Best Review - Top 16 Lee Child's Jack Reacher Novels

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ee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence Lee Child won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. Lee Child went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

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KILLING FLOOR, 1st JACK REACHER BOOK


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First Published March 1997
When Jack Reacher suddenly decides to ask a Greyhound bus driver to let him off near the town of Margrave, Georgia, he thinks it's because his brother once mentioned that the famed blues guitarist Blind Blake died there.


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DIE TRYING, 2nd JACK REACHER BOOK


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First Published July 1998
Jack Reacher, just happens to be walking by a Chicago dry cleaner when an attractive young FBI agent named Holly Johnson comes out carrying nine expensive outfits and a crutch to support her soccer-injured knee.


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TRIPWIRE, 3rd JACK REACHER BOOK

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First Published, June 1999
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not at all pleased when a private etective starts asking questions about him. But when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realizes it is time to move on.


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RUNNING BLIND, 4th JACK REACHER BOOK


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First Published July 2000
Jack Reacher is back, dragged into what looks like a series of grisly serial murders by a team of FBI profilers who aren't totally sure he's not the killer they're looking for, but believe that even if he isn't, he's smart enough to help them find the real killer.


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ECHO BURNING, 5th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published June 2001
Echo Burning is vintage Lee Child, a smartly paced, intricately plotted, and masterfully characterized thriller starring Reacher, the ex-military cop who's so concerned about commitment to anything--a woman, possessions, a permanent address--that he only owns the clothes on his back.


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WITHOUT FAIL, 6th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published April 2002
What better way to test the security surrounding a U.S. vice president-elect than to hire someone skilled in the killing arts to penetrate his rotection? Assassination strategy, though, is only part of the assignment facing Jack Reacher in Without Fail.


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PERSUADER, 7th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published April 2003
The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off.


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THE ENEMY, 8th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published April 2004
The latest entry in what is arguably today's finest thriller series (Persuader, etc.) flashes back to series hero Jack Reacher's days in the military police.


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ONE SHOT, 9th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published April 2005
Child's new novel begins when a sniper methodically kills five office workers with six quick shots and then disappears.


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THE HARD WAY, 10th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published May 2006
In bestseller Child's 10th novel to feature ex-army MP Jack Reacher (after 2005's One Shot), a sidewalk cafe encounter in New York City plunges Reacher into one of his most challenging-and thoroughly engrossing-adventures to date. Acting out of "reflex and professional curiosity" (and the promise of a generous fee)


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BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE, 11th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published May 2007
Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is the perfect antihero--tough as nails, but with a brain and a conscience to match. He's able to see what most miss and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.


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NOTHING TO LOSE, 12th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published June 2008
After he's kicked out of town, Reacher reacts in his usual manner-he goes back and whips everybody's butt and busts up the town's police force. In the process, he discovers, with the help of a good-looking lady cop from Hope, that a nearby metal processing plant is part of a plan that involves the war in Iraq and an apocalyptic sect bent on ushering in the end-time.


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GONE TOMORROW, 13th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published 19 May 2009
New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't. In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice--and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.


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61 HOURS, 14th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published 18 March 2010
Set in the town of Bolton, South Dakota, Reacher begins his latest adventure on a wrecked senior citizen tour bus after an irresponsible motorist leaves the bus spinning on icy roads and trapped in a snowy bank.


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WORTH DYING FOR, 15th JACK REACHER BOOK

First Published 30th September 2010
You'd think that after 14 novels featuring hardscrabble hero, Jack Reacher, Lee Child's pulse-pounding series would start showing signs of wear. It is nothing short of remarkable that Child is not only able to continually reinvent his ex-military cop, but that each installment is better than the last.


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THE AFFAIR 16th JACK REACHER BOOK

On sale: September 27th in the US and Canada
Everything starts somewhere. . . .For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup.


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In this Lens I have listed all 16 Jack Reacher novels in chronological order, from Killing Floor first published in March 1997 thro to the most recent which is The Affair due to be published September 2011

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