The Complete Guide To Reading 80+ Louis L’Amour Books In Order

When you think of life in the Wild West, there’s a good chance the image that comes to mind has been lifted from a Louis L’Amour book.

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During his life, L’Amour was one of America’s most popular writers, and his Wild West books are classics of the genre.

The Complete Guide To Reading 80+ Louis L’Amour Books In Order

Louis L’Amour published a huge amount of books, often writing two or three in just one year.

Many of his books were adapted for the screen and made into films and shows starring some of the biggest stars of the day.

If you want to start reading Louis L’Amour, you have plenty of books to choose from!

Don’t worry too much about reading order — nearly all of L’Amour’s books work as standalone stories. Just grab what you can, and get reading.

About Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour is best known for his works set in the American West. He started writing young, publishing short stories, poetry, and even non-fiction, before becoming a prolific and popular novel writer.

L’Amour set most of his books in the Old West, with characters navigating the dangers of frontier life.

His characters were brave and daring, but often with dark secrets in their past. They stood up for what was theirs and protected the people around them, even if they had to put themselves at risk.

Louis L’Amour Hopalong Cassidy Books In Order

Louis L’Amour helped revitalize the Hopalong Cassidy character.

The Rustlers Of West Fork

Rustlers of West Fork: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Hopalong Cassidy heads after the ruthless Avery Sparr and his gang of outlaws.

The Trail Of Seven Pines

The Trail to Seven Pines: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Hopalong searches for the castle rustlers but becomes a target himself.

The Riders Of High Rock

The Riders of High Rock: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Rustler Jack Bolt is about to learn Cassidy isn’t a man to mess with.

Trouble Shooter

Trouble Shooter: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

A message from the dead, $60,000 of gold, and a bloody trail. What is Hopalong about to face?

Louis L’Amour Sacketts Books In Order

This isn’t the publication order of the Sackett books, but the chronological timeline of the family.

Sackett’s Land

Sackett's Land (Sacketts Book 1)

Barnabas Sackett searches for the deadly secrets of his father’s legacy.

To The Far Blue Mountains

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After being accused of stealing treasure, Barnabas is hunted by English soldiers.

The Warrior’s Path

The Warrior's Path (Sacketts Book 3)

Yann Sackett races to save the life of his sister in the West Indies.

Jubal Sackett

Jubal Sackett (Sacketts Book 4)

An impossible quest into the endless plains shows Jubal Sackett a life to die for.

Ride The River

Ride the River (Sacketts Book 5)

Echo Sackett has a healthy inheritance, but a crooked lawyer proves a dangerous foe.

The Daybreakers

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Born into a lawless land, the Sackett brothers fight to create a peaceful life for their families.


Lando (Sacketts Book 8)

After three years spent falsely imprisoned, Lando returns to a world he doesn’t recognize.


Sackett (Sacketts Book 7)

A rich vein of gold signals opportunity for Tell Sackett, but it also spells trouble.

Mojave Crossing

Mojave Crossing (Sacketts Book 9)

It’s a perilous road to Los Angeles, but what awaits Tell at the end might be even worse.

The Sackett Brand

The Sackett Brand (Sacketts Book 16)

Ambushed and injured, Tell seeks the men who attacked him and took his wife.

The Sky-Liners

The Sky-Liners (Sacketts Book 17)

An enticing woman puts brother Fagan and Galloway in the crosshairs of a notorious gunman.

The Lonely Men

The Lonely Men (Sacketts Book 11)

Tell journeys to Sierra Madres to save his nephew. But is the real danger closer to home?

Mustang Man

Mustang Man (Sacketts Book 10)

Penelope Hume knows the location of buried gold. Can Nolan Sackett get her to it safely?


Galloway: The Sacketts

The Sacketts establish a ranch, but the Dunn clan wants the land for themselves.

Treasure Mountain

Treasure Mountain (Sacketts Book 13)

The search for their missing father drives Orin and Tell along a trail of danger.

Ride The Dark Trail

Ride the Dark Trail (Sacketts Book 15)

Logan Sackett might be a wildcard, but the power of family runs through his veins.

Lonely On The Mountain

Lonely on the Mountain (Sacketts Book 14)

The Sacketts are forced to come together to take a stand and save their kin.

Louis L’Amour Kilkenny Books In Order

A short series, you can read the Kilkenny books in any order.

The Rider Of Lost Creek

The Rider of Lost Creek: A Novel (Kilkenny Book 1)

Lance Kilkenny has never abandoned a debt, but in Live Oak country, keeping a promise proves dangerous.

The Mountain Valley War

The Mountain Valley War: A Novel (Kilkenny Book 2)

Trent has a difficult decision: save his community, or save his own life?


