Jack Reacher is a series of novels, novellas, and short stories by British author Jim Grant under the pen name Lee Child. As of January, 2022, the series includes 26 books and a short story collection. The book series chronicles the adventures of Jack Reacher, former major in the United States Army Military Police Corps, as he roams the United States taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations. The Reacher series has maintained a schedule of one per year, except for 2010, when two were published.
The character has been portrayed by Tom Cruise in a 2012 film and 2016 sequel and Alan Ritchson in a streaming television series that premiered on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.
Most of the novels are set in the United States, in locales ranging from major metropolitan areas like New York City and Los Angeles to small towns in the Midwestern United States and the Southern United States. Reacher’s travels outside the United States have taken him to rural England (The Hard Way, Maybe They Have a Tradition), London (Personal), Hamburg (Night School) and Paris (The Enemy, Personal). Moreover, here you can see Jack Reacher movies in Order of release date.
Jack Reacher books in order
1. Second Son (short story, 2011)
“Second Son” is a 2011 short story by British author Jim Grant (who writes under the pen name of Lee Child). The story, which features Jack Reacher, is a prequel to the novel series and gives a glimpse of the teen-age Reacher. “Second Son” was released originally for the Kindle and, in 2017, was included in No Middle Name, a collection of Jack Reacher short stories. “Second Son” was bundled with the movie Jack Reacher as a Target Exclusive, when the movie was released on Blu-ray on 7 May 2013.
2. High Heat (novella, 2013)
July 1977. Jack Reacher is almost seventeen, and he stops in New York City on the way to visit his brother at West Point. The summer heat is suffocating, the city is bankrupt, and the mad gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose. Reacher meets a woman with a problem, and agrees to help her . . . but then the power grid fails and the lights go out, plunging the lawless city into chaos. What does a visiting teenager do in the dark? If that visiting teenager is Jack Reacher, the answer is plenty.
3. Deep Down (short story, 2012)
Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking—straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. That’s where Reacher comes in. His task: infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top.
According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun . . . just chat over drinks. But Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth—and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected.
4. Small Wars (short story, 2015)
A young lieutenant colonel, in a stylish handmade uniform, roars through the damp woods of Georgia in her new silver Porsche – until she meets a very tall soldier with a broken-down car.
What could connect a cold-blooded off-post shooting with Reacher, his elder brother Joe, and a secretive unit of pointy-heads from the Pentagon?
5. The Enemy (2004)
The Enemy (published in 2004) is the eighth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It is narrated in the first person.
Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.
New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina “hot-sheets” motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can’t be controlled. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.
Two Special Forces soldiers—the toughest of the tough—are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher—an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit—is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.
But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war. And he’s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn’t know he had. With his French-born mother dying—and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret—Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties—and himself. Because this soldier’s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death—and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
6. James Penney’s New Identity (1999 edited 2006)
Before Jack Reacher became the seminal, nomadic hero he is today and #1 New York Times bestselling writer Lee Child reached his current iconic literary stature, there was James Penney, who we meet in this intense Thriller Short.
Penney was originally envisioned as a character in Child’s second Jack Reacher tale, Die Trying. Though an interesting character, Penney was ultimately excised during the editing process and readers didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him. Now he’s been resurrected in a tale that features a brief glimpse of Jack Reacher’s early career.
7. The Secret (forthcoming 2023)
The gripping new Jack Reacher thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child
1992. Eight respectable, upstanding people have been found dead across the US. These deaths look like accidents and don’t appear to be connected. Until one body – the victim of a fatal fall from a hospital window – generates some unexpected attention.
That attention comes from the Secretary of Defense, who promptly calls for an inter-agency task force to investigate. Jack Reacher is assigned as the Army’s representative.
Reacher may be an exceptional soldier, but sweeping other people’s secrets under the carpet isn’t part of his skill set. As he races to discover the link between these victims, and who killed them, he must navigate around the ulterior motives of his new ‘partners’. And all while moving into the sight line of some of the most dangerous people he has ever encountered.
His mission is to uncover the truth. The question is: will Reacher bring the bad guys to justice the official way . . . or his way?
