Jack Reacher books in order

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:

lee child's jack reacher books in order1. Killing Floor

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.

Jack Reacher2. 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.

Jack Reacher books in order3. Tripwire

Reacher is digging swimming pools in Key West when a detective comes round asking questions. Then the detective turns up dead.

Jack Reacher books in order4. The Visitor

Two naked women found dead in a bath filled with paint. Both victims of a man just like Reacher.

Jack Reacher books in order5. 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.

Jack Reacher books in order6. Without Fail

A Washington woman asks Reacher for help. Her job? Protecting the Vice-President.

lee child's jack reacher books in order7. Persuader

A kidnapping in Boston. A cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

lee child jack reacher books in order8. The Enemy

Back in Reacher’s army days, a general is found dead on his watch.

lee child's jack reacher books in order9. 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’.

Jack Reacher books in order10. The Hard Way

A coffee on a busy New York street leads to a shoot-out three thousand miles away in the Norfolk countryside.

Jack Reacher books in order11. Bad Luck and Trouble

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.

lee child's jack reacher books in order13. Gone Tomorrow

On the New York subway, Reacher counts down the twelve tell-tale signs of a suicide bomber.

lee child's jack reacher books in order14. 61 Hours

In freezing South Dakota, Reacher hitches a lift on a bus heading for trouble.

Jack Reacher books in order15. 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.

Jack Reacher books in order16. 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.

Jack Reacher books in order17. 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…

Jack Reacher books in order18. 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.

lee child's jack reacher books in order19. Personal

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.

lee child's jack reacher books in order20. 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.

lee child's jack reacher books in order21. Night School

Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform.

lee child's jack reacher books in order22. The Midnight Line

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.

lee child's jack reacher books in order23. 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.

Read the first three chapters of Past Tense here!


Jack Reacher books in orderNo Middle Name

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…

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  1. Bryan says

    Great post. This is especially good for anyone wanting to read Lee Child and not knowing where to start in his Jack Reacher series.

  2. catherine newell says

    i have read all of jack reacher and cannot wait for many more……its a job to pick out the best book yet….

  3. Kate Richards says

    I’ve read them all. I devour them can’t put down once I start, just love Jack Reacher!!! Feel sad once finish a book as know will have to wait a while for Mr Child to write the next

  4. David Matthews says

    Such an easy read. I have only just started reading these books and like the rest, i find them hard to put down! Now i’m struggling a bit, as i have been reading about three books a week, which is annoying as i have had to slow down to only reading when i go to bed and now only read one book a week. Mr Child’s! You need an army of writers to keep up the demand! I’m on the kast book and do not wish to finish it…..but i do! Want to know what happens!!!!
    One happy reader.
    Thank you Lee, its a pleasure to know how imaginative your mind works

  5. John says

    What was the name of the book where Reacher Persues the intelligence general who killed Kohl( ?) when she attempted to arrest him

  6. J Raikes says

    Thank You Mr. Child for keeping me entertained by such a fascinating Series. Well Done. I have made a listing of all your books and short stories just to keep track of what I have and have not read. Please keep Reacher alive so I can continue following his exploits with your pen. He’s the cowboy in the white hat that we all want to be.

  7. Paul Allen says

    I have read all books up to 22 the midnight line. But just noticed that a new book is out, I must get it,it’s compulsory,so addictive..

  8. Ben Wetzler says

    Love his books, have read them all. Can not wait for the next edition.

    How can Tom Cruise play the 6′ 5″ 250 lbs Jack?

  9. Keith Huggett says

    Always await the next Jack Reacher with anticipation. My favourite holiday read.
    We go away this Saturday with no Jack Reacher how can that ba a holiday

  10. Anonymous says

    Best writer ever. Can’t wait for the next one. Don’t like Tom Cruise in the role, too short and too old and too pretty

  11. Anonymous says

    you left out Running Blind. Should come between Tripwire and Echo Burning

    • Rhiannon says


      This is The Visitor – the book was given a different title in the US.

      The Dead Good team

  12. Anonymous says

    Always enjoyed Lee Child’s books…..until Make Me. I found it so gory that I have crossed Mr. Child off my “favorite authors” list and have vowed to never read another.

  13. John says

    Looking for book featuring jack reachers son. Really liked it. Would love to see another one. Can’t remember the name of it

  14. D.J. Bunker says

    When I was reading my first Jack Reacher book by Lee Child, someone told me I would become obsessed by the series of books…….I didn’t believe it at the time, but I’m here to say I’m a believer now!! The first book was read about 4 months ago…….since then, I have read 22 of the Reacher books. I am TRULY OBSESSED and wonder how I will ever pick up another random book at the library and not consider it a piece of fluff after being introduced to these deeply engrossing stories!

  15. Alison says

    I Have read 3 books which i had from a charity shop on recommendation and am totally hooked. just ordered 5 more and excited in anticipation.
    good writing and easy reading with such exciting twists and unexpected turns. waiting for the postman!

  16. Steve Scaife says

    If you love these books please look out for and read the Mitch Rapp books. I personally prefer the character to Reacher. I promise you, if you like Jack, you’ll like Mitch!!!

    • Rhiannon says

      Hello! The title was changed to Running Blind in the US – it’s called The Visitor here.

  17. Arrie Dillon says

    I have a Lee Child book Running Blind. And it’s not listed as one of the 24 books that has been published??

    • Rhiannon says

      Hello! The title was changed to Running Blind in the US – it’s called The Visitor here.