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


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 & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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
THRILLERS
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 & CRIME
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 & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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 & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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 & CRIME
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 & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1999

A good guy outsmarts a venomous viper, outguns a gazillion villains—and falls in love with a nice gal. Read full book review >

DIE TRYING by Lee Child
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 20, 1998

"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."
Furiously suspenseful, but brain-dead second volume in Child's gratuitously derivative Jack Reacher action series (Killing Floor, 1997). Read full book review >
KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child
THRILLERS
Released: March 17, 1997

"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."
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. Read full book review >