Joe Ryker by Nelson DeMille
Joe Ryker is the protagonist in a series of thriller novels by American author Nelson DeMille. Detective Sgt. Joe Ryker is a regular guy who works for the New York Police Department. Ryker is very much in-tune with his surroundings and this gives him the edge in being able to track down criminals. He works alone, with his only partners being his standard police special .38 on his ankle and a .357 Magnum on his shoulder.

Nelson DeMille began his Joe Ryker series in 1974 with the novel The Sniper. The series lasted six novels, concluding in 1975 with the novel The Night of the Phoenix. Below is a list of Nelson DeMille’s Joe Ryker books in order of when they were first published (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Joe Ryker Books


The Sniper(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hammer of God(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Agent of Death(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Smack Man(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cannibal(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Night of the Phoenix(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The series has also been re-published using the pen name of Jack Cannon.

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Joe Ryker Synopsis: The Sniper by Nelson DeMille is about Joe Ryker, who works for the NYPD. Ryker is on the hunt for a sniper murderer by the name of Homer Cyrus (later changed to “Henry Cyrus”) – a Vietnam vet.

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