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

  • £6.39

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... 

2. Die Trying - 1998

  • £7.19

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

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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

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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


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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. 

6. Without Fail - 2002

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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

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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

  • £6.79

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... 

9. One Shot - 2005

  • £7.19

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

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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

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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

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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... 

13. Gone Tomorrow - 2009

  • £6.69

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

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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

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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

  • £6.39

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.

17. A Wanted Man - 2012

  • £7.19

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

  • £6.59

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

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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. 

20. Make Me - 2015

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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

  • £18.99

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

  • £19.89

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... 

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