Warren Murphy
Warren Murphy is an American novelist of adventure, spy fiction and crime fiction novels. He is the co-creator of the Destroyer series, author of several other book series (such as Trace and Digger) and a screenwriter with credits like Lethal Weapon II and The Eiger Sanction to his name. Murphy is a veteran of the Korean War and before becoming a novelist, he worked in journalism and politics.

Warren Murphy became a published author in 1973 with the novel Created, The Destroyer, launching the Destroyer series. Below is a list of Warren Murphy’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of The Destroyer Books

Created The Destroyer (With: Richard Sapir) (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Check (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chinese Puzzle (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mafia Fix (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dr. Quake (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Therapy (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Union Bust (With: Richard Sapir) (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Summit Chase (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder's Shield (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Terror Squad (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill or Cure (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slave Safari (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Acid Rock (With: Richard Sapir) (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Judgment Day (With: Richard Sapir) (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Ward (With: Richard Sapir) (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oil Slick (With: Richard Sapir) (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last War Dance (With: Richard Sapir) (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Funny Money (With: Richard Sapir) (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Holy Terror (With: Richard Sapir) (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assassin's Play Off (With: Richard Sapir) (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Seeds (With: Richard Sapir) (1975)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brain Drain (With: Richard Sapir) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Child's Play (With: Richard Sapir) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King's Curse (With: Richard Sapir) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sweet Dreams (With: Richard S. Meyers) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Enemy Hands (With: Richard Sapir) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Temple (With: Richard Sapir) (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ship of Death (With: Richard Sapir) (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Final Death (With: Richard Sapir) (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mugger Blood (With: Richard Sapir) (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Head Men (With: Richard Sapir) (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Chromosomes (With: Richard Sapir) (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voodoo Die (With: Richard Sapir) (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chained Reaction (With: Richard Sapir) (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Call (With: Richard Sapir) (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Power Play (With: Richard Sapir) (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bottom Line (With: Richard Sapir) (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bay City Blast (With: Richard Sapir) (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Missing Link (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dangerous Games (With: Robert J. Randisi) (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Firing Line (With: Richard Sapir) (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Timber Line (With: Richard Sapir) (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight Man (With: Robert J. Randisi) (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Balance of Power (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spoils of War (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Next of Kin (With: Molly Cochran) (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Profit Motive (With: Richard Sapir) (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skin Deep (With: Molly Cochran) (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Time (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dying Space (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shock Value (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fool's Gold (With: Richard Sapir) (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Time Trial (With: Molly Cochran) (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Drop (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Master's Challenge (With: Richard Sapir,Molly Cochran) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Encounter Group (With: Will Murray) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Date with Death (With: Molly Cochran,Ed Hunsburger) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Total Recall (With: Robert J. Randisi) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Arms of Kali (With: Richard Sapir) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The End of the Game (With: Richard Sapir) (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lords of the Earth (With: Richard Sapir) (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seventh Stone (With: Richard Sapir,Ed Hunsburger) (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sky Is Falling (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Alchemist (With: Richard Sapir) (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lost Yesterday (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sue Me (With: Richard Sapir) (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Look into My Eyes (With: Richard Sapir) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Old-Fashioned War (With: Richard Sapir) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Ties (With: Will Murray) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Eleventh Hour (With: Will Murray,Molly Cochran) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Return Engagement (With: Will Murray) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sole Survivor (With: Will Murray) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Line of Succession (With: Will Murray) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Walking Wounded (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rain of Terror (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Final Crusade (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Coin of the Realm (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Smoke and Mirrors (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shooting Schedule (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Sentence (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hostile Takeover (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Survival Course (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skull Duggery (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ground Zero (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Lust (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Arabian Nightmare (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ultimate Death (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Horse (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghost in the Machine (With: Richard Sapir) (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mob Psychology (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Warrior (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Dragon (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Terminal Transmission (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Feeding Frenzy (With: Will Murray) (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Priestess (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Infernal Revenue (With: Will Murray) (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Identity Crisis (With: Will Murray,Richard Sapir) (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Target of Opportunity (With: Richard Sapir) (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Color Of Fear (With: Richard Sapir) (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Rites (With: Richard Sapir) (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Continental Divide (With: R.J. Carter) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Monumental Terror (With: Richard Sapir,R.J. Carter) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Destroyer Short Stories/Novellas

The Day Remo Died (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Savage Song (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Number Two (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Razoni & Jackson Books

City in Heat (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead End Street (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Night Stand (1973)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Down and Dirty (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lynch Town (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Digger Books

Smoked Out (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fool's Flight (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Letter (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lucifer's Weekend (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Trace Books

Trace (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
And 47 Miles of Rope (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When Elephants Forget (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pigs Get Fat (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Once a Mutt (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Too Old a Cat (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Getting Up with Fleas (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Grandmaster Books

(with Molly Cochran)

Grandmaster (With: Molly Cochran) (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Priest (With: Molly Cochran) (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Forever King Books

The Forever King (With: Molly Cochran) (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Broken Sword (With: Molly Cochran) (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Third Magic (By: Molly Cochran) (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of The New Destroyer Books

(with James Mullaney)

Choke Hold (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guardian Angel (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Reckoning (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Ratings (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Legacy Books

Forgotten Son (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killing Fields (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Overload (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trial and Terror (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mother Mine (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Laughing Matter (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
100 Proof (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Leonardo's Law (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Atlantic City (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Moon (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ceiling of Hell (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Remo (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hand of Lazarus (With: Molly Cochran) (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sure Thing (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Temple Dogs (With: Molly Cochran) (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jericho Day (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scorpion's Dance (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destiny's Carnival (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Honor Among Thieves (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
World Without End (With: Molly Cochran) (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bloodline (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Inside Sinanju (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destroyer World: The Way of the Assassin (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Murder in Manhattan(1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Street(2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Destroyer series was co-created by Richard Sapir, and the novels largely ghostwritten by other authors. The New Destroyer series was co-authored with James Mullaney. The Assassin’s Handbook was later updated and revised as Inside Sinanju. Remo: The Adventure Begins was co-authored by Richard Ben Sapir.

The Forever King, Grandmaster and the novels The Hand of Lazarus, The Temple Dogs and World Without End were co-authored with Molly Cochran. The Legacy series was co-authored by Gerald Welch. Atlantic City was written with Frank Stevens. Destiny’s Carnival was co-authored by Mark Brownwood. The Razoni & Jackson books were written as W.B. Murphy.

If You Like Warren Murphy Books, You’ll Love…

Warren Murphy Synopsis: Smoked Out by Warren Murphy is the first of four novels in the Digger humourous crime series. The title character is an insurance investigator who enjoys drinking, fast women and being a smartass. He has a girlfriend who works as a hooker part-time. Digger wants to know if a death of a doctor’s wife is an accident or murder, so he decides the best course of action is to crash the funeral.

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