8. Night School (2016)
Night School is a 2016 novel by Lee Child. This is the twenty-first book in the Jack Reacher series. It is written in the third person.
It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.
Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.
Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.”
For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.
From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.
9. The Affair (2011)
March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, 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 US 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?
The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it 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? Is this his last case in uniform?
10. Killing Floor (1997)
Killing Floor is the debut novel by Lee Child, first published in 1997 by Putnam. The book won the Anthony Award and Barry Award for best first novel. It is also the first book to feature the character Jack Reacher. It is written in the first person. The novel has three prequels: The Enemy (set eight years before Killing Floor and published in 2004), Night School (set one year before Killing Floor; published in 2016), The Affair (set six months before Killing Floor; published in 2011).
Jack Reacher gets off a Greyhound bus in the fictional town of Margrave, Georgia, because he remembers his brother mentioning that a blues musician named Blind Blake died there. Much to his surprise, shortly after his arrival, he is arrested in a local diner for murder. He must try to prove his innocence. Though the first published novel, it is the fourth one in terms of the in-story chronology.
This novel was adapted for the first season of the 2022 series, Reacher starring Alan Ritchson in the titular role.
11. Die Trying (1998)
Die Trying is the second novel in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 1998 by Bantam Press in the UK and by Putnam in the US. It is written in the third person.
Just as Reacher helps Holly Johnson, an attractive young woman struggling with her crutches on a Chicago street, they are both kidnapped at gunpoint. Reacher and the woman are thrown into a dark van and taken 2,000 miles across America, completely unaware why they were kidnapped and where they are going. Finding themselves trapped in a seemingly remote place, they must work together to find the answers.
12. Tripwire (1999)
Tripwire is the third book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 1999 by Putnam in America and Bantam in the United Kingdom. It is written in the third person. In the novel, retired military police officer Jack Reacher becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a Vietnam War veteran who was reported missing in action, but who has resurfaced as a vicious loanshark with a secret he will murder to protect.
Reacher is in Key West, digging pools by hand and moonlighting as a bouncer for a topless bar. He discovers the body of a New York investigator hired by “Mrs. Jacob” to find him. He finds out that she is attorney Jodie Garber, daughter of General Leon Garber, Reacher’s recently deceased mentor and surrogate father in the Army. She wants his help investigating her father’s last project, a search on behalf of the elderly parents of their military MIA son. Having inherited a house and gained a steady girlfriend, Reacher contemplates a sedentary life as he and Jodie find themselves hunted by a psychopath businessman and military criminal crippled in the Vietnam War, who has a shadowy business and other secrets to protect.
13. The Visitor – aka Running Blind (2000)
The Visitor is the fourth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 2000 by Bantam Press in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the book was released under the title Running Blind. It is written in the second and third person. In the novel, retired Army military police officer Jack Reacher must race against time to catch a sophisticated serial killer who is murdering a group of female soldiers, but leaving no forensic evidence.
Two women are found dead in their own homes—in baths filled with Army-issue camouflage paint, their bodies completely unmarked. Jack Reacher knew them, and he knows that they both left the Army under dubious circumstances, both victims of sexual harassment. Reacher is under suspicion and arrested; as a former US military policeman, a loner and a drifter, he matches the psychological criminal profile prepared by FBI Special Agent Julia Lamarr. When another woman is killed the same way while Reacher is under surveillance, he is released but pressured into helping the murder investigation. He has to find out what they have in common and why someone would kill more.
14. Echo Burning (2001)
Echo Burning is the fifth novel in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 2001 by Putnam in America and Bantam in the United Kingdom. It is written in the third person.
Reacher hitches a ride in Texas. Carmen, the driver, is a mother of a young girl and is trapped in an abusive marriage. She requests Reacher’s help. After some deliberation Reacher consents. However, at her remote ranch in Echo County Reacher encounters lies, prejudice and hatred climaxing in Carmen being arrested for the murder of her husband. With Carmen’s true motives cast into doubt, Reacher finds himself investigating the truth.
