5 GRIP­PING reads

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1 KILLING FLOOR (1997)

Lee Child ar­rived with this novel, which in­tro­duced mys­te­ri­ous drifter Jack Reacher. The for­mer mil­i­tary cop gets off a Grey­hound bus in Georgia and is soon ac­cused of mur­der. Reacher’s brother is part of the plot of this stylish and es­sen­tial de­but.

2 PERSUADER (2003)

The se­ries’ sev­enth out­ing is mem­o­rable for be­ing writ­ten in the first per­son and fea­tur­ing a vil­lain even taller and tougher than Reacher. Child’s re­venge thriller in­volves a staged kid­nap­ping which en­ables Reacher to in­fil­trate a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

3 THE AF­FAIR (2011)

Reacher in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of a sol­dier’s girl­friend near a Mis­sis­sippi army base. If you’re a Child fan who’s des­per­ate for Reacher’s back­story, this pre­quel is set six months be­fore Killing

Floor and ex­plains why he left the mil­i­tary.

4 NEVER GO BACK (2013)

Reacher re­turns to his old base in Vir­ginia to meet Ma­jor Su­san Turner. How­ever, she’s been ar­rested and, af­ter be­ing ac­cused of an old homi­cide, he’s re-en­listed in the army due to a tech­ni­cal­ity. They’re a great duo in this tense in­stal­ment.

5 NIGHT SCHOOL (2016)

Reacher is still a serv­ing officer in this pre­quel set in 1996. It’s a novel that’s heavy with hind­sight as he’s sent on a se­cret mis­sion that in­volves an un­cer­tain ter­ror­ist threat from the Mid­dle East. Leaner than some Reach­ers, it’s also one of the best.

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