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Lee Child

(Jim Grant)
UK flag (1954 - )
Brother of Andrew Grant

Lee Child is British but moved with his family from Cumbria to the United States to start a new career as an American thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award, and his second, Die Trying, won W H Smith's Thumping Good Read Award.

He lives just outside New York City, with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth, and a small dog called Jenny. Lee fills his spare time with music, reading, and the New York Yankees. He likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful.

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited

Non fiction
Anthony Awards Best First Novel winner (1998) : Killing Floor
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1998) : Killing Floor
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2003) : Without Fail
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2005) : The Enemy
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : One Shot
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : Bad Luck and Trouble
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel nominee (2008) : Bad Luck and Trouble
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Book nominee (2010) : Worth Dying For

Lee Child recommends
Sleep with the Fishes
Sleep with the Fishes (2000)
Brian M Wiprud
"If Carl Hiassen wrote for The Sopranos, it might be half as good as this... a page-turner that's part wicked humor and part just plain wicked."

Forty Words for Sorrow (2000)
(John Cardinal, book 1)
Giles Blunt
"Intensely vivid characters, terrible crimes and a brutal deep-frozen landscape ... Giles Blunt is a really tremendous crime novelist."
The Master of Rain
The Master of Rain (2002)
Tom Bradby
"Rich, dark, atmospheric, this fine novel captures time and place perfectly. A great crime story that ends up in a place you won't predict ... "

Scaredy Cat (2002)
(Tom Thorne, book 2)
Mark Billingham
"Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader..."

Cold Silence (2002)
Danielle Girard
"High speed, high stakes, high suspense."

One Last Hit (2003)
(Joe Portugal, book 3)
Nathan Walpow
"I thought it was extraordinary - just fabulous. Quite apart from the plot and characters it had a terrific emotional quotient which all of us boomers should be eating up. Required reading for the Reacher Creatures."

The Darkness Gathers (2003)
(Lydia Strong, book 2)
Lisa Miscione
"One of my favorite new writers."

Blood Is The Sky (2003)
(Alex McKnight, book 5)
Steve Hamilton
"Everything is here - his trademark sense of place, vivid, resonant charcters, and a plot to break your heart."
The Death You Deserve
The Death You Deserve (2003)
David Bowker
"A tough, fabulous, smart-mouth novel."

Judgment Calls (2003)
(Samantha Kincaid, book 1)
Alafair Burke
"A terrific debut, very different from her famous father's work, but the storytelling DNA is all there. This is smart, savvy, expert - and highly recommended."
Cold Case
Cold Case (2004)
(Kate Gillespie, book 4)
Robin Burcell
"A very talented author."
Last Seen in Aberdeen
Last Seen in Aberdeen (2004)
(Sergeant Mornay)
M G Kincaid
"Smart, edgy - close to perfect."
The Waking Nightmare
The Waking Nightmare (2005)
(Diagnosis Murder, book 4)
Lee Goldberg
"Can books be better than television? You bet they can - when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Get aboard right now for a thrill ride."

In the Company of Liars (2005)
David Ellis
"A highly intelligent thriller that burrows backward through time like Houdini explaining a trick. An automatic book-of-the-year."

Bitch Goddess Notebook (2005)
Martha O'Connor
"Astonishing... If this isn't Alice Sebold, Donna Tart or Barbara Vine writing under a pseudonym, the Martha O'Connor is a huge new talent."

Bloody Mary (2005)
(Jack Daniels, book 2)
J A Konrath
"Excellent smart-mouth thrills ... my advice: Take a long sip."

Road Kill (2005)
(Charlie Fox, book 5)
Zoë Sharp
"Highly recommended!"

Spectres in the Smoke (2005)
(Jethro, book 2)
Tony Broadbent
"Vintage atmosphere, great writing, perfect story... Nails the period better than I have seen it done before."
A Field of Darkness
A Field of Darkness (2006)
(Madeline Dare, book 1)
Cornelia Read
"One of the best debuts I've ever seen."

In Plain Sight (2006)
(Joe Pickett, book 6)
C J Box
"One of today's solid-gold A-list must-read writers."

The Last Spymaster (2006)
Gayle Lynds
"Today's finest espionage writer unleashes an instant classic."

Guns (2006)
(John Hardin, book 1)
Phil Bowie
"Fast, engaging - a fine debut."

