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'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' LEE CHILD
Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
Travis McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake.
As Travis hunts for the ruthless man who steals women’s sensibilities and livelihoods, he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse . . .
First published in 1964, The Deep Blue Goodbye features an introduction by Lee Child
JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER
'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King
'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side – he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons
'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton
'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman
'. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz
'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark
'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain
'There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul
Published: 11 Apr 2013
*Please note this is not a novel, but a companion book for Reacher fans*
Reacher’s own rules for life are brought together in this irresistible collection of quotes, life lessons and wisdom from the man himself.
As every Reacher fan knows, you don’t have to break the rules if you make the rules. If you want to survive in this world nothing else matters.
Rule 1. When in doubt, drink coffee.
Rule 2. Never volunteer for anything.
Rule 3. Don’t break the furniture.
Rule 4. Only one woman at a time.
Rule 5. Show them what they’re messing with.
‘I don’t want to put the world to rights, I just don’t like people who put the world to wrongs’
‘Either you’ll walk out of here yourself, or you’ll be carried out in a bucket’
‘I’m not scared of anybody… But I certainly preferred it when he was dead’
If you’ve read the books, you’ll love this. If you haven’t read the books, what are you waiting for?
Published: 8 Nov 2012
Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age. This is the first time all Lee Child's shorter fiction featuring Jack Reacher has been collected into one volume. Read together, these twelve stories shed new light on Reacher’s past, illuminating how he grew up and developed into the wandering avenger who has captured the imagination of millions around the world.
The twelve stories include a brand new novella, Too Much Time.
The other stories in the collection are:
James Penney's New Identity
Guy Walks Into a Bar
Deep Down, High Heat
Not a Drill
All of which have previously been published as ebook shorts.
Added to these is every other Reacher short story that Child has written:
Maybe They Have a Tradition
No Room at the Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner
Published exclusively as an ebook, a long short story from thriller master Lee Child about the teenage Reacher, now also available in No Middle Name: the Collected Jack Reacher Stories.
July 1977. Jack Reacher is almost seventeen, and he stops in New York on his way from South Korea to visit his brother at West Point. The summer heat is suffocating, fires are raging in the Bronx, the city is bankrupt, and the mad gunman known as Son of Sam is still on the loose.
Reacher meets a woman with a problem, and agrees to help her . . . and then the power grid fails and the lights go out, plunging the lawless city that never sleeps into chaos.
What does a visiting teenager do in the dark? If that visiting teenager is Jack Reacher, the answer is: plenty.
Don’t miss the exciting preview of Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back!
An original short story about Jack Reacher, available exclusively as a separate ebook (also included in the new complete Reacher story collection No Middle Name).
Early in his military career, Jack Reacher is ordered undercover in Washington, to discover which one of four women, all staff officers on fast track careers, is leaking secrets.
The suggested method: get close to each in turn.
The obvious problem: the most receptive will be the guilty one, with an agenda of her own ... to kill the investigation - and the investigator.
‘Child has somehow forged that magical grail: a new and believable hero... when we thought all the heroes had been written.’ Observer
In this ebook short story, also available in the new, complete Jack Reacher short story collection No Middle Name, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Lee Child goes back to 1989, when Jack Reacher is serving as an officer in the military police.
A young lieutenant colonel, in a stylish handmade uniform, roars through the damp woods of Georgia in her new silver Porsche - until she meets a very tall soldier with a broken-down car.
What could connect a cold-blooded off-post shooting with Reacher, his elder brother Joe, and a secretive unit of pointy-heads from the Pentagon?
A Jack Reacher short story, published exclusively as an ebook: now also available in the new Reacher short story collection, No Middle Name.
The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.
No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about?
Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?
A Jack Reacher short story published as an individual ebook, now also available in the new complete Jack Reacher short story collection, No Middle Name.
Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.
'The coolest continuing series character now on offer' Stephen King
Here are two Jack Reacher stories first published together in ebook form, now also included in the new Jack Reacher story collection No Middle Name.
James Penney's New Identity: In the dry desert of Southern California, James Penney is laid off from the plant after seventeen loyal years of service. With the threat of the bank repossessing his treasured red Firebird, he goes on the run. But why are the cops so hot on his trail? And who is the tall military policeman, built like a weightlifter, who offers him a ride?
Guy Walks Into Bar: Just a few minutes before the terrifying opening of Gone Tomorrow, Jack Reacher stops at a bar in lower Manhattan for a late night beer and some music, His eyes are drawn to a rich young Russian girl and her bodyguard. Is she in danger? Who are those two suspicious-looking guys sitting at separate tables, watching her?
These two short stories are part of the Storycuts series.
Published: 1 Oct 2018
Roughly one significant crime is committed in the US every three seconds. So it's not unlikely to find yourself witnessing one. Jack Reacher is minding his own business in a town in Maine when he sees a youth snatching a woman's bag, and, like a good citizen, steps in to stop him. Politely invited by the cops to act as a witness, will Reacher be treated as the perfect patsy for a crime he didn't commit?
Too Much Time is a new novella which sees Jack Reacher, hero of no fixed abode, finding himself on the wrong side of the law. It is also available in No Middle Name, the complete Jack Reacher short story collection.
Published: 2 Jul 2018
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.
For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.
He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.
He doesn't want to be found.
But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.
From Hope to Despair.
Between two small towns in Colorado, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. All Jack Reacher wants is a cup of coffee.What he gets are four redneck deputies, a vagrancy charge and a trip back to the line.
But Reacher is a big man, and he's in shape.
No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing, except bloody-minded curiosity.
What are the secrets the locals seem so determined to hide?
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, in an explosive follow-up to the cliffhanger ending of 61 Hours.
Has Jack Reacher finally met his match?
61 Hours ended with Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him.
Was that really the end of the road for the maverick loner?
Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write - a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.
GET READY FOR THE MOST EXCITING COUNT-DOWN OF YOUR LIFE
Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages. And disadvantages too, like facing the arctic cold without a coat.
A small town is threatened by sinister forces. One brave woman is standing up for justice.If she's going to live to testify, she'll need help from a man like Reacher.Because there's a killercoming for her.
Has Reacher finally met his match? He doesn't want to put the world to rights. He just doesn't like people who put it to wrongs.
NOW READ THE SEQUEL: Worth Dying For (Reacher #15)
Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat ... but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.
Reacher’s one-day stopover turns into an open-ended quest leading to the most hidden reaches of the internet, and right into the nightmare heart of darkness.
‘Child's best for some time…with detective-story and romcom elements (even sly humour) on top of the psychological duels and set-piece violence’ Sunday Times
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he faces his most implacable enemy yet.
Suicide bombers are easy to spot.
They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs.There are twelve things to look for.No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.
New York City.The subway, two o'clock in the morning.
Jack Reacher studies his fellow passengers.Four are OK.The fifth isn't.
The train brakes for Grand Central Station.
Will Reacher intervene, and save lives?
Or is he wrong?Will his intervention cost lives - including his own?
Another heartstopping page turner featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise.
Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer.
Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful.
But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her.
Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.
Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, in his coolest, sexiest, punch-packing thriller yet
March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?
Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?
Set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, The Affair marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him?
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he comes to the UK.
Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it.
He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.
But Reacher is in the middle of a nasty little war where nothing is simple.
What started on a busy New York street explodes three thousand miles away, in the sleepy English countryside.
Reacher's going to have to do this one the hard way.