Lee Child books in order
James Dover Grant (CBE), fondly known by his pen name Lee Child, is an award winning author of thriller novels best known for his Jack Reacher novel series.
Born in Coventry, he attended King Edward's School, Birmingham before pursuing law at University of Sheffield, even though he had no motive of entering the legal profession.
In 1997, he released his first novel, Killing Floor, which won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel.
His books, One Shot and Never Go Back have been adapted into films by the name Jack Reacher (2012) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) respectively.
Grant currently lives in New York with his wife Jane whom he met in 1975. Together, they have a daughter.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pseudonym: Lee Child
- Jack Reacher's Rules (2012)
- Inherit the Dead (2013)
Best Mystery Stories of the Year
- Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021 (2021)
- The Hero (2019)
- How To Write a Mystery (2021)
- Deep Down (2012)
- High Heat (2013)
- Not a Drill (2014)
- Small Wars (2015)
- No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories (2017)
- Second Son (2018)
- The Christmas Scorpion: A Jack Reacher Story (2018)
Jack Reacher Series
- Killing Floor (1997)
- Die Trying (1998)
- Tripwire (1999)
- Running Blind (2000)
- Echo Burning (2001)
- Without Fail (2002)
- Persuader (2003)
- The Enemy (2004)
- One Shot (2005)
- The Hard Way (2006)
- Bad Luck and Trouble (2007)
- Nothing to Lose (2008)
- Gone Tomorrow (2009)
- 61 Hours (2010)
- Worth Dying For (2011)
- The Affair (2011)
- A Wanted Man (2012)
- Never Go Back (2013)
- Personal (2014)
- Make Me (2015)
- Night School (2016)
- The Midnight Line (2017)
- Past Tense (2018)
- Blue Moon (2019)
- The Sentinel (2020)
- Better off Dead (2021)
More about Jack Reacher
Detailed book overview
Need a word of advice from Jack Reacher?
Get to learn about Hand-to-hand combat, Travelling light, Cracking codes, Handling weapons, Conquering your deepest fears and Understanding women through this book.
There is no need breaking the rules if you make them. Need a sneak peek?
Rule 1. When in doubt, drink coffee.
Rule 2. Never volunteer for anything.
Rule 3. Don’t break the furniture.
Rule 4. Only one woman at a time.
Rule 5. Show them what they’re messing with.
Also get to learn about Jack Reacher’s tactics that distinguish between the man in the street and the man to beat.
A little over twenty New York Times bestselling authors came together to create a fast-paced serial novel that will leave you glued to every page.
The contributors include: Lee Child, Linda Fairstein, Mary Higgins Clark, Ken Bruen, Charlaine Harris, Dana Stabenow, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, John Connolly, Lawrence Block, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Bryan Gruley, Marcia Clark, Jonathan Santlofer, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Lisa Unger, Heather Graham, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, and Sarah Weinman.
Benefits from the sale of this book, in excess of editor and contributor compensation, will be donated to Safe Horizon, the leading victim assistance agency in the country.
Best Mystery Stories of the Year
Under the auspices of New York City's legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international bestseller Lee Child has selected the twenty most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.
Includes stories by:
James Lee Burke
Joyce Carol Oates
Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously-published work!)
NB: Stories edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler.
From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, heroes have always been there.
The hero forms the basis of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day whether be it in books, films and TV shows.
Buit why exactly do heroes inspire us? Why do they form the nucleus of storytelling?
In this 64-page non-fiction book by award-winning author Lee Child, we get to know how the myth of the hero—from Achilles to Bond—forms such a central part of what makes us human.
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.
Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows:
—Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
—While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
—After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
—Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
—Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)
Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors—including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris—selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, “What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?”
During the early days of his military career, Jack Reacher is given an undercover in Washington to find out who has been leaking crucial arms data secrets.
The suspects in question are four women, all of whom are have fast tracking careers on the military chain of command.
Sharp, determined and often preoccupied, they are the kind of ladies unfazed by a hunk, regardless of how hunky they are.
With little time to waste, will Reacher manage to charm the secrets out of them and catch those responsible?
The year is 1977. Jack Reacher is close to turning seventeen.
While on his way to visit his brother at West Point, Reacher makes a stop over in New York City.
A lot is happening in the city that never sleeps.
