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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

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.

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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

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The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)

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

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. 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.

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Night School

Night School

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2016

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.

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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

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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 rail road 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 turns into an open-ended quest leading to the most hidden reaches of the internet, and right into the nightmare heart of darkness. Child's best for some time...with detective-story and romcom elements (even sly humour) on top of the psychological duels and set-piece violence. (Sunday Times).

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Make Me

Make Me

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

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!

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Personal

Personal

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nail biting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.

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Personal

Personal

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heart stopping, nail biting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.

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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.

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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 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? Set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, The Affair marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him?   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.  

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Other books by Lee Child

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Author: Lee Child, Andrew Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/10/2020

Jack Reacher gets off a bus in Nashville, Tennessee, in a quest for food, lodging and some good country music. But when he encounters a band of musicians who have been cheated by an unscrupulous bar owner, he steps in to help...

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Author: Lee Child, Andrew Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2020

The edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-mouth new Jack Reacher thriller for 2020 - his 25th adventure. No one's bigger than Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along. Not going to happen. The town has been shut down by a cyber attack. At the centre of it all, whether he likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He's an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks. As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them . . . And now Rusty knows he's protected, he's never going to leave the big man's side. Reacher might just have to stick around and find out what the hell's gone wrong . . . and then put it right, like only he can. *** 'Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.' Ken Follett 'If you haven't read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store . . . a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good.' - The Times 'A contemporary version of the knight in shining armour . . . Reacher is a mythic figure.' Literary Review 'Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable... Irresistible.' People 'Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes.' New York Times

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Author: Lee Child, Andrew Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2020

The edge-of-your-seat, heart-in-mouth new Jack Reacher thriller for 2020 - his 25th adventure. No one's bigger than Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher gets off the bus in a sleepy no-name town outside Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to grab a cup of coffee and move right along. Not going to happen. The town has been shut down by a cyber attack. At the centre of it all, whether he likes it or not, is Rusty Rutherford. He's an average IT guy, but he knows more than he thinks. As the bad guys move in on Rusty, Reacher moves in on them . . . And now Rusty knows he's protected, he's never going to leave the big man's side. Reacher might just have to stick around and find out what the hell's gone wrong . . . and then put it right, like only he can. *** 'Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.' Ken Follett 'If you haven't read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store . . . a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good.' - The Times 'A contemporary version of the knight in shining armour . . . Reacher is a mythic figure.' Literary Review 'Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable... Irresistible.' People 'Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes.' New York Times

The Nicotine Chronicles

The Nicotine Chronicles

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The Hero

The Hero

Author: Lee Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2019

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.

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

Past Tense

Past Tense

Author: Lee Child Format: CD-Audio 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.

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?

No Middle Name

No Middle Name

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

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. 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. The twelve stories include a brand new novella, Too Much Time. The other stories in the collection are: Second Son James Penney's New Identity Guy Walks Into a Bar Deep Down, High Heat Not a Drill Small Wars All of which have previously been published as ebook shorts. 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 The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Match Up

Match Up

Author: Lee Child, Sandra Brown, C. J. Box, Val McDermid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2017

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ... Lee Child's Jack Reacher will team up with Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan to unmask a cunning killer. Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan work with Peter James's Roy Grace on a very unusual murder case. These are just some of the never-before-seen pairings in Match Up - a brand new collaboration between the world's famous crime writers. Edited be international bestseller Lee Child, this exclusive page-turning anthology promises the same thrills and chills brought to you by the previous collection, Face Off. Read on for the full list of author and character pairings: Diana Gabaldon's Claire Randall Fraser + Steve Berry's Cotton Malone Lisa Scottoline's Bennie Rosato + Nelson DeMille's John Corey Sandra Brown's Lee Coburn + C.J. Box's Joe Pickett Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan + Lee Child's Jack Reacher Val McDermid's Tony Hill + Peter James's Roy Grace Charlaine Harris's Harper Connelly + Andrew Gross's Ty Hauck Gayle Lynds's Liz Sansborough + David Morrell's Rambo Karin Slaughter's Jeffrey Tolliver + Michael Koryta's Lincoln Perry Lara Adrian's Lucan Thorne + Christopher Rice J.A. Jance's Ali Reynolds + Eric Van Lustbader's Bravo Shaw Lisa Jackson's Regan Pescoli + John Sandford's Lucas Davenport

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.

Persuader

Persuader

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

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Persuader by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, in his most explosive adventure yet.Never forgive, never forget.Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past.Never apologize. Never explain.When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

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.

Die Trying

Die Trying

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

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Die Trying by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding.Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm.And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach.Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

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.