At a Glance
- New Jeff Abbott Book
- Sam Capra Series In Publication Order
- Whit Mosley Series in Publication Order
- Jordan Poteet Mystery Series in Publication Order
- Standalone Jeff Abbott Novels in Publication Order
- Anthologies in Publication Order
- Sam Capra Books Overview
- Jeff Abbott Biography – About the Author
- Jeff Abbott Awards and Nominations
Jeff Abbott is the bestselling author of his most popular Sam Capra series, his Whit Mosley series, as well as his Jordan Poteet series, along with his standalone novels.
Here are the Jeff Abbott novels in publication order for his bestselling series, as well as his standalone novels for adults and teens.
New Jeff Abbott Book
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Sam Capra Series In Publication Order
The suspense novels feature a CIA agent who is also a loving husband and soon-to-be father. That’s until he literally loses everything, which will define who he becomes in the series.
- Adrenaline (#1), 2010
- Sam Capra’s Last Chance (#1.5), 2012
- The Last Minute (#2), 2011
- Downfall (#3), 2013
- Inside Man (#4), 2014
- The First Order (#5), 2016
- Traitor’s Dance (#6), 2022
Whit Mosley Series in Publication Order
The Whit Mosley series features an unconventional rookie Gulf Coast judge in Texas.
Jordan Poteet Mystery Series in Publication Order
The Jordan Poteet Mystery series is, in fact, his oldest series written back in the mid-1990s. The series features Jordan, a small-town librarian in Mirabeau, Texas and has the more traditional mystery approach.
- Do Unto Others (#1), 1994
- Only Good Yankee (#2), 1995
- Promises of Home (#3), 1996
- Distant Blood (#4), 1996
Standalone Jeff Abbott Novels in Publication Order
- Panic, 2005 (young adult novel)
- Fear, 2006
- Collision, 2008 (known as Run in the UK)
- Trust Me, 2009
- No Rest for the Dead, 2011 (co-authored with Lori Armstrong, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Thomas H Cook, Jeff Lindsay, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew F Gulli, Lamia Gulli, Peter James, J A Jance, Faye Kellerman, Raymond Khoury, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, Alexander McCall Smith, Phillip Margolin, Michael Palmer, T Jefferson Parker, Matthew Pearl, Kathy Reichs, Marcus Sakey, Jonathan Santlofer, Lisa Scottoline, R L Stine, and Marcia Talley)
- Blame, 2017
- The Three Beths, 2018
- Never Ask Me, 2020
- An Ambush of Widows, 2021
Anthologies in Publication Order
- Magnolias and Mayhem, 2000 (includes White Trash)
- …And the Dying is Easy, 2001 (includes Salt on the Rim)
- The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5, 2004 (includes Bet on Red)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2004, 2004 (includes Bet on Red)
- Greatest Hits, 2005 (includes Karma Hits Dogma)
- Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part, 2006 (includes A Few Small Repairs)
- These Guns for Hire, 2006 (includes Seize Your Future)
- Damn Near Dead, 2006 (includes Tender Mercies)
- A Hell of a Woman, 2007 (includes Luise Fischer)
- Death’s Excellent Vacation, 2010 (includes Safe and Sound)
- Robot Uprisings, 2014 (includes Human Intelligence)
- Dead Ends, 2017
Sam Capra Books Overview
In the first novel of the book list, Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. He’s a brilliant young CIA agent. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home and are deeply in love. They have everything they could hope for…until they lose it all in one horrifying moment. Sam receives a call from Lucy while he’s at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately. He does…just before it explodes, killing everyone inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell. As the lone survivor of the attack, he is branded by the CIA as a murderer and a traitor.
Escaping from the agency, Sam launches into a desperate hunt to save his kidnapped wife and child, and to reveal the unknown enemy who has set him up and stolen his family. But the destruction of Sam’s life was only step one in an extraordinary plot Now Sam must become a new kind of hero.