The summer heat is scorching, the city is bankrupt, and a deranged gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose.
When Reacher encounters a woman with a problem, he offers to help her.
The power grid however hits a snag, throwing the lawless city into mayhem and confusion.
What could a teenager new to the big city possibly do in the dark?
If that teenager is Jack Reacher, then the answer is a lot!
An officer on duty is shot dead ten miles north of Fort Smith under mysterious circumstances.
The victim, whose body was found in a silver Porsche along an remote forest road in Georgia, had one head shot and two chest wounds.
It was certainly a clean professional hit, with evidence from the crime scene suggesting a possible ambush.
When military police officer Jack Reacher is assigned the case, he calls his older brother, Colonel Joe Reacher, at the Pentagon for intel and taps Sergeant Frances Neagley in search for answers.
Who would want a fast rising officer dead?
Reacher already knows the answer.
Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher is many things.
An ex military cop, a lone ranger, a knight errant, a lover of women, a problem fixer and villain’s worst nightmare, Reacher is the most iconic figure for our generation.
This collection of twelve stories reveal more into his past, how he was brought up and ended up becoming a nomadic avenger who has fascinated millions across the globe.
The 11 short stories and novella include:
Guy Walks into a Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
Maybe They Have a Tradition
No Room at the Motel
Not a Drill
The Picture of the Lonely Diner
Too Much Time (Novella)
Ever wondered what kind of experiences Jack Reacher went through growing up, the ones that shaped him into the fearless hero we all love?
Reacher’s family is transferred for the umpteenth time when he is thirteen years old.
Forty different places and forty different neighborhoods, yet nothing had changed.
This book takes a look at an incident in Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a lifelong US Marine, in a distant military base in the Pacific.
Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself in a no-name bar on Christmas Eve, desperate to seek shelter from an unexpected blizzard.
Reacher made his way to Barstow for a little R&R, but instead ends up secluded in a dark tiny roadhouse with a bartender, a bemused elderly couple and two members of the British Royal Military Police.
The two inform Reacher that they were escorting a VIP to a highly guarded meeting at a U.S. military until they became separated from their charge.
A dangerous assassin known only as the Christmas Scorpion is on the hunt.
They are in desperate need of a miracle: a miracle that could very well be Jack Reacher.
Jack Reacher Series
"Margrave, Georgia is a place where visitors are either part of a massive conspiracy, or dashing towards a brutal death—or in some occasions, both!"
Former military man Jack Reacher is arrested while aimlessly drifting in Margrave, Georgia. His quest of searching for clues of a long dead black jazzman is short lived as he is arrested for murder; with the chief of police turning eyewitness. Even worse ids that the murdered wasn’t just any other victim, but rather Reacher’s brother; one he hadn’t seen in seven years.
Finding himself in the state pen at Warburton for the weekend, despite pleading his innocence, Reacher clicks into overdrive.
With the help of a Harvard-educated chief of detectives and a sharp yet messy officer who would bed him at the first chance, Reacher embarks on a mission to find the people who set him up.
“Jack Reacher finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Jack Reacher meets an attractive young woman as he strolls in a sun kissed Chicago street. Seeing that the woman is limping and struggling with her crutches, he offers a supportive arm; only for them to turn and face unknown men holding twin handguns aimed straight at their stomachs.
Chained to the woman, confined to a back of a van and driven 2,000 miles across America, Reacher is unsure of the kind of people he is dealing with.
The kidnappers are unwilling to speak, and the woman she is with claims to be Holly Johnson—an FBI agent.
Taken to an unknown location, the kidnappers demand an impossible ransom.
The mysterious woman seems to be worth a lot, and Jack knows that he has to save them both…or die trying.
“Jack Reacher goes against his most deadly and heartless enemy”
By day, ex military man Jack Reacher is digging pools and by night, he works as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.
But after a private eye reaches out to him, Reacher is shocked to discover his lifeless body lying in the street.
Upon tracing the victim’s trail to New York, he learns that the private investigator was working for Leon Garber; Reacher’s former commanding officer, mentor and close friend.
Joining forces with Jodie, a brilliant Wall Street lawyer and Garber’s daughter, the two unearth a secret that has been kept hidden for 30 years.
Enmeshed in a perilous search for the truth, Reacher and Jodie also discover their love for each other.
“Jack Reacher races to solve the perfect crime.”
