Quarry is a fictional character in a series of crime fiction novels by American author Max Allan Collins. Quarry is a Vietnam vet, now back home as a cold-hearted hitman. The character has also appeared in the film adaptations A Matter of Principal (based on a short story) and The Last Lullaby (starring Tom Sizemore as “Price”).

Max Allan Collins began his Quarry series in 1976 with the title novel (aka The Broker). The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Max Allan Collins’ Quarry books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Quarry Books


Quarry(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Deal(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's List(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Cut(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Primary Target(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Quarry(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The First Quarry(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry in the Middle(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Ex(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wrong Quarry(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry's Choice(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quarry in the Black(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Quarry Books

The chronology of the Quarry novels is vague, however the author himself has told us he would suggest this method:

– The First Quarry
– Quarry’s Choice
– Quarry in the Black
– Quarry
– Quarry’s List
– Quarry’s Deal
– Quarry’s Cut
– Quarry’s Ex
– Quarry in the Middle
– The Wrong Quarry
– Quarry’s Vote
– The Last Quarry

Publication Order of Quarry Collections


Quarry's Greatest Hits(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Quarry was also published as The Broker. Quarry’s Deal was also titled The Dealer. Quarry’s List was also published as The Broker’s Wife. Quarry’s Cut was also published as The Slasher. Primary Target was also titled Quarry’s Vote.

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  • Spike

    The recommended reading order is wrong. Quarry is 32 in “Ex” and 35 in “Middle”, so read it before.

    • Brandon

      That just makes it all the more confusing. Thanks for the help. I will update this as soon as I find a simple enough way to word it. :)

  • Tom

    The order for Quarry is easy, provided you’ve read them.
    1. The First Quarry
    2. Quarry’s Choice (about 18 months after “The First Quarry”)
    3. Quarry
    4. Quarry’s List
    5. Quarry’s Deal
    6. Quarry’s Cut
    7. Quarry’s Ex (mentions of seeing “more Reagan buttons than Carter buttons” puts this in 1979)
    8. The Wrong Quarry (mentions his like of new wave and another thing that I won’t mention, as it would be a spoiler)
    9. Quarry In the Middle (he mentions being older and wanting to retire)
    10. Quarry’s Vote (1987 and he comes out of retirement)
    11. The Last Quarry (well, obviously)
    I haven’t read “Quarry in the Black” yet but I’ll comment when I do.

  • T T

    Quaary in the black is either book 2 or 3 it seems.