the gentleman, Reacher was only “with” this woman because she was limping and struggling on her crutches and of course he stopped to help her. Turns out she is an FBI agent. They are taken hostage for ransom. Together, Reacher and this woman must work together and act as a team to get out of their predicament.

As only Reacher can do, he relates to this woman and uses his charm and wit, not to mention his incredible intelligence and skills, to not only get them out safely, but also take down the criminals. The good thing about Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels is that they can be read in any order.

Lee Child provides enough background in each book to bring the reader current without sounding repetitive and redundant. With all of these thrilling, often crazy and sometimes unimaginable situations that Jack Reacher finds himself in just during the course of his every day life, it is easy to see how a reader can get sucked in, and really not mind. It is what makes each and every novel special. It is what makes Lee Child a truly gifted master at story-telling.

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69 Responses to “Lee Child”

  1. Stephanie: 3 months ago

    I’m in agreeance with the Tom Cruise naysayers. Anyone besides TC. How about John Cena, Jason Statham, The Rock, even Vin Diesel!! Liev Schreiber has my vote. Anyone besides Tom Crud………..

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  2. tonyd: 3 months ago

    The Affair – The book refers to the BDU rank of a Major as black, it shold be brown, black would be a LTC. US Military officers rank go from silver to black in BDU and from gold to brown ( only 2LT and Major are gold to brown)

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  3. sarah: 3 months ago

    I have read all of Jack Reacher books and found them helpful during the pandemic because traveling to different places while locked down has been a life saver. More books, please

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  4. Gary Carr: 4 months ago

    I have read every Reacher novel twice, including The Sentinel. Now I’m wondering if he and his son wrote this one before the 2020 US election. If so they must have had an inkling of the fraud involved…. or some other intuition. Chapter 23 hit it on square on the head. Keep up the great writing. I can’t get enough of Reacher. BTW.. we need another movie, without Cruise. As said by Nan F, Liev Schreiber would be perfect.

    Thank you so much for the great reading.

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  5. Hazel Pacitto: 6 months ago

    I love the Jack Reacher books. I was very disappointed with the movie. Definitely NOT my mental picture of Reacher.

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    • John Opat: 4 months ago

      If you enjoyed the books and know the charector, Tom Cruise was a very bad choice for the movie. A 5 foot tall popular actor is a joke to fill Jack Reacher’s shoes. Reacher is supposed to be so big that he can’t disappear in a crowd. There are so many big unknowns that deserved a chance to bring the book to the big screen.

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  6. Kevin Kessler: 9 months ago

    Back in his younger days Clint Eastwood would have made a Great Jack Reacher, today my picks would be Jason Statham or Gerard Butler. Jason would have to wear a hair piece. They both are rough guys with strong physical bodies, with an edge. Lastly Bradley Cooper is possible…

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  7. AuldGuy: 12 months ago

    Most posters agree Cruise was a terrible choice to play Reacher, a character so defined by his sheer physical presence. Lawrence Olivier couldn’t act his way into that and Cruise is no Sir Lawrence… he isn’t even Dame Judy. Paul Newman had that ability to play bigger men. Obody like him now. I’d vote for Duane Johnson.

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  8. Henri Bastien: 1 year ago

    I am not keen on the idea of having two authors, regardless of who the second one is doing Reacher books. The character came from one mind and should continue to be that way. These collaborations on solid characters never work well.

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  9. Ralf Nadir: 3 years ago

    Just finished “The Affair” and now I understand Reacher’s current lifestyle. He didn’t seem to be a soldier that would be kicked out, but now it all makes sense.

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  10. Brenda Hickernell: 3 years ago

    Whenever I read any of the Jack Reacher novels the only person I can picture owning this part is John Cena, and I’m not a wrestling fan by any means, but I think he’s a decent man and actor….and much more believable in coming close to Reachers’ size and character.

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  11. Kunninglinguist: 4 years ago

    I think Tom Cruise was picked by accident due to a typo, instead of 6 foot 4 someone wrote 4 foot 6 making Tiny Tom Thumb Cruise the only viable option 🙂

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  12. Karen Smith: 4 years ago

    Hi there,
    I come from the land of Peter Jackson & Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit. Can I just say that I am a devotee of your books. But Tom Cruise in the movie a step too far. He is 5’7 I am 5’9 and come from a very tough area in Auckland. I certainly could take him. Books yes, movies no. Belle

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  13. alex: 4 years ago

    I worked in a call centre for sky tv, got a call from a angry woman who claimed that tom cruise had ruined the reacher stories for her as he was to short and skinny to play the part, I had never heard of jack reacher or lee child until then, I went and bought all the books as I read a lot on holiday and enjoyed them until I started reading, without fail, it is without doubt the worst book I have ever read, badly written , and the plot is just so silly and unbelievable it beggars belief . now I realise that the stories are made up but cmon, the American secret service need help protecting someone, really,,, I got about a third of the way through and put the book in the bin as the story was so pathetic . I can read almost anything but if this isn’t the worst book ever written then it will have to do until it comes along. I can only hope that the rest of them are better than this one .

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    • quidditas: 3 years ago

      So what do class as literature?

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  14. Nan F: 4 years ago

    IMO, the only actor that could do justice to the character of Reacher is Liev Schreiber…aka LBJ in “The Butler”, Ray Donvoan in the same named TV series, Frank in Repo Man, Victor Creed/SaberTooth in the X-Men movies…He’s 6’3″ and has that steely-eyed, no-nonsense “mess with me at your own expense” kind of face, with a physical presence that leaves no doubt he can/will back it up if need be. He also has that same “Reacheresque” type of voice and manner of speaking.

    The image of Reacher I always see in my mind’s eye when I’m reading any Jack Reacher book is Liev…next time you watch him work, think of him as Reacher… and next time you read a Reacher story or watch a Reacher movie, think of Liev in the role and you may see what I see.

    Tom Cruise is possibly the WORST choice they could have made to play Reacher. He is nothing at all like the character is. Furthermore, my biggest complaints with the first movie is; Reacher is self-professed terrible driver yet the movie makes him seem like an expert, and, in the fight scene at the end of the movie, Reacher is supposedly hurt by just a few punches ??? Really? Really Really? I don’t think so!

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    • CoastRanger: 4 years ago

      Of course I agree with everyone else that Cruise was a poor choice. I thought Dolph Lundgren in his youth would have worked, but I like Schreiber better for my pre-conceived notion of Jack Reacher.

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