It’s always hard being a successful woman in the Army. So when the unmarked bodies of Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook are discovered in their homes, inside baths filled with exclusive Army camouflage paint, Jack Reacher is convinced that something is amiss.
Being a former military man, he knew both of the victims, and also knew that they left the Army after falling victim to sexual assault.
But when the FBI’s psychological profile matches that of Reacher, the drifter is arrested by Special Agent, Julia Lamarr.
It however becomes clear that Reacher isn’t the serial killer as the body of another woman, Sergeant Lorraine Stanley, is found killed in a similar fashion.
What exactly do these women have in common?
“Jack Reacher finds himself in trouble in Texas. Or does trouble find Jack Reacher in Texas?”
The sun blazes mercilessly across the Texas desert. Jack Reacher, a loner and drifter, has nowhere to go yet all the time in the world to get there.
Hitching rides is as dangerous as it is unreliable, yet Reacher doesn’t have much of an option, as he needs to keep moving through the endless vast land—much like a shark in open water.
So when Carmen, a young, rich and stunning lady approaches him in a Cadillac, he grabs the opportunity by the scuff of the neck.
Carmen however has a story of her own too; one revolving around her husband, her family secrets and her strange hometown.
What started as a hitched ride could very well cost them both their lives.
Jack Reacher receives a strange request from a Secret Service agent.
“I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States,” were her words.
As the newly appointed head of the Vice President’s security detail, she wants Reacher to attempt penetrating the protective ring as a way of testing its effectiveness during a genuine attack.
Reacher certainly has the skills and experience to undertake such an assignment.
What he however isn’t told is that a lethal team of well trained assassins want to eliminate the VP.
Though deadly themselves, they have overlooked the fact that there is an equally deadly killer by the name Jack Reacher.
“Jack Reacher stalks a nemesis from the past”
Jack Reacher left the Army years ago. Since then, he has been a passionate lone ranger wandering from place to place without a family, possessions, commitments and most of all, without fear.
It’s a life that suits him perfectly, as trouble somehow always manages to find him, regardless of where he goes.
Some unfinished business from the past has however found him this time round.
A decade ago, Francis Xavier Quinn got off scot free on murder charges after a key investigation went sour.
So when a fortuitous encounter outside Boston’s Symphony Hall brings it all back, Reacher sees it as his only remaining chance to inflict revenge.
Whereas some would call it redemption, Reacher views it as a simple act of justice.
“Jack Reacher is fighting a new kind of war.”
The year is 1990. It’s New Year’s Day. The Berlin Wall is coming down and the Cold War is ending. America may soon have no enemies left, which means the Army won’t have anyone to fight.
Jack Reacher receives a call about a dead soldier while on duty on a base in North Carolina. He instructs the local cops to handle the matter, as heart attacks happen all the time. But why is he in North Carolina, rather than in Panama where the action is?
The events that follow raise even more suspicion.
The soldier found dead in a hot-sheets motel was apparently a two-star general who should have been in Europe.
When Reacher goes to the general’s house to break terrible the news, he finds the general’s wife, murdered.
What exactly is going on? Has the end of one war marked the beginning of another?
A lone gunman hides in a parking garage and fires into a crowd in a public plaza in a small Indiana city. When six shots ring, five bodies lie lifeless.
The perfect trail leads to the swift arrest of James Barr.
Upon arrest, James completely refuses to co-operate, only uttering the words: “Get Jack Reacher for me.”
Reacher is however already on his way. What could the two have in common?
But by the time the ex military policeman arrives, Barr has been beaten senseless; enough to forget everything that happened.
Pairing with a young defense attorney who is working against her D.A. father, the two are poised to go against a prosecution team with their own incendiary secret.
Complex as the case is, Reacher has never lost a battle. And this won’t be his first!
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall
Edward Lane paid a whopping one million dollars in ransom money, and there is no amount he wouldn’t pay to get back his beautiful wife and child.
So it’s no surprise that he turns to Jack Reacher for help—quite assuredly the best hunter there is.
As Reacher hunts for the kidnappers, he comes to learn of spine-tingling secrets from his employer’s past.
But by the time he however realizes it, he is way too deep to stop.
As the mantra goes in the service, the only way to find the truth is to do it the hard way.
In search for clues, the ex military policeman goes back to where it all began.
