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The 10 Best Jack Reacher Books, According to Goodreads Reviews

Lee Child is the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher books, a series about Jack Reacher, a former major in the U.S. Army turned wanderer and private investigator. In the new Jack Reacher book, Blue Moon, Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet. It comes out on October 29th and we can’t wait to read it.

While some readers may want to read the Jack Reacher books in order, you definitely don’t have to go that route! Each book is a self-contained story, and with more than 23 books in the series, why not start with the best ones? Here are the top ten best Jack Reacher books, according to Goodreads user ratings!

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The 10 Best Jack Reacher Books, According to Goodreads




Tirzah Price is a writer and contributing editor at Book Riot. She’s a fan of all things YA, mystery, and thrillers. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.



Which Michael Connelly Book Should You Read First?

Michael Connelly is a prolific writer with more than 30 books to his name. He’s the author of both the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, and his most recent series follows a new character—Detective Renée Ballard. If you want to start reading Michael Connelly’s books, it can be difficult to know where to start since he has multiple series—not to mention the fact that so many of his characters overlap and make cameos in each other’s books! This handy guide will help you figure out which Michael Connelly book to pick up first, and give you an entry point to all of his bestselling series.

Related: Michael Connelly’s new Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch book The Night Fire doesn’t go on sale until October 22nd—but you can start reading the first five chapters of it here.


Which Michael Connelly Book Should You Read First?


If you want to start at the very beginning…

If you like legal thrillers…

If you like to read about crime reporters…

If you are in the mood for a standalone thriller…

If you want to read the backstory of Renée Ballard…

If you want to jump right in with Connelly’s newest series…

Tirzah Price is a writer and contributing editor at Book Riot. She loves dark mysteries and iced coffee, and can usually be found with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. Follow her @TirzahPrice.

7 Thrilling Page-to-Screen Adaptations You Cannot Miss in 2019

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations Coordinator who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.

14 Technothrillers to Keep You Up Past Your Bedtime

Technothrillers combine two of my favorite genres: science fiction and thriller. There’s nothing like an exciting mystery wrapped up in speculative elements to keep me reading way past my bedtime.




Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author who lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Find her on twitter @sarah_nicolas.

The Best New Crime Fiction of July 2019

The mosquitoes are buzzing and it’s time to build a summer bookfort and solve some mysteries! Or go along for a thrilling ride through the criminal world. Either way, these mystery and thrillers releasing in July should be on your radar—I mean in your bookfort. I have for you a long-running series with a forensic sculptor, a great PI with a possibly murderous brother, a murderous best friend, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, a Prep school past murder come a knockin’, and an avenge-my-father thriller. July is criminally hot!


Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations Coordinator who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.


Which John Grisham Book Should You Read First?

The name John Grisham is synonymous with absorbing legal thrillers. He’s the author of over forty books, which have sold a collective 275 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 42 languages. With that many books in print, it may be a little difficult to know where to start reading John Grisham’s books. Because he tends to write standalone thrillers that can be read out of publication order, so we’ve created this handy guide with a few entry points into Grisham’s impressive backlist.


If you want to start at the very beginning…

If you want to start with a bestseller…

If you want to keep up on the latest John Grisham thriller…

If you’re in the mood for a true-crime read…


If you’re in the mood for something other than a legal thriller…

If you want a humorous read…

If you’re a young reader (or young at heart)…

Tirzah Price is a writer and contributing editor at Book Riot. She loves dark mysteries and iced coffee, and can usually be found with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. Follow her @TirzahPrice.

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The 7 Best Genre Bending Mystery Novels

By Ben H. Winters, New York Times bestselling author of Golden StateUnderground Airlines, and the Last Policeman trilogy


I did not set out to be a science-fiction writer, or an alternate-history writer, or whatever universe it is I have stumbled into and made my home. It is the mystery genre that has always sung sweetest to me, but I also find a special kind of magic in following mystery heroes—cops, detectives, determined amateurs, the whole range of investigator protagonists—through unfamiliar landscapes: distant planets (Blade Runner), bizarro realities (Jasper Fforde’s novels), or, I don’t know, a distant continent and the tortured psyche of mankind (Heart of Darkness). There is special electricity created by crossing the wires of what we know (the determined hero delving deep and deeper) with what is new and strange. Here’s the paradox, here (dare I say) is the mystery: the more alien it gets, the more powerful the shock of recognition.






Books by Ben H. Winters


About Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of Golden StateUnderground Airlines and the Last Policeman trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate. Ben lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.


Start Reading THE QUEEN by Josh Levin

Linda Taylor was a con artist, kidnapper, and possibly a murderer, but in the media, she was only looked at as a welfare cheat. In The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, Slate’s national editor Josh Levin delves into the life and lies of Linda Taylor as she assumed dozens of false identities, scammed various government programs and became a hot topic during a U.S presidential run—all during her reign as “Welfare Queen.” Read the first page of Josh Levin’s The Queen below.



