Books by Lee Child

Lee Child is the author of eight Jack Reacher thrillers, including the critically acclaimed Persuader, which is available in paperback from Dell. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry Awards for Best First Mystery. Foreign rights in


BLUE MOON by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2019

"Perhaps if there were more time between chapters, Child's series could recover the polish it deserves."
Jack Reacher lends a hand to an elderly couple under threat from loan sharks and winds up in the midst of an underworld war in the 24th entry in this series (Past Tense, 2018, etc.). Read full book review >
PAST TENSE by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"The Reacher series gets back on its rough and rocky track with this latest companionable entry."
On his way to the West Coast, Jack Reacher takes a detour to New Hampshire to check out some family history in the 23rd book in Child's (The Midnight Line, 2017, etc.) series. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered."
A glimpse of a West Point class ring in a pawn shop window sends Jack Reacher on his latest adventure in the 22nd entry in Child's (No Middle Name, 2017, etc.) series. Read full book review >
MATCHUP by Lee Child
edited by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"This box holds a chocolate or two that will be to everyone's liking."
Even readers who don't love short stories will find this anthology, starring some of the world's best-known thriller writers and most-loved characters, appealing and varied. Read full book review >
NO MIDDLE NAME by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"These are tasty appetizers that will hopefully lead to a satisfying entree."
A bushel of previously uncollected Jack Reacher stories brings the vagabond hero from childhood to hunkhood. Read full book review >
NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"For the first time in 20 books, the man-mountain Reacher, and the story around him, moves like a lug."
Jack Reacher finds himself involved in a race to stop a major terrorist operation. Read full book review >
MAKE ME by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Jack Reacher is still going strong. Will satisfy fans—and newcomers, too."
In this 20th installment of Child's action series (Personal, 2014, etc.), Jack Reacher ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time—perfectly positioning him to unravel a missing person mystery and save the day. Read full book review >
PERSONAL by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system, but this lacks some of the stylistic flair that truly distinguishes Child."
Despite plenty of page-turning propulsion, this is one of the lesser novels in the series. Read full book review >
NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that 'I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression.'"
Jack Reacher pokes a head into his old D.C. office, and things promptly go ballistic. Read full book review >
A WANTED MAN by Lee Child
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"In this latest attempt to show Reacher enjoying every possible variety of conflict with his nation's government short of outright secession, Child (The Affair, 2011, etc.) has produced two-thirds of a masterpiece."
Will Jack Reacher ever make it to that woman in Virginia he was trying to reach in Worth Dying For (2010)? Not if all hell continues to break loose in Nebraska. Read full book review >
THE AFFAIR by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The best thing we discover here is the explanation for why Reacher left the Army. By the end of this adventure, he certainly has his reasons."
Ever wonder why Jack Reacher left the Military Police and became a one-man freelance vigilante squad? Child goes back 14 years to show how it all happened. Read full book review >
WORTH DYING FOR by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"It's hard to imagine a single white-collar wage slave who won't thrill to this latest Robin Hood fantasy of righteous vengeance."
Whatever business Jack Reacher has in Virginia will have to wait till the world's most distractible soldier of fortune cleans up the mess he's stumbled into amid the cornfields of the Midwest. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010 by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Penzler's foreword makes no bones about spurning traditional whodunits in favor of an eclectic mix of tales that exhibit crime in all its varieties in every corner of the world—and then some."
Guest editor Child chooses 20 atmospheric tales whose settings and crimes are all over the map in this 14th entry in Penzler's annual series. Read full book review >
61 HOURS by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"In his 14th outing, implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit."
When a bus full of seniors spins out of control, the obvious recourse is to reach out for Reacher (Gone Tomorrow, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
GONE TOMORROW by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2009

"No one kicks butt as entertainingly as Reacher. "
Jack Reacher (Nothing to Lose, 2008, etc.), latter-day gunslinger and nomad, finds his latest killing fields in New York City. Read full book review >
NOTHING TO LOSE by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 3, 2008

