Jack Reacher is the fictional and infamous “drifter” character. Written by Lee Child, the former Military Police Major Jack Reacher travels all over the United States, via bus or hitchhiking. As he never got to see much during his time in the military, Jacks aim is to see everything there is to see throughout the United States. Unfortunately for Reacher, wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow.

Jack Reacher is one of the more consistent series out there. Not only in terms of quality, but in frequency of publication. Lee Child has been publishing a new addition to the Jack Reacher series annually ever since the series started with Killing Floor in 1997. Below is a list of the Jack Reacher novels in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Books


Killing Floor(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Die Trying(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tripwire(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Running Blind(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Echo Burning(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Without Fail(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Persuader(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Enemy(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Shot(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hard Way(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Luck And Trouble(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nothing To Lose(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gone Tomorrow(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
61 Hours(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Worth Dying For(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Affair(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Wanted Man(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Never Go Back(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Personal(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Jack Reacher Books

In chronological order, The Enemy would be the first book to read, as it takes place while Reacher is still in the Military. The Affair would be the next book to read, as it covers the end of Reachers Military career, and leads into Killing Floor.

After that, all books would go by the order that they were published. Persuader also had flashbacks to during Reacher’s military career.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Short Stories


Second Son(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deep Down(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Heat(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Not a Drill(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Jack Reacher's Rules(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Running Blind was published as The Visitor in the United Kingdom.

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Jack Reacher Synopsis: The Affair is the sixteenth book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. Jack Reacher is a 6’5″ ex-military cop who now travels the country and has a knack for finding trouble. The Affair takes us back to before Killing Floor (the first novel in the series) when Reacher is on his last mission in the army. A dead woman is found in a small town and Jack Reacher is sent to investigate.

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Order of Jack Reacher Books: A Readers Opinion

It’s the series that spawned a million copycats; Lee Childs books starring Jack Reacher is one of the best-selling book series out there. You’ve heard the phrase “printing money” and that’s pretty much what Lee Child does when he writes a new Jack Reacher book to add to our Order of Jack Reacher Books.

So what’s the big appeal? Well other than the fact that Jack Reacher is freaking awesome? I think it’s the whole “superhero” concept. Look at how big the comic book market has been for years, and all of the superheroes. Look at all of the movies that have been blockbusters.

I think that’s why the Reacher books are so popular. They’re basically a more socially acceptable form of superhero comic books.

We all want to be that ultimate human being: someone who is physically and mentally better than everyone else. Maybe we want to go out and right all those wrongs in the world. The comic books do that – but they do it in a rather supernatural, fantasy type way.

Jack Reacher is more a down to earth superhero, and someone that we can all strive to be. I mean do you think for a minute you could fly around the planet like Superman, or climb and shoot webs like Spiderman? Of course not. But how many of you have read about Reachers ability to always know what time it is, and then copied that? How many of you have read “Reacher said nothing” and then actually tried to duplicate that in real life?

That to me, is a large part of the reason the Jack Reacher series is a success. He’s someone that we can live vicariously through, but in a method where it isn’t THAT surreal.

As for the books themselves – well they’re obviously all fantastic. I was lucky – I started off with the first one in the series which was Killing Floor. Always nice to get in on the ground floor – because it’s AMAZING to see how the series has progressed. Especially in the latter books – Lee Child has really got into the Jack Reacher character, and does some amazing things with him where you’d only truly appreciate if you read the order of Jack Reacher novels from the very beginning.

While we list the Chronological order of the books with the two novels that do flashbacks – I’d honestly not recommend that. I’d read them as they are. The Affair in particular is where Lee Child really has a lot of fun with Jack Reacher – but you’d only appreciate it more if you read all the previous books.

The Enemy is the other flashback Jack Reacher novel and although I enjoyed it, it is a bit dry. I would recommend reading the books from the very beginning.


  • Graeme

    I’ve read The Hard Way and Bad Luck And Trouble at least three times each. Lee Child is easily one of my favourite authors around! Can never get enough Reacher! Definitely my favourite series of all time.

    • MrBoo

      Cruise was OK in “One Shot” movie; but somehow doesn’t fit the image from the books I agree. A young Tom Selleck type would be perfect.

      • Skipatroller

        I vote for 6’6″,Matthew Willig as Reacher. Just dye his his hair blond, and voila.

        • Toni

          I know that when you go the movies that you are supposed to use your imagination…but Tom C. as Reacher? I would have to suspend my mind!

  • Maxart

    I’ve read every Reacher book and can’t wait for the next one.

