Lee Child - Author

About the Author

Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers.  His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.  His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.  Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

The 2013 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger was awarded to Lee Child.
 
Members of the CWA vote for the Diamond Dagger award-winner, which celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction.

Peter James, chair of the CWA, said: “I am delighted that the CWA has chosen Lee Child as this year's recipient. Lee is one of the few British crime-thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre.”

Featured books by Lee Child

Blue Moon

Blue Moon

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child. It's a random universe, but once in a blue moon things turn out just right. In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time to stop bad things happening? The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure.

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher 24)

Blue Moon (Jack Reacher 24)

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child. It's a random universe, but once in a blue moon things turn out just right. In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn't counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He's on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher's offer to help him home. He's vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time to stop bad things happening? The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure.

Past Tense

Past Tense

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Past Tense by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place ... but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place? So begins another nailbiting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse. That's for damn sure.

Audiobooks of the Month
Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23)

Past Tense (Jack Reacher 23)

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2018

The most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018 follows our hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, hair-raising, blood-curdling ticking time bomb of an adventure yet. Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place ... but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place? So begins another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse. That's for damn sure.

The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2018

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not ... he'll stop at nothing. He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.

eBooks of the Month
No Middle Name The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories

No Middle Name The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2018

No Middle Name The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child

eBooks of the Month
The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2017

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22) by Lee Child

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories

No Middle Name: Jack Reacher Story Collection The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included, as are those previously only published in ebook form: Second Son, James Penney's New Identity, Guy Walks Into a Bar, Deep Down, High Heat, Not a Drill and Small Wars. Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written: Everyone Talks, Maybe They Have a Tradition, No Room at the Motel and The Picture of the Lonely Diner. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

Night School

Night School

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from? It's 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there's a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big. Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It's a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he's selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

eBooks of the Month
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Film Tie In)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Film Tie In)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Film Tie In) by Lee Child

eBooks of the Month
Make Me

Make Me

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/03/2016

Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat...but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher's one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest...into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

eBooks of the Month
Never Go Back

Never Go Back

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Drop-out military cop Jack Reacher has hitchhiked his way to Virginia. His destination, the closest thing to a home he ever had: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th Military Police. Reacher has no real reason to be here, except that he spoke to the new commanding officer on the phone. He liked Major Susan Turner's voice. But now he's arrived, she's disappeared, and things are getting weird. Accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide and co-opted back into the army, Reacher says nothing. But he's sure as hell thinking of a way out.

eBooks of the Month
One Shot

One Shot

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/11/2012

One Shot has been adapted as the film Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. It is released in the UK on 26 Dec 2012. See below to view the trailer.   I can not praise this author and his wonderful creation, Jack Reacher, enough. Every book is top-rate. This starts with the brutal slaying of five ordinary people, a quick arrest and then the arrival of Jack Reacher … utterly self-sufficient, independent, defender of the weak, laconic, highly intelligent, in fact the ultimate male hero. The plot unfolds at a satisfying pace with plenty of unexpected yet highly plausible twists. Sinister villains lurk, then become fully developed characters, and the tension holds up right to the end of the final showdown, no loose ends anywhere. In fact, as I’ve said, top-rate but then I’m a committed fan. You’ve got to become one too.

eBooks of the Month
A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2012

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Crime & Thriller of the Year' 2012. When you're as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape - it isn't easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn't quit. And at last, he's picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. But within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying about everything - and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys...Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?   Lee Child's novel One Shot has been adapted as the film Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. It is due to be released in the UK on 26 Dec 2012. Click below to view the trailer.  

The Affair

The Affair

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2012

March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier? Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?

eBooks of the Month
Worth Dying For

Worth Dying For

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2011

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Jack Reader - you have got to meet him, women fall for him, men want to emulate him, I just love him, and you will too.  At the end of the last book, 61 Hours, we were left not knowing if he lived or died, a bad situation to be in awaiting the next book!   Shortlisted for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011.   The Lovereading view... Has Jack Reacher finally met his match? 61 Hours ended with Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. Was that really the end of the road for the maverick loner?     Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010.   January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Lee Child... His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate modern-day lone gunman, a former military cop who can find any problem in any small town and solve it (with maximum fire power) in twenty four hours or less. Lee has breathed authenticity into his character, enabling you to admire Reacher’s military prowess even as you worry about his self-imposed isolation. The result is an action hero with a heart.

eBooks of the Month
Worth Dying for

Worth Dying for

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Shortlisted for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010.   January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Lee Child... His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate modern-day lone gunman, a former military cop who can find any problem in any small town and solve it (with maximum fire power) in twenty four hours or less. Lee has breathed authenticity into his character, enabling you to admire Reacher’s military prowess even as you worry about his self-imposed isolation. The result is an action hero with a heart.

