Joe Ledger is the protagonist in a series of horror/thriller novels by American author Jonathan Maberry. Ledger is a Baltimore detective who has been recruited by the government in secret to lead a new taskforce that handles what Homeland Security can’t, such as zombies and weaponized plagues.

Maberry began his Joe Ledger series in March 2009 with Patient Zero. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger books in order of when they were first published (as well as in chronological order):

Publication Order of Joe Ledger Books


Patient Zero(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dragon Factory(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The King of Plagues(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assassin's Code(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Extinction Machine(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Code Zero(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Predator One(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill Switch(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Joe Ledger Short Stories


Countdown(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Material Witness(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deep, Dark(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Special Ops(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Joe Ledger Books

Countdown is a prequel story to Patient Zero, while Deep, Dark is a prequel short story to The Dragon Factory. Material Witness is a standalone story.

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  • http://leftbankblog.org/ Beartooth Bronsky

    Not many series writers can keep the quality of their early books up as the series grows. There is a tendency to turn the main character into a stereotype. Jonathan Maberry is among the select few who never disappoint. I’m thinking of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, John MacDonald’s Travis McGee, Seanan McGuire’s October Daye, Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm (the books, not the execrable movies) – coming back into publication, Kathy Reich’s Tempe Brennan, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Andrew Vachss’ Burke, and a few others.

    Keep up the good work, Jonathan, and don’t get lazy like the once-stellar Jonathan Kellerman’s later Alex Delaware books, which go downhill with each new mishmash.