A Brief Guide to All of Lee Child's Books

In his over 20 year novel-writing career, Lee Child has written a staggering 22 novels in his famous Jack Reacher series. The books follow an ex-military cop through his thrilling adventures in America, from being accused of murders he didn't commit to having to protect the life of the Vice President. It's no wonder Lee Child's books have been popular with thriller readers for so long. If you've ever wanted to get into the Jack Reacher series but didn't know where to start, here is the complete list of Lee Child books...

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1. Killing Floor - 1997

This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series and sees Reacher, an ex-military cop, get accused of a murder he didn't commit...

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2. Die Trying - 1998

Jack Reacher and a woman who claims to be part of the FBI are bundled into the back of a van but where are they being taken to and who is responsible for this dramatic kidnapping?

3. Tripwire - 1999

After seeking a quieter life, Reacher is shocked to find he is being watched by a private detective and even more alarmed when he finds the private detective brutally murdered...

4. The Visitor - 2000

Two high-ranking military women who knew Jack Reacher are found dead in their homes in baths of paint but who killed them and why? Somehow all the clues are pointing to Reacher...

5. Echo Burning - 2001

Reacher hitchhikes with a woman who's got some serious problems. Her husband is in prison but is plotting to kill her once he's free, her family won't help and she doesn't trust the police which means Reacher may be her only hope.

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6. Without Fail - 2002

Jack Reacher is given a surprising new role when the woman entrusted with protecting the Vice-President of the United States asks him for help.

7. Persuader - 2003

Jack Reacher faces a moral battle after he witness a kidnap attempt and decides to seek his own form of justice.

8. The Enemy - 2004

Back in Jack Reacher's army days a general is found dead in a motel and Reacher is tasked with breaking the news to his wife. But, he's in for another shock once he finds her...

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9. One Shot - 2005

A murderer is captured by the police but refuses to speak unless they bring him Jack Reacher - who is he and what link does Reacher have to this man?

10. The Hard Way - 2006

Jack Reacher is overseeing a ransom deal - $1 million for the safe return of a family - but nothing goes smoothly when Reacher is around.

11. Bad Luck and Trouble - 2007

One of Reacher's old army friends is dead and 6 more are missing - can Reacher find out what's going on and save them all?

12. Nothing To Lose - 2008

Jack Reacher is walking the long empty roads between the small towns of America but after some cops try to chase him away, he becomes determined to find out what secrets of the locals are keeping...

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13. Gone Tomorrow - 2009

Reacher knows the tell-tale signs of spotting a suicide bomber and as he rides the New York subway one night he becomes aware that he is sitting right beside one...

14. 61 Hours - 2010

Jack Reacher agrees to protect the only good witness in a drugs case but there's someone after her and it's going to take everything he's got to keep her alive.

15. Worth Dying For - 2010

Following on from the events of 61 Hours, Reacher is en route to Nebraska to meet with the CO of the 110th Special Unit but he's about to have a run-in with a particularly brutal family before he can reach his destination...

16. The Affair - 2011

In 1997, just 6 months before the start of Killing Floor, Jack Reacher is still part of the military police and after a woman has her throat slit Reacher is sent undercover to find out who is responsible. But, as he pursues this quest for the truth, he starts to turn away from the army and the life he's known.

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17. A Wanted Man - 2012

Jack Reacher hitches a ride with 3 strangers who seem quite suspicious as they start hurtling towards a police roadblock. Is Reacher allowing himself to be their perfect cover-up by turning their 3 into a 4?

18. Never Go Back - 2013


Jack Reacher is returning to his old unit's military police headquarters - his reason? He liked the sound of Major Susan Turner on the phone but now he's here and she's gone. Accused of murder and sent back to the army, things are getting stranger and stranger for Reacher...

19. Personal - 2014

Someone has attempted to kill the French president and the army are determined to track down Jack Reacher as he may just be the only one who can find the culprit.

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20. Make Me - 2015

Jack Reacher makes a one-day stopover at the quiet town of Mother's Rest where he meets a private investigator who's looking for her missing colleague. The longer Reacher stays in the town, the more suspicious he becomes of the locals and this missing person case...

21. Night School - 2016

In Reacher's army days he is sent back to school with an FBI agent and CIA analyst. Why are they there? They have been selected for the mission of saving the world from an alarming threat to global security.

22. The Midnight Line - 2017

When passing a pawn shop, Reacher spots a woman's West Point class ring, he becomes intrigued as to why anyone would give that up and decides to track down the ring's owner to find out just that. But, the more he digs into the past, the darker his findings become...

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Have a read of these gripping books yourself and become acquainted with the toughest hero in modern fiction.

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    March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier? Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer? Set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, "The Affair" marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him?
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    After facing what looked like a desperate and certain death in 61 Hours, Jack Reacher returns in Worth Dying For - the kind of explosive thriller only bestselling author Lee Child could write, a heart-racing page-turner that no suspense fan would want to miss. Full of violent confrontation, action and adventure, it is not long before Reacher's life hangs in the balance yet again.

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    Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure. They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.
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    When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly set, freshly busted nose - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. At last, he's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. Within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying about everything - and there's a police roadblock ahead. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys...Will they get through because the three are innocene? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy? "He could take out Bond, Dirty Harry, Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt with both hands tied behind his back. And then sleep with their girlfriends two at a time before getting the last bus out of town". (Sun).
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    Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nail biting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.
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    Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote rail road stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher's one-day stopover turns into an open-ended quest leading to the most hidden reaches of the internet, and right into the nightmare heart of darkness. "Child's best for some time...with detective-story and romcom elements (even sly humour) on top of the psychological duels and set-piece violence." (Sunday Times).
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    In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.
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    Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not ... he'll stop at nothing. He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.
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    "Fast-paced, taut and punchy". (Sunday Mirror). Drop-out military cop Jack Reacher has hitchhiked his way to Virginia. His destination, the closest thing to a home he ever had: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th Military Police. Reacher has no real reason to be here, except that he spoke to the new commanding officer on the phone. He liked Major Susan Turner's voice. But now he's arrived, she's disappeared, and things are getting weird. Accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide and co-opted back into the army, Reacher says nothing. But he's sure as hell thinking of a way out. "Reacher is a man's man, a loner, a renegade crusader for justice.on the top of his form". (Sun).
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    Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers. Riding the subway in New York at two o'clock in the morning, Reacher knows the twelve giveaway signs to look out for. Watching one of his fellow-passengers, he becomes sharply aware: one by one, she ticks off every bulletpoint on his list. So begins the new heartstopping new thriller starring today's most admired action hero, the gallant and enigmatic loner Jack Reacher.