eBooks of the Month
Worth Dying for

Worth Dying for

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2010.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010. Another fast paced thriller featuring the seemingly indestructible Jack Reacher. Fans will not be disappointed and new readers are in for a treat.  

eBooks of the Month
Worth Dying for

Worth Dying for

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Shortlisted for the ITV3 People's Bestseller Dagger 2011.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010.   January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Lee Child... His series character, Jack Reacher, remains the ultimate modern-day lone gunman, a former military cop who can find any problem in any small town and solve it (with maximum fire power) in twenty four hours or less. Lee has breathed authenticity into his character, enabling you to admire Reacher’s military prowess even as you worry about his self-imposed isolation. The result is an action hero with a heart.

eBooks of the Month
Worth Dying for

Worth Dying for

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2010.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 28 October 2010. Another fast paced thriller featuring the seemingly indestructible Jack Reacher. Fans will not be disappointed and new readers are in for a treat.  

eBooks of the Month
61 Hours

61 Hours

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2011. Jack Reacher is the man from nowhere who emerges from darkness to avenge injustice like a modern cowboy. In his 14th adventure, he arrives in South Dakota during an icy winter snow storm. The mayhem soon begins as expected.   If you like Lee Child try Richard MontanariMaxim Jakubowski recommends: The Echo Man by Richard Montanari

eBooks of the Month
Nothing To Lose

Nothing To Lose

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2009

Jack Reacher arrives in a small American town called Despair, adjacent to Hope!  Made welcome by the powers in charge, he joins up with a woman police officer to find out what is happening at a large metal recycling plant outside town … and then the fun begins.  Jack Reacher is ace, charismatic and astute with a strong moral sense, a very likeable hero indeed.  If you haven’t met him yet you must.  Men want to emulate him, women fall for him.  I have never met anyone who doesn’t love him.  If you are new to him (so what kept you so long?) then be warned, you’ll get hooked and you have eleven backlist titles to indulge in. Comparison: Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Stephen Leather.

eBooks of the Month
Bad Luck and Trouble

Bad Luck and Trouble

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2008

Shortlisted for the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Jack Reacher is contacted by a sergeant from his old “special investigators” unit after four members of the unit have been killed. The surviving members need to be rounded up to avenge the deaths and live up to their motto “you don’t mess with the special investigators”. In a slight change for Jack we see him investigating as part of a team rather than in his usual lone status which allows the character to develop in different ways and give us new insight into who Jack Reacher is. Violent and intense, fans will not be disappointed.

eBooks of the Month
Enemy

Enemy

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2005

The perfect hero, Jack Reacher; men want to emulate him, women adore him. I fell in love with him in Killing Floor, eight books ago, when he had just been chucked out of the army, disillusioned, becoming a drifter ready to pounce on the side of right when needed and I’ve watched him develop as time has bashed him about. But now, suddenly, we’re back in 1990 for a prequel to Killing Floor, Reacher is a US military policeman and has to obey orders! He has a mum, we learn more of his brother and we feel for him as the seeds of discontent are planted. For Reacher fans this is a must, those new to Lee Child will have no trouble starting here. It is, after all, the beginning. Then you must read Killing Floor and get hooked for he is one of the best in the adventure/thriller genre - honest, and he is British. Comparison: Gerald Seymour, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben.Similar this month: Michael Marshall, Chris Ryan.

eBooks of the Month
Killing Floor

Killing Floor

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero.Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure. They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

