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.
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 becomes an open-ended quest...into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!