Evan Michael Tanner, usually referred to simply as Tanner, is a character featured in a series of crime fiction novels by American author Lawrence Block. Tanner fought in the the Korean War and was a perfect soldier until his sleeping quarters was destroyed by shrapnel, leaving him an insomniac.

The Tanner character made his debut in 1966 in The Thief Who Couldn’t Sleep. There are eight novels in the series, with the last one being published in 1998. Below is a list of Lawrence Block’s Tanner books in order of when they were originally released (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of Evan Tanner Books


The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cancelled Czech(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tanner's Twelve Swingers(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two for Tanner(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tanner's Tiger(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Here Comes a Hero(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Me Tanner, You Jane(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tanner on Ice(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Two for Tanner is also known as The Scoreless Thai. Here Comes a Hero was also published as Tanner’s Virgin.

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