eBooks of the Month
Personal

Personal

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/08/2015

Un nou thriller din seria Jack ReacherJack Reacher e un singuratic. Fost poliE ist militar, acum duce o existenE A nomadA , fA rA niciun scop. ÎnsA CIA E i Departamentul de Stat american îl contacteazA . Cineva a încercat sA -l împuE te pe preE edintele FranE ei. Un singur om ar fi putut s-o facA . E i numai Reacher poate da de urma lui.AlA turi de partenera sa, agenta Casey Nice, Reacher începe o cursA ce strA bate Atlanticul E i ajunge la Paris E i Londra. Miza n-a fost niciodatA mai mare – pentru cA , de data asta, e vorba de o chestiune strict personalA .Suspansul din seria Jack Reacher pare desprins din filmele lui Hitchcock. – IndependentLee Child revine în forE A : ritm alert, dialoguri inteligente, atenE ia extraordinarA la detaliu. – Daily MailLunetiE ti. Gangsteri. Moduri ingenioase de a ucide. Femei puternice. Metropole E i oraE e mici. Arme. Cafea. Un nou roman, o nouA combinaE ie. Un set limitat de factori. E greu sA nu te repeE i. Dar Lee Child nu se poate opri acum. Nu are cum sA se opreascA . Prea mulE i depind de un singur om: Jack Reacher. – The Guardian„L-am lovit din nou, cu o directA scurtA de dreapta, o loviturA colosalA , care ar fi rupt un copac tânA r sau ar fi omorât un catâr pe loc. Una dintre cele mai tari trei lovituri trase de mine de când mA E tiam, iar asta spunea ceva. A suferit toate efectele meca­nice corespunzA toare. ForE a loviturii l-a fA cut sA se aplece violent în spate E i a scos un icnet când E ocul a ajuns la spatele plA mânilor, s-a împleticit E i piciorul i-a înE epenit. Dar n-a cA zut, E ipând de durere, cum ar fi fost de aE teptat. Un om normal ar fi intrat în comA . Fiecare organ intern te arde, ai un milion de cuE ite înfipte în spate, respiraE ia îE i e prea îngreunatA ca sA mai E ipi.“

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Lee Child

Best Crime Stories of the Year

Best Crime Stories of the Year

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2022

Selected by #1 bestselling author Lee Child: the twenty finest short stories of 2021. There is no finer form for a crime than the short story. WIthin a few pages, a clue can be discovered, divulged and its significance determined; all else is mere embellishment. The classic mystery tale will be familiar to aficionados and casual readers alike: it was invented by Edgar Allen Poe, popularised by Arthur Conan Doyle, and perfected by Agatha Christie. But mystery fiction has changed a great deal over the years - as have all things - and the writers within these pages present far more than a simple case of crime and resolution. Far from predictable, these stories provide fertile grounds of aberrant circumstances and the poor choices they lead to. You will find diverse methods and motivations, original perspectives and perils. Above all, you will find tales of the extremes of human psychology caused by despair, hate, greed, fear, envy, insanity or love. Featuring stories by: Doug Allyn, Jim Allyn, Ambrose Bierce, Michael Bracken, James Lee Burke, Martin Edwards, John Floyd, Jacqueline Freimor, Alison Gaylin, Sue Grafton, Paul Kemprecos, Stephen King, Janice Law, Dennis McFadden, David Marcum, Tom Mead, David Morrell, Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, Joseph Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

Killing Floor

Killing Floor

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2021

**SOON TO BE A MAJOR PRIME TV SERIES STARRING ALAN RITCHSON** 'All [Reacher thrillers] are ripping yarns, but since this is the first, it seems the logical place to start' STEPHEN KING Killing Floor is the first book in the phenomenal bestselling Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. It introduces Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode. Trained to think fast and act faster, he is the perfect action hero for when times get tough. Margrave is a no-account little town in Georgia. Jack Reacher steps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain to reach it, in search of a dead guitar player. But Margrave has just had its first homicide in thirty years. And Reacher is the only stranger in town. He seems the obvious fall guy. As the body count mounts, only one thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to frame for murder. 'Races along, spattering blood and body parts on the way' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'These books are absolutely addictive. When you pick them up you can't put them down' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN _________ Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular series. And be sure not to miss Reacher's newest adventure, no.26, Better off Dead! ***OUT NOW***

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2021

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year by Lee Child

Best Crime Stories of the Year: 2021

Best Crime Stories of the Year: 2021

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Selected by #1 bestselling author Lee Child: the twenty finest short stories of 2021. There is no finer form for a crime than the short story. WIthin a few pages, a clue can be discovered, divulged and its significance determined; all else is mere embellishment. The classic mystery tale will be familiar to aficionados and casual readers alike: it was invented by Edgar Allen Poe, popularised by Arthur Conan Doyle, and perfected by Agatha Christie. But mystery fiction has changed a great deal over the years - as have all things - and the writers within these pages present far more than a simple case of crime and resolution. Far from predictable, these stories provide fertile grounds of aberrant circumstances and the poor choices they lead to. You will find diverse methods and motivations, original perspectives and perils. Above all, you will find tales of the extremes of human psychology caused by despair, hate, greed, fear, envy, insanity or love. Featuring stories by: Doug Allyn, Jim Allyn, Ambrose Bierce, Michael Bracken, James Lee Burke, Martin Edwards, John Floyd, Jacqueline Freimor, Alison Gaylin, Sue Grafton, Paul Kemprecos, Stephen King, Janice Law, Dennis McFadden, David Marcum, Tom Mead, David Morrell, Joyce Carol Oates, Sara Paretsky, Joseph Walker, Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

Penguin Readers Level 4: Killing Floor (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 4: Killing Floor (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Reacher was a soldier, and then he was in the military police. But now he is traveling the United States of America with nothing much to do. Then one morning, he is arrested - for murder!

