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Jack Caffery books in order: the complete series

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Bestselling crime author Mo Hayder was renowned for her Jack Caffery series, penning some of the most terrifying thrillers you’ll ever read…

Featuring the unshockable DI Jack Caffery, the crimes are gruesome, the victims are often brutally murdered and the perpetrators are extremely dangerous. It’s a dark, thrilling series not for the faint-hearted.

Mo Hayder passed away, aged 59, from motor neurone disease in 2021, but her brilliant Jack Caffery books continue to stay close to our hearts as some of the best crime novels ever written.

Jack Caffery books in order: the complete series:

Birdman by Mo Hayder

1. Birdman (1999)

Greenwich, south-east London. Detective Inspector Jack Caffery – young, driven, unshockable – is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims.

Soon Caffery realises that he is on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a serial killer. Beset by animosity within the police force, haunted by the memory of a very personal death long ago, Caffery employs every weapon forensic science can offer to hunt him down. Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again…

Read an extract from Birdman here.

The Treatment by Mo Hayder

2. The Treatment (2001)

A quiet residential street in south London. A husband and wife are discovered, imprisoned in their own home. Badly dehydrated, they’ve been bound and beaten. He is close to death. But worse is to come: their young son is missing.

When Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called in to investigate, the similarities with events in his own past make it impossible for him to view this new crime dispassionately.

And as he digs deeper – as he attempts to hold his own life together in the face of ever more disturbing revelations about both his past and his present – the real nightmare begins.

Ritual by Mo Hayder

3. Ritual (2008)

Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there’s no body attached is disturbing enough. Yet more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed.

DI Jack Caffery has been newly seconded to the Major Crime Investigation Unit in Bristol. He and Flea soon establish that the hands belong to a boy who has recently disappeared.

Their search for him – and for his abductor – lead them into the darkest recesses of Bristol’s underworld, where drug addiction is rife, where street-kids sell themselves for a hit, and where an ancient evil lurks; an evil that feeds off the blood – and flesh – of others.

Skin by Mo Hayder

4. Skin (2009)

When the decomposed body of a young woman is found near railway tracks just outside Bristol one morning, all indications are that she’s committed suicide. That’s how the police want it too; all neatly squared and tidied away.

But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen. And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared.

Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery. With the traumas of her past safely behind her, she’s beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional. But then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort – it’s so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again.

And this time, no one – not even Caffery – can help her.

Gone by Mo Hayder

5. Gone (2010)

Night is falling as murder detective Jack Caffrey arrives to interview the distraught victim of a car-jacking. What he hears horrifies him. The car was taken by force, and on the back seat was a passenger. An eleven-year-old girl. Who is still missing.

Before long the jacker starts to communicate with the police. And Caffrey becomes certain that he is planning to take another car. And another child.

Who is the car-jacker? How is he choosing his targets? And – most urgent of all – can Caffrey find the child before it’s too late?

Poppet by Mo Hayder

6. Poppet (2013)

The patients at Beechway High Secure Unit are terrified. Unexplained power cuts have lead to a series of horrifying incidents. And now fear has spread from the inmates to the staff.

DI Jack Caffery is called to investigate, whilst working the most impossible case of his life. Will he be able to stare pure evil in the eye, and survive?

Wolf by Mo Hayder

7. Wolf (2014)

Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned.

Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house the nightmare is about to return.

Check out our recommended books for fans of the BBC adaptation of Wolf.

There you have it – Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    Just started reading M o Hayder. She’s fantastic. Nail biting stuff every 3 books but aim to read them now in order. Such a shame a great talent has gone so early.

    Only found out yesterday mo hayder had passed away, I’ve just started to read birdman, intend to read all her books, anyone that did not know, mo hayder was the actress that played miss belfridge in are you being served series 9 & 10. CANDY DAVIS, I still watch it when it’s on gold or drama channels, loved her then, love her book, am sure I will enjoy the others. Rest in peace, sweetheart.

    So sorry to hear about Mo Heyder’s passing. How cruel to loose one so talented . Rest in peace Mo knowing that so many people have enjoyed your work.

    Afsun Qureshi- don’t know who will play Jack, but can definately ‘see’ a blonde Anna Friel as ‘flea’-that’s how i imagine her-
    What a shock to hear of Mo Hayder’s passing- no more Books in the series possible, now. A great loss.

    So shocked to hear of her death, please if u loved her detective try Stuart MacBride, unfortunately for me I’ve already read them

    I wonder if they were turned into films who would play jack and flea?

    I have read all of her books and loved them all ! Just found out today that she passed away recently , such sad news , she will be sadly missed 😢

    Are we going to be kept hanging over whether Jack and Flea make it??
    Surely Mo Hayder can’t be that cruel??

    Having just finished reading all the Jack Caffery series I am left wondering what on earth I can read now to match these. More please.

    I have just finished 10 books in order by Tim Weaver, they were great…..
    I read on one if their covers saying that if I enjoyed them I should rear Mo Hayden, so I have just bought Birdman ( no 1) and look forward to starting it once it arrives

    I have read all the Jack Caffery books, what an amazing read, please please write some more.Wolf was fantastic with all the twists and turns.

    Dying to know when Mo Hayders new book is out. Please put us out of our misery !!

    Read all Jack Caffery and also Pig island. Just finished Wolf, wonder will there be another Caffery after his discovery……..

    I’ve read all Jack Caffrey over and over again just waiting a hoping there will be another soon

    Read every book really enjoyed every book waiting for the next one x

    All but the last one ,and I am about to put that right.

    They are a great set of books read them all , just wish she would write another.

    I have just been introduced to Mo Hayder by a friend who lent me Birdman, I was hooked from the first few pages, I have been to the library to try and find the next in the series, The Treatment but they only had Wolf and Poppet which I have borrowed. My question is – Is it vital to read them in order, or can you just read as you can get hold of them in any order?

    ‘ve read them all over and over is there going to be another after Wolf or should I give up looking

    i have read all of them except wolf and have enjoyed each and everyone. I usually read horror but these books have been a really great surprise

    Read them all,waiting patiently for her next one

    I found this author by buying Ritual, only to find there were two prior to this. Have read the next two, need to read Poppet and Wolf as well as the first two, can’t get enough of them. Once you make a connection with a character in a book, who then appears in a sequel, it’s addictive. I agree with others who have commented “when is the next one “ or has Jack run out of cases?

    I have them all, I’ve read them all more than once & would sooo like to know – where is the dear lady? Is she still writing? Is she on the run with Jack? I do hope she is well & of course, a new book would be such a thrill!

    Just remembered to check out if Mo Hayder had written a new book. So thought best way, was to google. Was sooo disappointed to find out she hasn’t. ☹️

    I completely agree! I keep checking to see if the next Jack Caffery novel is out yet. I can’t stand the long wait… ?

    Please please write a new book. Read everything, twice in some cases.

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I have read ALL of Mo Hayder’s books and thoroughly enjoyed ALL of them, I was wondering when Mo Hayder would be writing her next book, it seems so long ago since she had last written a book, which was in fact ‘WOLF’ and it would be good to know when her next book would be available ?

    Richard Thor

    read then all she has not produced a book since wolff

    Yes, I too was wondering when her next book was going to be written, as you comment, her last book ‘WOLF’ seems to be ages ago !

    I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Mo Hayders books,,such a long gap since Wolf

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