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Lee Child Books in Order | Jack Reacher

Updated on August 1, 2013

A Wanted Man - Jack Reacher Novel

I recently stumbled across an author that was new to me -- Lee Child. I found out he has a mystery series of novels involving a character named Jack Reacher. So, now I am reading Lee Child books in order.

The first book I found was from mid-way in the series and titled "Without Fail". I loved it! So, as always, I started back at the beginning of the series with book one and have been reading them voraciously since. I am so looking forward to reading the latest book -- A Wanted Man but have been holding off so I read it within the context of the series.

I have read great reviews and am pretty darned sure I will love it. I have 2 more books to finish before I will come to the newest book. I think I will be reading a lot in any free time I have in the near future...

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Lee Child by Annie_C_2

Lee Child had No Idea...

the impact Jack Reacher Would Have with Readers

Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels are available in 41 languages in 96 countries and have sold worldwide, over 70 million copies. Did Mr. Child ever think it was possible after he was let go in a corporate restructuring and sat down with pen and paper to write his first book? Probably not.

Mr. Child has 17 books in the Reacher series with the newest edition due out this September. His fans and fans of the series call themselves "Reacher's Creatures". Talk about a loyal following (of which I am one!)

Mr,. Child has also published a book called "Reacher's Rules" which fans are eating up. It's 160 pages of the advice, mottos and sayings compiled from the 17 novels in the series. It's funny, serious and full of everyday wisdom. I can't wait to read it.

Every book is devoured by the public and has catapulted Child to the honor of being a New York Times Best Selling author. I'm sure in September, it'll happen again. Reacher's/Child's fans are nothing if not loyal.

One of the best articles I have ever read about Lee Child and Jack Reacher was written by Kevin Nance, Freelance Writer. The article was published in the Washington Post in December of 2012. Read it! If you're a fan of Child/Reacher, you'll love it!

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All synopsis and reviews of the Jack Reacher series books included here are 100% original by me. They are my take on the story and book not product descriptions from a store or website.

I hope you enjoy them.

The Newest and 17th Novel in the Jack Reacher Series - A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher)

Published September, 2011, this is the newest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. This is the one I can't wait to get to. It will be bittersweet since reaching it means I will have read my way through the series and have to wait for Mr. Child to write another...

Oh well, I am still excited!

Update: I read it and loved it. Now I am waiting, impatiently for September and the newest book!


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"I'm a rich man. To have everything you need is the definition of affluence."

~ Jack Reacher in "Gone Tomorrow"

Killing Floor - #1 in Lee Child books in Order - Jack Reacher

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

Jack asks the Greyhound bus driver to let him off at an unscheduled stop near a town his brother once mentioned to him. The immaculate yards and town streets are almost too good to be true. And, Jack soon finds out things are not as they seem in this off the beaten path, Georgia town.

He's arrested for murder the next morning and the tale plays out from there. An excellent first novel that won the Anthony Award and Barry Award and earned a dedicated following for Jack Reacher and Lee Child.


Lee Child Books in Order - #'s 2, 3 & 4

Jack Reacher Novels

I ordered all three of these books from Amazon after I had read Killing Floor. I have not been disappointed in the character of Jack Reacher or in the writing style of Lee Child.

The books grab you from the start and don't let go until you close it. I've got my mom reading them now. She is finishing them pretty fast and getting caught up in the jack Reacher fan club!

Die Trying by Lee Child
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Tripwire by Lee Child
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Running Blind by Lee Child
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Echo Burning - #5 in Lee Child books in Order - Jack Reacher

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)

Jack Reacher is in Texas and in trouble again. He had a run in with an off duty sheriff that was bullying the night before. The next morning, the sheriff brings reinforcements to even the score. Reacher takes off looking to hitch a ride anywhere fast.

He runs into Carmen Greer and wishes he hadn't accepted the ride from her. She draws him in with her story and plea for help. Will he regret it? Probably. Will that stop him? No.


Jack Reacher Quote

"...I'm a man with a rule. People leave me alone, I leave them alone. If they don't, I don't.”

~ Nothing to Lose, book 12 in the series by Lee Child

Without Fail - #6 in Lee Child books in Order - Jack Reacher

Without Fail (Jack Reacher)
Without Fail (Jack Reacher)

"I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President" she said.

That definitely got his attention. That and the fact that she found him at all. Shows some tenacity. "She" was his late brothers ex-girlfriend. The situation was a mystery. Jack stayed to help.

Excellent book! I think it's my favorite!


Persuader - #7 in Lee Child Books in Order - Jack Reacher

Persuader (Jack Reacher)
Persuader (Jack Reacher)

Jack is working, unofficially, with the DEA to bring down a known criminal. He has to infiltrate the organization and become a trusted soldier in the family very quickly. Yes, he's helping the DEA but his real agenda is to go farther up the ladder.

