Lee Child Personal – Jack Reacher – Book Review

Lee Child

Lee Child Personal, Jack Reacher Book Review from Bantam Press – The new Jack Reacher book reviewed. Including a competition to be a in the next Jack Reacher book. Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London. The stakes have never been higher – because this time, it’s personal.

Jim Grant (born 29 October 1954), better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British thriller writer known for the Jack Reacher novel series. The books follow the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Development of the character

At the time Lee Child sat down to write his first novel Killing Floor, he was unemployed, having been fired from his position as a presentation director for Granada Television. According to Child, this was a purely pragmatic decision: “I wasn’t one of these people that felt compelled to write. It had to keep a roof over our heads, so it was totally, totally 110% commercially motivated.”

Critics have perceived other influences in Jack Reacher’s creation. Bob Cornwell quotes Lee Child’s reply in another interview as having created Reacher “as an antidote, to all the depressed and miserable alcoholics that increasingly peopled the genre”.

The character’s name first came to Child in a supermarket when an old lady, noting the span of Child’s arms, asked for his help in reaching out to a can of pears. On seeing this, Child’s wife commented that if his writing career did not work out he could “always get a job as a reacher in a supermarket”. Reacher’s ex-military background was a specific and tactical choice on his behalf. Child has explained, “I thought that I would do a book that’s not the same as everybody else’s. Everybody else had their guy working: a private guy in Boston or a police lieutenant in L.A., or wherever. I thought, ‘Well, he won’t be working, and he won’t live anywhere, and let’s just take it from there.'” Child also felt that this origin would lend itself to the character’s personality and nomadic lifestyle: “This idea of the rootless alienation has got to come from somewhere, and I noticed that the most alienated people are always ex-military, because it’s like going from one solar system to the other, it’s so different. So that was an easy choice: Make him ex-military. Then make him ex-military police because, broadly speaking, these would be crime novels, and he had to have some investigative experience, and he had to understand procedures and forensics and so on. So that part was all set in stone”.

Jack Reacher movies

The 2012 film, Jack Reacher was adapted from the 2005 novel One Shot and starred Tom Cruise in the title role.The film was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Tom Cruise reprised his role in the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, released October 21,2016. An adaptation of the 18th Jack Reacher book Never Go Back, it was directed by Edward Zwick.

The full novel is also available as an audiobook.

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