Lee Child
British author Lee Child, whose real name is Jim Grant, is famous for the series of books featuring Jack Reacher. Lee Child started writing in 1997, and all his solo novels to date have featured Jack Reacher. Lee has however, contributed to numerous short story collections which are also listed here.

Lee Child made his debut as a published author in 1997 with the novel Killing Floor, which began his Jack Reacher series. Below is a list of Lee Child’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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 / The Visitor (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
Make Me (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night School (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Midnight Line (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Past Tense (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Moon (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sentinel (With: Andrew Child) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Better Off Dead (With: Andrew Child) (2021)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 followed by Night School.The Affair would be the next book to read, as it covers the end of Reachers Military career, and leads into Killing Floor.The short stories have Second Son(Reacher is 13) and High Heat(Reacher is 16).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/Novellas

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
Good and Valuable Consideration: Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller (With: Joseph Finder) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Small Wars (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Christmas Scorpion (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cleaning the Gold (With: Karin Slaughter) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fourth Man is not available for purchase.

Publication Order of Jack Reacher Collections

No Middle Name (2017)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
The Hero (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Harold Middleton Books

The Chopin Manuscript (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Copper Bracelet (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Starling Project: An Audible Drama (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Serial thrillers written by multiple authors.

Publication Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Books

The Cocaine Chronicles (With: Laura Lippman,Ken Bruen,Jervey Tervalon) (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Marijuana Chronicles (By: Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nicotine Chronicles (With: Joyce Carol Oates,Hannah Tinti,,Cara Black,,,Jonathan Ames) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Like a Charm(2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Greatest Hits(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cocaine Chronicles(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder(2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best British Mysteries IV(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Year: Stories to Die For...(2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
First Thrills(2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dark End of the Street(2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010(2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Writers of America Presents The Rich and the Dead(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rich and the Dead(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Study in Sherlock(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love Is Murder(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inherit the Dead(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
FaceOff(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Belfast Noir(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Manhattan Mayhem(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
MatchUp(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dear NHS(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Running Blind had a different title in the UK, going by the name The Visitor. The Harold Middleton series is a collaborative series that includes contributions from many different authors.

If You Like Lee Child Books, You’ll Love…

  • Andy McNab: Particularly, the Nick Stone series of books.
  • Vince Flynn: Vince Flynn has a series of books featuring the character Mitch Rapp. While they often feature a fair amount of politics, Rapp is an ass-kicking machine just like Reacher, and the type of hero character you want to put your faith in!
  • Michael Connelly

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11 Responses to “Order of Lee Child Books”

  1. David Cederholm: 1 month ago

    Whoever plays him needs to be 6’5″ and physically fit but not buff. Probably hard to cast given those parameters. Here’s my top three: 3. Alexander Skarsgard 2. Josh Duhamel 1. Armie Hammer I might have included Joe Maganiello but his hair is kinda perfect.

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  2. Bibliophile babe: 1 year ago

    I see Gerald Buttler.
    He is tough, he is tall, and he can play rough.

    I like Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movies, but NOT in the role of Jack Reacher. Every time I see that $1000 hair cut, I want to throw up.
    Reacher with every hair in place!

    And yes, it stopped me from buying the books.

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  3. Mark: 3 years ago

    The Rock should play Reacher .Same height and weight. Same temperment .

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  4. Doris Taylor: 4 years ago

    Lee Child does not own the movie rights…. TOM CRUISE DOES…. SAD, SAD, SAD………

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  5. Ian Upwood: 5 years ago

    Well the idiots have done it again Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in Never Go Back, surely Lee Child must have something to say about casting. Even with lifters in his shoes he will never be the person portrayed in the book.

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    • Steve Roberts: 4 years ago

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  6. Kay Dohm: 5 years ago

    Oh, my goodness. Who in the world chose Cruise to be Jack Reacher.? I agree. Liam Neeson came to mind whild reading the very first book and I just picture him iin all others as I read. I came late to the Reacher series and I want to know what Mr. childs really thinks about Cruise. Reacer isn’t a cocky, angry little guy like Cruise portrayed him. PERIOD

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  7. Retired InPeace: 6 years ago

    Jason Statham should be Reacher. End of story!

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  8. Not1knowsme: 6 years ago

    You’re not kidding Pinto. Not to mention the damage its done to the potential readers of his books. I suggest to someone “Try a Jack Reacher book” and they say to me, “a pansy Tom Cruise can play, NO THANKS, I’ll pass.” Getting your book made into a movie is good, settling for jumping on Oprah’s couch Tom Cruise is NOT. Not to mention the last book sucked. Jack didn’t even get…err romanced I’ll call it. I’m a woman and I look forward to his bedroom scenes.

    Pure drivel and if the new one coming out isn’t any better I’ve read my last one. I sure do miss Jack Reacher of olden days.

    Did anyone see Liam Neeson in Lawrence Block’s movie adaptation of “http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_walk_among_the_tombstones/trailers/11200797″ At 6’4” he’s built to be Jack Reacher..

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  9. Pinto Flounder: 6 years ago

    Liam Neeson should be playing Jack Reacher in the movies. If Neeson plays anymore “Taken” movies he’ll get stereotyped as this brain dead character who let’s his simpleton daughter and sometimes loving wife roam the world apparently to see if he’s man enough to rescue them from expected death. Neeson certainly casts better than granny Tom Cruise. Spare me Tom Cruise as Jach Reacher.

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  10. Dfg: 8 years ago

    Look for the keith calder books by hammond

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