15. Without Fail (2002)
Without Fail is the sixth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published by Putnam in 2002. It is written in the third person. In the novel, retired military police officer Jack Reacher is asked by the Secret Service to help track down assassins who are threatening the Vice President-Elect.
Reacher arrives in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is intercepted by Mary Ellen (M. E.) Froelich, a beautiful Secret Service agent. She has a special request: that Reacher tell her the various ways, were he an actual assassin, in which he could kill the vice-president; being made aware of any such methods would help her considerably in tightening her security detail in order to protect the Vice-president’s life. He accepts the challenge, enlisting old colleague Frances Neagley to help carry out the mission. Suspicious and threatening letters have been sent to the vice-president and intercepted by his protective team. Together, they attempt to find those responsible.
16. Persuader (2003)
Persuader is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It is written in the first person.
Walking along the street, Reacher sees Francis Xavier Quinn, a man who should be dead, as he was responsible for the murder of two of Reacher’s colleagues ten years ago. Now a chance encounter outside Boston’s Symphony Hall shows Reacher that Quinn got away with murder. Reacher teams up with the DEA to penetrate a smuggling ring in order to get back at Quinn.
17. One Shot (2005)
One Shot is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. The book title is based on “One shot, one kill,” the military sniper’s creed. The novel was adapted into the 2012 film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise as the title character. This book is written in the third person.
In an innocent heartland city, five murders are committed by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest a suspect, James Barr, and build a slam-dunk case with iron-clad evidence. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says, “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. Barr’s defense attorney is relieved, but Reacher has come to bury Barr. Shocked by the request of the accused, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man’s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. This novel was adapted for the screen in 2012 as Jack Reacher, with Tom Cruise in the title role.
18. The Hard Way (2006)
The Hard Way is a novel by Lee Child, first published in 2006.
After witnessing an exchange of $1,000,000. Jack Reacher is hired by the underhanded director of a private military company to rescue his wife and stepchild, who appear to have been kidnapped. Reacher, enlisting the help of an ex-FBI private investigator, uncovers clues that might lead to a rescue, learning about the director’s mysterious past in the process. The investigation leads him to the truth, and ultimately engage in a gun battle on a farm in Norfolk, England. The novel is set primarily in New York City.
19. Bad Luck and Trouble (2007)
Bad Luck and Trouble is the eleventh book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in 2007, and written in the third person.
The title is derived from the song lyrics by singer Albert King “Born Under a Bad Sign”. Amazon Prime Video selected the book for their second TV production of their Reacher series.
When someone makes a small anonymous deposit into Reacher’s bank account, it triggers his fixation for math and his investigative instincts. Reacher deduces that the deposit is a signal only the eight former members of his elite team of army investigators would use. Obsessed with math like Reacher, Frances Neagley locates him because of the brutal death of one of their own. They race to reunite with the survivors of their old team and raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that grows more complex with more murders. With the lives of those Reacher considers family at stake, his usual emotionless demeanor breaks and he says of the killers, “They are dead men walking.” The team falls into their old roles and routines with ease, their motto still their sacred rule: You do not mess with the Special Investigators.
20. Nothing to Lose (2008)
Nothing to Lose is the twelfth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published in the UK by Bantam Press in March 2008 and in the US by Delacorte in June 2008. It is written in the third person.
Traveling from the town of Hope, Colorado to the neighboring town of Despair, Reacher finds that he is an unwelcome visitor, which fuels his curiosity. Reacher decides to investigate the mystery behind the town’s unwelcoming disposition towards visitors, unraveling in the process the secrets of Thurman, a powerful businessman who has employed the majority of the population of Despair to work in his recycling factory.
21. Guy Walks into a Bar… (2009)
Guy Walks Into a Bar is a short story written by Lee Child and appears in the Anthology No Middle Name.
Set just a few minutes before the opening of Gone Tomorrow, old habits die hard for Jack Reacher. He is always on the look-out for trouble. When he stops at a bar in lower Manhattan for a late night beer and some music, his eyes are drawn to a rich young Russian girl and her bodyguard. Is she in danger? Who are those two suspicious-looking guys sitting at separate tables, watching her?