On August 25, 1974, Jack Sherwin and three other Chicago police officers drove to Linda Taylor’s apartment on South Clyde Avenue. When Taylor answered the door, Sherwin said good morning and asked if he could come inside. Despite the complaint she’d filed with Area 2 headquarters, she waved him in. Sherwin walked into the front room and sat in a chair facing Taylor’s couch. The detective told her he hadn’t dropped by to chat or ask questions or get a glass of water. He’d come to take her into custody on behalf of the State of Michigan.

After Sherwin read Taylor her rights, she called someone to come pick up the two children she had with her, then asked the officers for a moment to change out of her housecoat. Taylor stepped into the bedroom and put on a new outfit, a short-sleeved brocade dress. She then took a cardboard suitcase from the closet and placed it on her bed. Taylor shuffled from her dresser to the suitcase and back again, grabbing armfuls of clothes and stuffing them inside the cheap piece of luggage. Five minutes after she’d started packing, one of the other detectives shouted at Sherwin—he thought he’d seen Taylor try to stash something away.

When Sherwin entered the room, Taylor slammed the cardboard suitcase shut. The detective asked her what was inside. “Clothes for the children,” she said. Sherwin opened the valise. He found a bunch of children’s clothing, as well as green Illinois Department of Public Aid identification cards bearing the names Connie Walker and Linda Bennett. One of Sherwin’s fellow officers searched Taylor’s purse and found another welfare ID card that had her name as Connie Walker, plus a driver’s license that said Linda Bennett. Sherwin seized the ID cards, the driver’s license, and every other piece of paper he could find in the apartment. There was an apartment lease, a receipt from a hospital stay, and stock certificates from old-time prospecting firms like the West End Extension Mining Company and the Boulder King Gold Mining Company. Sherwin also found eleven books of food stamps and a delayed record of birth for a Constance Beverly Wakefield. It took six police department inventory forms to write it all down.
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“I know you by the name of Connie Jarvis. I know you by the name Connie Walker. This card says you’re named Linda Bennett,” Sherwin said. He asked Taylor to tell him her real name. The woman at 8221 South Clyde Avenue wouldn’t give him a straight answer. On his arrest report, Sherwin took his best guess. He typed the name “Taylor, Linda,” then wrote in more names underneath: “Gordon—Green—Connie.” He listed Linda/Connie Taylor/Gordon/Green as an unemployed nurse, height five foot one, weight 130 pounds. Her race was N, for Negro, her eyes brown, hair black, and complexion light. He guessed at Taylor’s age, listing it as thirty-nine. That afternoon, the Chicago Police Department took Taylor’s fingerprints one more time. She posed for two mug shots, one with her hair hanging down in a loose ponytail and the other with her natural locks hidden beneath a black curly wig. In both photographs, Taylor fixed her lips into a frown, and the flash from the camera reflected off her brocade dress.

* * *

Eight days after he’d exchanged vows with Linda Taylor at city hall, Lamar Jones got a phone call. It was his new wife. She was in the Cook County jail.

“Remember what I told you to do if I got in trouble?” she asked. He remembered.

Taylor had prepared him for this day, though he hadn’t known it at the time. Shortly after they’d started going together, she’d brought him to meet a banker on Chicago’s Northwest Side. If anything ever happens to me, she’d said, you should go see this man right away.

Jones hadn’t thought much of the introduction—Taylor seemed to know a lot of men with money. But now, with his wife behind bars, Jones knew what he was supposed to do. He went to the bank, the man gave him a briefcase full of cash, and he used it to bail Taylor out.


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Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer Series in Order

Bestselling author Michael Connelly specializes in detective novels, but with The Lincoln Lawyer series, he dips his toes into the world of legal thrillers. In The Lincoln Lawyer books, Connelly introduces us to the enigmatic and cynical criminal defense attorney Michael Haller (but you can call him Mickey). He’s been nicknamed the Lincoln Lawyer due to his penchant for dealing out of the back of his Lincoln town car. These books exist in the same world as Connelly’s popular Harry Bosch series. Not only so, but Bosch happens to be Mickey’s half-brother and makes appearances in the Mickey Haller books (and vice versa).


The Lincoln Lawyer Books in Order

This series first landed on my radar when I saw the film adaptation of the first book. The Lincoln Lawyer cast includes Hollywood heavyweights such as Matthew McConaughey as Mickey and Ryan Phillippe as Louis Roulet. Looking for where to go after The Lincoln Lawyer? Don’t worry, I got you. Check out Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer books in order.



Want more Mickey Haller? Don’t worry, there’s always The Lincoln Lawyer movie adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey there for you to watch, too.

Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction