Lee Child Books

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Lee Child is the alias used by Jim Grant, an author hailing from England. Lee Child writes in the thriller genre of novels, and has been writing novels since 1985.

Lee Child is known for his Jack Reacher series of books. This series began in 1997 with Killing Floor and has spawned many more novels in the series. The Jack Reacher series is one of the most popular book series out there, and some of the books have been made into movies.

Order of Jack Reacher Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Killing Floor 1997 Description / Buy
2 Die Trying 1998 Description / Buy
3 Tripwire 1999 Description / Buy
4 Running Blind / The Visitor 2000 Description / Buy
5 Echo Burning 2001 Description / Buy
6 Without Fail 2002 Description / Buy
7 Persuader 2003 Description / Buy
8 The Enemy 2004 Description / Buy
9 One Shot 2005 Description / Buy
10 The Hard Way 2006 Description / Buy
11 Bad Luck and Trouble 2007 Description / Buy
12 Nothing to Lose 2008 Description / Buy
13 Gone Tomorrow 2009 Description / Buy
14 61 Hours 2010 Description / Buy
15 Worth Dying For 2010 Description / Buy
16 The Affair 2011 Description / Buy
17 A Wanted Man 2012 Description / Buy
18 Never Go Back 2013 Description / Buy
19 Personal 2014 Description / Buy
20 Make Me 2015 Description / Buy
21 Night School 2016 Description / Buy
22 The Midnight Line 2017 Description / Buy
23 Past Tense 2018 Description / Buy
24 Blue Moon 2019 Description / Buy
25 The Sentinel ( With: Andrew Child) 2020 Description / Buy
26 Better Off Dead ( With: Andrew Child) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Jack Reacher Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Second Son 2011 Description / Buy
2 Deep Down 2012 Description / Buy
3 High Heat 2013 Description / Buy
4 Not a Drill 2014 Description / Buy
5 Good and Valuable Consideration: Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller (Short Story) ( With: Joseph Finder) 2014 Description / Buy
6 Small Wars 2015 Description / Buy
7 The Christmas Scorpion (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
8 Cleaning the Gold (Short Story) ( With: Karin Slaughter) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Jack Reacher Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 No Middle Name 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Lee Child Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Jack Reacher's Rules 2012 Description / Buy
2 The Hero 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Cocaine Chronicles (Short Story) ( With: Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jervey Tervalon) 2005 Description / Buy
2 The Marijuana Chronicles ( By: Jonathan Santlofer) 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Nicotine Chronicles ( With: Joyce Carol Oates, Hannah Tinti, , Cara Black, , , Jonathan Ames) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Harold Middleton Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Chopin Manuscript 2007 Description / Buy
2 The Copper Bracelet 2009 Description / Buy
3 The Starling Project: An Audible Drama 2014 Description / Buy

Lee Child Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Like a Charm 2004 Description / Buy
2 Greatest Hits 2005 Description / Buy
3 The Cocaine Chronicles 2005 Description / Buy
4 Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder 2006 Description / Buy
5 The Best British Mysteries IV 2007 Description / Buy
6 Killer Year: Stories to Die For... 2008 Description / Buy
7 First Thrills 2010 Description / Buy
8 The Dark End of the Street 2010 Description / Buy
9 The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 2010 Description / Buy
10 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Rich and the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
11 The Rich and the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
12 A Study in Sherlock 2011 Description / Buy
13 Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance 2012 Description / Buy
14 Love Is Murder 2012 Description / Buy
15 Inherit the Dead 2013 Description / Buy
16 FaceOff 2014 Description / Buy
17 Belfast Noir 2014 Description / Buy
18 Manhattan Mayhem 2015 Description / Buy
19 The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 2015 Description / Buy
20 In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper 2016 Description / Buy
21 MatchUp 2017 Description / Buy
22 Alive in Shape and Color 2017 Description / Buy
23 The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 2018 Description / Buy
24 Dear NHS 2020 Description / Buy
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Jim Grant did not start out as a novelist, as he went to study law at the University of Sheffield, before moving into television as a producer for ITV’s north-west subsidiary, Granada Television. Grant remained with ITV Granada until 1995, when he was made redundant due to corporate restructuring within the company. It was then that he made the move into fiction, with his first novel, and also the first to feature Jack Reacher, Killing Floor, released in 1997. It was after the release of Killing Floor that he moved from the United Kingdom to the United States. Grant Claims that the animosity he felt toward his former employers was the basis for the content of the Jack Reacher series, as it focuses on revenge for the main character.