He saw a ghost or what should've been a ghost. Now Jack will do whatever it takes to make the guy a ghost for sure this time.


Meet Lee Child and Listen to His Views of Jack Reacher

Did You Know?

"Lee Child" is actually the pen name for

author Jim Grant

Why do Readers Love Jack Reacher - Here's a few Reasons...

  1. Jack Reacher eats pretty much anything he wants (or can find at times) and never gains an ounce. He's 6' 5" and 250 pounds of lethal human being. Wouldn't you love to eat anything you want and not have to worry about gaining weight?
  2. He also does not workout in a traditional sense in order to keep his physique. He does walk an awful lot so I guess that and fighting the bad guys is enough for his metabolism.
  3. Jack travels light -- the clothes on his back and the folding toothbrush in his pocket are about the only personal luggage he has. Wouldn't that be so much simpler to keep up with?
  4. He's free of all the things most people go after with gusto -- mortgage, car, furnishings, wardrobes, and all that everyday stuff we are dream of attaining one day. It means nothing to him except "stuff" that would weigh him down.
  5. He always gets the bad guy(s) in the end. Don't mess with him and he won't mess with you. If you do, you're going down!

The Enemy - #8 in Lee Child Books in Order - Jack Reacher

The Enemy (Jack Reacher)
The Enemy (Jack Reacher)

Stepping back in time with this novel, Child gives us a look into Reacher's life when he was a Major in the 110th MP's. We meet his brother and mother while Reacher is investigating the mysterious death of a 2 star General.

Strange orders to a lot of MP commanders around the country, hard to find hookers, a young ambitious MP wanting desperately to be a part of the 110th Special Investigation Unit and two continents of activity combine to make this thriller a ride of a lifetime!


Book #'s 9 through 12 in the Jack Reacher Series

Lee Child Books in Order

I have read and loved all of these books in the series. Each one has such a complete story but is different from the rest. Lee Child is truly a gifted writer.

My problem? Now that I have finished the series, I will have to wait until later this year for the newest book to be released! I am not a very patient person so this will not be a fun wait!

Write faster Lee!!!

One Shot by Lee Child (#9 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

The Hard Way by Lee Child (#10 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child (#11 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child (#12 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

Jack Reacher - The Movie Trailer - Based on the #9 Book "One Shot"

Reacher Movie Released in US in May 2013 - Already available in the UK

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher

Can't wait to get my copy! Only a couple more weeks. I love Lee Child, Jack Reacher and Tom Cruise. I simply can't go wrong with this DVD movie!

Pre-Order today!


Gone Tomorrow - #13 in Lee Child Books in Order - Jack Reacher

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher)
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher)

Jack is back in New York and on the subway. A passenger raises his suspicions and the mystery begins. The NYPD is all too happy to close the case pretty fast -- if not necessarily in an accurate manner. But, not Jack Reacher.

He's starting to unravel another mystery. Question is: Will it unravel him?


61 Hours - #14 in Lee Child Books in Order - Jack Reacher

61 Hours (Jack Reacher)
61 Hours (Jack Reacher)

Boulton, South Dakota boasts freezing temperatures, lots of snow and one of the largest prisons in the U.S.

Jack arrives in town after his bus filled with senior citizens has an accident during a winter storm. He helps the local authorities transport the senior citizens to Boulton for a few days while they wait for a new bus and the storm to pass.

Jack doesn't leave town quick enough.

All heck breaks loose and Jack's in the middle of it. He even calls on the current commander of the 110th Special Investigations Unit for help. Will it help? Will he have time? Read it and see!


You do not mess with the special investigators.

Quote from:

~ Jack Reacher, Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child.

Book #'s 15 through 17 in the Jack Reacher Series

Lee Child Books in Order

As the series ages, the books just keep getting better and better! I loved the last three as much as the first three in the series.

I really am excited and can't wait for the next installment to be published later this year. "Never Go Back" promises a great story line from what I can gather on Lee Child's website and on his Facebook fan page. Check them out!

Worth Dying For by Lee Child (#15 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

The Affair by Lee Child (#16 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

A Wanted Man by Lee Child (#17 in the Jack Reacher Series)CHECK PRICE

Being Released September 3, 2013 - Pre-Order NOW! - #18 Never Go Back by Lee Child (A Jacker Reacher Novel)

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel
Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel

All we know is that Jack Reacher goes back to his old 110th Special Investigations Unit HQ and finds a world of trouble.

That's all that Mr. Child is sharing for now but we know it will be great!

Cover artwork was just released and I love it!

Pre-Order your copy now at by clicking the button. I did! Will you?

Love Lee Child Books
Love Lee Child Books

I love Jack Reacher and Lee Child

I'm a Mystery Genre junkie. I read them incessantly. Again, I tend to prefer the series books and Lee Child had me hooked right away. I read the newest book, "A Wanted Man" and wanted more!