Billy Boyle (2006)
(Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, book 1)
James R Benn
"This book has got it all-an instant classic."
Checkmate (2007)
(Cameron Talbot, book 1)
Karna Small Bodman
"Gripping and authentic."
Where the Dead Lay
Where the Dead Lay (2009)
(Frank Behr, book 2)
David Levien
"The new must-read thriller writer."
The Breach
The Breach (2009)
(Breach, book 1)
Patrick Lee
"Audacious and terrifying, uncannily believable."

Jackpot (2010)
(Tony Valentine, book 8)
James Swain
"Top class suspense... one of my favourite series."

The Last King of Brighton (2011)
(Brighton, book 2)
Peter Guttridge
"I don't need the competition, but honesty demands I confess - this is a great thriller."

Act of Treason (2011)
(Sniper, book 4)
Jack Coughlin and Donald A Davis
"Stunning action, excellent tradecraft... just about perfect."

Games Traitors Play (2011)
(Daniel Marchant, book 2)
Jon Stock
"Exactly what we need from a spy novel now."

The Pack (2011)
(Pack , book 1)
Jason Starr
"Jason Starr is hypnotically good."

Spartan (2011)
(Will Cochrane, book 1)
Matthew Dunn
"One of the year's best thriller debuts. Highly recommended."

Thick as Thieves (2011)
Peter Spiegelman
"Slick, sophisticated, and satisfying... this is thriller fiction at its best."

Don't Know Jack (2012)
(Hunt For Reacher, book 1)
Diane Capri
"Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too."

The Professionals (2012)
(Stevens and Windermere, book 1)
Owen Laukkanen
"Really terrific - characters that live and breathe, and chills aplenty."

Sailor (2012)
Tom Epperson
"Simply a great thriller - full of action but about people, tough but not bleak, fast and yet thoughtful. Highly recommended."

The Killing House (2012)
(Malcolm Fletcher, book 1)
Chris Mooney
"Scary voice, scary talent. Mooney is one of the best thriller writers working today."

Jamaica Plain (2012)
(Resurrection Man, book 1)
Colin Campbell
"Very real. Very good."

The Spy (2013)
(Jed Walker, book 1)
James Phelan
"Jed Walker is right there in Reacher's rear-view mirror."

No Way Back (2013)
Matthew Klein
"He's the real thing. One hell of a writer."
San Francisco Noir - Box Set (2013)
(Cape Weathers Investigation)
Tim Maleeny

Stay Alive (2014)
(Scope, book 2)
Simon Kernick
"Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action."

The First Rule Of Survival (2014)
(Colonel Vaughn de Vries, Cape Town, book 1)
Paul Mendelson
"An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting."

The Kraken Project (2014)
(Wyman Ford, book 4)
Douglas Preston
"Brilliant...full of huge idea, but intensely human, too, and intensely suspenseful."

Land of Shadows (2014)
(Detective Elouise Norton, book 1)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"Detective Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year."

Race to Death (2014)
(DI Ian Peterson, book 2)
Leigh Russell
"One to Watch"

The Final Silence (2014)
(Jack Lennon Investigation, book 4)
Stuart Neville

Don't Look Back (2014)
Gregg Hurwitz
"Outstanding in every way."

No Time to Die (2014)
Kira Peikoff

The Girl in the Woods (2014)
(Waterman and Stark, book 1)
Gregg Olsen
"Olsen will scare you-and you'll love it."

The Burning Mind (2014)
M G Gardiner
"Characters as real as your friends, and a plot as real as your nightmares."

Land of Careful Shadows (2014)
(Jimmy Vega Mystery, book 1)
Suzanne Chazin
"A tremendous talent."

Leaving Berlin (2014)
Joseph Kanon
"Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape."

Vendetta (2014)
(Rio Wray & Mac, book 1)
Dreda Say Mitchell
"Breathless from the first word and thrilling to the last."

Twelve Hours (2015)
(Dan Morgan)
Leo J Maloney
"A must read!"

The Friendship of Criminals (2015)
Robert Glinski
"First-rate urban crime...maybe a future classic."

Disclaimer (2015)
Renée Knight
"Sensationally good psychological suspense - exactly what a great thriller should be."

The Slaughter Man (2015)
(Max Wolfe, book 2)
Tony Parsons
"Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic."

Blood Red (2015)
(Mundy's Landing, book 1)
Wendy Corsi Staub
"Solid-gold suspense!."

