Lee Child

FYI Interesting Fact / Someone, somewhere, buys one of Child’s Jack Reacher crime thrillers every 13 seconds. 


Before I write about this amazing writer I need to confess I am an addict. I never finish one of his books without recognizing that the plot was amazing. You don’t see it coming. You don’t want to put the book down. In addition, regarding my confession, I never expected to read this many books from a series of books.

James D. "Jim" Grant, is best known by his pen name Lee Child. (Maybe once he was best known that way but he is now Lee Child, amazing writer) He was a Television director who became a British author when he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. (You can’t be all bad if you have been fired, by the way)

Always a voracious reader, he bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write the book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

He started writing novels and said of them that they are "the purest form of entertainment." (He proved that one is still true)

Killing Floor was published in 1997, and he moved to the United States in the summer of 1998 ‘‘Child is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series about this former American Military Policeman described as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds and having a 50-inch chest. (Child is 6’4”)

Reacher grew up on military bases and served all of his life until leaving in his mid thirties. He now wanders the United States and the world but carries no luggage. When his clothes get dirty he just goes to the local stores and buy more and just puts his old ones in the trash.

Child has referred to these books as revenge stories – "Somebody does a very bad thing, and Reacher takes revenge."

Child’s writing style is, like Reacher, that of a rogue. He says that rather than follow the advice to “show not tell” he is perfectly willing to have his character look in the mirror and tell us what he sees. Rather than not talk about the weather he says if that is what is on the mind of his character then he starts with it.

As for creating suspense he said—”it all boils down to asking a question and making people wait for the answer.”

See full list (in order) of Jack Reacher Books

All Reviewed on this Site. Most with Links embedded in titles

Killing Floor, Die Trying, Tripwire, Running Blind, Echo Burning, Without Fail, Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, Bad Luck and Trouble, Nothing to Lose, Gone Tomorrow, 61 Hours, Worth Dying For, The Affair, A Wanted Man, Never Go Back, Personal, Make Me, Night School, No Middle Name, The Midnight Line, Past Tense, Nothing To Lose. Blue Moon