The order the books appear in the list below is the order in which they were released (top to bottom, oldest to newest). While it’d make sense to read each book in this order, it’s not necessary.
The Lee Child book series does have some elements which carry on from book to book, however, the author takes care to add enough explanation in so that reading the books completely out of order would still make sense.
There are different versions of the book for most countries although the only difference is the front cover. In most cases there are at least two different covers for each book, a US cover and UK cover, this site features the UK books.
When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn't quit.
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.
Reacher makes his way south to an unwelcoming part of Nebraska in the dead of winter. He fetches up in a town in the grip of the powerful, manipulative Duncan family, and the cowed townspeople have no fight left in them.
Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages...and disadvantages too.
Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. There are twelve things to look for. No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.
Between two small towns in Colorado, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. All Jack Reacher wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies, a vagrancy charge and a trip back to the line.
He is as close to untraceable as a person can get. A loner comfortable in his anonymity and solitude. So when a member of his old Army unit finds a way to contact him, he knows this has to be serious.
He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.
A heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Apart from one thing. The accused gunman refuses to talk except for a single phrase: Get Jack Reacher for me.
A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the general's wife.
Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. Never apologize. Never explain.
No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher's assistance.
Reacher finds himself suffering in the intense heat of a Texas summer, and (leaving behind a messy situation) hardly worries about the dangers of who will pick him up when he hitches a ride.
Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were aquainted with Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead.
Someone has sent a private detective to find Reacher. He finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who's trying to find him and why.
Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.
“I love him. It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is bought every four seconds somewhere in the world. He is to crime fiction what Clint Eastwood’s ‘man with no name’ was to the western. Lee Child’s genius in 17 novels has been to create a tough guy hero that men will envy and women will adore.”
“Pure escapism…He has redefined the thriller for the 21st century…Reacher is a knight errant every bit as much as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe was…stunningly good.”
Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror
“I am no longer (if I ever was) an unbiased critic. I am more of a Lee Child fan. I am pro-Reacher, his massive but benevolent brute of a drifter, vigilante hero….I’ll definitely barrel through the next one too.”
Andy Martin Independent
“Smart, breathless…more ingenious than other Reacher books have been about the underground activities Reacher is thwarting.”
Janet Maslin, New York Times
“A fascinating, swaggeringly confident performance”
“‘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”
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