Lee Child was born in Coventry and spent his childhood in Birmingham. Academically bright, he was awarded a scholarship and went to the same school that JRR Tolkien attended, before heading to university. Lee studied law but never become a lawyer. Instead, he worked in theatre and then in television on programmes including Brideshead Revisited, Prime Suspect and Cracker. After many years working as a presentation director at Granada Television, he was made redundant in 1995 after a corporate restructure. This was a blessing in disguise, as it was at this point of his life, aged 40, that he began writing
Lee had always been an avid reader and 18 years in TV had taught him how to tell a story, so this sudden change in career didn't faze him. He created the character Jack Reacher and wrote the first book in the series which he called Killing Floor. His debut novel was an instant hit with readers and his fan-base has grown ever since. As well as numerous novels, Lee has written a number of short stories and has won various awards. In 1998, Lee Child moved to the US where he still lives with his wife, Jane. They also have a grown-up daughter, Ruth.
For fans of the Jack Reacher series Lee Child has written yet another page-turner, with twists and turns, action and mystery. Set in 1966 Reacher is back to his army days, but this time not in his uniform. In the morning they gave Reacher a medal, in the afternoon they send him back to school. It's just a voice plucked from the air: 'The American wants a hundred million dollars'. For what? Who from? It's 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there's a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big.