Douglas Preston is an American author who typically writes alongside Lincoln Child. Together they have written numerous techno-thriller and horror novels, including the Pendergast series, the Gideon Crew series and other standalone novels. He also writes non-fiction books.

Douglas Preston’s first novel to be published was Jennie. His first novel writing with Lincoln Child was Relic, published in 1995. The novel was which was made into a major motion picture that was well received. Below is the order of all of when Douglas Preston’s books were originally released:

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Publication Order of Pendergast Books

(with Lincoln Child)

Relic (1995)Description / Buy at
Reliquary (1997)Description / Buy at
The Cabinet of Curiosities (2001)Description / Buy at
Still Life with Crows (2003)Description / Buy at
Brimstone (2004)Description / Buy at
Dance of Death (2005)Description / Buy at
The Book of the Dead (2006)Description / Buy at
The Wheel of Darkness (2007)Description / Buy at
Cemetery Dance (2009)Description / Buy at
Fever Dream (2010)Description / Buy at
Cold Vengeance (2011)Description / Buy at
Extraction (2012)Description / Buy at
Two Graves (2012)Description / Buy at
White Fire (2013)Description / Buy at
Blue Labyrinth (2014)Description / Buy at
Crimson Shore (2015)Description / Buy at
The Obsidian Chamber (2016)Description / Buy at
City of Endless Night (2018)Description / Buy at
Verses for the Dead (2018)Description / Buy at
The Strange Case of Monsieur Bertin (2019)Description / Buy at
Crooked River (2020)Description / Buy at
Bloodless (2021)Description / Buy at
The Cabinet of Dr. Leng (2023)Description / Buy at
Angel of Vengeance (2024)Description / Buy at
The Strange Case of Monsieur Bertin is short story from the Preston/Child website.

Publication Order of Wyman Ford Books

Publication Order of Gideon Crew Books

(with Lincoln Child)

Gideon's Sword (2011)Description / Buy at
Gideon's Corpse (2012)Description / Buy at
The Lost Island (2014)Description / Buy at
Beyond the Ice Limit (2016)Description / Buy at
The Pharaoh Key (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Nora Kelly Books

(with Lincoln Child)

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Jennie (1994)Description / Buy at
Mount Dragon (With: Lincoln Child) (1996)Description / Buy at
Riptide (With: Lincoln Child) (1998)Description / Buy at
The Ice Limit (With: Lincoln Child) (2000)Description / Buy at
The Codex (2003)Description / Buy at
Extinction (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Dinosaurs in the Attic (1986)Description / Buy at
Cities of Gold (1992)Description / Buy at
Talking to the Ground (1995)Description / Buy at
The Monster of Florence (2006)Description / Buy at
The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher (With: Steve Moore,John Douglas Marshall,Mark Olshaker) (2014)Description / Buy at
The Lost City of the Monkey God (2017)Description / Buy at
The Lost Tomb (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (2022)Description / Buy at
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Gone Fishing and Other Stories(2012)Description / Buy at
FaceOff(2014)Description / Buy at
Gaslighted: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast(2014)Description / Buy at
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Description / Buy at

Note: The Pendergast series, Gideon Crew series and the novels Mount Dragon, Riptide, Thunderhead and The Ice Limit were written with Lincoln Child.

If You Like Douglas Preston Books, You’ll Love…

Douglas Preston Synopses: Jennie is a solo standalone novel by Douglas Preston. During a research expedition to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald from the Boston Museum of Natural History comes across a lone infant chimpanzee. Inspired by a bold idea, Archibald chooses to take the orphaned chimp, whom he affectionately names Jennie, back to Boston. He embarks on a unique experiment, raising Jennie alongside his own two children.

Jennie’s presence quickly enchants those around her, captivating hearts with her endearing qualities. Firmly convinced that she is a human, Jennie engages in a host of human-like activities. From pedaling a tricycle to squabbling with her siblings over the television remote, and even communicating using American Sign Language, Jennie’s integration into the Archibald household is an extraordinary journey that blurs the lines between species.