  • C. Thomas

    Lee Child is such a great author and Jack Reacher is my favorite character
    of any that I have read. Please no Tom Cruise as Jack in a movie. Jack is
    such a great image in my mind, and Tom just does not fit there.

    • brian delaney

      love all jacks books and tom cruse no no no never could play him;;;; even if he was twice as tal…. i wont go and see as it would put me off and lee it isent if you need the cash ha ha ha ;;;;

  • linda

    Love the Jack Reacher books but Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher, a case of bad casting

  • Debtak

    Jack Reacher is a thoroughly likable character, which gives me pause because he can be a scary guy! Good thing he is on the side of right even if his methods veer toward the wrong…

  • prego

    casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is ridiculous and gives new life to the old “casting couch” method in Hollywood. what knucklehead EVER thought this was a good idea?????

    • Robbie

      Of course Cruise is a lousy choice to play Reacher, but if you look at the fact that the only things the the book and the movie had in common were the character names and the general story line, I guess it was an OK movie. I know I laughed a lot at the way Hollywood butchered the book. Of course I went to the movie knowing that Hollywood would do that. What is a movie without a chase scene? If the movie had been true to the book it probably would have flopped. People who go to movies generally don’t like to read.

  • j Kimbro

    Very true. Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher. All my friends have decided we won’t go to the movie, because it will ruin it for us. Very bad casting. Tom Cruise doesn’t even come close……..

    • June

      I also will never go see a movie that has Tom Cruise cast as Jack Reacher. That casting person needs to lose his/her job. Please, Lee Child, insist on a more believeable actor for this role. I love your books, but can’t believe Cruise in that role.

  • Marty

    I believe Joe Pike (Robert Crais novels) would certainly give Jack Reacher a run for his money. Definitely a tough guy.

  • sailsheets

    Tom wussie Cruise as Reacher…..Nooooooooo

  • sailsheets

    John Cena as reacher,.,,,,search his movie(pics)….bad ass. Not pussy Cruise!

  • sarah

    Jack reacher can reach….can Tom cruise????….ummm no no no no no….why???? I love Tom cruise a great actor but not for this role I’m afraid….sorry Tom old chum but I just can’t watch I have Jack in my mind and it just isn’t you….xx

  • Saigongunny

    Come on now, Cruise is 5’7″ and 160 pounds and Reacher is 6’5″ and 250. Something is wrong with this picture. Cruise cannot fill Reacher’s shoes. Wake up Hollywood.

  • C. Kelshaw

    I think Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire) would make a great Jack Reacher. He has the physical size, and is a great actor as well.

  • BullyMonsterMama

    Lawrence Dallaglio. Tom Cruise as Reacher is an INCREDIBLE disappointment.

  • LULU

    Guess I don’t have to say what I thought of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher…..Just didn’t do it. Thought the movie in general didn’t do justice to the book.

  • EnKo

    How about Jim Caviezel as Jack Reacher? I think he’d fit the bill just perfect; tall with beef on him, blue eyes etc.

  • PJ

    I am a fan of Jack (none) Reacher. Will not see the movie. Totally wrong casting.

  • La Saundra Dyson

    Sorry, I did it the opposite way…I saw the movie 1st! Got me interested though, so now it’s on to all the books! I do like the idea of John Cena playing the part. Maybe next time Hollywood!

  • DLS

    One of the later books written includes a short story in the back of the book about Jack Reacher growing up as a teenager. This short story should actually be read BEFORE “The Enemy” & “The Affair”, as it shows his ability to solve things.( I don’t have the book with me, but I might be thinking about “The Second Son”.

    • TikkitikkitemboNosarembo

      Thanks for this – I would never have known about this Jack Reacher contribution. I’m on Book 3 right now and think I’ll take a detour tonight by getting Second Son on Kindle

  • Phyllis

    Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, that’s a laugh. Cruise is a light weight, don’t do that to Jack.

  • Deanno

    Cruise as Reacher ruined the whole franchise. Someone is an idiot for doing that,, went to John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport series, even though both those movies flopped also. WTH are these people thinking going from books to movies so far off course ?,..

  • PollyAnnne

    Thank God I am no the minority when it comes to TomCruise ruining the movie. Whomever came up with that casting should be shot,tarred & feathered….. Same as wrong casting for Interview With The Vampire and several more,can’t be bothered to list. Really hope they give it another chance with better actor suited to role. So much untapped talent out there,could start a new series of movies with fab new unknown.

  • Dman

    I’ll have agree with everyone Tom Cruise is NO good as J.R

  • earlene2533

    tom selleck would have been a good choice for jack reacher tall and big and he usually plays something to do with the law