Killing Floor the first book to feature Lee Child’s most famous character, Jack Reacher. Killing Floor won Child the Anthony Award for Best First Novel in 1998. He beat Grace Edward, Maureen Jennings, Philip Reed and Robert Skinner to claim the award. The same year, he won the Barry Award for Best First Novel for Killing Floor, and in 2000 he won the Best Translated Novel at the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prizes. Killing Floor was also nominated for a Dilys Award in 1998 and a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, but lost out to Dead Body Language by Penny Warner.

Several other of the Jack Reacher series of novels have picked up literary awards. Die Trying, the second book in the series, won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award, while Personal, the 19th book in the series, won the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing. So it’ is fair to say that although Grant’s writing is seen as very commercial, it has also received critical success. And in 2013, Grand won the Cartier Diamond Dagger, which is a lifetime achievement award presented by the Crime Writers’ Association.

As well as in book form, Grant’s work has been translated to the silver screen, as the movie Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, was based on the ninth book in the series, One Shot.


In Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series going by the actual books, The Enemy is the first novel in Chronological order taking place in 1990. It’s followed by Night School and The Affair. After that you can read them in publication order.

The short story Second Son takes place when Reacher is a child at 13 years old. The short story High Heat covers Reacher at 17 years old. And finally the short story Small Wars takes place in 1989 – just before The Enemy.


Lee Child has won many awards throughout his career. The first novel in the Jack Reacher series, Killing Floor, won awards such as the Anthony Award and the Barry Award. Throughout the years he has been nominated for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for some of his books, and his book A Wanted Man won the Specsavers’ National Book Award, as they declared it the Thriller and Crime Novel of 2012.


Lee Child’s novel One Shot was adapted to the big screen, and turned into the 2012 action thriller Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. A sequel to that movie was made in 2016 entitled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back based on the Reacher novel Never Go Back.


Three of the more appreciated books by Lee Child in the Jack Reacher series are:

Killing Floor: The debut novel by Lee Child, and this thriller hit the floor not killing, but running. The main character Jack Reacher arrives in a town he has never been in before via Greyhound, and is promptly arrested by the police – for murder. This was just an incredible thriller which quite rightly won the Anthony Award and Barry award for the Best First Novel in 1998, and was nominated for the Macavity Award as Best First Mystery Novel.

Persuader: The 7th novel in the Jack Reacher series takes place in two different time settings via flashbacks, and both times come together for an explosive ending. In this one, Jack Reacher works with the DEA on an undercover operation as they attempt to expose a smuggling operation. However Jack Reacher has an ulterior motive – a man called Quinn, who is involved with the smuggling ring in some manner. The problem with that? Quinn is someone who Reacher personally saw die years ago.

Never Go Back: It’s no surprise that this book, the 18th in the Jack Reacher series, was made into a movie considering it’s one of the highest rated Reacher books ever. While all Reacher books can be read as a standalone novel, this was the conclusion of a small story spanning multiple books with Reacher interested in a woman called Susan – the commanding officer of his old military unit. Just as everything looks to be going right for Reacher – it all goes wrong. Reacher arrives only to find there’s another CO in charge, and that Reacher is being arrested for a crime he apparently committed 16 years previously.

Lee Child FAQs

Q: What is Lee Child’s real name?

A: The real name of author Lee Child is Jim Grant.

Q: What book is the movie Jack Reacher based on?

A: The movie Jack Reacher is based on the novel One Shot, written by Lee Child.

Q: What is Lee Child’s date of birth?

A: The author Lee Child was born on October 29th, 1954.

When Does The Next Lee Child book come out?

The next book by Lee Child is Better Off Dead and will be released on October, 26th 2021. It is the newest book in the Jack Reacher Series.


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  1. To me, Lee Child is the gold standard by which all other writers should be judged. His mastery of the Jack Reacher series is something that should be taught to all young writers and his creativity should be bottled and sold throughout the world (especially to politicians!) I’ve been a voracious reader throughout my life and I think that I have a pretty good judge of quality. And I think that Child is the best there is! Better than Flynn, Patterson and the rest. This guy is talent, plain and simple.

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