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Lee Child

(Jim Grant)
UK (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
Forty Words for Sorrow
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."
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."
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
Scaredy Cat (2002)
(Tom Thorne, book 2)
Mark Billingham
"Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader..."
Cold Silence
Cold Silence (2002)
Danielle Girard
"High speed, high stakes, high suspense."
One Last Hit
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
The Darkness Gathers (2003)
(Lydia Strong, book 2)
Lisa Miscione
"One of my favorite new writers."
Blood Is The Sky
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
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
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
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
Bloody Mary (2005)
(Jack Daniels, book 2)
J A Konrath
"Excellent smart-mouth thrills ... my advice: Take a long sip."
Road Kill
Road Kill (2005)
(Charlie Fox, book 5)
Zoë Sharp
"Highly recommended!"
Spectres in the Smoke
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
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
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
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."

Fourth Day (2010)
(Charlie Fox, book 8)
Zoë Sharp
"Scarily good."

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."

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

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

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."

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)
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."

Interference (2014)
(Rookie Club, book 4)
Danielle Girard
"High Speed. High Stakes. High Suspense."

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)
(D S 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)
Dreda Say Mitchell
"Breathless from the first word and thrilling to the last."

The Final Minute (2015)
(Tina Boyd, book 7)
Simon Kernick
"Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action."

Take Down (2015)
James Swain
"No one in the world does this stuff better than Jim Swain."

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

Endangered (2015)
(Joe Pickett, book 15)
C J Box
"One of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers."

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 Serpentine Road (2015)
(Colonel Vaughn de Vries, Cape Town, book 2)
Paul Mendelson
"An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting."

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

Blood Axe (2015)
(D S Ian Peterson, book 3)
Leigh Russell

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."

A Blossom of Bright Light (2015)
(Jimmy Vega Mystery, book 2)
Suzanne Chazin
"A tremendous talent."

The Spy House (2015)
(Spycatcher, book 5)
Matthew Dunn
"Great talent great imagination, and real been-there done-that authenticity...Highly recommended."

Kill Switch (2015)
(Jed Walker)
James Phelan
"Jed Walker is right there in Reacher's rear-view mirror."

Now That She's Gone (2015)
(Waterman and Stark, book 2)
Gregg Olsen
"Olsen will scare you-and you'll love it."

One Hit (2015)
(Sniper, book 9)
Jack Coughlin and Donald A Davis
"Stunning action, excellent tradescraft...just about perfect."

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

Off the Grid (2016)
(Joe Pickett, book 16)
C J Box
"One of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers."

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."

Trail of Echoes (2016)
Rachel Howzell Hall
"Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year."

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