The Nicotine Chronicles

The Nicotine Chronicles

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/10/2020

The Nicotine Chronicles by Lee Child

The Hero

The Hero

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD... 'It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it?' Karin Slaughter 'I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page' The Times In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world - arguing that we need them now more than ever. From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes. Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly, James Patterson and David Baldacci!

Blue Moon

Blue Moon

Author: Lee Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/10/2019

Brought to you by Penguin. Blue Moon is the latest instalment in Lee Child's internationally popular Jack Reacher series, read by Jeff Harding. AS FEATURED ON RICHARD & JUDY'S 'KEEP READING AND CARRY ON' Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle listen from Lee Child. It's a random universe, but once in a blue moon things turn out just right. In a nameless city, two rival criminal gangs are competing for control. But they hadn't counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He's on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher's offer to help him home. He's vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs have on the old guy? Will Reacher be in time to stop bad things happening? The odds are better with Reacher involved. That's for damn sure. 'This is one of his best' - The Times (c) Lee Child 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2019

Christmas Scorpion: A Jack Reacher Story

Christmas Scorpion: A Jack Reacher Story

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/10/2018

In a new short story available exclusively as an ebook, Jack Reacher's spending the holidays in California. The last thing he expects is a blizzardor a visit from the world's deadliest assassin. Don't miss a thrilling preview of Lee Child's highly anticipated new Jack Reacher novel, Past Tense! On Christmas Eve, Jack Reacher stumbles into a no-name bar in the California desert, desperate to take refuge from an unexpected snowstorm. Reacher came to Barstow for a little R&R. Instead, he's sequestered in a dark little roadhouse with a bartender, a bewildered elderly coupleand two members of Britain's Royal Military Police. They tell Reacher they were escorting a VIP to a top-secret meeting at a U.S. military base when they became separated from their charge. That's when the threat came in from a notorious assassin: the Christmas Scorpion. Now they need a miracle to save the day. Or maybe all they need is Jack Reacher.

Christmas Scorpion

Christmas Scorpion

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2018

Jack Reacher likes to head south for the winter, to stay warm: so just before Christmas he arrives in a small town in Southern California. But the weather there is not warm and dry, as it s supposed to be: he arrives in a freak blizzard. Reacher finds refuge in a snowed-in roadhouse with four other strangers stranded by the storm. Two of them are British military police, separated by the weather from the VIP they are detailed to protect. Can Reacher help them find their guy, or will an undercover assassin find him first?

Tripwire

Tripwire

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Tripwire by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys. He doesn't want to be found.But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

Visitor

Visitor

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/11/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Visitor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were aquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service.Now they're both dead.Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante.A man just like Jack Reacher.

Midnight Line

Midnight Line

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/11/2017

Random House presents the audio edition of The Midnight Line: (Jack Reacher 22) by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it.Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not ... he'll stop at nothing.He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.'Each year Lee Child comes up with another Reacher. Each year I lap it up. Love it... Best one for a while... there is something subversive as well as page-turning... The sentences are short, but that doesn't mean the thinking is small... I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page, at putting me in the thick of it all.' - The Times'I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child... It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.' - Malcolm Gladwell 'Addictive... Child's trademark staccato-style delivers all-action excitement as well as a sombre message about the hypocrisy of the US war on drugs.' - Metro

The Midnight Line

The Midnight Line

Author: Lee Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/11/2017

Random House presents the audio edition of The Midnight Line: (Jack Reacher 22) by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not ... he'll stop at nothing. He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.

No Middle Name

No Middle Name

Author: Lee Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/05/2017

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included along with every Reacher short story that Child has written so far: Second Son, High Heat, Deep Down, Small Wars, James Penney's New Identity, Everyone Talks, Not a Drill, Maybe They Have a Tradition, Guy Walks Into a Bar, No Room at the Motel, and The Picture of the Lonely Diner. Together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.

No Middle Name

No Middle Name

Author: Lee Child Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/05/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories by Lee Child, read by Kerry Shale.Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. A brand-new novella, Too Much Time, is included along with every Reacher short story that Child has written so far: Second Son, High Heat, Deep Down, Small Wars, James Penney's New Identity, Everyone Talks, Not a Drill, Maybe They Have a Tradition, Guy Walks Into a Bar, No Room at the Motel, and The Picture of the Lonely Diner. Together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher's past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.