Kilkenny (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Trying to shake a bad reputation, Kilkenny heads to Utah. But reputations have a way of hanging around.

Louis L’Amour Chantry Books In Order

The Chantry and Talon series are often combined as one.

Fair Blows The Wind

Fair Blows the Wind (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

After a life of hardship, Tatton Chantry seems set to have it all. But not without some showdowns first.

The Ferguson Rifle

The Ferguson Rifle (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

There’s gold in the hills, and Ronan Chantry must risk everything to get it.

Over On The Dry Side

Over on the Dry Side (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

An omen provides a warning to Doby Kernohen — settle here at your own risk.

Borden Chantry

Borden Chantry (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures)

Borden isn’t afraid to protect what’s his, even if it means facing a dangerous gunslinger.

North To The Rails

North to the Rails: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 6)

Branded a coward, no one trusts Tom Chantry as a leader. It might prove deadly.

Louis L’Amour Talon Books In Order

The Talon and Chantry series are often combined as one.

Rivers West

Rivers West: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 8)

Jean Talon has accidentally uncovered a conspiracy. Can he stop it — and save the American frontier?

The Man From The Broken Hills

The Man from the Broken Hills (The Talon and Chantry series Book 4)

A revenge quest takes a turn when Milo Talon finds himself defending the man he swore to kill.

Milo Talon

Milo Talon: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 5)

Hired to track a missing girl, Milo discovers there’s more to the hunt than he realized.

Louis L’Amour Standalone Novels In Order

We’ve listed them chronologically, but you can enjoy Louis L’Amour’s standalone books in any order.

Westward The Tide

Westward the Tide (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures)

A good man amongst evil, Matt Bardoul is tasked with the safety of innocents.


Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

A pioneer, a gunman, and a warrior come together in a fight for love, honor, and land.

Shadow At Yellow Butte

Showdown at Yellow Butte: A Novel

Tom Kedrick thought he was doing good, but has he made a deadly mistake?

Crossfire Trail

Crossfire Trail: A Novel

Rafe Cardec has a promise to keep, and nothing will stop him from honoring his word.

Utah Blaine

Utah Blaine: A Novel

Utah Blaine has saved a life, but one good deed can lead to a world of trouble.

Heller With A Gun

Heller with a Gun: A Novel

Tom Healy needs to transport his troupe to Montana — but what else does the wagon hold?

Guns Of The Timberlands

Guns of the Timberlands: A Novel

A tussle over a cattle ranch proves to be a deadly game.

Silver Canyon

Silver Canyon: A Novel

There’s a secret at Hattan’s Point. Can Matt Brennan solve it before it gets him?

The Burning Hills

The Burning Hills: A Novel

Trace Jordan has a choice. The desert, the Apaches, or a showdown with the Suttons?


Sitka: A Novel

Alaska is a delicious reward. But will it fall to the Americans or the Russians?

Last Stand At Papago Wells

Last Stand at Papago Wells: A Novel

Water means survival, but at Papago Wells, it’s also a terrible risk.

The Tall Stranger

The Tall Stranger: A Novel

A dazzling stranger promises a better route West. Or is he leading everyone into danger?


Taggart (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Adam Stark thought Apaches were his biggest threat, but a charming stranger proves a cunning adversary.


Radigan: A Novel

Angeline Foley is beautiful but cunning. Can Tom Radigan hold his own?


Flint: A Novel

Flint thought he’d left his past behind him until an encounter with a swindler brings it back.

High Lonesome

High Lonesome: A Novel

Revenge or redemption? Whatever Considine chooses, it might be the last thing he does.


Killoe: A Novel

Killoe offered guidance to new settlers. But he soon finds some people aren’t worth helping.


Shalako (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Shalako is a guy that does things alone until a beautiful woman needs protection from the Apache.

How The West Was Won

How the West Was Won (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

The West presents a unique abundance. The path to get there puts everyone to the test.

Dark Canyon

Dark Canyon: A Novel

A false accusation sees Gaylord Riley on the hook for murder. Can he evade the hangman?

Kiowa Trail

Kiowa Trail: A Novel

Kate Lundy has sworn revenge, but sometimes getting even isn’t worth the sacrifices along the way.

Hanging Woman Creek

Hanging Woman Creek: A Novel

Pike and Holt didn’t ask for trouble, but when it comes, they can’t turn their backs on it.

The Key-Lock Man

The Key-Lock Man (Louis L'Amour Lost Treasures): A Novel (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures)

Oskar Neeland wasn’t a man who let things go easily. Grudges or women, he held on.

The High Graders

The High Graders: A Novel

A death and a conspiracy — can Mike Shelvin figure out the mystery that threatens his life?

The Broken Gun

The Broken Gun: A Novel

Sheridan wanted to write about the dangers of the Wild West. Now he’s living through them.

