Joe Copp Books in Order

The Joe Copp books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Joe Copp books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Joe Copp Books

Copp For Hire

Pendleton, Don 1987

Copp For Hire, the first of the Joe Copp, Private Eye thrillers, is a high tension, fast-moving story all the way, with Copp always in the eye of the storm and about to be engulfed in it at any moment. Characteristic of Don Pendleton's stories, the hero is never passively involved but is the catalyst for action in straight-ahead, hard-hitting pursuit of solutions, although forever at the point of being overwhelmed by the developing situations.

This is classic hardboiled detective fare, and Pendleton is a master of the form. Tough, cagey, ex-cop turned private eye, Joe Copp, descends into the labyrinth of forbidden sex, corrupt politics, and multiple murders. It is a powerful story of gray and light and shifting shadows that conceal as much as they reveal about human nature.

The fast moving story takes Joe Copp to the rough and tumble, down and dirty, anything-goes underbelly of Los Angeles and on to the deadly vice pits of Honolulu's Chinatown. Publishers Weekly: "This Joe Copp adventure reads like an express train. A throwback to the vintage Spillane era, Pendleton knows how to keep us turning the pages.

"St. Petersburg Times: "Pendleton has a great new character in Copp. His style is fresh, the pace is brisk, and there are enough twists to please any mystery fan." Library Journal: "Pendleton, author of the long-running paperback Executioner series, shows in his first hardcover that hardboiled writing can be insightful as well as action-packed.

"ALA Booklist: "This is the real thing, the hardcover debut of the author of the perennially popular 'Executioner series'...the charm of the Executioner books."Milwaukee Sentinel: "Pendleton is a master of action and dialog and 'Copp' is a taut detective story.


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Copp On Fire

Pendleton, Don 1988

Southern California Private Investigator, Joe Copp's new case pulls him into the corporate halls and backlots of Hollywood, behind the glamorous facade of the movie industry, where subjects of a stakeout begin dying, one by one. After an undercover narcotics officer is nearly killed, Copp is charged as an accomplice to murder, and is thrown into a real-life Hollywood scenario, in search of the gaudiest, gamiest game in which sudden death becomes the favorite plot device for the whole bloody show.

Copp on Fire, Don Pendleton's rewarding and exciting second Joe Copp Thriller, is a smashing return-engagement by one of the most original and compelling new characters to come along. Pendleton delivers Joe Copp with fast-paced action and plot twists.

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Copp in Deep

Pendleton, Don 1989

COPP IN DEEPIn a fast-moving adventure filled with high tension and intrigue, Don Pendleton's ex-cop turned Private Eye, Joe Copp, sinks into a world of greed and corporate corruption, treason, professional sex, and murder on demand. As the corpses pile up, Copp dodges the Feds, butts heads with traitors, romances women with questionable morals, and finds himself out in the cold, in deep, and getting deeper, in his search for truth and justice.

Don Pendleton, again, shows he's the master of the form in this classic hardboiled detective fare, one of the six books in the Joe Copp Private Eye mystery series. "Reads like an express train...Pendleton knows how to keep us turning the pages." ~Publishers Weekly"Pendleton mines another bestselling vein with the cases of ex-cop/private eye Joe Copp, the toughest operator this side of Mike Hammer.

"~ALA Booklist Don Pendleton is creator of The Executioner: Mack Bolan original series of novels and is the "father of the Action/Adventure" literary genre.

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Copp in the Dark

Pendleton, Don 1990

COPP IN THE DARK Don Pendleton plunges his hard-boiled private eye character, Joe Copp into the dark shadows and lower depths of legitimate theater in this riveting fast-moving story. It all begins innocently enough, except that Copp cannot quite identify his client-it seems that the entire cast of a community dinner theater production of "Man of La Mancha" may have hired him.

The fast pace of events threatens to overwhelm Copp in a maze of government agents, organized crime figures, questionable politicians, and murder, as he struggles to learn the truth before he, himself, takes the big fall. Copp is truly "in the dark" until the last bloody act.

And not even he can know who will be around to answer the final curtain call. "A fast-moving, even blurring, story of murder behind the floodlights." ~Book World Don Pendleton is creator of The Executioner: Mack Bolan original series of novels and is the "father of the Action/Adventure" literary genre.

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Copp On Ice

Pendleton, Don 1991

This action-packed adventure of ex-cop turned private eye, Joe Copp, takes him into the world of corrupt lawmakers and cops on the take. Copp is hired by an old friend, the current Brighton City Administrator, to get to the bottom of the municipal mess in the Southern California town of Brighton.

The mayor has been murdered; the Chief of Police has resigned amid rumors of corruption within his department; and other city officials are being accused of similar allegations. Almost from the moment that Joe Copp takes on the job of Acting Police Chief, it is an icy, downhill slide for Copp.

A beautiful police officer tries to set him up on attempted rape charges, and his investigation leads him on a murky trail of murder, sex, drugs and dirty politics. The police badge Copp wears offers little protection against the evil forces of corruption.

Milwaukee Sentinel: "Pendleton is a master of action and dialog and 'Copp' is a taut detective story.

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Copp in Shock

Pendleton, Don 1992

COPP IN SHOCKPrivate Investigator Joe Copp, finds himself recovering from a bout of partial amnesia after being nearly blown away with his own gun. A woman is dead, a woman who happens to be his wife, and the police are trying to pin the murder on none other than Joe Copp.

While being pursued by L.A.P.D. and an unknown assailant, Copp's search for answers leads him from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes mountain resort, and to the edge of insanity as he careens toward lethal truth. It is his darkest hour, and also his finest triumph in a riveting story of a man at war with his own mind and with those who would eliminate him.

"Pendleton's Joe Copp is a dynamo." ~Roanoke Times and World NewsDon Pendleton is creator of The Executioner: Mack Bolan original series of novels and is the "father of the Action/Adventure" literary genre.

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