Sam Capra’s infant son has been kidnapped. The shadowy, powerful organization responsible for the abduction has thwarted Sam at every turn. But now Sam, an ex-CIA agent, has a potential lead: a picture of the woman who took his child from the clinic where he was born. Finding this mysterious woman could be his last chance to save his son…
He has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. An ex-CIA agent, Sam now owns bars around the world as cover for his real mission-working undercover for a secret network as mysterious as it is powerful, while using his skills to find his child.
Now the kidnappers have offered a deadly deal: they’ll surrender Sam’s child…if Sam finds and murders the one man who can expose them. Teaming up with a desperate young mother whose daughter is also missing, Sam tracks his prey-and his son-across the country in a dangerous race against time, and must unravel a deadly conspiracy if he’s to rescue the only person in the world that matters to him.
She is a good mother. She will do what she must to ensure that her daughter Diana has a perfect life, just as perfect as the one they’ve led for the past seven years. No matter who has to die. The simplest beginnings can unravel a life. For Sam, it is the moment a beautiful young woman walks into his San Francisco bar.
Sam doesn’t want trouble. An ex-CIA agent, his only desire now is to build a quiet, peaceful home for himself and his infant son. But Diana Keene is no ordinary customer. She’s pursued by two gunmen, and when she finds Sam, she whispers an urgent, desperate plea: “Help me.”
And without any warning, Sam is thrust into a fight for his life. For Diana is being hunted by a deadly network-a shadowy alliance of select, influential men and women who use their connections, their authority, and their wealth to bend the world to their will. Now, this network aims its relentless fury against the man interfering with their plans to seize a new level of power: Sam Capra. Threatened on all sides, Sam has only one hope to survive the network’s all-consuming attack and return to his life with his son….he must destroy the man who owns the people who run the world.
Sam’s friend Steve has been murdered, shot dead in the rain outside of his Miami bar. The only lead: a mysterious, beautiful stranger Steve tried to protect. To avenge his friend, Sam goes undercover into the Varelas, one of Miami’s most prominent and dangerous families. Now on the inside, playing a part where one wrong move means death, Sam faces a powerful, unstable tycoon intent on dividing his business empire between his three very different children, who each may hold murderous secrets of their own.
Sam is relentlessly drawn into this family’s intense drama, amplifying painful echoes of his own shattered relationships as a son, brother, father, and husband. And when he thinks he understands why the family is self-destructing, he discovers a lethal secret so shocking that the Varelas cannot let him walk away alive…
Sam’s desperate search for his brother leads him into a modern heart of darkness: the Russian elite inner circle, a group of ruthless ex-KGB billionaires who owe fealty to Russia’s corrupt president, Morozov. One of these men wants Morozov dead. And Danny will be the one to kill him–on American soil.
To save his brother–and to save the world from certain war–Sam, along with his mysterious partner, Mila, must stop Danny from killing Morozov. The mission will take Sam from the slums of Pakistan to the hipster galleries of Brooklyn to the Caribbean playgrounds of the superrich. And as Sam untangles the secret past locked in his brother’s heart, he may be forced to make a choice between his brother–and the greater good…
Ten years since the events of The First Order, Sam (focused more on being a suburban dad and a businessman than a “spy on call”) has moved his son Daniel to Austin, and continued to run his collection of bars and nightclubs around the world. He’s had no contact with his former partner Mila, or anyone he worked with at the now disbanded independent espionage group, The Round Table.
One day, he gets a phone call he never expected: Marcus Bolt is missing. Bolt was the last American traitor, who had turned over allied agent names and military secrets to the Russians. He fled when he was discovered, but now a trusted source inside Russia tells the CIA that Marcus Bolt has vanished from Moscow—a shattering development that sparks an international manhunt.
Sam is charged with making contact with Bolt’s abandoned American daughter, Amanda, determining if she’s had any contact with her father, and discovering the reason behind what he did thirty years ago and determine what he’s planning now. And in the unlikely event Marcus shows up: capture him. But as the hunt for Bolt narrows, Daniel is captured, and Sam, working with his former partner Mila, must save both from a rising threat born of long‑ago secrets—one that could change his life forever.
