Lee Child is the model of an author living their dream. Finding himself out of work in the mid-nineties, the ex-television presentation director Jim Grant – the ‘Lee Child’ was yet to come – turned to writing, his anger of his redundancy from Granada Television fuelling his narrative. Soon, the drifting ex-cop Jack Reacher was born, the ultimate, rootless American hero, out only to help those who cannot help themselves.
This autumn, a Blue Moon is rising. In his 24th exhilarating adventure, Jack Reacher is back, this time coming to the aid of an elderly couple deep in the American heartland. It is aid, however, that triggers Reacher’s most dangerous adventure yet. ‘Today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.’ - Ken Follett
His 1997 debut Killing Floor soon hoovered up accolade – winning a string of awards – and by the turn of the millennium, the now Lee Child was attaining bestseller status. His consistent output of a Lee Child thriller per year built a fanbase always yearning for more, and Child’s 2011 win of the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for 61 Hours spoke volumes for his raw skill as a writer.
2015’s Reacher Said Nothing, Andy Martin’s almost Boswellian insight to Lee Child’s approach to writing the series, is both a witty and essential read for the Lee Child fan. And his fans are legion: as the legendary Haruki Murakami declared, “I like Lee Child. So far I’ve read ten of them.”
“My number one.” - Ken Follett
“I always seize the latest Lee Child with pleasure.” - Philip Pullman
“I am such a Lee Child addict… to noir roughly what Paradise Lost was to poetry.” - Malcolm Gladwell