22. Gone Tomorrow (2009)
Gone Tomorrow is the thirteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on 23 April 2009 in the United Kingdom and 19 May 2009 in the USA. It is written in the first person.
During a late night subway ride, Reacher becomes troubled by one of his fellow passengers. Checking against his mental list for suicide bombers, he comes to the conclusion that the fifth is one. He is puzzled with her choice of timing and place, as it is not crowded; on the contrary the subway was exceedingly empty. He reasons with her, but she shoots herself; thereby proving Reacher wrong when he concluded she was a bomber. His determination to discover why she killed herself forms the plot of the story.
23. 61 Hours (2010)
61 Hours is the fourteenth book in the Jack Reacher thriller series written by Lee Child. It was published on 18 March 2010 both in the United Kingdom and in the USA. It is written in the third person. In the story, former military police officer Jack Reacher agrees to help the police in a small South Dakota town protect an elderly witness to a biker gang methamphetamine deal. As Reacher and the police investigate the gang’s compound, the threats to the witness escalate to murder and the involvement of a powerful drug kingpin.
In South Dakota, a tourist bus crashes during a savage snow storm with Jack Reacher in it. Reacher gets caught up in a hunt for a murderer and the protection of a key witness.
24. Worth Dying For (2010)
Worth Dying For is the fifteenth book in the Jack Reacher series of thrillers written by Lee Child. It was published on 30 September 2010 in the United Kingdom and was published on 19 October 2010 in the USA. It is written in the third person.
Reacher arrives late one night in a rural Nebraska town. In the town’s fading motel bar he overhears a drunk doctor’s refusal to attend a victim of domestic abuse. Reacher intervenes, getting the doctor to attend to the victim while breaking the nose of the husband responsible for the abuse. It turns out that the husband is the scion of the powerful and rich Duncan clan, which maintains authority in that part of Nebraska. Reacher’s intervention causes him to end up embroiled in a smuggling ring and an unsolved disappearance from twenty-five years prior.
25. A Wanted Man (2012)
A Wanted Man is the seventeenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on 30 August 2012 in the United Kingdom, Australia, & New Zealand and on 11 September 2012 in the USA & Canada. A Wanted Man won the “Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year” award by the National Book Awards.
The book returns to the present timeline, continuing where Worth Dying For left off, whereas the preceding novel, The Affair, told some episode of the main character’s past. The novel, like a majority of the Jack Reacher novels, is set in third-person point of view.
In order to get to Virginia, Reacher hitches a ride from a group of three—two men and a woman. An hour behind them, the FBI descends on an old pumping station where a man was stabbed to death—the knife work professional, the killers nowhere to be seen. At the same time Reacher discovers the woman appears to be kidnapped and that the two men are the kidnappers. Reacher now finds himself tied to a volatile situation and it is up to him to try and defuse it.
26. Knowing you’re Alive (with Morgan Snow) (2011)
In Session, from international best seller M.J. Rose, features the return of Dr. Morgan Snow, in a brand-new story collection!
As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn’t easily shocked or shaken, as readers and listeners of the popular “Butterfield Institute” novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office… and into unfamiliar worlds.
In these stories, the therapist matches her wits – and her training – against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone. These characters are, of course, familiar to listeners as the creations, respectively, of New York Times best-selling authors Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Steve Berry. All three swore that their characters would never agree to therapy – unless Rose found a way to get them there. And she did.
In “Extenuating Circumstances” with Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone, a woman seeks help for her lover, and sends Dr. Snow overseas on a most unusual house call.
In “Decisions, Decisions”, Barry Eisler’s John Rain forces Dr. Snow out of her own comfort zone, and into the world of a former patient’s worst nightmare.
And in “Knowing You’re Alive”, with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, there are revelations for both the injured Dr. Snow and her unexpected savior/patient.
Note that this book uses the actual narrators from each character’s respective series (Phil Gigante/Natalie Ross: Dr. Morgan Snow; Scott Brick: Cotton Malone; Barry Eisler: John Rain; Dick Hill Jack Reacher).
All the proceeds of the audiobook and a share of the proceeds of the ebook will be donated to David Baldacci’s Wish You Well Foundation, supporting family literacy. (wishyouwellfoundation.org/)
These characters are the creations, respectively, of New York Times best-selling authors Lee Child, Barry Eisler, and Steve Berry, and are used with their full knowledge and participation.