Jeff Abbott Biography – About the Author
Jeff Abbott is an American bestselling author with almost 20 novels published to date. Born in 1963, the author graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English. The author is currently living in Austin, Texas with his two sons and his wife, where he is a full-time writer.
Jeff got his writing inspiration initially from his grandparents, two Southern-style storytellers. He wrote his first novel in high school, a handwritten set of 500 pages, which the author considers “horrible.” While he never really studied writing in courses or classes, he became serious about being a writer in 1992.
His first book published, Do Unto Others, came out two years later, in 1994, and it won several awards which prompted him to start writing more. The debut book became the first in the Jordan Poteet series. It features Jordan, a guy living in the big city who wants to retire to a quieter area. Thus he moves to Mirabeau, Texas and becomes a local librarian. There he butts heads with Miss Beta Harcher, a religious fanatic who can’t stop from criticizing him and his work every step of the way. When she eventually is found dead, Jordan becomes the main suspect in her murder.
While his first novels, including the Jordan Poteet books, were written in a more traditional crime detective style, he moved onto the suspenseful and thriller genre with his Sam Capra book series. Three of the Jeff Abbott stories, Adrenaline, Panic, and Collision, are being made into movies and are currently in script development. Possibly his most popular book to date, Adrenaline, the first book in the series, was a Summer Great Reads choice by both The Today Show and Good Morning America and was included in Amazon’s list of Best Books of the Month in July 2011.
While most authors’ main characters are at the peak (or decline) of their careers, Jeff Abbot created Sam Capra as being still a rookie, in his mid-20s, still rather green behind his ears. The author admits that it was a conscious decision on his part. Being so young as he is, Sam is still learning and forging his own path in the world. Sam Capra first appears in Adrenaline, the first book in the series.
In book #5, The First Order, Sam is searching for the truth about his brother, Danny, whom the entire family believed dead. But is he really as dead as a doornail? At the same time, there is a hit on the Russian leader for $20 million. But how are these two different plotlines converging? For this particular book, the author had to research a lot about Russia, the ex-KGB agents now billionaires and the role of the Russian president.
Throughout his work, the author takes inspiration from the world events in our times and depicts everyday people who are thrown into life-threatening situation surrounded by danger and all sorts of hazard to make the books entertaining and edge-of-your-seat reading.
Blame, published in 2017, is a standalone psychological thriller novel set
in the fictional Lakehaven, which is a richer part of Austin, which centers around Jane Norton who, after a car crash involving a town’s darling, David, she suffered severe memory loss and can’t remember anything from before the accident. The book is not the usual amnesia thriller, however. It has some really interesting plot twists that I didn’t see coming.
It is interesting to note that the author himself, Jeff Abbott, lives in an affluent suburb of Austin. The two – fiction and real – settings are some things in common, like the geographical hills locations, and the relative comfort of the American suburbian lifestyle.
For the book The Three Beths, released in 2018 which features the strange dynamics between family members, the author initially got his idea for the story through two different concepts that came together in his mind: one when a family member is thought to be guilty of someone disappearing, while the police pretty much knows but can’t really prove it, and the second, when how does it feel to a daughter who has to defend her parent who has been accused of a crime.
Jeff Abbott Awards and Nominations
- Do Unto Others – Agatha Award and the Macavity Award for Best First Novel in 1994
- Do Unto Others – Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Associations in 1994
- The Only Good Yankee – Writers’ League of Texas Violet Crown Award in 1995A Kiss Gone Bad – Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original in 2002
- Black Jack Point – Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original, Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Barry Award for Best Paperback Original in 2003
- Cut and Run – Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in 2003
- Panic – Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writers in 2005
- Bet on Red – Edgar Award for Best Short Story in 2004
- Collision – Barry Award for Best Thriller in 2009
- Inside Man was chosen as a summer book pick by Oprah Magazine.