Dark Waters (2015)
(Raisa Jordan, book 1)
Chris Goff
"Great characters, action, and location-altogether terrific."

The Undoing (2015)
Averil Dean
"Hypnotically suspenseful and truly chilling... A very superior thriller."

The Poison Artist (2016)
Jonathan Moore
"Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful."

Hard Cold Winter (2016)
(Van Shaw Mystery, book 2)
Glen Erik Hamilton
"This guy has got what it takes."

Pimp (2016)
(Max and Angela, book 4)
Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
"I want to kill these guys-except I can't stop laughing, long enough."

Apache Country (2016)
Frederick H Christian
"Gives Elmore Leonard a run for his money as the modern-day master of the western ."

Casting Bones (2016)
(Quentin Archer Mystery, book 1)
Don Bruns
"If you love the crime genre, this is not just highly recommended, but mandatory."

In the Month of the Midnight Sun (2016)
Cecilia Ekbäck
"Exquisitely suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly recommended."

The Time to Kill (2016)
(Carter Blake, book 3)
Mason Cross
"My kind of book."

Arrowood (2016)
Laura McHugh
"Superb and subtle psychological suspense, and a compelling mystery, too . . . I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong- four times."

The Couple Next Door (2016)
Shari Lapeña
"Real men read women writers - because of books like this. Trust me."

The Heavens May Fall (2016)
Allen Eskens
"A mature and sophisticated cops-and-lawyers story, satisfying in every way. I loved it."

Rupture (2016)
(Dark Iceland, book 4)
Ragnar Jónasson
"A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens...first rate and highly recommended."

Stalked (2016)
(Profiler, book 4)
Elizabeth Heiter
"Suspenseful from the start and intriguing throughout. RECOMMENDED!."

The Book of Mirrors (2017)
E O Chirovici
"Intelligent and sophisticated - a crime story told the way Picasso painted pictures. Highly recommended."

Defender (2017)
(Voices , book 1)
G X Todd
"Compelling, suspenseful, and altogether extraordinary."

The Girl Before (2017)
J P Delaney
"Dazzling-a pitch-perfect thriller."

Gumshoe on the Loose (2017)
(Mortimer Angel, book 3)
Rob Leininger
", slick, charming, and highly recommended."

Sirens (2017)
(Aiden Waits, book 1)
Joseph Knox
"Razor-sharp urban noir - very special indeed."

The Freedom Broker (2017)
(Thea Paris, book 1)
K J Howe
"Razor-sharp and full of you-are-there authenticity.- a superb thriller."

What You Break (2017)
(Gus Murphy, book 2)
Reed Farrel Coleman
"One of the greatest voices in contemporary crime fiction. Nobody does it better."

In This Grave Hour (2017)
(Maisie Dobbs, book 13)
Jacqueline Winspear
"I am a huge Maisie Dobbs fan."

Reconciliation for the Dead (2017)
(Claymore Straker, book 3)
Paul E Hardisty
"A solid, meaty thriller-Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character."

Say Nothing (2017)
Brad Parks
"Outstanding-starts with a bang and gets tenser and tenser."

Crimson Lake (2017)
(Crimson Lake, book 1)
Candice Fox
"One of the best crime thrillers of the year."

Shadow Man (2017)
Alan Drew
"A home run."

You Don't Know Me (2017)
Imran Mahmood
"A daring concept executed to perfection, a hypnotic and authentic voice, and questions for us to answer as readers and people."

The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
Karen Dionne
"Sensationally good psychological suspense - I loved this book."

Girl Zero (2017)
(Detective Harry Virdee, book 2)
A A Dhand
"Outstanding-relentless, multi-layered suspense."

Before Evil (2017)
(Maggie O'Dell)
Alex Kava
"O'Dell could be Reacher's long-lost twin."

Gone to Dust (2017)
Matt Goldman
"A perfect blend of light touch and dark story―I want more of Nils Shapiro."

Gangster Nation (2017)
(Gangsterland, book 2)
Tod Goldberg
"Sal Cupertine is back--and better than ever. I love this guy."

Colorado Boulevard (2017)
(Crush , book 3)
Phoef Sutton
"As slick as a switchblade with pearl handles."

Agent in Place (2018)
(Gray Man, book 7)
Mark Greaney and Mark Greaney
"I love the Gray Man."

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