At a Glance
- New Lincoln Child Book
- FBI Agent Pendergast Books in Publication Order
- Archaeologist Nora Kelly Books in Publication Order
- Gideon Crew Books in Publication Order
- Standalone Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories With Douglas Preston
- Dr. Jeremy Logan Books in Publication Order
- Tales of The Dark Anthology / Short Story Collections in Publication Order
- Standalone Novels in Publication Order – Solo Novels
- Edited Anthologies by Lincoln Child
- Lincoln Child Biography – About the Author
Reading the Lincoln Child books in order really depends on whether you want to read his solo works or the books written together with Douglas Preston.
Listed below you will find the Lincoln Child books in order of reading, both with Douglas Preston and his standalone books, including the Pendergast novel series.
New Lincoln Child Book
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FBI Agent Pendergast Books in Publication Order
with Douglas Preston
Aloysius Pendergast is the main FBI Agent character in the series
- Relic (Pendergast #1), 1995
- Reliquary (Pendergast #2), 1997
- The Cabinet of Curiosities (Pendergast #3), 2002
- Still Life with Crows (Pendergast #4), 2003
- Brimstone, (Pendergast #5, Diogenes #1) 2004
- Dance of Death (Pendergast #6, Diogenes #2), 2005
- The Book of the Dead (Pendergast #7, Diogenes #3), 2007
- The Wheel of Darkness (Pendergast #8), 2008
- Cemetery Dance (Pendergast #9), 2009
- Fever Dream (Pendergast #10), 2010
- Cold Vengeance (Pendergast #11), 2011
- Two Graves (Pendergast #12), 2012
- Extraction (Pendergast #12.5), 2012
- White Fire (Pendergast #13), 2013
- Blue Labyrinth (Pendergast #14), 2014
- Crimson Shore (Pendergast #15), 2015
- The Obsidian Chamber (Pendergast #16), 2016
- City of Endless Night (Pendergast #17), 2018
- Verses for the Dead (Pendergast #18), 2018
- Crooked River (Pendergast #19), 2020
- Bloodless (Pendergast #20), 2021
- The Cabinet of Dr. Leng (Pendergast #21), 2023
- Angel of Vengeance (Pendergast #22), 2024
Archaeologist Nora Kelly Books in Publication Order
with Douglas Preston
Nora is a Museum of Natural History archaeologist
Gideon Crew Books in Publication Order
with Douglas Preston
- Gideon’s Sword, 2011
- Gideon’s Corpse, 2012
- The Lost Island, 2014
- Beyond the Ice Limit, 2016 (also sequel to The Ice Limit)
- The Pharaoh Key, 2018
Standalone Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories With Douglas Preston
- Mount Dragon, 1996
- Riptide, 1998
- Thunderhead, 1999
- The Ice Limit, 2000
- Gaslighted: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast, 2014 (novella with Douglas Preston and R. L. Stine)
- Gone Fishing, 2017 (A novella in the Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night series)
- Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (part of the Mysterious Profiles)
Dr. Jeremy Logan Books in Publication Order
- Deep Storm, 2007
- Terminal Freeze, 2009
- The Third Gate, 2012
- The Forgotten Room, 2015
- Full Wolf Moon, 2017
- Chrysalis, 2022
Tales of The Dark Anthology / Short Story Collections in Publication Order
- Tales of the Dark, 1987 (with Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, et al)
- Tales of the Dark 2, 1987 (with Wilkie Collins, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, et al)
- Tales of the Dark 3, 1988 (with M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, J. B. Priestley, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell. et al)
Standalone Novels in Publication Order – Solo Novels
Edited Anthologies by Lincoln Child
Lincoln Child Biography – About the Author
Lincoln Child is a New York Times bestselling American author of thrillers best known for the popular Pendergast novels, which he co-authored with Douglas Preston. The two writers have several additional works including the Gideon Crew series which currently consists of 5 books, and several standalone works.
Lincoln Child was born in 1957 in Westport, Connecticut. He attended the Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota from where he graduated with a major in English.