"When, single-handedly, Reacher takes out eight huskies in a bar-room brawl, a million plus fans will grin happily, knowing that all's right with the action-lit world."
In Jack Reacher's whiz-bang latest (Bad Luck and Trouble, 2007, etc.), small-town cops bust him for vagrancy—big mistake! Read full book review >
KILLER YEAR by Lee Child
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"An anthology so worthwhile that it comes within an eyelash of deserving the hyperbole Child (Bad Luck and Trouble, 2007, etc.) heaps on it in his introduction."
Sixteen shades of noir, all interesting, some compelling. Read full book review >
BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2007

"Perhaps there are action-lit writers more recognizable than Child, but the bet is that none of them will turn in a tighter-plotted, richer-peopled, faster-paced page-turner this year."
In a scorching 11th (The Hard Way, 2006, etc.), Jack Reacher, that murderous moralist, seeks an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye. Read full book review >
THE HARD WAY by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 2006

"Quintessential Child (One Shot, 2005, etc.)—preposterous as always, but oh, how those pages keep turning."
In this slick, swift, sexy thriller, it's Jack Reacher, the thinking man's Rambo, against a band of hand-picked, combat-hardened, armed-to-the-teeth, ex-special services guys, but, hey, there are only eight of them. Read full book review >
ONE SHOT by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 2005

"Par for the series: canny plotting, tight prose, swift tempo."
Reacher's back and Child's got him tracking a complex case, springing surprises and dispatching a nasty crew in a punishing finish. Read full book review >
THE ENEMY by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2004

"Child has turned away from formulaic high-jinks to explore his characters instead: The result? His best so far."
The eighth Jack Reacher tale (Persuader, 2003, etc.) is a fabulously suspenseful prequel that reveals Reacher's character as he uncovers a homicidal cabal of military officers. Read full book review >
PERSUADER by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2003

"Wily plotting, swift pacing, mordant wit: Child is one skillful writer."
Surprise tops nasty surprise when former MP Jack Reacher stalks a nemesis from the past. Read full book review >
ECHO BURNING by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Child builds tension to unbearable extremes, then blows it out in sharply choreographed violence, even if his plot has more holes in it than the shirt Reacher uses for target practice. "
Smashingly suspenseful fifth in Child's series (Running Blind, 2000, etc.) lands this British author's rootless, laconic action hero in southwest Texas, where a femme fatale lures him into a family squabble that inevitably turns violent. Read full book review >
WITHOUT FAIL by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Relentlessly suspenseful and unexpectedly timely: just the thing for Dick Cheney's bedside reading wherever he's keeping himself these days."
When the newly elected Vice President's life is threatened, the Secret Service runs to nomadic soldier-of-fortune Jack Reacher (Echo Burning, 2001, etc.) in this razor-sharp update of The Day of the Jackal and In the Line of Fire that's begging to be filmed. Read full book review >
RUNNING BLIND by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even readers who identify the criminal, motive, and modus operandi early on (and many readers will) can plan to stay up long past bedtime and do some serious hyperventilating toward the end."
Soldier-turned-soldier-of-fortune Jack Reacher goes after a serial killer in a conventionally but nonetheless deeply satisfying whodunit. Read full book review >
TRIPWIRE by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1999

A good guy outsmarts a venomous viper, outguns a gazillion villains—and falls in love with a nice gal. Continuing at loose ends after being separated from the Army (the peace dividend, you know), former MP Major Jack Reacher (Die Trying, 1998, etc.) is down in Key West rather enjoying irresponsibility—until a private investigator shows up looking for him. The following day the p.i. turns up dead, fingertips sliced off for the purpose of preserving his incognito. Something nefarious is going on here, Reacher concludes, stirred by a burst of the old action-hero adrenaline. All he knows for sure, however, is that the detective was hired by a Ms. Jacob. Pause for a deductive leap or two, then on to New York to track down the mysterious Ms. Jacob. But what's in a name? It soon develops that Ms. J isn't mysterious at all. In fact, she's an old friend. Before she was married, the Ms. J., now divorced, was a J already—Jodie Garber, daughter of General Garber, Reacher's erstwhile commanding officer and mentor. Reacher last saw her when she was 15 and in the throes of a violent crush on him. Now she's 30, and as gorgeous as you might have guessed. Among other things, she needs Reacher to finish a task begun by her recently deceased father. Reacher accepts the mission, of course, and is immediately in confrontation with a sadistic demon, obligatorily brilliant, whose intricate scam has roots in Vietnam and whose pleasure in killing and maiming is unconfined. But love (for Jodie) has not blunted Reacher's martial capabilities, and from a climactic one-on-one with Hook (the sadistic demon) Hobie, he emerges scathed but triumphant. Unabashedly mindless but fun: Reacher swashbuckles with the best of them. Read full book review >
DIE TRYING by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 1998