Kid Rodelo

Kid Rodelo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Joe Harbin has gold to move — fast! The heat and the Indians won’t stand in his way.


Kilrone: A Novel

Two French soldiers exiled to the American West fight to protect a dangerous territory.


Matagorda: A Novel

It will end with a fight for somebody, but will Tap Duvarney face his enemies or his friends?

Down The Long Hills

Down the Long Hills (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

The Old West is no place for children alone, as seven-year-old Hardy will discover.


Chancy: A Novel

All Chancy did was grab a gun. Now he’s in jail for a murder he didn’t commit.


Brionne: A Novel

Old grudges turn deadly for Major James Brionne and his family.

The Man Called Noon

The Man Called Noon (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Lost memories are no excuse when there are gunslingers on your trail.

The Empty Land

The Empty Land (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Confusion has only been a town for six days, but the seventh could prove disastrous.


Conagher: A Novel

It’s hard to live alone in the plains. But that doesn’t mean companionship is easier.


Fallon (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Macon Fallon was after a quick fortune, but the town of Red Horse has other plans in mind.

Reilly’s Luck

Reilly's Luck (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

When Will Reilly’s luck runs out, it’s up to Val Darrant to find out what happened.

Under The Sweetwater Rim

Under the Sweetwater Rim: A Novel

Only one wagon has survived a horrific attack — and it’s gone missing.


Tucker: A Novel

Shell Tucker has to get what’s rightly his. After all, his dying father had challenged him.


Callaghen (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Ready to leave the army for good, Callaghen finds himself caught in a different war.

The Man From Skibbereen

The Man from Skibbereen: A Novel

A touch on a telegraph key leads Crispin Mayo into a fight against the government.

The Quick And The Dead

The Quick and the Dead: A Novel

Who is the real danger for McKaskel? The bandits outside, or the stranger that saved his life?

The Californios

The Californios: A Novel

There’s a rumor of gold in the hills. Can Sean find it and save his family?

Where The Long Grass Blows

Where the Long Grass Blows: A Novel

Bill Canavan senses there’s something wrong in the valley. Can he stop the conspiracy?

Bendigo Shafter

Bendigo Shafter (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Bendingo became a man in the mountains. What awaits him in the city?

The Iron Marshall

The Iron Marshal: A Novel

Street smarts kept Tom Shanaghy alive in New York, but Kansas is a different prospect.

The Proving Trail

The Proving Trail: A Novel

Kearney McRaven knows there’s more to his father’s death than they’re telling him.

Comstock Lode

Comstock Lode (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Everyone comes to Comstock for the silver. Can Val and Grita find more in the mountains?

The Cherokee Trail

The Cherokee Trail: A Novel

Mary Breydan can look after herself — even against the man who murdered her husband.

The Shadow Riders

The Shadow Riders: A Novel

Mac and Dal thought they’d left the war behind, but they’ll always fight for what’s theirs.

The Lonesome Gods

The Lonesome Gods (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Life seems good for Johannes Verne, but the eyes of his vengeful grandfather still haunt him.

Son Of A Wanted Man

Son of a Wanted Man: A Novel

An aging outlaw king must prepare for one final battle.

The Walking Drum

The Walking Drum (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

A historical adventure, charting the life of the warrior Kerbouchard.

Passin’ Through

Passin' Through (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

A safe haven might have more danger than expected for a man just planning on passin’ through.

Last Of The Breed

Last of the Breed (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

Joe Mack has Sioux blood. He must call on his ancestors to survive the Siberian wilderness.

The Haunted Mesa

The Haunted Mesa (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel

It’s known as the Anasazi, and it haunts abandoned places. Can Mike Raglan survive a brush with mystery?

Final Thoughts

The works of Louis L’Amour explore the world of the Wild West. They’re packed full of danger, deceit, and daring women, with protagonists who are always willing to fight for what they believe in.

There’s hardly a moment to catch your breath before the next threat arrives. Villains lurk around every corner, and as soon as you find someone you trust, prepare for betrayal.

Thanks to the pace of the plot, you can get sucked right into a Louis L’Amour adventure.

Even his longest novels often make for quick reads because you just can’t put them down. But if you are looking for a brief jaunt, he was also a prolific short story writer.

You can read Louis L’Amour books in any order. Even his series’ set around a family don’t need to be enjoyed chronologically., Instead, find whatever plot catches your eye, and prepare for life on the plains.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Louis L’Amour Book Should I Read First?

For a classic Louis L’Amour adventure, start with Hondo, or another standalone book. Otherwise, try the Hopalong Cassidy series. It’s relatively brief, but lots of fun.

Do You Need To Read Louis L’Amour Books In Order?

No, you can dip into Louis L’Amour books in any order, even the books that focus on one family or character.

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