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Lee Child, a New York Times Number­One Bestselling Author

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on November 26, 2015

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Lee Child, whose real name is Jim Grant, is the award­winning British author of the Jack Reacher series. His writing career started when he was fired from his 18­year job in television. As he searched for another career, writing eventually struck him as the answer: while jobless, he wrote his first novel, Killing Floor, featuring an unusual ex­cop named Jack Reacher.

Given the novel’s huge success – it won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery – Child was encouraged to continue. He has produced 20 Jack Reacher novels, including Make Me, Personal and Never Go Back. The Enemy, the eighth novel in the series, won the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel.

Child also acted as editor for the short story anthologies Killer Year and First Thrills, and as co­author of Inherit the Dead, a collaborative mystery novel written by 20 bestselling authors. He has also written numerous short stories and e­book originals.

On 2012, Jack Reacher came to the big screen in a Paramount­ produced movie version of One Shot, released under the title Jack Reacher. Tom Cruise played the lead role. Since the movie was hugely successful (earning $218 million worldwide, according to Variety), Tom Cruise will be back as Reacher again in 2016. The second movie, to be titled Jack Reacher 2, is based on Child’s Never Go Back. 

 Lee Child lives in New York City.

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