27. Everyone Talks (2012)
Everyone Talks is a short story written by Lee Child and appears in the Anthology No Middle Name.
Her first day on the job, a new detective goes to the hospital to write up a report on a gunshot victim. The victim is sedated so she can’t talk to him.
His passport says he’s Jack Reacher. His only possessions are an ATM card, an expired passport and a folding toothbrush. The hospital had burned his clothes as they deemed them a bio-hazard.
The detective does some research on the victim and finds that he used to be a senior military policeman, but has no listed residence – a drifter. The detective returns after her shift to get his story. His story provides enough information regarding a protection racket run by a man named Kubota to authorize a search warrant. Kubota is located and enough evidence is found to put him away for a long time.
When the new detective returns to the hospital, there is no trace of the drifter and the hospital staff say they had never treated anyone with a gunshot wound. The new detective returns to the station where she is applauded. A good day.
28. Never Go Back (2013)
Never Go Back is the eighteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was published on 3 September 2013 in the United States. The book continues the storyline covered in the novels 61 Hours, Worth Dying For and A Wanted Man. The novel, like a majority of the Jack Reacher novels, is narrated in third-person point of view.
Culminating the story arc extending from 61 Hours, Reacher makes it to his destination in northeastern Virginia: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. On arriving though, Reacher finds out that the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, has been arrested. Soon he too finds himself taken into custody, pending the trial of two crimes he allegedly committed while he was in the army. Reacher and Turner set out on a journey; Turner in hopes of clearing her name and Reacher to prove the charges fraudulent or if true then atone for them.
This novel was adapted for the screen in 2016 as Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, with Tom Cruise reprising the title role.
29. Not a Drill (2014)
Jack Reacher is on the road, hitching a ride with some earnest young Canadians who are planning a hike through some of the last unspoiled wilderness in North America in the dense forests of Maine. They part ways after sharing a hot meal, and Reacher checks out a quiet town surrounded by countryside serene enough to cool even his raging wanderlust. But not for long. First the trail is suddenly and inexplicably closed. Then the military police show up in force. Maybe it’s a drill. Or maybe it’s trouble—the kind of trouble that always finds Reacher, no matter how far he travels off the beaten path.
30. Personal (2014)
Personal is the nineteenth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. The novel was published on 28 August 2014 in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, and on 2 September 2014 in the United States and Canada. The plot of the book revolves around Reacher’s pursuit of a sniper who has attempted to assassinate the President of France. This book is written in the first person.
Reacher is tasked with finding out the person responsible for taking a long-distance shot at the French President, one of the suspects being a man Reacher tracked down once and put in jail sixteen years back for murder.
31. Good and Valuable Consideration (with Nick Heller) (2014)
In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Lee Child and Joseph Finder—along with their popular series characters Jack Reacher and Nick Heller—team up for the first time ever.
When Jack Reacher sits down to watch a baseball game at a Boston bar, he has no way of knowing what kind of trouble is about to walk in the door—and not just because he’s a Yankees fan in a Red Sox town.
In this action-packed short story, Reacher and a new acquaintance—Sox fan Nick Heller—find themselves drawn into a much less friendly rivalry when the guy sitting between them at the bar turns out to be a marked man.
For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven short stories in FaceOff!
32. No Room at the Motel (2014)
No Room at the Motel is a short story written by Lee Child and appears in the Anthology No Middle Name.
It’s snowing when Jack Reacher gets off a bus. Lots of travelers are stopping so he gets a motel room while he still can. He goes to a diner for a cheeseburger. It starts filling up. People are getting desperate for somewhere to stay.
33. The Picture of the Lonely Diner (2015)
When Jack Reacher gets off the R train he finds the stairways blocked with police tape. There doesn’t seem to be any problem. He wonders if there is a problem above. He goes to a stairway and cautiously makes his way up.
34. Make Me (2015)
Make Me is the twentieth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was initially published on 8 September 2015 by Delacorte Press. The novel is written in the third person.
