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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 (Jack Reacher 22)

The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher 22)

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 (Jack Reacher 18)

Never Go Back (Jack Reacher 18)

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

Fast-paced, taut and punchy . (Sunday Mirror). 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. Reacher is a man's man, a loner, a renegade crusader for justice.on the top of his form . (Sun).

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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

Without Fail (Jack Reacher 6)

Without Fail (Jack Reacher 6)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

'Lee Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher, is a hero in the Dirty Harry style, a man who lives by his own principles . . . Produces a surprising twist when it's least expected.' Sunday Telegraph Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher's assistance in her new job. Her job? Protecting the Vice-President of the United States. Her problem? Someone wants the VP dead. Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Without Fail is the 6th in the series.

One Shot (Jack Reacher 9)

One Shot (Jack Reacher 9)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Six shots. Five dead. A heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Apart from one thing. The accused gunman refuses to talk except for a single phrase: Get Jack Reacher for me. Reacher lives off the grid. He's not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for him. What could connect the noble Reacher to this psychopathic killer? Although the Jack Reacher can be read in any order, One Shot is the 9th in the series.

Persuader (Jack Reacher 7)

Persuader (Jack Reacher 7)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Ballsy, dynamic and not for the faint-hearted. (Daily Mail) 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? Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Persuader is seventh in the series.

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher 10)

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher 10)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it. He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned. But Reacher is in the middle of a nasty little war where nothing is simple. What started on a busy New York street explodes three thousand miles away, in the sleepy English countryside. Reacher's going to have to do this one the hard way.

The Enemy (Jack Reacher 8)

The Enemy (Jack Reacher 8)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

'There's only one Jack Reacher. Accept no substitutes' Mick Herron 'The thing about Lee Child's books is that you can't put the damn things down. . .there's something about his writing that's addictive. The Enemy is no exception. . .Superb.' Independent on Sunday _____________ North Carolina. New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the body of the general's wife. This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service. A Reacher who imposes army discipline. Even if only in his own pragmatic way... Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, The Enemy is 8th in the series.

The Visitor (Jack Reacher 4)

The Visitor (Jack Reacher 4)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. 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.

Tripwire (Jack Reacher 3)

Tripwire (Jack Reacher 3)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

'Lee Child continues his meteoric rise and mastery of suspense with Tripwire. It's a tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be.' Michael Connelly 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. Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Tripwire is 3rd in the series.

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher 5)

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher 5)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Complete with crackling fast dialogue, an edgy ambivalent plot, and the capacity to make his readers turn the page, this feels like Child's breakthrough book into the mega-sellers. He is that good. (Daily Mail) Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her. Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress. Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Echo Burning is 5th in the series.

Die Trying (Jack Reacher 2)

Die Trying (Jack Reacher 2)

Author: Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2010

'Cunning, explosive . . . A thumping good read.' Time Out Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. Reacher 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? Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, this is the 2nd in the series.

Lee Child's Jack Reacher Books 1-6

Lee Child's Jack Reacher Books 1-6

Author: Lee Child Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2010

For the first timethe first six explosive novels in Lee Child's #1 New YorkTimes bestselling Jack Reacher seriesnow together in one e-bookpackage! He never looks for trouble... But trouble never stops looking for him. KILLING FLOOR Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher isn't in the small town of Margrave, Georgiafor less than an hour before he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. AllReacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not lately. But he doesn'tstand a chance of convincing anyone. Not a chance in hell... DIE TRYING When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, JackReacher is unlucky enough to be taken with her. They're at the mercy of a groupof men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's femalecompanion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them bothfrom the inside outor die trying TRIPWIRE Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's looking forhim. But soon after his arrival, the man is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail backto New York, Reacher wants to find out who was looking for himand why. Buthe never expected the reasons to be so personal...or lethal. RUNNING BLIND Across the country, women are being murdered, victims of a disciplined andclever killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, andno apparent motive. They are truly perfect crimes. In fact, there's only one thingthat links the victims...Jack Reacher.ECHO RUNNING Thumbing across the scorched Texas desert, Jack Reacher has nowhere to goand all the time in the world to get there. Cruising the same stretch of two-laneblacktop is Carmen Greer. For Reacher, a lift comes with a hitch. Carmen's got awild storyabout her husband, her family, and a hometown that's pure gothic.She's also got a plan for all of them. And now Reacher's part of it... WITHOUT FAIL Skilled, cautious, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is perfect for the job:assassinate the vice president of the United States. In theory, that is. A femaleSecret Service agent wants Reacher to find the holes in her system, and fastbecause a covert group already has the vice president in their sights. Andthey've planned for everything...except for Reacher.

Worth Dying For

Worth Dying For

Author: Lee Child Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2010

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; ';Jack Reacher is the coolest continuing series character now on offer.'Stephen King, in Entertainment Weekly #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thrillera story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.There's deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska . . . and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can't let go.The Duncans want Reacher goneand it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. They're awaiting a secret shipment that's already lateand they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that's bearing down on him.For Reacher, that was also impossible.Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survivea heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.

Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher 15)

Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher 15)

Author: Lee Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/09/2010

61 Hours ended with maverick loner Jack Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. But Reacher has done the impossible before. Now there's deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska...and Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can't let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone-or dead. And it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. They're awaiting a secret shipment that's already late-and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. Reacher - bruised and battered - should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible. Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive-a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.

61 Hours (Jack Reacher 14)

61 Hours (Jack Reacher 14)

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

GET READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING COUNT-DOWN OF YOUR LIFE HOUR SIXTY-ONE Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages. And disadvantages too, like facing the arctic cold without a coat. HOUR THIRTY-ONE A small town is threatened by sinister forces. One brave woman is standing up for justice.If she's going to live to testify, she'll need help from a man like Reacher.Because there's a killercoming for her. HOUR ZERO Has Reacher finally met his match? He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn't like people who put it to wrongs. NOW READ THE SEQUEL: Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, the ending of 61 Hours is directly followed by Worth Dying For.

First Thrills

First Thrills

Author: Lee Child Format: eBook Release Date: 22/06/2010

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child and International Thriller Writers, Inc., present a collection of remarkable stories in First Thrills. Showcasing many of the organizations bestselling authors as well as rising stars in the genre, here are twenty-five brand-new, never-before-published stories packed with murder, mystery, and mayhem. A cunning criminal thinks he can use a child to take the rap for his crimes. A hospital intern turned body snatcher A priest who comes face-to-face with his wifes murderer on death row. A Confederate soldier comes home to his love, but changed by more than just the warhe comes back wrong. The discovery of a flying saucer in the ocean depths brings one man to the brink of a massive revelation. A dying mans last request proves to his ex-wife that hes still rotten to the core. A clandestine operative finds himself caught in a wicked game of confusionbut who is calling the shots?No matter what type of thriller you listen to, youll find something here that will entertain youand perhaps a new writer youll cherish for years to come.