I'm counting down the days until the next one is released, "Never Go Back" in September of this year. I can't wait!!

What about you? Leave me a note below!

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      laura Goodman 

      4 years ago

      I love these stories....began to read them 4years ago and achieved nothing for months because I won't put them down. Am waiting hungrily for the next one as I listened to Lee Child on radio 2 last month....and now I'm grinding teeth and have 'also ran' books to tide me by but can't wait to see what Reacher makes of UK! (Sorry, spoiler!)

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      4 years ago

      Brilliant hub - I enjoyed the facts. I had no idea his real name was Jim Grant! Also, one of the things I like most about Reacher is the fact that it's almost impossible NOT to underestimate him. No matter the enemy, they truly have no idea they are dealing with an almost brutally-skilled and focused foe.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I will. I'm near completion of the Steven James "Patrick Bowers Files" series. Reacher is next. I hadn't heard of the character until the film came out and I looked it up and saw it was based on books. Just the thing I enjoy.

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      5 years ago

      I have read every Jack Reacher book and will continue reading them as long as he writes them. My favorite is Bad Luck and Trouble, but Persuader is by far the best. That book on its own is the pinnacle of modern noir.

      If you like Jack Reacher books, I recommend the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke. There are some similarities to the Reacher books, but these books have a Southern flair as well.

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      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      Not yet

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      5 years ago

      I love every book lee child has written. I wish he would write books more often. Jack Reacher books are the best hes a one man army.

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      6 years ago

      My husband and I have read every Lee Child book and are anxiously waiting for "Never Go Back".

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      6 years ago

      @LaughingLady LM: That's 6' 5" but I agree, wrong size by far.

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      6 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: The movie is outstanding !

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      Mickie Gee 

      6 years ago

      I have adored Jack Reacher novels for quite a while. I do think one should read them in order, if possible. It is not totally necessary, but preferable. Cannot wait for September!

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      6 years ago

      Have read every thing from beginning to his last one A Wanted Man. I can hardly wait for the next one. I love Lee's work because it just keeps you right on the edge of your chair wanting more. I have sometimes tried to think ahead of him and he always throughs such a turn that I really am close but not on the nail. I am so glad that I was able to find such a good writer. I have tried a few others but nothing that has even compared with his style of writing. I wouldn't even know which way to go to even get close to what he puts out. Thank you so much Lee Child for giving me such a wonderful series to read. I hope that you don't stop for a long time. I have not been able to go to your movie. I am a shut-in, but I am waiting for it to come out on DVD so that I will be able to watch it. Again, much koodoo's to you and I hope you will write for a long time to come. A tried and true reader. Nelda Lynn Clark

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      6 years ago

      What a coincidence! I am reading the Killing Floor and found this lens. Now I will be going for his other books.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      My husband really wanted to see the Jack Reacher movie, I had no idea that it was a book series but I bet he knows.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Just letting you know I have been back by to make a few notes!

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      You know I'm a big mystery book reader and also enjoy reading series book - IN ORDER. In fact, many of the mystery authors whose books I own I will reread sometimes once a year and always begin at the beginning. Sue Grafton is hard with her 'alphabet' series (I own ALL of them) because beginning at "A is for Alibi" it's a long (reading) journey since she's now at "V..." :) Anyway, I've frequently seen the Lee Child books about Jack Reacher but have yet to read any. Looks like it's time I began! :) Excellent review of the Reacher series here.

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      6 years ago

      This is the first I have heard of Lee Child and the Reacher novels. This sounds like a great series of books to read.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Read them all. Great lens! Blessed. Can't believe they cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher! Didn't they read Reacher's description?? He's 6' 3" for heaven's sake and Tom Cruise is what 5'7"? Geesh...

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      6 years ago

      Alright, you got me hooked. I can't wait to read my first one. Congrats on that lovely purple star, too.

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      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @kislanyk: Btw just to reply to your reply, lol- yep, I'm a huge fan as well, have read all his books and can't wait for the last one - almost end of the year booo...

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      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow, we both have the same themed lens even to the 'books in order' keyword lol. Welcome to the 'club'.

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      6 years ago

      Haven't read them, maybe will do so.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have read some Lee Child Books but it has been awhile. Thank you for reminding me that I enjoyed this author. I think I would like to read a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I think my mom has been reading this series (she's the mystery lover in the family!) I'll have to find out if she's up-to-date on all the titles...

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These look great. My husband and I both love mysteries but have never read Lee Child. We have put these books on our to read list. Thanks for the introduction. Blessed.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I haven't read any Lee Child books, yet :) I don't normally read a lot of mystery books these days, but I am definitely intrigued by your review. I will certainly have to check out this series.


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