Reacher makes a stop in an agrarian town called Mother’s Rest. There a woman, Michelle Chang, enlists his help to find a missing colleague.
35. The Midnight Line (2017)
The Midnight Line is a novel by British writer Lee Child. This is the twenty-second book in the Jack Reacher series. The book was released on 7 November 2017. The plot finds Reacher once again in the Midwest, this time being thrust into an investigation involving the illegal opioid trade, the pharmaceutical companies that often turn a blind eye in the name of profits, and the people dependent on them.
This story directly follows Make Me, when Michelle Chang parts company with Jack Reacher. The book was published after the novella “Too Much Time” that is included in the collection of short stories in No Middle Name Released in May 2017. Jack Reacher sees a West Point Graduation ring in a pawn shop and buys it, determined to restore it to its original owner. He supposes the owner had some financial problems that caused the pawn sale, because nobody who earned it at West Point would willingly part with it unless they faced necessity.
36. Maybe they Have a Tradition (2016)
Maybe They Have a Tradition is a Short Story written by Lee Child and appears in the Anthology No Middle Name.
It’s Christmas Eve in New York City and Reacher meets a comely flight attendant listening to a saxophone player in a bar. One thing leads to another and she invites him to Amsterdam. Does he need to pack any clothes? No. Ask his neighbors to get his mail? No. Does he have a passport? Why yes, and it’s in his pocket with his folding toothbrush and ATM card.
Their flight is diverted to England due to bad weather and Reacher soon finds himself alone, on foot, and in a blizzard. He sees a house up ahead with the lights on and he figures that they might welcome him in from the storm, after all, it’s Christmas Eve and maybe they have a tradition.
37. Faking a Murderer (with Temperance Brennan) (2017)
An original short story from iconic thriller collection Match Up, featuring international bestsellers Lee Child and Kathy Reichs and their popular series characters Jack Reacher and Temperance Brennan.
When speaking at a conference in Washington D. C., the last thing forensic expert Dr Temperance Brennan expects is to become a suspect in a murder investigation. When ex-military nomad Jack Reacher hears of Brennan’s predicament he comes to her aid. This unstoppable pair team up for the time ever to clear Brennan’s name and find the real killer.
38. Too Much Time (2017)
Roughly one significant crime is committed in the US every three seconds. So it’s not unlikely to find yourself witnessing one. Jack Reacher is minding his own business in a town in Maine when he sees a youth snatching a woman’s bag, and, like a good citizen, steps in to stop him. Politely invited by the cops to act as a witness, will Reacher be treated as the perfect patsy for a crime he didn’t commit?
Too Much Time is a new novella which sees Jack Reacher, hero of no fixed abode, finding himself on the wrong side of the law. It is also available in No Middle Name, the complete Jack Reacher short story collection.
39. The Christmas Scorpion (2017)
Jack Reacher’s spending the holidays in California. The last thing he expects is a blizzard—or a visit from the world’s deadliest assassin.
On Christmas Eve, Jack Reacher stumbles into a no-name bar in the California desert, desperate to take refuge from an unexpected snowstorm. Reacher came to Barstow for a little R&R. Instead, he’s sequestered in a dark little roadhouse with a bartender, a bewildered elderly couple—and two members of Britain’s Royal Military Police. They tell Reacher they were escorting a VIP to a top-secret meeting at a U.S. military base when they became separated from their charge. That’s when the threat came in from a notorious assassin: the Christmas Scorpion. Now they need a miracle to save the day. Or maybe all they need is Jack Reacher.
40. Past Tense (2018)
Past Tense is a novel by British writer Lee Child.This is the twenty-third book in the Jack Reacher series. Delacorte Press initially released the book on 5 November 2018.
Jack Reacher takes a detour to Laconia, NH, to visit his father’s hometown. During his visit he learns about his father’s past and helps a couple who stumble into a motel that turns out to be dangerous.
41. The Fourth Man (2018)
Jack Reacher, ex-military drifter of no fixed abode, is stalked and tracked down by an FBI agent. She tells him that in a house raid in Sydney, Australian law enforcement found a list. There were four people on it, including him. The other three are dead.
