5 GRIPPING reads
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.