Furiously suspenseful, but brain-dead second volume in Child's gratuitously derivative Jack Reacher action series (Killing Floor, 1997). Reacher, a former Army Military Police Major, has now moved on to Chicago, where he gallantly assists a beautiful mystery woman hobbling on a crutch with her dry cleaning. Seconds later, Reacher and the woman, FBI agent Holly Johnson (also daughter of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as goddaughter of the President), are kidnaped by armed gunmen. Handcuffed together and tossed in the back of a van, the two are taken to the Montana mountain stronghold of Beau Borken, a fat, ugly, psychopathically vicious neo-Nazi militia leader given to sawing the arms off day laborers and making windy speeches about how he brilliant he is. Of course, the kidnappers don't know that they have a former military police major in their clutches who, in addition to having a Silver Star for heroism, is one of the best snipers the Army has ever produced, can pull iron rings out of barn doors, and kill bad guys with lit cigarettes. Meanwhile, a team of FBI agents, at least one of whom is a mole leaking information to Borken, identify Reacher from a reconstructed photo taken from the dry cleaner's surveillance camera. Borken, impressed with Reacher's military record, lectures him about his brilliant plan to overthrow the US using a hijacked Army missile unit, with Holly held as a hostage in a specially constructed, dynamite-lined prison cell. Borken stupidly lets Reacher best him in a shooting match, then grandiosely turns his back on his captives enough times for Reacher and Holly to escape, cause havoc, get captured, escape, make love in the woods, cause more havoc, and get captured again, as General Johnson, FBI Director Harlan Webster, and General Garber, Reacher's former commander, plan a covert strike on Borken's fortress that's certain to fail. Another Rogue Warrior meets Die Hard with all the typical over-the-top plotting, blood-splattering ultraviolence, lock-jawed heroics and the dumbest villains this side of Ruby Ridge. Read full book review >
KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 17, 1997

Welcome to Margrave, Georgia—but don't get too attached to the townsfolk, who are either in on a giant conspiracy, or hurtling toward violent deaths, or both. There's not much of a welcome for Jack Reacher, a casualty of the Army's peace dividend, who's drifted into town idly looking for traces of a long-dead black jazzman. Not only do the local cops arrest him for murder, but the chief of police turns eyewitness to place him on the scene, even though Reacher was getting on a bus in Tampa at the time. Two surprises follow: The murdered man wasn't the only victim, and he was Reacher's brother Joe, whom he hadn't seen in seven years. So Reacher, who so far hasn't had anything personally against the crooks who set him up for a weekend in the state pen at Warburton, clicks into overdrive. Banking on the help of the only two people in Margrave he can trust—a Harvard-educated chief of detectives who hasn't been on the job long enough to be on the take, and a smart, scrappy officer who's taken him to her bed—he sets out methodically in his brother's footsteps, trying to figure out why his cellmate in Warburton, a panicky banker whose cell-phone number turned up in Joe's shoe, confessed to a murder he obviously didn't commit; trying to figure out why all the out-of- towners on Joe's list of recent contacts were as dead as he was; and trying to stop the local carnage, or at least direct it in more positive ways. Though the testosterone flows as freely as printer's ink, Reacher is an unobtrusively sharp detective in his quieter moments—not that there are many of them to judge by. Despite the crude, tough-naif narration, debut novelist Child serves up a big, rangy plot, menace as palpable as a ticking bomb, and enough battered corpses to make an undertaker grin. Read full book review >