Hours later, Reacher is in the air, on his way to Sydney. What was the evil buried twenty-five years ago, that has now resurfaced? Will Reacher be able to find the killers, before they find him?
42. Cleaning the Gold (with Will Trent) (2019)
Twice the action.
Twice the drama.
Double the trouble.
Will Trent is undercover at Fort Knox. His assignment: to investigate a twenty-two-year-old murder. His suspect’s name: Jack Reacher.
Jack Reacher is in Fort Knox on his own mission: to bring down a dangerous criminal ring operating at the heart of America’s military. Except now Will Trent is on the scene.
But there’s a bigger conspiracy at play – one that neither the special agent nor the ex-military cop could have anticipated. And the only option is for Jack Reacher and Will Trent to team up and play nicely. If they can…
43. Smile (2019)
44. Blue Moon (2019)
Blue Moon is a novel by British writer Lee Child. This is the twenty-fourth book in the Jack Reacher series, and the last to be written by Lee Child alone. Delacorte Publisher initially released the book on 29 October 2019.
Jack Reacher steps out of a bus to help a potential victim and then finds himself in the thick of a turf war between two rival gangs.
45. The Sentinel (October 2020)
The Sentinel is the 25th novel in the Jack Reacher series and was published on 27 October 2020. It is the first Jack Reacher book to be co-authored by James Grant and his younger brother Andrew Grant but published using their respective pen names of Lee Child and Andrew Child. Jack Reacher hitches a ride to Pleasantville where he steps right into the middle of a kidnapping.
46. Better Off Dead (October 2021)
Reacher is heading for San Francisco and comes across a wrecked car near a small border town in Arizona. He helps the female occupant who is on a quest to find her twin brother. Reacher offers to help. Her brother turns out to be a violent criminal.
47. No Plan B (2022)
A woman throws herself in front of a bus. Although seemingly suicide, Jack Reacher sees what really happened – a man pushing the victim to her death and stealing her bag. He follows the killer and discovers the event is part of a much larger, secret conspiracy.
How many Jack Reacher books are there?
Jack Reacher is a series of novels, novellas and short stories by British author Jim Grant under the pen name Lee Child. As of January, 2023, the series includes 27 books and a short story collection.
Lee Child Jack Reacher Books in Order of release date
Here is the List of Lee Child Jack Reacher books in Order of Release Date.
1. Killing Floor – 17 March 1997
2. Die Trying – July 1998
3. Tripwire – 15 April 1999
4. Running Blind / The Visitor – 20 April 2000
5. Echo Burning – 2 April 2001
6. Without Fail – 9 May 2002
7. Persuader – 13 May 2003
8. The Enemy – 11 May 2004
9. One Shot – 4 April 2005
10. The Hard Way – 2006
11. Bad Luck and Trouble – 2007
12. Nothing to Lose – 24 March 2008
13. Gone Tomorrow – April 2009
14. 61 Hours – 18 March 2010
15. Worth Dying For – 2010
16. The Affair – 27 September 2011
17. A Wanted Man – 30 August 2012
18. Never Go Back – 3 September 2013
19. Personal – 28 August 2014
20. Make Me – 27 August 2015
21. Night School – 2016
22. The Midnight Line – 7 November 2017
23. Past Tense – 5 November 2018
24. Blue Moon – 29 October 2019
25. The Sentinel – 27 October 2020
26. Better Off Dead – 26 October 2021
27. No Plan B – 25 October 2022
28. The Secret – 24 October 2023
How many Jack Reacher movies are there?
The smooth, charismatic performance by Tom Cruise elevates the average crime thriller Jack Reacher to the next level. There are a total of TWO (2) films in the Jack Reacher film series. The ex-military cop that Jack Reacher is following in this thrilling thriller is investigating a sniper accused of five murders, and Reacher finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The second half of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back involves Reacher and an Army major who has been falsely accused of espionage going on the run together and uncovering a sinister conspiracy.
All Jack Reacher Movies in Order of Release Date
Here is the list of Jack Reacher films in order, they were released.
1. Jack Reacher — December 21, 2012
2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — October 21, 2016
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