What initially began in New York City soon blows up three thousand miles away in the quiet English countryside.
In California, a man is sent on a free fall into the night from a helicopter high above the isolated desert.
In Chicago, a woman finds out that an A-list team of former military investigators is being hunted down one by one.
Having been on his own for a decade, Jack Reacher is virtually untraceable as he has no phone, no ties and no address.
Frances Neagley however locates him via a signal privy to only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators.
Uniting with the surviving members of their old team, they swiftly bury the dead and race against time to unravel the mystery that is becoming ever so harder to solve—with new developments cropping up every time.
“Jack Reacher goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.”
Hope and Despair, two lonely towns in Colorado, are separated by twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher isn’t one to turn back. It's just not in his nature. All he yearns for is a cup of coffee, but what he gets instead is trouble.
Reacher was just passing through town minding his own business when everything explodes after just minutes of his arrival.
An industrial site in Despair seems to be undertaking operations that no one is supposed to see.
It has high walls with heavily armed military cops guarding it. Even more mysterious is that a small plane takes off every night only to return seven hours later.
What secrets is Despair so desperate to hide?
Reacher is out to solve the mystery...and he has nothing to lose.
“Up close and personal.”
When a suicide takes place on a Manhattan subway, one which Jack Reacher witnesses, the former military policeman has a feeling that there is more to the events of that day.
Soon enough, he starts exploring and goes in deep. Perhaps too deep to ever turn back.
What he is trying to discover is a terrible secret which both the feds and Al-Queda are willing to kill in order to prevent it from being revealed.
A lone ranger like Jack Reacher still somehow manages to stand out, even in a city as expansive as New York—with over eight million people.
It doesn’t take long before both side start chasing after him—which is exactly what he wants.
"Jack Reacher walks right into trouble in the corn rich Nebraska country."
The Duncans, a local clan that has haunted an entire county, want Jack Reacher gone. It’s not because of the long held secrets that they are preventing from being revealed, but rather because their secret shipment is running late, and they have clients they simply can’t afford to anger.
As frightening as the Duncans are, they are just but bottom feeders of a criminal food chain that goes halfway around the world.
All Reacher could have done is keep going. But you should never interrupt a man on his way to meet a sexy woman with an even sexier voice.
“Everything starts somewhere…”
For Jack Reacher, it all started in Carter Crossing, Mississippi, back in 1997. On a deserted railroad track was a body. And a crime scene soon turned into a cover up.
When the body of the young woman is discovered, evidence overwhelmingly points towards a soldier at a nearby military base. The soldier however knew influential friends in D.C.
Going undercover, Reacher’s mission is to collect every bit of information he can, control the local police then disappear.
But when he arrives as Carter Crossing, nothing goes as planned.
There, he meets Elizabeth Deveraux; a local sheriff who thirsts for justice just as much as she does for secrets.
Reluctantly working together, they begin to piece out the evidence.
But when Reacher finally solves the puzzle, will he be able to keep quiet and still live with himself? Because his answer is not the same as the one the Army has.
Ex military man is a lone wolf, ever on the move with no phone, no ties and no address. He is huge, tough and has a freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape.
When you look like him, hitching a ride isn’t the easiest of things.
He however has some business in Virginia that just can’t wait, all thanks to the alluring voice of a woman he has never met.
Reacher seems in luck, as he manages to hitch a ride from strangers.
After just a few minutes, it becomes clear as day that the strangers—two men and one woman—are lying about everything.
The plot thickens when they come across a police roadblock on the highway.
There has been a reported incident, and the police are looking for the perpetrators.
Will they manage to get through because the three are innocent or because three has now become four?
Could Reacher be a decoy?
Lone wolf Jack Reacher has travelled from snowbound South Dakota to northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
The 110th MP, the headquarters of his old unit, is the closest thing to a home he has ever had.
He is there to physically meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner; the warm, alluring voice he has been speaking to over the phone.
Upon his arrival however, Reacher is shocked to find that Turner isn’t the one behind the CO’s desk.
Two very shocking news awaits him; one with grave criminal consequences, and the other too personal to contemplate.
Flight or fight is the name of the game. For Reacher, fight is the only way he knows.
He has to find Turner and clear his name, but not without overcoming the army, the FBI, the D.C. Metro police and four unknown criminals.
