Looking for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books in order? Never fear – we’re here to help!
A series of books can be a daunting prospect. Do you have to begin at the beginning? Which book is the first one? Which book is the best one? Are there sub-plots or sub-series to tap into first? The questions are many and the answers are not always straightforward, but we’re here to help bring some clarity to this confusion.
There are 22 books in Lee Child’s highly successful Jack Reacher series, plus one short story collection. In the first thriller we’re introduced to Jack Reacher, a dangerous and unattainable lone ranger who used to be in the military. The series follows his exploits all across America and occasionally into other countries.
There are four books that form a sub-series starting off with 61 Hours then continuing in Worth Dying For, A Wanted Man and finally Never Go Back. They follow Reacher as he’s trying to get to Virginia to return to his old base and a woman’s voice.
The first book in Lee Child’s series, Killing Floor, is so good it seems a shame not to start there, but this is a series you can dip into at different stages because there’s always one constant – our hero himself. Here are the Jack Reacher books in order.
Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books in order:
Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.
Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
2. Die Trying
Reacher is locked in a van with a woman claiming to be FBI. And ferried right across America into a brand new country.
Reacher is digging swimming pools in Key West when a detective comes round asking questions. Then the detective turns up dead.
4. The Visitor
Two naked women found dead in a bath filled with paint. Both victims of a man just like Reacher.
5. Echo Burning
In the heat of Texas, Reacher meets a young woman whose husband is in jail. When he is released, he will kill her.
6. Without Fail
A Washington woman asks Reacher for help. Her job? Protecting the Vice-President.
A kidnapping in Boston. A cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?
8. The Enemy
Back in Reacher’s army days, a general is found dead on his watch.
9. One Shot
This is the novel the first Jack Reacher movie was based on so from a film perspective a valid place to start. A lone sniper shoots five people dead in a heartland city. But the accused guy says, ‘Get Reacher’.
10. The Hard Way
A coffee on a busy New York street leads to a shoot-out three thousand miles away in the Norfolk countryside.
One of Reacher’s buddies has shown up dead in the California desert, and Reacher must put his old army unit back together.
12. Nothing To Lose
Reacher crosses the line between a town called Hope and one named Despair.
13. Gone Tomorrow
On the New York subway, Reacher counts down the twelve tell-tale signs of a suicide bomber.
14. 61 Hours
In freezing South Dakota, Reacher hitches a lift on a bus heading for trouble.
15. Worth Dying For
Reacher runs into a clan that’s terrifying the Nebraska locals, but it’s the unsolved case of a missing child that he can’t let go.
16. The Affair
Six months before the events in Killing Floor, Major Jack Reacher of the US Military Police goes undercover in Mississippi, to investigate a murder.
17. A Wanted Man
A freshly-busted nose makes it difficult for Reacher to hitch a ride. When at last he’s picked up by two men and a woman, it soon becomes clear they have something to hide…
18. Never Go Back
Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. But the woman he’s meeting isn’t where she’s supposed to be and before Reacher knows it, there’s a lot that’s not quite the way it’s supposed to be. This is the book the second Jack Reacher film is based on – watch the trailer here.
Someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.
20. Make Me
Reacher’s one-day stopover at Mother’s Rest turns into an open-ended quest leading to the most hidden reaches of the internet, and right into the nightmare heart of darkness.
21. Night School
Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform.
Reacher will stop at nothing until he’s tracked down the owner of a ring – a female cadet – and made sure she’s okay. This is a raw and elemental quest for simple justice.
23. Past Tense
Reacher, the eternal drifter, happens by chance on the small New Hampshire town he remembers his father was supposed to have come from. But when he starts looking for his dad’s old home, he finds there’s no record of anyone named Reacher ever having lived there.
All Lee Child’s shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher in one volume. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world. Read an extract here.
There you have it – the Jack Reacher books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…