The Lee Child Reacher Novels In Order, for Readers Who Don’t Know Where To Start

by Josh Hanagarne on January 4, 2011

in Books

Killing Floor ReacherIf you’re a Lee Child fan, there’s a very good chance that it is because of his character Jack Reacher, who reminds me in a lot of ways of Jack Bauer from 24, but he’s way taller.

If you’re a fan of book series of any kind, there’s a very good chance that you think it’s a pain to figure out which order they were released in, particularly if they’re not covered in helpful labels like #1, #4, etc.

Today I’m going to give you two things. A list of the Lee Child Reacher Novels in order, and then a link to a site where it is extremely easy to look up any series an author has written, and the order of publication.

Here we go:

1. Killing Floor
2. Die Trying
3. Tripwire
4. The Visitor
also known as Running Blind
5. Echo Burning
6. Without Fail
7. Persuader
8. The Enemy
9. One Shot
10. The Hard Way
11. Bad Luck and Trouble
12. Nothing To Lose
13. Gone Tomorrow
14. 61 Hours (that’s my book review)
15. Worth Dying For

16. The Affair

That should be enough to get you going for a while. If you are new to the series, every book can be read in isolation–you won’t miss out on anything huge. But long-time readers are rewarded by nods to previous novels in almost every book. I’d recommend picking up at Killing Floor and going in order.

As far as that link. The next time you’re looking for the order of a book series, check out Fantastic Fiction.

Josh

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Hani F. Lipp August 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Wonderful website. Just found it. Will you or do you list when the books will be available as E-books?
Thanks

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Josh Hanagarne August 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Hi Hani, I think they’re all available in ebook format, at least for the Kindle. I just popped into Amazon and the first four books all had a Kindle version.

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skippy October 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

are you skippy pinhead?

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Josh Hanagarne August 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Also, here’s another post that actually has some reviews of these books:

http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/8324/lee-child-books-in-order-and-brief-reviews/

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Geenee Tee September 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I just found Jack Reacher earlier this year. I absolutely love these books and have so far managed to gather all of them (new & used)! I read a Jack book (in order) then a couple of my other favorite authors then another JR book! I dread the day I have read them all and then, like so many of my other favorite authors, have to wait a year or two for another!

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CJ Marks March 29, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Like Geenee, I ran across one book (Nothing to Lose) a few years ago. I was thrilled to learn there was a seriesl My husband reads nonfiction and has no interest in what I read. I happened to require a transfusion while reading the book, and my husband began to read at my bookmark. He enjoyed it so much we have all the books in the Reacher series. I have the joy of all of them in my mp3 lovingly read by my hubby. Can you suggest similar books I might hook him on? Otherwise I will be doomed to Von Mesis or a comprehensive economics or oh hEAVENS more US constitution.Can you suggest a a similar author with to Child’s? Thanks so much.

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Braun Rolland May 3, 2012 at 4:05 am

The list is incomplete! “The affair” is missing and there is another book on the way. I posses all Jack Reacher novels and I can hardly wait for a new one to be released.I first stumbled on the “Killing floor”(translated into romanian as “The Margrave trap”) and since then I never stoped reading those books(between new releases I reread all of them)
Have a nice day!

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andydub June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I love the Reacher novels as well. I also like Harlan Coben but have read all of his. I just found the Reacher novels a few months ago and dread the day I have real all of these. Are there other series by other authors anywhere close to Lee Child or Harlan Coben.
Cheers

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Rolland BRAUN August 30, 2012 at 5:53 am

Try Nelson DeMille. You won’t be disapointed!!!

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TB August 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

To Andydub, have you read books by Michael Connolly, George Pelecanos or Vince Flynn? If you like Lee Child and Harlan Coben, you will like them, too.

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ric jones August 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

i love the jack reacher novels. i was really excited to see that a movie was coming out in december. then i saw that tom cruise is going to play reacher. how does that work? cruse is maybe 5’7″ and maybe 170lbs. to me, half of reachers ablilty to get things done is by his size alone. surely there is an actor in hollywood that closer resembles reacher. cruise might be able sell tickets, but he is no jack reacher

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Conrad August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

amen to that. Cruise is no way a Jack Reacher!

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Rolland BRAUN August 30, 2012 at 5:45 am

I agree with Conrad. No way is Tom Cruise six/five, two hundred and fifty punds, fair haired and blue eyed! Realy, is there no one else who could be at least close to that conditions and with a fair amount of theatrical tallent?!

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Rolland BRAUN August 30, 2012 at 5:50 am

There is another novel on the tube! It will be released in september 2012 and its title is “A wanted man”. Man, you are way behind the news!!!

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Mike F September 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

I completely agree with the comments abouut Cruise playing Reacher! Unfortunately Cruise is at least part financing the film and Lee Child has sold out to get the cash! Beside, I believe the film is already done with Cruise in the lead roll! so we’re going to have to put up with a teeny, tiny reacher! Sorry, but as much as I’m a massive fan of the novels I’m not watching that movie!!!

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John November 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

Does anybody else think Hugh Jackman would have been a better Reacher? I can’t imagine Cruise as Reacher. I’ll still watch the movie. Hope I’m not disappointed.

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Josh Hanagarne November 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

I think he’d be way better.

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Eric September 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

When i heard it was Cruise i said no way “I SHOULD PLAY REACHER!!!!!” I’m 6’3″ and 255. Blonde hair, prior service USMC, similar to Reacher, but i’m not an actor.

Cruise has the capability to play the part. between his role as Vincent in “Collateral” and Mission: Impossible series as well as “A Few Good Men”, he has the charisma and the skill. Just not the height. I’ll see the film, to get Lee Child paid, but also, it was directed by the man who directed “The Way Of The Gun”, a personal favorite film of mine and an easy nod for the best of that year list (’99? ’00?)

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Josh Hanagarne September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

I nominate you, wholeheartedly.

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