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Austin Hebert, Robert Catrini, Robert Knepper, Jessica Stroup, Madalyn Horcher, Jason Douglas, Teri Wyble, Lee Child
“You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you.”
Ex military policeman Jack Reacher is drawn back into service, but this time round for the State Department and the CIA.
There has been an assassination attempt on the French president. The bullet was American and the distance between the gunman and the target was quite bold; three-quarters of a mile to be particular.
John Kott, an American marksman, is the prime suspect.
A free man having spent the last fifteen years in prison, he is one of the very few men alive who can shoot from such a distance.
Reacher has beaten Kott before and he knows he can do it again, but for this mission he is paired with Casey Nice—a rookie analyst.
As they face mobsters, Serbian thugs and back stabbers, Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save.
It can’t happen again!
“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?”
It’s a question that Jack Reacher is trying to answer yet nobody is willing to tell him.
As usual, he isn’t going anywhere in particular and has all the time in the world to get there.
So when an anxious woman called Michelle Chang confuses him for her missing partner in a private investigation, Reacher agrees to work with her.
His search leads him to through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and the dark parts of the internet before leading him back to Mother’s Rest—right where he started.
This is only just the beginning of his worst nightmare.
The year is 1996. Jack Reacher is still serving in the army aged 35.
He is given a medal in the morning, sent back to school in the afternoon and is off the grid that night.
An FBI agent and a CIA analyst are also in the classroom. Unsure of what they are doing there, they soon learn that a Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg is visited by a Saudi courier seeking safe haven.
A covert CIA asset inside the cell overheard the courier whisper the words:
“The American wants a hundred million dollars.”
From who? For what?
Pairing with the sharp-witted Sergeant Frances Neagley, Reacher embarks on a mission to get their man and thwart the dreadful act of terrorism.
Jack Reacher is wandering aimlessly past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town when his attention is drawn by a 2005 West Point class ring on the window.
It's tiny which means it belongs to a woman, and also has her initials written on the inside.
But why would she give up something she spent four hard years to earn? Being a West Pointer himself, Reacher has had firsthand experience in getting it. Giving it up would be unthinkable.
Triggered, he tracks the ring back to its owner in a mission that takes him all the way to the deserted wilds of Wyoming.
Reacher wants to find the woman. And he will stop at nothing until he is certain that she is safe!
“Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher”
Jack Reacher decides to visit his father's ancestral home while on his way back from Maine.
Although the rural New Hampshire town is a place he had heard quite a lot about as a kid, his visit becomes more of a mystery than a homecoming.
No one by the name Reacher ever lived in the town. Not one.
Having already learned of his mother's history in The Enemy, Jack Reacher is on a mission to discover his father's heritage.
"Once in a blue moon things turn out just right."
Seated in the back of a Greyhound bus, Jack Reacher watches as an envelope of full money is about to slip from the pocket of an old man asleep in his seat.
Reacher is likewise also keeping an eye on a man who would like to get his hands on that money. Not on his watch!
Although the elderly man is highly appreciative of the help, he declines Reacher’s offer to help him get home.
He seems vulnerable, scared stiff and is seemingly in some kind of trouble—big trouble.
The city has a gang problem; one pitting the Albanians vs. Ukrainians.
Could that be reason why the man is scared?
Reacher is no saint, but he just won’t take a back seat as bad things happen.
Jack Reacher alights from a bus at the Greyhound station in Nashville just when the clock is about to strike midnight on a Saturday night.
He is no particular hurry, with no appointments and no vengeance in mind—at least not yet.
However, in the wee hours of the morning, an intimate voice will be enticing him to walk away.
It wouldn’t be a surprise that Reacher listens to his intuition instead.
Elsewhere, in a tiny town in the west of Music City lies a recently-fired guy whose hunger for revenge is about to reach boiling point.
But who is watching him, protecting an old secret, ready to ensure that it will forever remain buried?
Digging graves had not been part of my plans when I woke up that morning.
Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants. That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun—until he comes upon a curious scene. A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel.
Dead? No, nothing is what it seems.
The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. Most of them would rather die than betray their terrifying leader, who has burrowed his influence deep into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.
He would know the fate of Fenton’s brother.
Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, so he offers to help, despite feeling that Fenton is keeping secrets of her own. But a life hangs in the balance. Maybe more than one. But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life. Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.