Extinction by Douglas Preston is a standalone novel. Nestled deep within the breathtaking expanse of the Colorado Rockies lies Erebus Resort, a sprawling domain spanning hundreds of thousands of acres. Here, visitors are transported to an awe-inspiring era as they witness the remarkable spectacle of once-extinct creatures like woolly mammoths, Irish Elk, and giant ground sloths thriving in their natural habitat, thanks to the marvels of genetic manipulation.

However, the idyllic setting takes a sinister turn when tragedy strikes. The son of a billionaire and his newlywed wife fall victim to a brutal kidnapping and murder deep within the Erebus wilderness, a crime attributed to a band of eco-terrorists. Tasked with solving this heinous act, Agent Frances Cash of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joins forces with the determined county sheriff, James Colcord. Together, they embark on a relentless pursuit to uncover the truth behind these chilling events.

As the body count rises and panic grips the valley, Cash and Colcord soon realize they’re up against more than just human adversaries. Amidst the evacuations and escalating chaos, they come face to face with an ancient, malevolent force that transcends time—a presence whose intent isn’t revival, but utter annihilation. In a race against the odds, Cash and Colcord must confront this ominous power to prevent a catastrophe that could plunge Erebus Resort into darkness forever.

The Codex is a standalone title by novelist Douglas Preston. Maxwell Broadbent’s enigmatic declaration, “Greetings from the dead,” reverberates through a chilling videotape he has left behind, triggering a series of events that will forever alter the lives of those he left behind. Known far and wide as a daring treasure hunter and audacious tomb raider, Broadbent amassed an unparalleled fortune exceeding half a billion dollars through his relentless pursuit of priceless art, rare gems, and ancient artifacts. But his legacy is shrouded in mystery, as he vanished without a trace, leaving behind an empty mansion in the desolate landscape of New Mexico.

In the wake of his disappearance, initial suspicions of a robbery soon give way to a perplexing truth: Broadbent has orchestrated an extraordinary challenge for his three sons. A final test that defies all reason and tradition—a challenge that demands the discovery of a hidden secret, reminiscent of the cryptic riddles posed by ancient Egyptian pharaohs. A monumental inheritance awaits the sons, but the path to claim it is paved with cryptic clues, concealed locations, and unforeseen perils.

The three brothers embark on a race against time, determined to unearth their father’s clandestine resting place and the riches that lie within. However, their quest is not a solitary endeavor. The allure of immeasurable wealth, coupled with the potential discovery of an ancient Mayan codex said to hold the key to curing grave illnesses, draws an eclectic mix of opportunists into the fray. The stakes are staggeringly high, and as greed and ambition collide, alliances are forged and rivalries ignite.

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8 Responses to “Order of Douglas Preston Books”

  1. Laura Walter: 7 months ago

    What a wonderful thing to have this website.Absolutely love it. I hand write all my authors lists and have them in a notebook so my friends and family can see them.(helps them for gift planning)Thank You!.


    • Graeme: 7 months ago

      Hi Laura – thank you so much for taking the time to write that. I truly appreciate it 🙂


  2. Disgruntled52: 6 years ago

    Do you want to know about short stories? I’ve found a book written by the team of Preston & Child entitled ‘Gone Fishing’ and features Lt. D’Agosta (no Pendergast).

    “Originally published in THRILLER (2006), edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.”


  3. Florence: 8 years ago

    Is there going to be a follow up of “Crimson Shore”???


    • Tina: 2 years ago

      The sequel to Crimson Shore is The Obsidian Chamber.


  4. Zoo Man: 11 years ago

    I think this is a very helpful website…glad I found it!!


  5. SuzyQ39: 11 years ago

    What readers want is a printable book list. Sans all the other stuff. Plain book list in chrono order. Is this too much to ask?


    • Nancy Arsenault: 10 years ago

      I just copy and paste on Word and delete what I don’t want.


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