Author Lee Child

English author Lee Child is best known for his series of novels featuring which character?

And the answer: Jack Reacher.    

Born in 1954, author Lee Child has written more than 25 novels featuring the character Jack Reacher. Reacher is a former military police officer who roams the country looking for odd jobs. While he doesn't look for trouble, somehow trouble finds him.

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Much like Stephen King and Agatha Christie, Lee Child is a prolific writer whose works remain comfortably seated at #1 on bestseller lists. His dozens of thrillers have sold over 100 million copies in 49 languages and 101 territories across the world. Needless to say, his success is no mystery – with dynamite plot lines and a protagonist who keeps on giving, Child has enjoyed his relatively late start to fiction writing with fanfare galore.

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However, Child wasn't always a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Born James Grant in 1954 London, Child grew up in a working class household with little money for luxury. Lucky for him, though, his parents valued a good education, allotting him all the books he could read. Soon after graduating college, Child got a job in British television, working behind the scenes on high-brow projects and mysteries alike. Yet, at age 4o, Child was laid off, leaving his family tight for money. And, like any sensible person would do (right?), Child used his knowledge of audiences and writing to begin his career as a mystery novelist.

Child's first novel, Killing Floor, earned rave reviews. What's perhaps more important, though, is its introduction of the protagonist Jack Reacher: a 200-pound 6'5" ex-military policeman. Reacher went on to lead Child to success in an ensuing 24 novels featuring the protagonist-turned-hero.

Learn more about Lee Child and Jack Reacher here.

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