Rob Thomas Books in Order

The Rob Thomas 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 Rob Thomas 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 Veronica Mars Books

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

Rob Thomas 2014

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.  Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption.

She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case. Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave.

When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime.

And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined. In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark.

With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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Mr. Kiss and Tell

Thomas, Rob 2015

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests.

When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story. The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses.

The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands.

As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rats Saw God

Thomas, Rob 1996

Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down.Houston, sophomore year: Steve is on top of the world. He and his friends are the talk of the school.

He’s in love with a terrific girl. He can even deal with “the astronaut”—a world-famous hero who happens to be his father. San Diego, senior year: Steve is bummed out, drugged out, flunking out. A no-nonsense counselor says he can graduate if he writes a 100-page paper.

So Steve starts writing, and as the paper becomes more and more personal, he reveals how a National Merit Scholar has become an under-achieving stoner. And in telling how he got to where he is, Steve discovers how to get to where he wants to be.

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Slave Day

Thomas, Rob 1997
Eight alternative first-person narrators relate the annual Slave Day fund-raiser's events, allowing eight distinct individuals to emerge from their initially apparent stereotypes--jock, geek, and cheerleader, among others. Reprint. Read More

Satellite Down

Thomas, Rob 1998

Patrick Sheridan is experiencing technical difficulties... Patrick's thrilled to become a student reporter on a teen news show. But when he leaves his small Texas town for the bright lights of Los Angeles, everything changes. It doesn't take long before Patrick is mingling with the rich and famous and doing all kinds of things he never thought he would -- like cheating on his girlfriend, lying to his parents, and losing his best friend.

And by the time he learns that it was his handsome face and not his writing that landed him his new job, he's left to pick up the pieces alone. Hollywood is already full of beautiful people with no talent; how can he prove that he's more? He'll have to start by convincing himself.

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Green Thumb

Thomas, Rob 1999
When thirteen-year-old Grady Jacobs meets up with Dr. Carter as a member of his research team in the rain forest, he is sickened to learn that his experiments are doing more harm than good and so turns to the Urah-wau tribe for help in putting a stop to Dr. Carter's destructive activities. Reprint. Read More

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Doing Time

Thomas, Rob 1997
As a follow-up to his novel Slave Day, this collection of ten short stories offers an array of tales about high school teenagers and the challenges they face. Reprint. Read More

Neptune Noir

Thomas, Rob 2007

Neptune Noir is a collection of essays on the hit drama Veronica Mars, and is not authorized by CW, the creators or producers of Veronica Mars, or any entity associated with the show.   More than just a high school drama, Veronica Mars is a smart and savvy teen detective show that offers complex mysteries and rapier wit, engaging social commentary, and noir sensibilities—with the occasional murder thrown in for good measure.

This collection, edited by the creator and executive producer of the show, offers supreme insight into the class struggles and love stories of the series. Essays by top writers intelligently address a multitude of questions, such as Is Veronica a modern-day vigilante? Why is a show that features rape, potential incest, and a teen girl outsmarting local authorities so popular with America’s conservative population? and Why is Veronica and Logan’s relationship the most important story-driving factor in the show?

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Publication Order of Plays

Drive Me Crazy

Thomas, Rob 1999

Nicole and Chase have grown up together as next-door neighbors. Now they're high school seniors -- Nicole hangs out with the popular set, while Chase is known as just another dweeb. But when the guy Nicole expects to escort her to the prom asks someone else, Nicole is left with no date at all.

Desperate to go and hoping to make the other guy jealous, Nicole asks Chase to pretend to be her boyfriend. All Nicole has to do is convince him to go along with her plan, and then give them the make-over of a lifetime.Includes 8 pages of full-color photos from the film.

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And that's the end of the complete list! Now that you have it - the next step for you is to of course purchase them and dive into reading Rob Thomas books. Worry not, we've done the tedious job for you and added amazon direct book links including AudioBook, Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover versions as applicable.

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