In 1979, soon after graduation, he started working for St. Martin’s Press as an editorial assistant, from where he graduated to becoming a full editor by 1984, editing hundreds of book fiction books from both sides of the ocean. Being an editor, he got a good idea about what works in books and what doesn’t, and what is the best way to flesh out his own novels.
Three years later, in 1987 he left the publishing house and started working at a life insurance company called MetLife as a systems analyst. While still working there, he wrote his first book in collaboration with Douglas Preston, called Relic, and not long after he left the business world to to focus on his writing career.
The first book, Relic, published in 1995 by Tor Books was a major hit with the readers and critics alike. The book was turned into a movie adaptation in 1997, however, the movie received mixed reviews, mostly due to the fact that Special Agent Pendergast was not in the movie. At all. And let’s face it, if you’ve read the book series, you know that he is pretty much the most important ingredient of the series, which, coincidentally has the FBI agent’s name.
After the acclaimed success of Relic, the author duo continued their work in fleshing Pendergast out some more and created several additional books. The Aloysius Pendergast book series is the culmination of the two author’s careers so far. They have written many good standalone stories, but in my readers’ opinions, nothing comes even close to Pendergast. The series includes two sub-series such as the Helen Trilogy, The Diogenes Trilogy. The Helen Trilogy includes Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, and Two Graves, while the Diogenes Trilogy has the following books: Brimstone, Death Dance, and The Book of the Dead.
Numerous of his collaborative novels with Douglas Preston have been New York Times bestsellers.
Apart from his work with Douglas Preston, there are several of Lincoln Child’s solo works. Writing his first time solo works, unlike his partner, his separate work is all fiction, which includes novels outside of the series, and his popular Jeremy Logan series. For his books, Lincoln Child got on the New York Times bestseller list in 2011. The first solo novel the author Lincoln Child wrote was in 2004 with the title Utopia, while also continuing the collaboration with Douglas Preston on the Pendergast book series and the Gideon Crew series.
Reading the Lincoln Child series in order means basically picking up the Jeremy Logan series, including Deep Storm, Terminal Freeze, The Third Gate, The Forgotten Room and Full Moon, which currently includes five books. He also wrote two standalone ones which are quite good as well. I recommend you pick them up.
Utopia, published in 2002, is set in an amusement park in the future. Dr. Andrew Warne the lead programmer and designer of the park relies mostly on robotics and holographic projections, and when some issues come up they require him to go to the park. When he gets there, he realizes that someone, a man of no identity holds the park hostage. Wayne must not only figure out who the criminal is but also stop the criminals once and for all. This becomes especially urgent when it turns out that his own daughter is held hostage by the criminals in the park.
I enjoyed the futuristic setting of the novel, which is very different from the Pendergast stories he collaborated on with Douglas Preston. The story is fast-paced and the technology is advanced. There is enough suspense to keep the reader engaged from the first page to the very last.
The author’s second standalone novel, Death Match, was published in 2004. It is yet another sci-fi techno-thriller, this time focusing on dating sites and matchmaking. If you’re looking for computerized dating systems that can easily find your perfect match with 99% accuracy, look no further.
Of course, then you also get things going awfully wrong. Eden Inc. is a company that offers matchmaking services. When forensic psychologist Christopher Lash is asked to check out the details of a case where a perfectly happy couple committed double suicide, he initially can’t find anything wrong. But when a second couple commits suicide as well, he realizes that there is something very wrong there and can’t feel but wonder whether the suicides are genuine or there is something else at play. Like maybe murder.
I found it interesting how the Lincoln Child books written solo are so different from those written together with Douglas Preston. For example, some of the books in his Jeremy Logan series have even elements of horror within (The Third Gate comes to mind here). If anything, it is certain that the author Lincoln Child is very talented, and I hope he never stops writing.
The latest in the Lincoln Child books included in the Jeremy Logan series is Chrysalis, featuring Jeremy who is focusing on his new toy, the small VR device that connects people in a completely new way. Except Logan discovers that something in Chrysalis is wrong, and it could have dire consequences for the humanity itself.
Lincoln Child is currently living in Morristown, New Jersey where he is working on his next book.